The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted Giveaway

Marriages either get better or worse.  They never stand still.”  -Dr. Gary Chapman

The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted
by Dr. Gary Chapman
Moody Publishers
2014

When my husband and I married 13 years ago, we were given a copy of Dr. Chapman’s “The 5 Love Languages.”  While I’ve never really been a fan of self-help, psychology books, something about Dr. Chapman’s work struck me as open and honest.  So, when given the opportunity to review “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted,” I jumped at the chance.

Dr. Chapman’s work specifically details how marriages aren’t easy.  They don’t happen automatically, and they don’t happen without work.  In this book, he details through several chapters how we allow our marriages to drift apart and how we can then find out ways back together.  At the end of each chapter, Dr. Chapman takes readers through several introspective activities.   They are designed to get the reader thinking about their spouse and themselves, making the connection between the information he’s outlined in that chapter and the reader’s own specific situation.

What I like about Dr. Chapman is that he provides examples and anecdotes from both points of view: male and female.  Other books I’ve read by other Christian authors spend a great deal of time talking about how the source of the problem is a failure of the wife to take her more submissive role (Biblically) or the failure of the husband to  assert his authority on the marriage.  Instead, Dr. Chapman outlines key changes that BOTH spouses must make in order to strengthen the relationship.  He does so by also presenting key passages of the Bible for review and reflection.

Overall, I am as pleased as I was with “The 5 Love Languages.”    So much so, that I’m thrilled the generous team at Fly By Promotions has also provided a copy of Dr. Chapman’s book as a giveaway.

Interested?  Fill out the form below:  I’ll be drawing the winner by Saturday, 2/22.

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Robin Gwaro is the Young Adult and Women’s Literature Editor at Bookgateway.com. Her personal blog is Just Wandering. Not Lost. where she writes about whatever comes her way.

 

 

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Sluagh: Demon of the Night by Darrell Case

sluagh Max Furman is a serial killer of young boys aged four to seven and he goes undetected for eighteen years. Antoine is Max’s person satanic demon.

Sluagh: Demon of the Night
by Darrell Case
Self Published
October, 2013

Sluagh: Demon of the Night by Darrell Case is a book that grabs you on page one and does not let go until you reach the last page. When Max Furman was a child he was abused by his mother, often telling him that she should have killed him when he was an infant. His heart turns to stone and one day when he is fourteen he kills his baby sister which is his first kill. When Max becomes an adult he becomes a serial killer of young boys between the ages of four and seven and goes undetected for eighteen years. Max has always hidden the bodies where they will never be found but he longs for recognition so he starts to display the bodies of the murdered boys. The FBI starts working the case and the media calls Max the Ghost. Max needs a place to hide so he forges a resume and becomes the pastor of a church. Andrew and Antoine were angels created at the same time and were close friends. When the rebellion came, Andrew stayed loyal to God but Antoine became one of Satan’s demons and Max’s personal demon.

Wow, what an imagination this author possesses which allows him to write such a great story. I read the book in one sitting except for the time I took to attend Sunday night church. I just could not put the book down until I knew what was going to happen and how the story would end. I think this may be the most suspenseful book that I have ever read. The author did an excellent job with every element of the story. The plot had some twists which added to the mystery of the story. Max was so well developed that the reader could see his psychotic character and at the same time see the spiritual warfare that was going on in the story. All the characters in the story came to life and some I truly liked and some I really hated. All the action scenes were so vividly written that I could almost imagine myself right in the middle of the action. Although the story is about a serial killer who murders very young boys, the author balanced the story by writing how God and his angels worked to overcome the evil and to bring about justice.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that likes a very suspenseful Christian story filled with angels and demons and that keeps you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails. I don’t think that I would recommend for anyone under the age of thirteen and then I feel the parent should check it out first.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the author as a review copy.

Preview: Invincible Universe #10

invincible-universe-10It is finally time for Kid Thor and Knockout to tie the knot. But a big wedding means a lot of friends and when you friends are superheroes with short fuses trouble has no choice but to ensue. Meanwhile, one hero struggles to stay clean with all the tempting alcohol around.

Check out the festivities in Invincible Universe #10 on sale for $2.99 this month from Image and Skybound.

Invincible Universe #10
Written by Phil Hester
Pencils/ inks by Todd Nauck
Image Skybound
February 2014


@ashertopia is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

My Hope Is Found by Joanne Bischof

download Lonnie and Gideon are happy in their marriage but when Cassie arrives and informs Gideon that he is still married to her, their happy life begins to fall apart.

