Sunday, May 22, 2011
"Dear Lord, I know there may be times in my future husband's life when he doesn't understand what's going on. There may be relationships that bring him hurt. There may be situations in which he doesn't know what to do or where to turn. I pray that in those times he will turn to You, and You will give him direction and peace."
-Excerpt from Chapter 5, "Pray for Understanding"
Praying for Your Future Husband: Preparing Your Heart for His is a book I wish I would have had as a teen and in my single young adult life. I believe it would have given me some direction and purpose while I was waiting for my future husband.
There are so many great elements to this book. The chapters are organized by prayers for different areas of the future husband’s life, but also spend time in focus on the girl/woman too. A few titles include “Pray for His Heart,” “Pray for Patience,” and “Pray for Trust.” Authors Gunn and Goyer also share their journey towards marriage with some of their choices AND mistakes along the way. We also get to hear from other women, and their stories as it relates to their future husband.
I really enjoyed this book. I am already married, but there are many scriptures and prayers that will be useful to me too. Prayer should be a lifelong endeavor to strengthen and help the marriage grow, as I am sure both authors will tell you.
I highly recommend this book for teens. It will help them focus and give them a tool for direction and guidance as they endeavor to fulfill God’s plan for their life as they wait for their future husband. But teens are not only the ones that will benefit. Women who are considered young adults will also benefit exceedingly. I know there are many women out there of “non-traditional” age who would like to get married. I was one of them. This book will be helpful and bless them as well. There is a chapter entitled “Pray for Contentment” that will help retain focus until the time of meeting the future husband. Additionally, this book would make a great Bible study on the subject of singleness and marriage.
This book is not for perfect women. This book is for young ladies who want to follow God and receive His best for them. Many blessings to you on the beautiful journey God has for you and happy reading!
You can buy this book from barnesandnoble.com , amazon.com, and christianbook.com.
Disclaimer: I received this book as part of a program for free books for bloggers from Waterbrook Multnomah. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions given here are entirely my own.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Often people do not know where to begin in achieving their dreams. They might feel incapacitated by low self-esteem or just inability to get a sense of direction. Put Your Dream to the Test by author John Maxwell will give such a person some practical ways to get going. This book is filled with stories of real people who have achieved and/or are on that road to success. Chapter titles include: The Ownership Question, The Passion Question, and The Fulfillment Question. The reader will also find quotes that inspire among the purposeful stories. One of my favorites is “Reality….is the enemy of fantasies but not of dreams.” This quote came from Rudy Ruettiger and is the intro to the chapter, “The Reality Question”, which was a very beneficial chapter for me personally.
Once I heard a teacher say something to the effect of, “There are always two sides to a mountain.” I think that is an accurate description of this book. I enjoyed this book. It has helped me. But for me, it is one side of the mountain. I think this a very practical book in helping people with their part in God’s plan for their life. I would like to have seen more of God’s side of the mountain. (But I think maybe that is another book!) I don’t want it to be left unsaid however that I think John Maxwell is brilliant and fulfilling his plan for his life and is a man committed to God.
I would recommend this book for anybody who needs help getting started in the right direction. There is so much practical advice on steps you can take to ensure you achieve your dream(s). I would suggest however to buy a paperback copy. I read this book in e-book form, which was not the best idea for a person like me, and for this type of book. I would like to have been able to underline and make notes in the margin. Pastors and missionaries will benefit from this book. There is a chapter entitled “The People Question” which discusses how to place the right people around you to fulfill your dream. Many blessings to you as you endeavor to fulfill the dreams God has placed in your heart and happy reading!
Disclaimer: I received this book from booksneeze.com as part of a free books for bloggers program. I was not required to give a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.