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Romancing Your Better Half by Rick Johnson

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This book is all about intimacy in marriage, how to achieve it, but also keep it. It talks a lot about communication, and about the differences in how men and women communicate. It talks about how women have more emotional needs, while men have more physical needs. There is a chapter just for women, about men. And another just for men, about women.

Mr. Johnson is a very colorful author, easy to read, easy to follow. He is witty and honest in his advice. I really love how he confessed his shortcomings, and how he is trying to overcome them for the good of his marriage. It’s refreshing when authors don’t “know-it-all.”

While there was a lot of sound advice in this book, there wasn’t much that I haven’t read or heard somewhere before. It’s always good to be reminded and re-focused, but there wasn’t too much in the book that helped me at this time in my life. I would definitely recommend it though, because it’s full of truth and great practical advice! Definitely a great book!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Kidnapped by the Taliban by Dr. Dilip Joseph

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Wow, what a book! I was seriously blown away by this one.

In late November 2012, Dilip Joseph traveled to Afghanistan as he had done many times before. Being a medical doctor, he was connected with an organization helping, and educating the people there. He didn’t realize how that trip would be different from all the others, and that he would be forever changed.

When Dr. Joseph and two of his colleagues were traveling between villages, they were held up and kidnapped. They were forced to hike for about 9 hours that first day, got little sleep, were forced to watch violent videos of other Taliban members being murdered or tortured, and hiked some more.

Ransom demands were made, and they were threatened with death. They got tired and hungry. But that is what I expected from a story such as this.

The surprising part came when the second day, one of the Taliban asked the doctor about his life at home. They exchanged stories of wives and children, extended family (family is almost sacred to those in the Middle East), and hope for the future. It went beyond just getting information. The Taliban member doing most of the talking, even asked Dilip if he could help him get into the U.S. It seemed he was interested in education, and a better future. The doctor felt that most of the men there felt trapped, and wanted something more for their lives, for their families, and for their country. Every time it was time to eat, the captor treated the captives well, wanting them to eat more than themselves, wanting them to be full.

Two parts really stood out to me and made me view them differently forever.

1. At one point, the doctor’s 2 colleagues were separated from them. They were going home. This was the lowest moment for him, fearing to be facing this alone. For the first time, he sat down and began to cry. What was going to happen to him?! There were 4 or 5 members of the Taliban left with him at that point. One of them took of his headscarf, and wiped his eyes with it. Each member took turns, drying the tears that fell from his eyes.

2. When Navy SEALS came in just after midnight on that last night, all of the Taliban were killed. The one he had “connected” with earlier, talking about family and future, did not die right away. The doctor said he wanted to go to him and somehow comfort him, but he feared being disrespectful of his rescuers, so he turned away. That was the decision most regretted.

The only thing negative I have to say, is that Dilip Joseph’s Christianity is very vague. I was left wondering if he is Catholic, non-denominational, or what? He mentions God and faith a lot, but it’s not clear, and there is no gospel.

I learned so much from this book. So, so much. I wish I could share it with everyone. The Taliban as a whole, have been guilty of so many violent, evil actions. But they are human. Some of them are trapped and want change, but they don’t know where to turn. It makes me feel so compassionate for them, and want to pray more for them.

I also learned how thankful we should be to live here in this safe nation. President Obama made Dilip’s rescue a top priority. There were generals, organizations, and of course, the Navy SEALS all putting time, effort and money into rescuing one man. The lead SEAL of the night, the first through the door, was shot and killed, along with the 5 Taliban. What a story!

Please read it!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Love Letters From God by Glenys Nellist

This is a very sweet collection of major Bible stories. They are well written and the artwork is beautiful. But the most precious part about this book is the little “love letters” at the end of each story.

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After we read about the life of someone in the Bible – Joseph, Jonah, or especially Jesus – there is a little flap to lift up and read God’s “letter” to us. My kids have enjoyed when I put their names at the beginning of that cute little “letter.” We explain to them that the Bible is really God’s letter to us, but the things we read in this book just put it in different words.

I think it helps them see the personal side of the Bible, and the gospel, that Jesus doesn’t just love the whole world, He loves me!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Prescription for Life by Dr Richard Furman

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As one who is always in pursuit of “skinnier” and “healthier,” I snatched up this title for information and inspiration. The author was a vascular surgeon for more than thirty years. During this time, he gathered information and made observations vital to the health of everyone.

He advises three areas essential for good health: 1. Losing and maintaining an ideal weight, 2. Eating low-fat, zero-cholesterol foods, 3. Exercising.

So many Americans suffer from, or even die of stroke or heart attack. Both are directly related to the health of the arteries. So often, doctors will prescribe a medication after a heart “episode,” but the root of the problem is still there. A lifestyle change has to be made! The three above steps will keep the arteries clean and smooth, and keep the heart pumping strong. The book is filled with stories from others who had heart problems. Some of them chose to change their eating and exercise habits. Some did not. So often, the quality of our health is left in our own hands. But as we see in this book, it takes commitment to eat healthy foods, and keep our bodies moving!

Great book, full of information and insight.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

 

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