Category Archives: Books

When God Gives Us More than We Can Handle

When God Gives You More than You Can Handle...

Last week, I published a piece entitled I’m Not Enough — and Why It’s Liberating to Admit It. The message must have resonated with my readers, for within the first twenty-four hours, over 1000 people had clicked through to read the post. The gist of the article is that positive self-talk does not change the facts — repeatedly telling yourself… Read more »

Fathers Matter (Every Day of the Year)

Fathers Matter!

Last Sunday was Father’s Day — a day for celebrating the parent that goes largely unnoticed and under-appreciated the rest of the year. Dads are under-appreciated partly because our society is no longer conditioned to hold fathers in high esteem. Fathers have long been a favorite target of television sitcoms, where the vast majority of them are depicted as inept,… Read more »

5 Great Reasons to Read My Husband’s Book

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5 Great Reasons to Read 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife....

Today is the official release date of my husband’s new book, 25 Ways to Show Love to Your Wife. It’s been two years in the writing, but over twenty-seven in the living. Of course, I’d love to see every married couple devour this book, together with my companion book, 25 Ways to Communicate Respect. That’s why this little two-volume set… Read more »

Messy Beautiful Love {Review and Giveaway}

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Messy Beautiful Love

Is your marriage struggling? Does it feel one-sided? Do you long for it to be more than it is? Marriages are under attack as never before. Unfortunately, those attacks sometimes come not from without, but from within. In Messy Beautiful Love, bestselling author Darlene Schacht discusses just such an attack on her own marriage — one that surely would have… Read more »

The Bundle Books I’m Reading First

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The 2014 Healthy Living Bundle

Anybody who has followed this blog for long knows that I love to read. I average about a book a week. Although I like a variety of genres, I especially enjoy books that teach me something new. The more I read, the more I learn. And the more I learn, the more I want to learn. That’s one reason I’m… Read more »

Are You Up for a Challenge?

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Being Married is Like Riding a Bike

Twenty-seven years, two days, eleven hours, and thirty-nine minutes. That’s how long I’ve been married to my husband. You might think that after more than a quarter of a century, we’d have this marriage thing down pat. That by now, the hard work would be behind us. That maybe we could just coast through the rest of our marriage with… Read more »

I Married a Sinner (and So Did He)

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Nothing Else to Marry

What follows is an excerpt from my book, Love Your Husband/Love Yourself. I am posting here at the request of a blogging friend from Thankful Homemaker. The letter quoted at the end of this passage is a personal one that Elisabeth Elliot sent me in response to a letter I mailed to her over a quarter century ago. That was… Read more »

Stating the Obvious: Men and Women are Different

Neurological research has demonstrated what any two-year-old could tell you: Men and women are not identical in either nature or function.

Actress Kirsten Dunst made headline news last week for her comments concerning traditional gender roles. “I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” she told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking – it’s a valuable thing my mum created.”… Read more »

Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl {Giveaway}

Enter to win a copy of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl by Paula Hendricks

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paula Hendricks, the writing and editorial manager at Revive Our Hearts ministries. She wanted to discuss the possibility of turning my book 25 Ways to Communicate Respect into a 30-Day online challenge, to which I enthusiastically agreed. During the course of our communication, Paula mentioned that she had recently published a book… Read more »