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Love is in the Air February 14, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — erikaivory @ 4:14 am

I have 4 great new books to tell you about.  I had the privilege of reading  them for this blog review.

I Do Again was an amazing read as it lets you into the personal thoughts and remembrances of a couple that experienced adultery in their marriage and then how God brought them through seven years to a reconciled relationship.  It was so interesting and insightful to be on the inside of their experiences.  And to realize how a marriage can get to that point and then how God drew them to Him as individuals and healed their marriage!  I highly, highly recommend this book, whether your marriage is strong or shaky.  I learned a lot from it.  Except for His grace any of us could go there.

Love as a Way of Life Devotional is a 90 day journey to take with your spouse.  Mark and I have started reading it together at night.  They are short and sweet.  We have enjoyed it so far and it is nice to have that bit of time together each day:)

For Couples Only consists of two books, For Women Only and For Men Only.  I have read the woman one but I haven’t read the men one yet.  However I have learned so, so much from this book.  It is an easy read, but the topics and things I have learned are NOT easy at all; but they are so beneficial to my marriage.  I am so confident that implementing some of the things I have learned and understanding my husband better will certainly benefit my marriage:)

So check out below the bios on the authors and summaries on the books.  And you can buy these books at your local bookstore or one of the links below:)  And I actually have a copy of each of these amazing books to give away.  So leave me a comment sometime on this post over the next week and I will pick one winner for each book!  (The Couples Only books come in a set.)

Amazon Links:

I Do Again: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400074452

Love As A Way Of Life Devo: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307444694

For Couples Only: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1601422482

Book Summaries and Author Bio’s:

I Do Again:
With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

Author Bio:

Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the nation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B’Gosh, and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas, office of the Center for Christian Counseling. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two college-age daughters.

Love As A Way Of Life Devo:

In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.

Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for the holidays or for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.

Author Bio:

Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of twenty-six books, including the New York Times bestseller The Five Love Languages, with more than 4 million copies in print. His daily radio program, A Love Language Minute, is broadcast on more than 100 stations nationwide. Dr. Chapman, a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, Wake-Forest University, and Southwestern Seminary, serves on a church staff in North Carolina.

For Couples Only Box Set:

Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.

Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you. [Part of me wanted to make this paragraph past tense—yielded and produced—because of the first paragraph, but that took away some of the immediacy of what the books offer. I’ll leave that up to you.]

So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way. The adventure is just beginning!

Author Bio:

Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn hold graduate degrees from Harvard University and are popular national speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs. They are also active church members and the parents of two young children, and they enjoy every minute of living life at warp speed.

Cover Art:

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One Response to “Love is in the Air”

  1. Robin Says:

    I love it that you’re so focused on your marriage…great book tips!!!


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