My Hope Is Found
by Joanne Bischof
Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers
October 2013

My Hope Is Found by Joanne Bischof is the third book in The Cadence of Grace series and is just as enjoyable and great a story as the first two books. In fact I think that maybe it is my favorite of the three. Lonnie and Gideon were living a happy and loving life with their young son when Cassie showed up and informed Gideon that they were still legally married. Lonnie and Gideon are both broken hearted but they both know that he must leave. Gideon goes back to Cassie but they do not live as man and wife. Cassie finally realizes that Gideon does not love her so she decides to give him his freedom so that he can remarry Lonnie. When Gideon gets back to Rocky Knob, Virginia, he learns that Lonnie is engaged to Toby McKee a young minister from Scotland. With God’s help, Gideon is determined to win Lonnie’s heart again and make her his wife.

The author did an excellent job in the writing of all elements of the story. The characters were so well developed that they simply came to life on the pages of the book. The dialogue was at times heart breaking sad and at other times it was very happy but all of it was very well written. All the scenes were so well written that I felt as if I were right in the middle of all the action. There was a good deal of suspense in the story mainly with Gideon working to get the papers signed by the authorities that would make him a single man again so that he could marry Lonnie. There was also the suspense of which man would Lonnie choose to marry. Would she choose Gideon her first love and father of their son or would she choose the safe and loving Toby? As in the other two books, God’s love and forgiveness were important in the lives of the main characters.

For readers interested in more information you may check out the following:
Author’s website.
Author’s bio.
Publishers website.
Chapter one is available for reading here.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a great love story set in the early days of the twentieth century.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

Manifest Destiny #4 by Dingess and Roberts

manifestdestiny4Lewis and Clark are stuck in a fort, surrounded by buffalo-headed minotaur, with vegetable zombies infecting them inside the walls. Their only escape may be back to their ship. But how to get past their enemies?

Manifest Destiny #4
Written by Chris Dingess
Pencils/inks by Matthew Roberts
Image Skybound
February 2014

The fourth issue in this alternative history / fantasy horror series is picking up steam. Not only does it have just enough real history to ground the story, but enough fantasy – just twisted enough – to keep reader’s interest. Last issue we saw an Indian woman attacking the minotaur surrounding the fort. This issue we meet Sacagawea for the first time but with the twist that she is supposed to be pregnant with a child that is somehow very important to the plot.

What I like most about this story is how it’s unclear how the story will unfold but not in the normal we-are-going-to-red-herring-you-to-death way. More like we are actually watching it unfold without explanation and the more we learn the more we want to know more. Well done.

The artwork is well done. The plain dress and earthy backdrops lend credence to the idea that this is a real story; rooted in history. Roberts does a great job with expressions and the pencils and inks are very detailed. The colorist, Owen Gieni, is more a mixed bag. The way he uses colors in lighting is great. They blend well and liven up some blank panels. But the way he uses color in outlines causes some art to fade instead of pop. To be fair this is an issue with quite a lot of current colorists. If you are going to use a heavier shade of the same color, say tan over beige skin color, for one character than you have to do the same non-black outlines on all the pictures on the page. Otherwise, you get a bunch of very strong black borders and then softer, faded borders on other things.(See Invincible Universe #10 for a great example of this.)

Another interesting non-superhero series from Image Skybound reinforcing their stranglehold on niche genre market. It’s definitely worth a look.


Scott Asher is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Vicar’s Wife by Katherine Swartz

91jk4h0I6wL._SL1500_Andrew and Jane Hatton have moved to England from New York City and he is delighted to be back home in his native England but his wife Jane is very unhappy and feels that it will never be home for her and their three children.

The Vicar’s Wife
by Katherine Swartz
Kregel Publications
October 2013

The Vicar’s Wife by Katherine Swartz was an enjoyable book even though at the beginning it was somewhat depressing, at least to me. Jane and Andrew Hatton have moved to England from New York City and are living in the old vicarage in the village of Goswell. Andrew is delighted to be back home in England but Jane is very unhappy and feels that neither the house nor England will ever feel like home to her and their three children, Natalie, Ben, and Merrie. Jane found a piece of a shopping list that had belonged to Alice James the wife of the vicar during the 1930′s. Jane can’t seem to forget the woman and goes all out searching for information about Alice. She and Alice are very much alike in that both are not sure about living in the vicarage and also seem to be searching to find out who they really are and to overcome their fears and learn what is really important in life.

