1.28.2015

Book Review: The Unveiled Wife by Jennifer Smith


In her book, The Unveiled Wife, Jennifer Smith has aimed a flashlight into the darker reaches of Christian marriage. By throwing back the covers on previously hidden topics, she provides an outlet for other women who may have been buying into the lie of, “I’m the only one….” She courageously reveals her own struggles with insecurity, sex and hidden sins in a valiant effort to help to free other women engaged in the same bondages.

I have been married for almost 20 years, and have a successful, though hard-fought marriage. Had I had this book even 5 years ago, my load would have been lighter. Reading through this book, I found myself time and time again in Jennifer’s shoes. As a young bride, I felt let down by both God and my husband and engaged in a battle I didn’t think I’d have to fight. Jennifer successfully navigated the troubling waters and found her anchor in God’s love for her and His ideas for her marriage and life.

I highly encourage all married women, newlyweds or “old married ladies” like me to read this book through in its entirety. It has age-old truths, time tested realities that all marriages can benefit from. You can pick up a copy of the book here.

1.19.2015

Book Review: If God is Good by Randy Alcorn

When I first picked up this book in August, I honestly thought it would be the typical Christian paperback book, 150-200 pages. An easy read, despite the subtitle: Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil. Boy was I wrong.

First of all, the book weighs in at a hefty 500 pages and instead of being a taste test of ways of addressing suffering in our personal life, is a painstakingly detailed overview of everything from the reality of God to the reality of our own deaths complete with Scriptural back up and real life experiences.


This is not a book to be taken lightly. It delves in and takes no prisoners. There were times that I was encouraged in my own beliefs, times that I was challenged in them and times that it made me angry with the truths it contained. God used this book to change some things in my heart and the fact that it took me a long time to read was initiated by His hands. From the time I picked it up to the time I closed its covers in completion, my family went through many of the things that were detailed in the book. I had questions for God that I wanted answers for. Questions about His allowing things in my life and the lives of my loved ones. Questions about how He could possibly turn this tragedy around for the good. This book helped me weather through and there would have been no better time in my life to read it.

The author shares personal stories from his own life as well as those from others giving their lives in service to the Lord. These serve to encourage the reader in our own suffering and realizing that God uses it for His own glory.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

1.18.2015

Here's to the Nitpickers

You know who I'm talking about...

Those people who when you're dressed to the nines and lookin' sharp, will point out the scuff on your shoe that you got walking in the door. The person who will let you know that your slip is showing, there's something in your teeth or a booger in your nose. They are not afraid to call your attention to the fact that your form is slipping in sacrifice of efficiency of movement. They ask questions about your "well thought out plans." They remind you of your past attempts and not so successful ventures. They call your bluff, and name potholes in your theology for what they really are.

Admittedly, it feels good to be surrounded with people who compliment you and encourage you. We all hunger for approval. We enjoy hanging around with people who like us and esteem who we are and what we think we stand for. Momma's are really good at that. Nurturing us and loving on us even when we are ugly. You know the saying, "a face only a mama could love." We flourish in a loving environment, or so we think.

Let me point out that its healthy to have a few people in your life who not only notice your flaws and love you through them, but who are brave enough to call your attention to them as well. Don't scorn correction. Don't avoid people who call it as they see it in your life. That's food for growth. How will I know if you don't tell me? How can I change or make adjustments if everybody tells me I'm just fine the way I am?

Rise to the challenge, accept loving criticism, make the necessary adjustments, and drive on.

1.14.2015

Determined

It might be this side of forty. It might be two kids in college and four more at home. It might be 20 years with the same man. It might be that for the first time in my life I received a letter of rejection. Or it might just be God....

I'm feeling a new wind blowing in my life and it feels refreshing, different, new. My life has always been one of determination, I like things to get done and done well. I like to stick with things. I hate having to stop and go another way. Right now though I feel this newness in a new determination. One that tells me that all that has gone before is past. Don't cling to the old accomplishments. There are bigger and better and more challenging things ahead, but somehow instead of being afraid, or cautious even, I'm pumped.

Last year was tough. The tail end of it was almost unbearable. My father in law and two close friends were in a terrible car accident and then in December we lost a very close and dearly loved family member unexpectedly. We hung on to God and each other and we made it through the storms. This year feels like a fight I'm ready to battle through and win.
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