Sneezed: Couples Who Pray

I’ve never been one for “couples’ books.”

This book caught my attention, though, after hearing several well-respected men of God talk about their prayer lives with their wives and how it has impacted their ministry and their marriage. So I thought I’d check it out. And it turned out to be a great book. You can tell where the authors’ hearts are at throughout this book, even though they can be pretty cheesy sometimes with illustrations and examples. It is evident in their marriage that prayer plays a vital role, along with the many other examples of marriages that have been impacted by prayer, including Denzel and Pauletta Washington, Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford, and others.

While many couples would vouch that they pray on a daily basis, this book takes a closer look at how and why couples pray together, and how to strengthen that connection between husband, wife, and God. The examples in the book show that prayer in marriage takes that relationship to a whole new level in many different aspects of life.

No matter where you are in your marriage (or even if you’re planning on marriage), it can always get stronger. Rushnell and Duart propose that prayer is that strengthening factor. I plan on integrating the steps and concepts found in this book into my future marriage. Check it out.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

I Know It’s My Job, But…

It amazes me when employees tell their bosses what they won’t do.

I’ll give you an example.

The other day at work, I had to run to one of our job sites at the hospital to do some pre-housekeeping housekeeping. All this means is I took a vacuum with me and ran it over the whole job. Once. I didn’t have to scrub anything off the carpet. I didn’t have to tear down any protective plastic off the walls. I had to run a vacuum. And it’s not that I’m upset that I had to go do this. I took my sweet time and enjoyed a job that wasn’t the one I’ve been on for the last few weeks. But what amazed me was how I ended up running a vacuum in the first place.

Apparently, housekeeping had come to check out the job and told their boss(es) that they weren’t going to clean it because it was too messy. I’ll let that sink in for a minute. They weren’t going to do their job because it would have meant doing their job. It wasn’t a hard job. It involved vacuuming. I’ve always been under the impression that the vacuum was the housekeepers weapon-of-choice. I digress.

The whole thing got me thinking about what would happen if I decided to tell my boss that I wasn’t going to do my job for whatever reason. It would probably go something like this:

Me: Yeah… I’m not gonna put in this insulation.
Boss: What?
Me: You heard me.
Boss: And why not?
Me: It’s itchy.
Boss: You’re fired.

Who gets away with telling their boss what they will and won’t do?!

What would the scenario look like if you told YOUR boss you weren’t going to do your job?

The Weekly Sneeze: Defiant Joy

I just finished reading Defiant Joy: The Remarkable Life & Impact of G.K. Chesterton by Kevin Belmonte, a biography laying out the life of arguably one of the greatest apologists for the Christian faith. Ever. The author takes the reader from a thanatophobic childhood and a teenage dabbling in the occult through Chesterton’s life to his ultimate impact on some of the most well-known Christian authors of our time, including C.S. Lewis and Philip Yancey. To quote Yancey’s own words about Chesterton: “G.K. Chesterton propounded the Christian faith with great wit — and sheer intellectual force.” The impact that Chesterton has made on modern Christian ideology and philosophy is indisputable.

Anytime I read a biography of a great leader – Christian or secular – it inspires me. The story of Chesterton is one that inspires me to grow and mature in my faith and understanding, honestly, to the best of my ability. Philosophy, as our author points out, is not limited to one individual or worldview. It is eternal. Chesterton dug into the nitty-gritty of philosophy and shed a new light on it. While Belmonte does a fantastic job of outlining Chesterton’s life, there are some parts (as with any biography) that tend to become dry reading. But if you can work through that, there is an abundance of good material that will challenge and inspire you to grow in your faith, theology, philosophy, etc.

If you’ve read Chesterton’s works, then by all means I recommend this book to you. It gives great background on the man whose works made such an impact in this world, and to so many people. If you haven’t read Chesterton yet, this may be a good way to get you intrigued and see just what he has to say.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”