The author did an excellent job in the development of the characters. In fact her portrayal of Jane was so well done and seemed so real that I wanted to grab her by the shoulders and give her a good shaking. Alice also came alive on the pages of the book and I wanted to give her a hug for she was trying so hard and it seemed that almost everyone was against her. There were a few twists in the plot and it was interesting to read how each one turned out. There were also a few surprises near the end of the story. The dialogue of the characters was well written, in fact so well written that at times I found myself talking to them, at least in my head. Natalie, Ben, and Merrie were completely real in the story again showing the skill of the author in developing the character of each one. I really liked the way that the narrative changed between Jane and Alice with each chapter. Even though I found the beginning of the book somewhat depressing, by the end of the story I found that I actually liked Jane for she finally realized what she wanted in life and began to work for it.

I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy English authors and stories set in the English countryside.


Deanna Love Gottreu is a 75 year old widow and the mother of two wonderful sons who share second place in her life – with God being in first place. She spends her time reading or making quilts for charity. Her book reviews can also be read on her blog at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog.
This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Modern Life Study Bible NKJV

the-modern-life-study-bibleI’m not a fan of the King James Version. It is based on outdated scholarship, uses words that aren’t commonly understood by modern readers, and has become a sort of idol to many who hold to it as the only “Authorized Version” substituting in that definition the authorizer of the version, King James, with God, basically making this translation the equivalent of the original autographs.

The Modern Life Study Bible
Thomas Nelson
January 2014

I recognize that there are a lot of people who feel the same way about the KJV so, without spending an inordinate amount of time on the topic, the good news is that the New King James Version is much, much better. It uses the most current scholarship, changes the “thee” and “thy” to modern equivalents, and helps overcome the incorrect belief that any modern translation is equal to the autographs. That said – and I think it must be said for many modern readers – this NKJV is a translation that is worth having for those who prefer complete equivalence translations. If you don’t know what that means, then simply put: this is a very good translation that is true to the Biblical texts and a good option for those who appreciate the formal beauty of the original KJV.

As to this version, it has quickly become my favorite NKJV. First, it’s really well made. The hardback version has a slipcover that is solidly backed by lamination and is a coarse woven paper that feels nice and is tough to tear. The insides are full color – and color is on every page – and very easy to read on slightly thicker than normal paper. Unlike many Bibles this paper is hard to see through.

As to the “study” part, this Bible also brings quite a bit to the table in terms of additional content.

• Understanding the Bible – thousands of maps, illustrations, diagrams, charts, etc similar to most study Bibles.
• Applying the Bible – one page life studies of sixty-six historic followers of God that aim to show how we can make a difference in our modern world.
• Thinking Independently – articles without clear forced answers allowing the reader to think through theological issues.
• Themes Highlighted – community, work, government, economics, ethics, ethnicity, the church, laity (that’s us), the family, the city, witness and missions, knowing and serving God, personal growth and development, and the environment.

I found the additional content to be insightful and on par with what you would expect to find in other study Bibles. It isn’t all footnotes like many of the common study Bibles (think NIV Study Bible by Zondervan). Instead the insights and additional info is in full color inserts on each page. If you want to read around them you can, but most likely you’ll find yourself reading about the passages in more depth.

At the end, you’ll find a full topical index, weights and measures, an index of all the great person profiles, an index of locations in the Bible, and a huge Themes to Study section where the highlighted themes can be searched by passage.

This is an excellent study Bible and the best NKJV that I’ve ever read. Very well made all around and definitely worth your closer inspection.


Scott Asher is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Middle Kingdom by Wingrove

Middle-Kingdom_WingroveChung Kuo is complete. The great city now covers the entire planet unifying control into the hands of the Seven. It is a perfect world; Pax China. It is also Hell.

The Middle Kingdom
Chung Kuo 3
David Wingrove
Atlantic Books
May 2013

This new Middle Kingdom is a world of social strata. The richest and most ruthless rise in literal levels in the structure that covers the earth while those who are punished, who are disgraced, who are poor or not considered useful languish near the bottom. For the truly despised there is always the underground. A land of eternal darkness and sludge where mankind has regressed into primal creatures seeking only to survive. No matter where in the levels you live you have no privacy and no control. Only the Seven ruling kings of the earth and to a smaller, but gaining, extent the heads of the top corporations have any true power.

