Book Review: "The Blessing"

This book is definitely on my top ten list!  John Trent, in this revised and updated edition of the book, explains in great detail the importance of giving your child special blessings as they are growing up.  A blessing is a great give of unconditional love and acceptance that can transform the future of your child.  By using the Old Testament story of Jacob receiving the first born blessing from his father Issac, Dr. Trent explains the importance of the blessing and the five elements to understanding the blessing.  Did you not receive the benefit of a blessing from your parents:  Dr. Trent also tells what happens if you missed that important element of your younger years.  I highly recommend this books to parents of children of all ages — it is a vital part of parenting our kids that we don’t want to miss out on!

A bonus to this revised addition is the activities and video clips that you can watch online at 

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Book Review: Max on Life

I recently read Max Lucado’s newest book, “Max on Life” for Booksneeze.  This was a great book — it covered so many of the questions that we have about God, marriage and family, hope and hurt, and even the after life.  I appreciate that this book covers so many areas, and Max’s straightforward yet graceful answers to the questions are easily understood and backed with appropriate Scripture.  I would recommend this book for anyone — whether you are a Christian far along the journey or someone who is just beginning their walk with Christ.  This is easily a “go-to” book to keep on the bookshelf — there are handy topical and Scripture indexes at the back of the book for easy reference. 

Book Review: "Love and Respect

I received this book from in exchange for my review.  This book has been on my “want to read” list for some time, and was recommended by several friends, so I was eager to start reading it. 

The author gives his extensive research on how love and respect is treated within marriage, and how important it is for the wife to give the needed respect to her husband and how this helps to reciprocate love from the husband.  After Dr. Eggerichs explains the real way Ephesians 4:33 is supposed to work, it makes perfect sense to follow this concept in your marriage.  Just reading the first section of the book answered several of my questions and gives a great foundation.  However Dr. Eggeriches provides biblical direction and real life examples to take this concept to a deeper and successful level as a couple.

This book is definitely a “go-to” reference book on marriage.  I learned so much from this book, and will no doubt go back and reread portions in the future.

Review: "An Amish Love"

I received this book to review from BookSneeze just last week and finished it over the weekend!  This book is an easy and lovely read; perfect for a relaxing weekend.

“An Amish Love” contains three novellas from three different authors, yet the storylines tie together as if they were written by one writer.  The stories center around three Amish families in Paradise, Pennsylvania,  focusing on different struggles they faced:  a couple’s marriage based on a lie, a prodigal son, and an empty nest couple rebuilding their relationship after a year long separation.  While the book is an enjoyable read, it also represents to the reader that all families can have struggles, regardless of who they are and where they live.  It is also a reminder of the importance of honesty, forgiveness and second chances in relationships.

As a twist, there is a readers group guide in the back of the book to be for small group discussion and even a few traditional Amish recipes.

I can highly recommend this book — great for a weekend and gift idea.

Book Review: “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”

The new book by John C. Maxwell, “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect”, gives another great summary of how to connect with other people in the correct way.  This book follows along the same principles as others by Maxwell, i.e., it’s all about other people, go beyond the words, it is more skill than talent, connect on common ground, etc.

What I like about this book, however, is that Maxwell uses a multitude of examples — from famous names to the unknown, to illustrate how these principles work.  In addition, Maxwell writes in layman’s language so it’s easy for anyone to digest.  I would highly recommend this book to anyone in any vocation or situation, from the career person to the stay at home parent.