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!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Title Tuesday: Spirit Empowered Theology

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!

Today I want to tell you about Spirit Empowered Theology by Charles Carrin, D.D. 


Before you start snoring let me explain that today is a special day for me as this is my very first time to review a book on theology. I LOVE studying about who God is and how I can understand Him better. Theology is the way that you do that. Theology literally means the study of the nature of God. Isn't it incredible that the creator of the universe allows us to get to know him personally?! If you want to know more about how to have a relationship with our King and His son, feel free to contact me I would LOVE to talk with you about it.  Ok, moving on!


When I first got Spirit Empowered Theology I was honestly a little put off by it. My first thought was, "DO we really need ANOTHER theology book floating around out there?" There are literally thousands of tomes written about who God is and why we should care. 


However, after cracking Spirit Empowered Theology  open I have to say I was wrong. 


This book is a much needed abridged version of a course on theology. You could easily spend hundreds of dollars on sets of theology books that will go far more in depth than the average Christian would need or you could have Spirit Empowered Theology on your shelf ready to be pulled off at a moments notice. This 351 page book is broken up into 18 different parts. Each part covers a common question in the faith. Carrin covers questions like: 

What is the significance of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection?
What does the Holy Spirit impart to believers?
What are foundations of the faith?
Each of these parts are then broken down in to smaller questions. Carrin uses clear and concise language to make his points he also has Biblical references for his points and arguments. I would make certain to have a dictionary on hand if you are new to the study of theology. Some of the words are things you only hear in theological discussion and debate so they may be less familiar to you than things you would hear from the pulpit at church.

In an age where longtime Christians seem to be squirmy on their faith, unsure about what is right and what is wrong, a book like Spirit Empowered Theology could be an excellent tool for a Christian looking to answer questions from someone seeking Christ. The index at the front of the book is very useful if you are trying to answer someone's specific question quickly and easily. Spirit Empowered Theology would also be a good book for someone that has been a Christian for a while but is still young in their faith and wanting to mature. Overall, I have to give Spirit Empowered Theology a solid A+ review and I think it would be a useful addition to most Christian's toolboxes.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Military Monday: BATTLE OF THE SAND

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.


Between my husband's work things and my boys shoes I feel like there is ALWAYS sand in my house. I thought I would leave the sand behind in the sandhills of North Carolina. Turns out there is PLENTY of sand in California too. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Title Tuesday: Praying for Girls

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!
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All thoughts and opinions expressed 
in this review are purely my own.
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Today I am reviewing Praying for Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood. Let me start this review by saying, I am a boy mom. ‏I have two very robust, loud, rough-and-tumble, boys. Reviewing this book was a stretch for me at first. I couldn't understand why God had brought this book in to my life, honestly I was a little irritated that this book fell into my lap. 

Then I realized, I have two very robust, loud, rough-and-tumble, boys... 
...that will someday take wives. 

My boys are one and two years old so their wives may not have even been born yet. However, I can be in prayer for these girls right now, every single day. With that, I jumped in tackled Teri Lynne Underwood's Praying for Girls

On the plus side:
This book is definitely written for women to pray about and for their girls. Underwood breaks her book into five parts: her identity, her heart, her mind, her relationships, and her purpose. Each part breaks down in to smaller more bite-sized chapters. Each chapter has listed out prayers to pray as well as specific activities to begin conversations with your daughters. 

On the negative side:
While Praying for Girls  is a very "feel good" book, it isn't particularly deep. The theology is things that you would have heard before. 

I also, really do wish that the book didn't start with the girl's image, which is her very first real chapter. I feel like that really should have been the absolute LAST chapter. While the author specifically says that image shouldn't be put above all else, that was the very first thing that she really addresses. I feel that her editors failed her in that respect.  

All in all, I give Praying for Girls a B. Underwood is relational in her writing style. It almost feels like you are sitting across from her at a coffee shop, discussing your spiritual life. It could be very helpful for someone first starting out with praying for her daughters. It could be a good place to start for someone beginning to disciple a younger woman, as well. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Military Life: The Perfect House

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.


I am LOVING our new house in San Diego. I miss Fort Brag and all of our wonderful friends but the west coast is growing on me!