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Hello, My Name is Jonah: A Book Review

5/28/2015Posted by Helene


I've been making weird food again lately.  My favorite was a rice, sausage and chickpea casserole from Peru.  I just can't stand eating the same food all the time.  Frankly I don't like reading and reviewing the same kind of book all the time either.  Recently at a Ladies Day, I ran into the author of a strikingly unusual book. Lynette Gray introduced her book on Jonah to me based on the things that were unusual about it and I found that those were the 5 things I like best about it.
1. It's outside the "norm" for books written by women.  If you've been reading here long you'll know that Melissa and I are a bit nerdy.  We write 12 month series on ways to study the Bible and encourage readers to dig into 1st Maccabees for fun. We are outside of the normal realm of mom blogs, food blogs and even female faith blogs; we are a bit strange.

A Summer of Growth in the Lord

5/26/2015Posted by Melissa and Helene


Yesterday was Memorial Day, and you know what that means!  Summer vacation is just around the corner.  Kids are excited to be out of school for a few months, but sometimes it can be a stressful time for mom. It doesn't have to be.  Let's try to think of summer vacation as an opportunity to spend that quality time with our kids that is so hard to find during the school year. We aren't talking about expensive trips or impossible bucket lists either. Whether your kids stay at home with you, alone, or in some kind of child care, structure is necessary to help parents and children make the most of the mounds of free time stretching out before us.  We hope these suggestions help you to have a fabulous summer with your little (or not so little) ones.

Don't let the days slip away from you.

God Hates Divorce

5/22/2015Posted by Helene


We've been talking about marriage for two weeks: sex, faithfulness, encouragement, books about marriage.  You might be wondering why.  The answer is simple. Railing against divorce seemed so much less helpful than trying our best to strengthen our own marriages through what we write, as well as the marriages of you our readers. See, we hate divorce.
Does hate seem like a strong word?  Melissa and I have seen what it does to our friends and family members.  The damage is economic, educational, medical and psychological.  It stretches not only to damage the marriages of multiple generations within a family but also damages the marriages of those around us.* 
For all that we like to think of this as a new problem, it's not.  God hated divorce long before we did.

Top 10 Couples: A Book Review

5/20/2015Posted by Melissa


A few weeks ago, we talked about the biographical method of Bible study, and how we can learn from the lives of Biblical characters and apply their lessons to our lives.   In preparation for our discussions about marriage, I read a book that takes that theory and applies it to couples.  In The Top 10 Most Outrageous Couples of the Bible, David Clarke takes a look at ten marriages in the Bible and what we can learn from them.  Some of the lessons are positive (you should do this in your marriage), and some are more negative (please don't do this in your marriage), and all of them have the advantage of being grounded in Scripture while still being applicable to our 21st century lives. 
In his section on "The Good and the Bad," Clarke has several chapters about Jacob and his two wives.