Thursday, February 26, 2015
Messy Beautiful Love was the first book I read this year off of my 2015 reading list (view the entire list here). It was a great read to start with! Darlene blogs at Time-warp Wife and her blog is constantly challenging me. Darlene has had extreme highs and lows in her marriage, including an affair which she discusses in her book. I appreciate her open honesty on how she has dealt with her sin and how she and her family have made a miraculous, only-God-could-do-this recovery and moved on to a wonderful relationship example. She doesn't fill the book with examples of other people, rather, she opens up her heart and doesn't hesitate to admit that she doesn't always respond correctly. The book was easy to read and chocked full of practical, Biblical principles on how to have a Godly marriage. We all are going to have different "messy" moments in our family relationships, but how we respond to that as a believer is based solely on our walk with God. This relationship will determine how "beautiful" our marriage will be; we can't do it without Him. I was thankful for Darlene's honesty for young wives like me. Some of the lows "older" (I use that term loosely lol) wives talk about can be very scary for those of us who are newly married. I don't want to think about loss, pain, and struggle, but Darlene presents her lows in a way that gives hope that God can restore and redeem His children as we seek Him. The Bible doesn't promise us "constant happiness" as believers, but He does give us the answers in His word on how to deal with "life." A blessed marriage is a result of surrendering your life to His ways. I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it, especially for young wives. Darlene writes in an easy-to-read manner that pulls you right in. Check it out!
Friday, February 6, 2015
This year one of my goals is to get back to reading. I have always loved to read, I couldn't put books down starting in 1st grade, but over the last few years finding the time seems harder and harder. This year I have a goal of reading 15 books in 2015. Here's my reading list:
1. The Most Important Year in a Woman's Life (the other half of the book is the Men's version) by the DeVries and the Wolgemuth
Your marriage could be one of history’s great love stories! As newlyweds, it’s time to ensure that your marriage can meet the challenges it will face right around the corner. Cultivating good habits during these first twelve foundational months of your marriage and knowing what to focus on will set the stage for years to come. Robert and Bobbie and Mark and Susan know that there’s a big difference between preparation and actual experience. This is your guide to actually dealing with all the things that come after “I do.” In this unique flip-over format, the chapter topics are the same but one half is written by men for the husband, and the other half is written from a women’s perspective for the wife. As a couple, you’ll each progress through your part of the book and meet somewhere in the middle. Become an expert on what really makes your spouse happy, and enjoy the benefits of a great partnership. Take an honest look at the family you grew up in: its unwritten codes, how it has shaped you, and the ways it affects your relationship with your mate. Learn how to speak each other’s “language” and appreciate the qualities each of you brings to your marriage. You’ll also get an eye-opening look at communication skills, secrets for a great sex life, budget basics, dealing with in-laws, navigating tough times, and much more. Above all, you’ll cultivate a spiritual unity that draws the two of you closer to each other as you draw closer to God. Start reading, and make this first year together what it was meant to be: the most important year in your life.