My Beloved and My Friend Review

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For nearly 14 years, I’ve been married to my best friend. Over the years, I’ve read a number of marriage books. Not because we have a troubled relationship, but because I think it’s a good idea to keep reminding myself of what is important in a relationship (and what’s not). So when presented with the opportunity to review Hal & Melanie Young’s latest book, I just couldn’t pass it up!

The title of the book, My Beloved and My Friend, immediately intrigued me. I loved this quote from Chapter 2, “Choose to see each other as our best friends. This is really, seriously one of the most satisfying things you will ever do.” I found the book to be full of excellent advice for newlyweds, and those of us who have been married for a while now.

My Beloved and My Friend is divided up into 12 chapters:

  • Leaving and Cleaving
  • How To Be Married To Your Best Friend
  • In Sickness and In Health
  • On Submission
  • Fidelity and Loyalty Are Not Mutual Funds
  • The Physical Aspect
  • How To Have The Right Number of Children
  • Money – Yours, Mine, or Ours?
  • The Division of Labor
  • The Spiritual Aspect
  • Being of One Mind
  • How To Fight So You Both Win

I particularly appreciated the balanced point of view they expressed in the chapters about submission and division of labor. Those tend to be hot button topics, and a lot of the things we read tend to go to either one extreme or the other. I thought Hal and Melanie’s advice on the topics was sensible and biblical.

The chapter “In Sickness and In Health” discusses something you don’t often see in a marriage book, how to handle serious illness. In this chapter, the Youngs share their own story. Their practical advice will not only be helpful to couples facing such a situation, but it also gave me a little better picture of how I might best help families dealing with health problems and hospital stays. I’m very glad that they chose to include this topic in their book.

“How To Have The Right Number of Children” talks about birth control, and touches on natural childbirth and breastfeeding. Birth control is an incredibly controversial subject, and at the end of the chapter the authors state just that. I’ve read articles and books that advocate not using any form of birth control that came across as harsh and judgmental. That is not the case with My Beloved and My Friend. Hal and Melanie share their point of view and their reasons for it, but it’s written with kindness rather than condemnation.

There is plenty of great advice to be gleaned from My Beloved and My Friend. I certainly enjoyed reading it! And it’s available for pre-order now for Christmas delivery! It would be a nice gift for any married couple, or for your spouse.

Review of Unrivaled

“I enjoy reading historical fiction, and I have fond memories of making candy with my great-aunts. A novel that combines the two is sure to pique my interest. Since Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell arrived in my mailbox during a long power outage, I had the perfect excuse to dive right in!”

Interested in reading my complete review? Check it out on the HEDUA review site. (Don’t forget to enter the weekly giveaways while you’re there!)

Worth Checking Out…

Want to take a peek at some of my new reviews?

“There’s just something about a good regency era romance novel that makes me smile. Don’t get me wrong, I’m beyond thankful that I live in the era of indoor plumbing, electricity, and washing machines! But, it’s still fun to spend some time lost in a period drama. If you enjoy historical fiction, The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen is a great book when you’re in the mood for an interesting romantic story….”

Read the rest of the review here. (While you’re there, enter the giveaway!)

You could win a copy of this too: “I like the idea of lapbooking. The execution however, is not my strong point. I’d prefer to avoid lapbooks if my daughter didn’t love them! What I need, is a ready-to-go lapbook that doesn’t require my creating the booklets to put in the folder. That’s where Knowledge Box Central’s Classical Composers and InstrumentsLapbook comes in. We have a project recording our classical music study. My daughter has a creative and fun project to work on, and it doesn’t require endless prep work from me.”

Here’s the link to the rest of the review.

I haven’t written a review for this next one, but I just have to share it with you anyway. During the month of April, Christian Audio is offering a free download of Enemies of the Heart by Andy Stanley. I listened to it last week and it gave me so much to think and pray about. It was convicting to listen to, but that’s a good thing! Definitely download it this month while it’s free.

Hope you’re having a bit of spring wherever you are. I’m going to enjoy some sunshine today!

What I’ve Been Writing Lately…

My blog may have been quiet lately, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been writing! Take a peek at some of the things I’ve been working on:

“We’ve all admired them. Those gorgeous photos of homeschool spaces. Whether it’s an entire room, or just a perfectly organized cabinet, who hasn’t looked longingly at the coordinated bins, color-coded labels, and row after row of artfully arranged books? Then we look guiltily at the avalanche of books and papers on our own table… Well, feel guilty no moreI’ve got the top ten reasons not to organize your homeschool!”

