- October 10, 2012
- By Staff, Baptist Standard
A theme throughout the book is the idea that it is never too late to improve your marriage. Along with the strong scriptural support for his ideas and suggestions, the book is filled with practical advice all couples can consider adopting for their marriage relationship. A few good examples include an annual "vision retreat" to help communication and intimacy flourish and surrounding yourselves with other couples who share the same commitment to lifelong and fulfilling marriages.
Couples who would like to strengthen their relationship with their spouse would benefit greatly from this book.
and vice president for
East Texas Baptist University
Divorcing? Remember Me by John LaNoue (Xulon Press)
The transitional chapter between the first half of the book and its concluding chapters tells how at age 16, two laymen from First Baptist Church in Beaumont visited LaNoue at his home. They introduced him to a new concept—that by confessing his sins and committing his life to Christ, he could become born again as a "new creation." At that point, he realized his life always would be influenced by his past, but it did not have to be controlled by it.
The latter chapters of the book tell the rest of the story. They describe LaNoue's court-ship of Kaywin—the West Texas beauty queen he met at college—and their 57 years (and counting) of marriage. While it's not a marriage manual, LaNoue offers practical, biblically based advice for a happy and God-honoring marriage.
When You Need a Miracle: How to Ask God for the Impossible by Linda Evans Shepherd (Revell)
In each chapter, Shepherd includes a miraculous prayer for the reader to pray about the chapter material and a Scripture portion to read aloud and ponder. Through these, she focuses the reader back over the materials of the chapters. A reader's guide, which basically is questions, will be of help to internalize the materials or can be used as a guide for small-group discussion.
In her conclusion, she states that having finished the book, the reader will have "experienced the miracle to trust (God), no matter what."
When You Need a Miracle is a good read that will stimulate your prayer and devotional life.
retired executive director
Texas Baptist Men
Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock (Bethany House)
But Ann Tatlock's Travelers Rest isn't a fairy tale. When an improvised explosive device makes Seth a quadriplegic, he insists Jane treat him as dead. Instead, she arranges to spend the summer near the VA Hospital. There, she encounters a deeply wounded man who says he doesn't want her.
Facing an uncertain future, Jane remembers the words of her favorite cook at the bed and breakfast: "Life's gear shift's got no reverse, so you've got to just keep moving forward." Through new friends at the VA, Jane finds the courage to pray. While the answers may not be what she wants, she learns God is in control. But first, she must let go of the past and trust him to move forward.
The author offers honest and sometimes heart-wrenching pictures of war's results. Her multilayered characters provide beautiful portraits of God's love and power. And while the ending might not be what the reader wants, the tears reflect real comfort and joy.
Kathy Robinson Hillman, former president
Woman's Missionary Union of Texas