Monday, September 18, 2017

Military Monday: Capes

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, September 11, 2017

Military Monday: Forever Home

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.



Monday, September 4, 2017

Military Monday: Deja Vuniform

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Military Monday: Plans

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Title Tuesday: Dare to Respect

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads! With all that being said, lets jump in!

Last week I wrote about  The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner. The book for this week is based off that book! This week we are going to talk about Dare to Respect by Tammy Oberg De La Garza

This book is actually a work of fiction about women that took The Respect Dare, and how it changed their lives. The book follows the story of six different women and how the Respect Dare impacted their marriages. 

Dare to Respect gives some real, practical things that could be done to help wives show respect to their husbands. The characters stories are well developed and very intricate. The story line is rich and captures the imagination.

The only downside to this book is the handling of the topic of pornography. The author hints that pornography makes men violent, wife-beaters. I think that this misconstruction could lead a lot of women down an ugly path if they ever found out their husbands were using pornography. While I absolutely agree that pornography is 100% wrong, not all men that view pornography are going to be as aggressive as one of the husbands in the novel. 

Overall I give this book a B+. While there is nothing wrong with the book I generally don't read fiction, so I am going to review it as a tool. This book can be used to help you better accomplish marriage improvements. It would be a good tool for a women's group to talk over if they were looking for a fictional alternative for book club. If used as a tool, I would explain carefully to the group that the depiction of pornography use and the subsequent actions taken are not necessarily right or biblical, which is why this book received only a B+. 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Military Monday: Just a Week?

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Title Tuesday: The Respect Dare

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads! With all that being said, lets jump in!

Every once in a while I review a book that I have been putting off for any number of reasons. Today I am going to share with you just such a book... The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner

Let me start by saying that I think this books is very good and incredibly challenging which is why I put it off for so long. I have had this book sitting on my "to review" shelf for almost two years. The reason for my hesitancy with this book is because like many Christian women, I shy away from the word respect. I waited to read this book until I was ready to give it a real try and complete all the dares with the goal of showing my husband the love RESPECT that he needs. 

WAIT. WHAT? 

This is the part where women tend to nod off or just flat out ignore what the Bible teaches. But the fact of the matter is that husbands need respect. Period, end of story. We as wives have the incredibly ability and opportunity to help them with that just as they are called to love us. So, if you have a fundamental problem with the idea that wives should respect their husbands, you should probably stop reading here. 

Ok, now that we have covered that, lets get back to my journey through The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner. I have just completed the respect dare and I have to say that it was a real learning experience for me. My husband and I have often had the respect argument of "But what does it LOOK like to respect you". I needed more than just a list of don'ts to be able to do a good job. I needed to know what I could do positively to impact his heart with the respect that he needs. 

Nina Roesner does a great job of doing just that. She breaks each topic down in a way that is clear and concise. The chapters and topics are varied cover everything from introspection, to frying pans, to sex. 
Each chapter contains a scripture reference, a little vignette that explains the dare, a bottom line that is the actual dare, and a list of questions. I strongly recommend keeping a notebook for working through this book. It is helpful to write out the answers to the questions. As for how this book impacted my marriage? I didn't realize how many things that I said and did on a daily basis communicated disrespect to my husband. I didn't realize the ways in which my means of communication or getting things done left him out of the equation all together. This book gave me practical and real life steps I could take to better my h=understanding of his need for respect and also the best ways to do it. 

Overall, I give the book an A+ and I want to tell every wife I know about it. I will caution that I do NOT think that this is one of those marriage books that should be used by couples before marriage. I think this book is just too in-depth for that and it could cause unnecessary heartache if the couple does not remain together. However, I will recommend The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner to all newly married couples, couples that have been married for some time, and couples that just need a jump start in their marriage. It could be a tool to improve your own marriage as well as a tool to help other struggling in their marriages. This was a great book and an easy read, 100% worth your time. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Military Monday: Wear RED

Welcome to another Military Monday!

Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.





Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Title Tuesday: Using Pinterest to Build Your Reading List

Welcome to  Title Tuesday, my favorite day of the week! This day is dedicated to book suggestions and reviews. I write this portion of my blog because I am a big believer in the motivational speaker Charlie Jones' quote which says, "You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.” I try to meet as many new people as possible and to read everything I can. This is my way of sharing that information with you. If you are interested in understanding my rating system for books you can read my Book Review Explanation here and What I Believe here. If you want to check out what I am currently reading or what I want to read next, friend me on Goodreads! With all that being said, lets jump in!

Do you ever get to the end of a fabulous book and you just can't decide what to read next? I experience this every single time I finish a book. I know that doesn't sound like it belongs on a Title Tuesday, but I promise it it relevant!


Today I want to tell you how to keep up a reading list that way you always have another title recommendation ready. Pinterest is my go-to place for book reviews and recommendations. I encourage you to link up with me on Pinterest and follow my boards. If you check out my Pinterest page you will see I have three boards dedicated to books. 

The first one is Books for Adults to read. I cover everything from Bible studies, to fiction to biographies. It is a great place if you are wondering what you should read next.

The second board is Books for Book Clubs. In this board I have books that can ignite great conversations. Each of these books stirs up questions or stimulates thoughts that might not otherwise occur.   

The last board is Books for Children. This is the most diverse list. I have books, I have lists of books. Some of the books are Christian, some of the books are for homeschooling, some of the books are purely because my two year old is obsessed with trucks. 

Having books in marked boards where I can easily scroll through and remember all the titles that I absentmindedly said, "oh that looks good" about helps me to remember the great book recommendations that I get. It helps me to be a more efficient reader to have a list of books that I want to read. 

Let me know what you think! Do you have a book list on social media? Drop a comment below and I would LOVE to come check out your list!  

Monday, August 7, 2017

Military Monday: Walking Away

Welcome to another Military Monday!


Upon marrying a military man I learned that there is a LOT to know about life as a military spouse. Mondays are my day to talk about the things I am learning, the new language, military news and current events. Sometimes I post encouraging videos, stories, and cartoons as well.



So very true!