Read those reasons by clicking here.

How about a couple of reviews?

“The White House is perhaps one of the most recognizable buildings in the United States. How aware are you of the history behind it? Who was the first president to live there? How did it come to be called the White House? What changes and renovations have taken place over the years? The answers to those questions can be found in The History of the White House coloring book. It’s a perfect resource to go along with any study of the presidents!”

Read the rest of the review here.

And if you’re looking for missionary biographies, check this one out…

“Finding good role models for our girls is tricky, to say the least. Irene Howat’s book, Ten Girls Who Changed the World, introduces us to ten girls whose faith compelled them to do some incredible things. God used each of these women to accomplish something wonderful and lasting. Their stories will inspire girls of all ages!”

The rest of the review is over at Home Educating Family’s website.

Since Pi Day (March 14th) is coming right up, take a look at an older review of a picture book that would be the perfect addition to your celebration!

“Sure, you can find plenty of counting books for toddlers out there, but what about math storybooks for kids a little older? That’s where Sir Cumference and the First Round Table comes in! A picture book for early elementary students, it combines a delightful story with geometry concepts.”

Make sure to click here and read the whole review!

So brew a nice cup of tea, and then let me know what you think of my latest writing projects. And don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter while you’re at the Home Educating Family site!

100 Pound Loser Review

I don’t really do New Year’s resolutions. Even so, I would like to lose the last of the baby weight this year. My “baby” is nearly two at this point. No one tells you how much harder it is to lose the pregnancy pounds when you’re over 30 though!

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When I found out that Jessica from Muthering Heights was publishing her e-book about her own weight loss journey, I was immediately interested. She’s a mom of four just like me! I loved the idea of getting tips from someone whose in the same “mom boat” that I am.

I read her book 100 Pound Loser in one sitting. At 30 pages, it’s short, but I think that’s a good thing. With four kids to homeschool, short means that I’ll actually get to finish it!

100 Pound Loser isn’t a program or manual for weight loss, but more of a chat with a friend. Jessica shares her story and tips and tricks that work for her. She’s upfront about there being no “magic pill” for weight loss. We all know that it takes good eating and exercise habits to really lose the weight. This is perfect if you need a little encouragement or motivation to get started.

I’ve read Jessica’s blog for some time now, and her book is written with the humor and gentle encouragement that characterizes her blog posts. The section on cravings made me laugh more than once. I really appreciated that she briefly touched on the subject of body image and how our attitudes in this area affect our kids, especially our daughters!

100 Pound Loser is a great little e-book for anyone who wants to lose the extra pounds. You’ll find encouragement, some good tips, and most of all, it’s written from a biblical perspective. It’s available in PDF and kindle format.

Note: I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for my review. I received no monetary compensation, and the opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review: Reaching for the Moon

“Nearly forty-three years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, the stories of the men who walked on the moon still manage to capture the imaginations of children and adults. Reaching for the Moon is a beautiful picture book that the whole family can enjoy. In it, astronaut Buzz Aldrin shares his own story…”

You can read the rest of my review here. And while you at the Home Educating Family review site, be sure to check out the other great reviews!

Book Review: Wind and Shadow

Remember when I interviewed Kathy Tyers a year ago? Her book, Wind and Shadow came out close to the end of 2011. I finally got my own copy and read it in January. It was so good that it only took me two days to read it! I wrote a review of it for Christian Fiction Book Reviews:

“Kathy Tyers has done it again! Wind and Shadow, published in 2011 by Marcher Lord Press, is a fantastic addition to the Firebird series. This fourth book picks up the story of Brennen and Firebird Caldwell’s children.

Twin brothers Kinnor and Kiel are polar opposites whose lives have taken very different directions. But events have been set into motion that will bring them both to the same planet and put both of them at risk….”

Read the rest of the review here.

I also have the new annotated edition of Firebird. I’ll be reviewing that as well once I finish reading it. Being a trilogy, it will take a bit longer than two days to read though! I already love the Firebird trilogy, and this annotated edition is such fun to read!

So be sure to keep your eyes open for that review! In the meantime, why not pick up your own copy? Brew a cup of tea, sit by the fire, and enjoy the story!