In the past few decades, people have begun truly understanding the negative life-long impact words can have on people. A casual comment by someone can change the entire trajectory of a person’s life. The world is full of people whose entire lives were changed by one sentence uttered by someone. Sometimes the changes are positive, but often they are negative.
As a parent, and particularly a Christian parent, your words are crucial. Sadly, the words you used may be greatly influenced by the brokenness caused by the words someone said to you. You may not even realize the impact those words are having on the words you in turn say to your children – potentially causing a cycle of brokenness.
So, I was interested when offered the chance to review the new book, Breaking the Power of Negative Words by Mary Busha. Busha attempts to help readers understand the impact negative words have had on their lives. She gives advice on how to free yourself from their negative impact and even forgive those who said them.
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Being a woman is filled with contradictions and confusion at times. Women are often pitted against women, for what reasons I’m still not quite sure. If you have a daughter, you are probably even more acutely aware of the benefits and trials of female friendships.
Shouldn’t Christian women be different though? Shouldn’t we consistently support each other, nurture each other and help each other grow spiritually and reach our godly potential? I dare say, God would answer “yes” to that question. Unfortunately, our friendships with Christian women can be just as troublesome as those with our more secular friends. In great part, it’s because we live in a fallen world and Christians still sin.
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There are so many more Christian picture books for children than when my daughter was little. Some look tired and old-fashioned – even though the thoughts may be true. Others are more commercial, but perhaps a bit askew here and there. Rarely, do I find one I am thrilled to have found and suggest to others.
When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner is a new picture book from a Christian perspective. I absolutely love this book on so many levels – it’s almost ridiculous! You know that secular kids book that makes you cry – the one with the grown man cradling his old mother? While the sentiment is laudable, it just misses the real depth possible of a parent’s love for his or her child.
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If you have ever moved somewhere you weren’t really excited to live, you understand how sad and lonely it can make you feel. Any move – no matter excited you may be about it – can be full of challenges. If you are a Christian, you may find yourself questioning why God is asking you to live in this place instead of where life was more settled or in a place where you just know you would have been happier.
The new book Love Where You Live by Shauna Pilgreen challenges readers to look at where they are living. She argues God places us where we live, because He has good works He has planned for us to do in that location. Rather than viewing your current home as a trial that must be endured, she tries to encourage you to look at it more as a challenging adventure with God.
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Full confession. I was scarred by someone giving me a copy of His Needs, Her Needs to read right before my wedding! As a result, I tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to marriage books. They are often too theoretical for the average person, or seem to assume your marriage is just in need of a few tiny tweaks.
The problem is many marriages were built on ignorance more than anything. A handful of people were blessed to grow up in homes where their parents had strong, healthy Christian marriages. Everyone else may have a rough idea of what not to do, but that doesn’t mean their choices are any more godly or healthy.
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