Letters to a Romantic, First Years of Marriage

Letters to a Romantic is written by two young pastors who minister at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and are both trained as biblical counselors. This book is designed to “cover twenty-two relevant issues and answer questions that almost all newlyweds wonder about” (p. 9). Toward that end, they address many pertinent subjects that […]

Created to be His Help Meet, Discover How God Can Make Your Marriage Glorious

Apparently Debi Pearl, and her husband Michael, have wide appeal through their “No Greater Joy” ministry. They have written numerous books on marriage that they claim have been read by millions. Their straight-forward, no-holds-barred, strongly-opinionated style is appreciated by some. In this work, Debi says her aim is to reveal God’s plan for a heavenly, […]

You Never Stop Being a Parent, Thriving in Relationship with Your Adult Children

Jim Newheiser and Elyse Fitzpatrick team up to address an often ignored but vital topic concerning relationships with adult children. Although the book was written in 2010 its message is still relevant. A few quoted statistics are obviously out of date, but since most of the advice is grounded in Scripture and the cross (p. […]

God, Marriage, and Family, Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation (2nd Edition)

Köstenberger and Jones have written what amounts to a textbook on marriage and the family, which they hope will point the way to return and rebuild the biblical foundation of marriage and the family (p. 16).  The catalyst for this expansive work is the authors’ belief that, “There remains a need for a volume that […]

The Storm-Tossed Family, How the Cross Reshapes the Home by Russell Moore

The Storm-Tossed Family was honored with Christianity Today’s 2019 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year Award, so I was curious as to why. I found the book interesting in places, even if Moore often wrote in generalities and loaded the work with clichés.  I was bothered by his constant references to the “gospel,” without defining […]

How to Bring Your Children to Christ…& Keep Them There by Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort admits that the title of this book is not the best.  No parent is capable of bringing their children to Christ, nor to keep them there, both being a work of God.  Still he chose to stick with the title (p. 13).  Nor does the author turn Proverbs 22:6 into a promise that […]

The Resolution for Women By Priscilla Shirer

The Resolution for Women was written as a companion book to The Resolution for Men and both are part of the follow-up material for the movie Courageous. The author, 31 year old (p. 234) Priscilla Shirer, is a popular women’s speaker and daughter of Pastor Tony Evans. Shirer began her career as a motivational speaker […]

Home Improvement, The Parenting Book You Can Read to Your Kids,by Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller (Lawrenceville, NJ: Effective Parenting, Inc., 207), 197 pp. paper $12.99

Home Improvement is a highly practical, biblically sound book which provides eight tools for effective parenting. Each chapter develops one of these tools which are: Action point (the point at which a parent takes action) Positive conclusion (“discipline is not complete until the positive relationship between the parent and child is restored” – p. 38) […]

Real Marriage, the Truth About Sex, Friendship & Life Together

Real Marriage uses the backdrop of the Driscolls’ own marriage, with its numerous struggles, to provide marital advice on a number of topics such as friendship, respect, submission, sin, repentance and forgiveness.  These subjects are covered in the first section of the book and for the most-part the authors offer no unique insights.  The Driscolls […]

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