Okay, this one is a hard one for me. I am not typically a non-fiction reader. I know...how unevolved of me. LOL. But seriously, when I read I want to read for pleasure. And I find a lot of fiction books do a lot of what self help books do. They stretch us but in an entertaining way. So all that to say, when we were offered this book for review I wasn't sure. What cinched it for me was the subject matter. I've been married for 18 years to an almost agnostic man. I say almost because while he was raised in the church, I was not, he has taken a more liberal and almost blase approach to faith. I'm not sure anymore where he stands. Sometimes I think he tells me what I want to hear but I'm not sure it's what he really believes. For about 10 years I've attended church by myself. When he did go it was to pacify me instead of for himself. This subject has been a painful one for me. Having not grown up in the church I wanted that complete family of faith that I would see in others at church. I'd go home feeling all disgruntled and broken.
This book has given me some new insight and even made it less about what we don't have but more about what we do have as a couple. I think I get caught up in our deficiencies so much I forget to see the blessings and I'm missing the work God is doing. I also learned that it's not my timing that is important here. It's God's. So if you've struggled with a spiritually mismatched marriage this book might just give you some much needed advice. And if you're like me, maybe it will set you on the road to healing. Both in your marriage and your own walk with God.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Verse: John 15:5 Apart from Me you can do nothing.
Tagline: Challenging Women to Live in Truth
A passionate writer and speaker, Lynn is a woman who presents a compelling message to encourage women to thrive in their marriage. She speaks at events nationwide where she challenges the myths women believe about love, pointing them to life-changing freedom through a relationship with Jesus. She reveals the zany yet meaningful stories of marriage challenges, truths, and triumphs in her life and invites women to share her view from her front row seat to an amazing journey; life lived for Christ.
Married since 1992 to her best friend and biggest enthusiast, Mike, she lives in Temecula, California. They have a son and a daughter and a wacky dog named Peanut. She loves to laugh, enjoys a strong cup of coffee and Fantasy Football and not necessarily in that order.
She lives each day in awe of the grace of God in her ordinary life.
Verse: Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Tagline: Igniting the Soul
Dineen readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. And it’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories will always be of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family.
Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader have prepared her for God’s calling on her life—to write for and speak to those in mismatched marriages like hers.
In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen writes for Laced with Grace and various other fiction online magazines and newsletters. She’s also won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine.
Married for 23 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two precious daughters, and their dog Shasta, who no doubt is an angel in disguise.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Winning Him Without Words presents 10 Christ centered keys to thriving in a spiritual mismatch. Readers are encouraged to commit to Christian community, to release their spouse to God’s capable hands, to find peace in their relationships with Christ and with their spouse, to continue their pursuit of a growing faith and to love their spouse with fresh enthusiasm. God wants every marriage to exude peace and love, and Winning Him Without Words empowers readers to create that environment in their homes and thrive as God works.
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