Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After: Preparing for a Marriage That Goes the Distance by Craig Groeschel

I found Love, Sex, and Happily Ever After: Preparing for a Marriage That Goes the Distance by Craig Groeschel a good read for singles who are seriously contemplating of getting married - whether dating or engaged, even those who are still waiting on that one person to marry. 

The book is packed with Biblical references regarding relationships that are intended to progress into marriage. 

I like how the book is organized chronologically with regards to finding the right person to marry. I also like how the author set aside one chapter each for the husband and wife to highlight the differences between men and women. 

What I like most is that the author ends the book with a chapter on habits that strengthen marriages and finally closing with a chapter on covenant marriages. Highly recommended for singles though the second half of the book is very relevant even to those who are already married.


About the author:
Craig Groeschel is the founding and senior pastor of, recently ranked the nation’s second largest church. By 2010, was hosting more than eighty services at fourteen campuses. Craig and his wife, Amy, share a passion to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. They live with their six children near Edmond, Oklahoma. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Book Review: I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives. by Doug Bender and Dave Sterrett

I came across the I am Second website when I did a  video search on one of my favorite film makers. The site featured real(and mostly famous) people on video sharing about their lives and how God changed them.

The site (and eventually the book) comes from the premise that God is first and the self is second, and shares to the world real stories from a number of people with real struggles that anyone can relate with.

The book I Am Second: Real Stories. Changing Lives. is another way of presenting the stories to people who want a print version of the online videos. 

The book contains a collection of stories that are well-written but basically using the same words that the people on the video are saying. Each story is presented as if it was written by the persons themselves and adds depth to the stories as it gives a narrative which the online video lacks.

Highly recommended to those who love the online videos.

About the authors:
Doug Bender is an I Am Second writer and small groups coach. He spends his time developing many of the small group tools found at and coaching churches, organizations, and individuals to use I Am Second groups to share the message of Jesus with their friends and family. He also works with I Am Second’s parent organization, e3 Partners, as a church planter in countries like Ethiopia and Indonesia. Doug is married to Catherine and has a one-year-old baby, Bethany. 

Dave Sterrett is a speaker, missionary, and ambassador for I Am Second. Dave also serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy, and Apologetics at Liberty University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Why Trust Jesus?, “O” God, and the three-part novella series coauthored with Josh McDowell, The Coffeehouse Chronicles. 

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Net Galley as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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