Being a Christian by Dr. Jason K. Allen

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Many people have an idea of what a Christian should be. There is a standard of what a Christian should do and not do. However, does this line up with what the Bible teaches? Also, should a Christian’s faith affect all areas of life?

In his book, Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life, Dr. Jason K. Allen points out that Jesus came to redeem all areas of life for His glory. Areas such as family, work, church, time, money, and others. Rather than believe that Jesus came to solely give eternal life, Dr. Allen shows that Jesus came to give abundant life in all its facets.

The area that I really enjoyed was the area of the mind. Dr. Allen points out that there has been a shift towards the emotional aspects of Christianity but that the mind should not be ignored. Rather the mind should draw one closer to Christ in the heart which is an emotional response.

I really appreciated this as I often struggle to show emotion but am an avid reader and learner. I recognized the need to take it one step further and let me mind become redeemed and connect with my heart in my relationship with Jesus.

While the material in this book is not new, per se, the style of Dr. Allen has a connectivity that others may not have. Thus, this book should be a great resource for all those who use it and perhaps use it often.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Married Guy’s Guide to Great Sex by Clifford L. Penner and Joyce J. Penner

978-1-58997-938-3The Married Guy’s Guide to Great Sex really should be read by married and soon to be married as it has some great insights and practical advice for all men on the topic of intimacy in the physical realm. I appreciate the honest and candid advice that is given with a heart of really loving your wife.

Too often there is an hesitancy to seek out guidance on this topic but this book approaches it with a proper understanding that seeks to encourage and direct with principles rather than focus solely on physical matters. For that I am grateful that such a book exists.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Play the Man by Mark Batterson

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What makes a man? Many people have tried to give an understanding of what it is to be a man. Some have pointed to ancient cultures of warriors, politicians, and leaders. Others point to modern man and the ability to climb the corporate ladder and be successful in business. Still others point to athletics or the military to prove their masculinity.

In his book, Play The Man, Mark Batterson gives seven virtues that make a man. He does this by drawing references from scripture and pointing to how God designed men to be and how this fulfills the purpose for which they were created.

The area that really stuck out to me was that a man should not shirk his responsibilities to others. He is responsible to God, to his wife, and to his family. He is not to abdicate in anyway these responsibilities to the government, to others, or to no one at all.

 

This challenge is really beneficial to me because I am a father of three and want to be active in the development of my children. Sometimes it is easy to just watch sports and remove myself from their world. But having these challenges in my life to remind me that they are much more important than a sports game is something that I need consistently.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and exchange for my honest review.

Devotions for a Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas

225_350_book-2240-coverMarriage is between two people who have faults, shortcomings, and selfish desires. Yet, these two individuals can put aside their selfish wants in order to have an amazing marriage. By focusing on the relationship, and not on personal agendas, marriages can thrive and be enjoyed.

In his book, Devotions for a Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas gives 52 devotions, designed to be read weekly, to challenge a man and a woman to be better spouses. Addressing issues like: communication, money, and spiritual growth, to name a few, Thomas’ devotional is intended to get couples to be consistent about strengthening their marriage.

The devotional are not long and should be ideal for a husband and wife to read in a few minutes but then discuss for some time. These devotional may not be easy to read but those who use them, in my opinion, will benefit greatly.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

97808024125912028129Mentors.

Mentors are people who are sought because of their wisdom, expertise, and availability. A mentor is someone who can guide and be a resource to those who are looking to avoid mistakes, grow, and potentially be a mentor in the future.

In the book of Titus, Paul mentions that older women are to be examples to younger women and work with them to grow in Christ; i.e. act like a mentor. Paul then gives some guidelines on how older women and younger women should work together.

In her book, Adorned, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth takes Titus 2 and writes to both older and younger women challenging them to be more like Christ. Wolgemuth highlights key parts of Titus 2 and expands on them on how it may look to live out what the author of Titus is communicating.

At the end of each chapter are a few questions to reinforce what was learned and to spur an older or younger woman to rid herself of what can weigh down her spiritual growth and adopt the mind of Christ to live out her femininity in each season of her life.

A book like this is needed more and more. It seems that fewer people have that grandma in their life who is that voice of reason and wisdom. The older generation is seen as archaic and are often ignored when it comes to navigating life and its rough seas. The Bible speaks differently to this view and Adorned is an excellent book to show that old does not mean worthless.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Strengths Based Marriage by Jimmy Evans & Allan Kelsey

225_350_book-2089-coverGallup StrengthFinders 2.0 is a book and accompanying test that shows the strengths of a person ranking them from first to last. By doing this, the results help a person better understand who they are and what roles/jobs they are most likely to enjoy performing. Ideally, a person will take this information and find a job/passion/vocation that uses their strengths thus giving a person a sense of belonging and purpose.

What if such a test could not only benefit those in the business world but also married couples?

In the book. Strengths Based Marriage, Jimmy Evans (marriage expert) and Allan Kelsey (Gallup Certified Strengths Coach) have teamed up to combined the insight of a Strengths test and the use of this information in a marriage.

I do not have time to discuss this book in an exhaustive manner but will state that every married couple should get this book and complete the recommended test. I was encouraged and challenged at the same time from the information presented. I wished I had read this book earlier in my marriage and I’ve been married for just over four years. It is that good.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Love at First Fight by Carey & Dena Dyer

LoveFight.jpgIt is almost a universal truth that two people, will at some point, have a difference of views. Ideally, this difference will play out in the each trying to understand the other and come to a mutual understanding. However, real life does not always follow the ideal.

One of ways in which differences of opinions arise is in marriage. Two people come together in matrimony for the betterment of each other…right? Not so fast. Marriage often brings about these differences and in the process can create some heated tension.

In their book, Love at First Fight, the Dyers understand that these heated tensions can happen and give 52 meditations on how to seek to understand the other person. In addition, they seek to have these meditations bring a married couple together to grow and connect as partners.

I found this book to a great conversation starter. It wasn’t too instructional in nature which allowed for each couple to express their unique approach but with stated guidelines. These guidelines have, at their heart, the goal of drawing couples to understand before trying to be understood. And that this book does very well.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review