Quotes to Live By

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
(John Quincy Adams)

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. (Aristotle)

Every artist was first an amateur. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. (Thomas Jefferson)

It takes ten years to build up a reputation, but only five minutes to ruin one. (Anonymous)

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Best Year of Marriage

When this book came in the mail, I was a little surprised. It looked like a leather Bible. It was kind of funny actually. The way to a good marriage is talked about in the Bible, so maybe Jim and Jean Daly meant their book to look like a Bible. 

I think Jim Daly's name sounds really familiar. So I typed it into Google, and realized that Jim Daly is in charge of Focus of the Family show. That's why his name sounded so familiar. He's a really good speaker because I heard him speak once at Liberty University for convocation. 

I really liked the devotions in the book. Even if I still have some time before I get married, I like reading books that prepare me for future life or self-improvement. As a I was leafing through the pages, I got the feeling that most marriages fail because of the lack of communication between a couple or wrong expectations.

I have heard that you shouldn't marry to complete your second half. Your other half of the person should be filled by God and then your spouse should be added to that half. Different expectations will warrant some deep disappointment later, so it's best not to tack on high expectations. 

This 52-week devotional provides Christian couples an easy way to read Scripture, pray and discuss things to strengthen their relationship and marriage. 

 Presented in a relaxed and easy-to-use way and edited by Focus on the Family president Jim Daly and his wife, Jean, each devotional offers foundational, practical, and wise material from members of the Focus counselling staff.

The content is divided into 13 sections, with topics including getting to know each other better, listening, mastering money, building a Christ-centered home, going the distance, and more. Each section is introduced by the Dalys, and each of the 52 devotions is followed with discussion questions and activities.

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