A One-Of-A Kind Book About Relationships – From the Authors of “Girl Defined”!

If you are a Christian girl who: is hoping to be married one day; is already in a relationship and would like to honor God through the process; or is engaged and desiring to use this time as a foundation for a Christ-centered marriage. . .Well, this is the guidebook you’ve been waiting for!

“Love Defined: Embracing God’s Vision for Lasting Love and Satisfying Relationships” was written by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird, two sisters who are also the founders of Girl Defined Ministries and the authors of “Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity, and Identity” (a book I also highly recommend). Published in 2018 by Baker Books, “Love Defined” is a beautiful and wisdom-packed volume that will inspire young women and transform the relationships of all who embrace the ideals which are set forward by Kristen and Bethany, and based on God’s design for marriage.

Just a tiny sampling of the principles and features offered in “Love Defined” include:

  • A revealing and oh-so-true look at modern culture’s “merry-go-round method” for romantic relationships, and…
  • An opposing study of the counter-cultural but biblically-based method of applying God’s truths about love to form lasting relationships.
  • Tips for banishing lies and trusting God during prolonged years of singleness.
  • Proven ideas for embracing intentionality and purity throughout the entire relationship process.
  • Many stand-alone chapters about specific topics, making it super-easy to pick up the book again and again, to read about a topic that is on your heart at that time.
  • A list of red flags to watch for at any stage of your relationships.
  • An interactive study guide at the end of each chapter, which helps you to apply the concepts you just read, and is also the perfect launching pad for group studies or conversation-starters between family, friends, and mentors.
  • A wonderful appendix listing 50 Questions to Ask Early in the Relationship.
  • A delightful, humorous, and wisdom-packed question-and-answer chapter entitled What Married Women Want You to Know (on the topic of living well on this side of the alter).

In addition to all these features (and so many more), “Love Defined” is written in the conversational, warm, and older-sister-like voices of Kristen and Bethany. The desires of these two women – to honor God and to share from their hearts what they’ve learned in their own relationship journeys – is absolutely crystal-clear. While I wouldn’t recommend this book to readers younger than older-teen (and I would guess that twenty+ is actually the target age) I think moms of younger-teen daughters would benefit from picking up copies of this book, reading it themselves, and saving it for the perfect time a few years down the road.

In the end, I immensely enjoyed and benefited from “Love Defined”. It is a book that changed my thinking in numerous ways (for the better), and is also one that I will pick up again and again in future months and years, no question.

I am grateful to have received a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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A Deep Look into the Fortress of God’s Love

If you have read any of author Heather Holleman’s works, you will know that she is passionate about discovering and revealing the hidden depths of life-changing verbs in Scripture. “Guarded by Christ: Knowing the God Who Rescues and Keeps Us” was released by Moody Publishers and, not surprisingly, is an in-depth journey of uncovering what it truly means to allow God to guard us in every way, every day.

Heather’s words are special because she is so incredibly real and honest as she delivers them. Through the three sections of her book (Our Guarding God; In the Secret Place of the Soul; and Living Daily in the Fortress) Continue reading

A Beautiful Guide to Creating the Home of Our Dreams

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Cover-Left-500-455x469“Create the home of your dreams, right where you are.”

With these words, author Melissa Michaels (of The Inspired Room blog) invites us to step inside the pages of her exceptional new book, ‘Love the Home You Have: Simple Ways to Embrace Your Style, Get Organized, and Delight in Where You Are’. From cover to cover of this delightful book, you will undoubtedly learn how to accomplish each of these objectives, and so much more besides!

Written in a warm, inviting manner, this charming book overflows not only with timthumb-1practical wisdom, humor and insight, but also with full-page inserts of inspirational quotations, bullet-point tips, and adorable images – all thoughtfully designed to help you find contentment by loving the home you have. Continue reading