Friday, February 13, 2009

Triple Valentine's Day Ideas

This Valentines Day say “I Do” to Love a Way of Life

Book: Love as a Way of Life Devotional

Author: Dr. Gary Chapman

Summary: In his book Love As a Way of Life, best-selling author Gary Chapman shows readers how to cultivate a new lifestyle built around the seven characteristics of authentic love. Now in a companion devotional, he provides ninety inspirational readings to help Christians consistently live out the characteristics of love in every relationship.

Each devotional entry showcases biblical truths that guide a life of love, offering fresh insight and practical guidance in how to make love a lasting habit. Over the course of three months, readers will learn to follow God’s lead as they practice the characteristics of a loving person: kindness, patience, forgiveness, courtesy, humility, generosity, and honesty.

The Love As a Way of Life Devotional makes an ideal gift for the holidays or for any special occasion. Couples, parents, new graduates, and anyone celebrating a milestone in life will welcome this inspiring daily guide to richer, more satisfying relationships.

Angie's Take: I love Gary Chapman's mentoring any way I can get it. I've seen an improvement in the relationships with my family every time I learn something from him. Put it into a devotional and connect me to God's word with it (well after all, He is the creator of relationships!) and you send me off into the "zone." I love it! Now I can see how and where Gary Chapman connects God's authority of relationship into practical life teaching. I love the short breath prayers and the action items.

Book: I Do Again

Authors: Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs

Summary: With their professional success and adorable twin daughters, Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs looked like the perfect couple. But their polished facade concealed a widening chasm between two people unable to connect on an intimate, soul-deep level.

After years of frustration, Cheryl’s desire for emotional fulfillment led to an affair and, finally, divorce. Yet, incredibly, seven years later, Jeff and Cheryl once again stood at the altar, promising to “love, honor, and cherish” one another. A new and vibrant love had risen out of the ashes of this family’s pain.

I Do Again details the fascinating real-life story of a couple whose relationship seemed shattered beyond all hope until a spiritual awakening led them to reconsider their definitions of “happily ever after.” A riveting account of the power of prayer and redemption, this remarkable book offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages—and reveals why the rewards of restoration are well worth the wait.

Angie's Take: We need people to do what this couple did and say, "Oops, I messed up but it is possible to fix it." If you are in a situation where you wish you could have, this is the book for you.

Book: For Couples Only Box Set

Authors: Shaunti and Jeff Feldhahn

Summary: Since their debut, these revolutionary guides have sold well over a million copies, been translated into fifteen languages, and sparked much fascinating water-cooler conversation around the country. Now together in the For Couples Only boxed set, these books provide the perfect resource to help you understand what you never knew about the woman or man in your life.

Each volume is based on input from more than a thousand members of the opposite sex—including an unprecedented nationwide survey and hundreds of personal interviews. This innovative approach yields candid and surprising answers about everything you don’t “get” about your significant other—even what that person deeply wishes you knew. It also produces simple but groundbreaking awareness of how you can best love and support the one who is most important to you. [Part of me wanted to make this paragraph past tense—yielded and produced—because of the first paragraph, but that took away some of the immediacy of what the books offer. I’ll leave that up to you.]

So whether you are newly dating or have been married fifty years, get ready to know each other in a whole new way. The adventure is just beginning!

Angie's Take: Wise message and easy to read style is always appreciated in the Feldhahn's writing. But none of this is taken lightly. It's based on hard work and scientific method.

So how do you get these wonderful books full of wise and helpful advice?
Amazon Links:

I Do Again: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400074452

Love As A Way Of Life Devo: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307444694

For Couples Only: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1601422482
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