How-We-Love-Our-Kids_thumbI’m always open to reading books about how I can become a better parent. Shocking, I know. I mean, as a teenager we all pretty much believe that we have it all figured out, and that we have all the answers.

The arrival of our fifth bundle of joy this past February made me realize that there’s always something that I can learn, and How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting was a book that I was interested in because of the Christian authors and the fact that I believe that we can always improve how we show our love to our kids.

The book starts out with a set of parenting styles, believing that the key to understanding how to love our kids is by understanding how we were loved as a child. One of the best things I gleaned from the book is that it is my job as a parent to not only identify who my child is and what his triggers are, but to help them identify them and how to cope with them. This must start with an honest evaluation of yourself.

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Grieving_thumbA few months back I was asked to read and review James R. White’s book, Grieving: Your Path Back to Peace (Crisis Points) by my Pastor for my input as far as giving this out to people we knew that had lost a loved one.  At the time, I was unsure who I knew that would need such a book, nor did I really know what to expect.

When I got married to my lovely wife, Virtuous Blonde, back in 2001 I had all four grandparents at the wedding.  Today, I only have one grandparent left—my maternal grandfather.

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LivingInLoveThis summer, my wife and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.  It seems hard to believe that it was ten years ago that we were standing in her home church exchanging vows and that the time would fly by this fast!

Ten years and four kids later (fifth on the way!), it seemed like a perfect time to be reading a book on how to make our marriage strong and to live in love, and this book did not disappoint!

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Emotional-PurityI received a copy of Emotional Purity: An Affair of the Heart from the author, Heather Patenaude, for review.  Written mostly to young ladies, there is much there for the young man as well.

The first thing that strikes you about the book and title is the fact that purity is more than simply physical—which is where many teens and couples leave it—but it is also emotional.

I really how this book is not just a book of abstract ideas, but it uses “Tracy and Mike”, an illustration drawn from the author’s life, to illustrate the point.  Tracy is a young woman who has a friend, Mike, and she has translated his behavior towards her as that of romantic interest.  However, that’s not exactly how Mike sees it.

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