It is in this world of complete control that several businessmen and associates hatch a plan to end Han rule. Through any means necessary. When an assassin decides to blackmail the group loose ends need to be tied up. But in doing so, more of their plan starts to unravel. Changing the world from within, without getting noticed, requires sacrifices. Someone will have to take the fall. And to add to the looming showdown between the existing power structure and those who would push for progression and freedom there is the looming problem of overpopulation and lack of resources that may doom the world regardless of who may rule.

The ruthlessness of the rebels along with the fact that they are top level members of society add a moral ambiguity in this book that didn’t exist as strongly in the prequels. Here we find people who would champion freedom from the prison of the city but for selfish reasons. While the rulers of the world do so with concern for both their positions and also keeping the peace. This ambiguity leaves the reader with choosing to root for a faction that may be the lesser of two (or three) evils from their perspective. This tension adds to the story as we know that there are still seventeen more books in the series.

The prequels, Son of Heaven and Daylight on Iron Mountain, completed, David Wingrove’s original 1989 science fiction masterpiece is reintroduced to modern readers as book 3 of Chung Kuo. It is a testament to the author’s far thinking that this book isn’t dated at all. In fact, it fits right in with modern technological expectations proving again how astute Wingrove was with his writings.

An excellent novel and series that I can’t recommend enough.


Scott Asher is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. He is an avid reader and a lifetime learner. His favorite genres include science fiction, fantasy, as well as theology and Christian living. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The God Puzzle by Ackerman

godpuzzleAs much as Sunday School is for education and edification, the fact is that most of a child’s moral development will happen at home as they watch and learn from parents and siblings. That’s why it’s so very important to have some kind of Biblical learning going on in the house. That’s where books like this one come in to play.

The God Puzzle
How the Bible fits together to reveal God as Your Greatest Treasure
Valerie Ackermann
HigherLife Publishing
October 2013

Built in workbook form, the God Puzzle takes children ages 7 through 12 through 26 lessons on basic Christian theology. Starting with the fundamentals of God, sin and redemption and then digging deeper into how the Old Testament and New Testament are a unified story of redemption followed by practical guides on what worship, the church, spiritual gifts and the sacraments are. Each of the lessons has multiple types of illustrations and worksheet questions allowing for multiple different types of learning styles. For instance, there are reading and comprehension questions where you’d read a passage and then circle the appropriate, related words or questions that deal with emotional intelligence where you read a statement and then decided how that should or does make you feel. There are fill in the blanks and short answers as well. And each lesson ends in a journaling exercise with prayer.

The first thing a parent should notice is that this is a workbook that requires reading. So if your child is not a capable reader yet then you’ll want to work through this with them or come back to it when they are. Second, these lessons are written in a way that should be very familiar to younger elementary students and they may respond the same way they do at school: I have to do work!? If you set them down and assign this to them they are likely to resent it instead of enjoy it. A group setting or pairing up is recommended. This is a parent plus child workbook (if you want it to be effective.)

I really like how this book avoids the pitfalls of majoring in the minors, if you know what I mean. Consider the Spiritual Gifts lesson (p157) where so much could have gone wrong and so much could have been polarizing but the author does a great job of only using the Bible passages and then goes in to a detailed way that we can exercise the gifts in our lives. I think this works well for both Charismatic and non-Charismatic believers because there is room to personalize to family beliefs without undermining the workbook.

This is a great workbook and I believe it fills a gap between Sundays and Wednesdays that every Christian family has.


Scott Asher is the Managing Editor of BookGateway.com. His personal blog is AshertopiA – a land flowing with milk and honey… and a lot of sticky people where he turns real life into stupid cartoons, writes on Christianity, Zombies, and whatever else he wants and posts Bible studies from his classes at church.

This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

The Air We Breathe by Parrish

airwebreatheMolly Fisk is a seventeen year old who does not go outside. She sets by the window of the tiny museum and stares at all the activity, but dares not venture out. She has never been outside – she has been running for so long, but she is not running now.

The Air We Breathe
by Christa Parrish
Bethany House
November 2012

What has caused Molly to be so terrified of going outside? She longs to take a walk, see the outside, speak to the cute boy that works in the pizza place, but she is too afraid to even think about it.

Then Claire Rodriquez shows up. How can she help Molly find a new life? Will Molly find the courage to face her fears and venture outside the four walls of the museum?

A very interesting read. I really enjoyed it, Ms. Parrish brings her characters to life in a very forceful way.

Highly recommended.


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This book was provided by the publisher as a review copy.

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