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  • Five Ways to ‘Jazz Up’ Your Marriage: Investing H.E.A.R.T. Into Your ‘Ever After’

    If you want to put some pizzazz in your marriage, read Five Ways to Jazz Up Your Marriage for proven and practical steps to take your marriage to the next level of intimacy!

    As a couple goes through the different stages in marriage, the husband and wife have the opportunity to bring life and freshness to their marriage as they incorporate hope into their relationship, especially when challenging times come; they gift each other with empathy, when one is having a bad day; they strive towards agreement and compromise as an expression of love and respect; they enjoy remembering where they’ve come from and look forward to where they are going; and finally, they forsake their independence in order to cherish and maximize their togetherness for the glory of God.

    Investing H.E.A.R.T. into their marriage will jazz it up towards their ‘ever after’!!

  • Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship

    Weddings are filled with hopes and dreams. For many, the promises made that day quickly fade with the ups and downs of everyday life. Shared goals may seem not so shared anymore. Before long, the love and closeness a couple felt fades into memory and divorce now seems like an option.

    What caused the disintegration of a marriage? In his book Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship, author Dean Schendel approaches the relational issues marriages face from the standpoint that selfishness is the root cause of all problems. The situation doesn’t have to be hopeless, as Jesus Christ is the only solution. Schendel experienced divorce firsthand and knows the difficulties couples face in a marriage. He reminds us of our need for Christ, the roles and duties of the husband and wife, and how forgiveness plays an integral role in the marriage relationship. Finally, he discusses other factors that affect oneness in the marriage covenant.

    Oneness: A Call to Honor God in the Marriage Relationship challenges you to obey what God has commanded for the marriage covenant. Discover what God wants you to know about yourself and His plan for your marriage. There is no fruit in living our own, selfish ways. Keeping the marriage covenant together according to God’s design is of utmost importance.

  • Roscoe: A Respectable Dog with Good Moral Principles

    In the exposition of this book, ten-year-old James “Johnny Ray” Thompson wants a dog of his own so badly, so that he could make his dog attack and scare his friends. Unfortunately, Johnny Ray’s mother didn’t want him to have a dog at their home, but his father told him that, with him, owning a dog would be okay. Since his father highly respected his mother and sided with her, Johnny Ray was faced with the challenge of finding a place to keep his dog. Later, Mr. Lambert, a good neighbor and close family friend, told Johnny Ray that he could keep his dog at his house. Fortunately, Johnny Ray was given a beautiful solid black half German-Shepherd and half Labrador-Retriever puppy by an elderly lady who lived just a few blocks away from him. He named this puppy Roscoe. After having raised this puppy, with the help of his father, into a big beautiful dog, Johnny Ray tried repeatedly, by also whipping him, but to no avail, to get Roscoe to attack his friends. As soon as he started fighting Roscoe with other dogs, he soon realized that he had raised a gentleman of a dog because Roscoe wouldn’t fight a girl dog. However, he didn’t understand this until after his daddy had explained that the average boy dog wouldn’t fight a girl dog to him. And, that Roscoe was a respectable dog toward girl dogs. So, the moral of this story about Roscoe’s life is to teach as many kids and adults as possible that no boy or man should never beat and whip a girl or a woman.

    About the author:

    James L. “Johnny Ray” Thompson was born and raised in the small town of Canton, Mississippi. After graduating from Canton Public High School, he attended Holmes Junior College which is located in Goodman, Mississippi, and from which he received an Associate of Arts Degree in General Business Administration. He later went on and attended Mississippi State University which is located in Starkville, Mississippi, and from which he received two undergraduate degrees; one in General Business Administration and one in Management.

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  • When Harry Met Lila: Letters of love… Lessons for Life

    “He was a poor farmer living a simple country life marked with toil and missing the luxuries of his time. She was a young, devout Christian woman living life to its fullest in a nearby town.
    Eight miles separated them but could not keep them apart. What transpired was a relationship via the post; letters of frustration, celebration, sorrow, and comfort; reflections on life, death, friendship, and love. Living and breathing through each correspondence is the very spirit of a Holy
    God whose presence and purpose would define a family for generations. They may have been simple people living an ordinary life, but their faith-filled examples left a legacy of love that will last forever.”

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  • Your Amazing Children

    Greg Pettys has given us a wonderful guide in his book, Your Amazing Children, 15 Keys That Unlock Greatness in your Children.

    It is insightful, revelatory, practical and truthful in its approach and conclusions. With practical experience, discernment and wisdom, Greg leads us on a journey through the Mountain Peaks of Joy and the Dark Valleys of unexpected challenges while still keeping our focus on the final goal of unlocking our children’s greatness.

    There is comfort for our pain, wisdom for our decisions, and strategies for our success as parents. Children are champion carriers of divine gifts into the next generation. It is every parent’s responsibility and privilege to steward and shape the formative years of their children by training, modeling and telling the truth. While not even God will overrule the will or decisions of those children, the opportunity to unlock their greatness and implant principles of eternal truth that will shape those decisions is always existent.

    No matter where you are in your parenting or grandparenting experience, you will be blessed and equipped as you read this book.

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