Best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn’s newest book, The Good News About Marriage: Debunking Discouraging Myths about Marriage and Divorce, was featured on CBN.com in an article entitled “Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It.”
Writes reporter Paul Strand, “This Atlanta-based couple often quoted in their writings and at conferences what they thought was accurate research: that most marriages are unhappy and 50 percent of them end in divorce, even in the Church. ‘I didn’t know,’ Feldhahn told CBN News. ‘I’ve stood up on stage and said every one of these wrong statistics.’”
“‘First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25 percent have ended in divorce on average,’ Feldhahn revealed. ‘Now, okay, that’s still too high, but it’s a whole lot better than what people think it is.’ Shaunti and Jeff point out the 50 percent figure came from projections of what researchers thought the divorce rate would become as they watched the divorce numbers rising in the 1970s and early 1980s when states around the nation were passing no-fault divorce laws. ‘But the divorce rate has been dropping,’ Feldhahn said. ‘We’ve never hit those numbers. We’ve never gotten close.’ And it’s even lower among churchgoers, where a couple’s chance of divorcing is more likely in the single digits or teens.”
To read the entire article, go to CBN News.
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On this, the second day of Christmas, I thought I would call to your attention books that I’ve loved and a SHOCKING number of which you have never read. The words of these authors made their way into my heart and I think they’ll do the same for you, given the chance. Below you’ll find my best guess as to why you’ve never read these books, my compelling argument why you should, and a little bit more information about the books themselves.
40 Loaves by C.D. Baker
My best guess as to why you’ve never read: You’re trying to cut back on gluten/carbs and you thought reading this book would be WAY too much temptation for you to take. I think I have good news for you. Once you are past the cover, you’re good! The actual book content will in no way lead you to depart from your modified eating habits. Phew!
My compelling argument as to why you should: Whether or not we voice them, we all have questions about our relationship with God. Now, we may not recognize the fact that we have questions because so much of Christian culture discourages you actually asking them out loud, so you’ve shoved them in a little compartment and go on your merry way. But if you haven’t addressed soul-searching questions and come to a conclusion of faith, you’re likely living a more shallow Christian life than you could be living. If we were really convinced of God’s all-consuming love for us, we could ask the questions, work them through with Him speaking to us in Scripture, and come away stronger and more faith-assured. This book is small in stature but is chock-full of deep thoughts that make us think and cause our walk with Christ to grow…in bite-size pieces. Can we become more honest with who we really are and find who God says he really is at the same time? I think yes. This book does, too.
About the book: There are many questions we’re not supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable. So why is it that Jesus invited questions and even asked some Himself? What is it that you’re afraid to ask God? It’s a risky prospect to begin asking – but far riskier to continue simply trying to get by without knowing. [Keep Reading]
When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley
My best guess as to why you’ve never read: As a tenderhearted person, you can’t bear to see suffering from any living thing. You thought that if you picked this book up, you’d just read about birds falling to the ground over and over and over and over again. Don’t worry. The title is a metaphor!
My compelling argument as to why you should: Listen, I’ve read a lot of Christian fiction. I grew up on it! This, for me, was one of those rare reading experiences where you don’t know how the story will end. I’m all for predictable happy endings that are prevalent in Christian fiction, but this book is a gem that doesn’t fall into the “same old thing” category. The writing is gripping, the circumstances of the story made me think, and the ending is vastly satisfying.
About the book: A widow and mother of six, Miranda Hanford leads a quiet, private life. When the pastor of her close-knit church announces his plans to move the entire congregation to another state, Miranda jumps at the opportunity to dissolve ties with Mason Chandler and his controlling method of ruling his flock. But then Mason threatens to unearth secrets from her past, and Miranda feels trapped, terrified she’ll be unable to protect her children. [Keep Reading]
The Charlatan’s Boy by Jonathan Rogers
My best guess as to why you’ve never read: You thought it was a book about the circus and clowns give you the willies. Also, you didn’t know what a “charlatan” was and that made you wary to pick up the book. Well, I can shed light on the “charlatan” definition and also allay your other concerns as well. No clowns were used in the making of this book. Charlatan: a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people.
My compelling argument as to why you should: Sigh. This book is SO GOOD! Set in the world of Corenwald that is not so different from the American frontier, the author spins a charming tale about an orphan boy, Grady, who is living the only life he’s ever known – putting on an act as “the ugliest boy in the world” for his companion Floyd’s traveling act. As the two of them move from town to town, Floyd lines his pockets with the hard-earned townspeople’s money by telling them tall tales and promising more than he can deliver. What I loved about this book is the subtle humor that comes through AND the unexpected heart-tugging conclusion for a boy who is just looking for his home. Still not sure? Hmmm…did you love Tom Sawyer? If you did, you’ll find that this story is right up your alley and as a bonus, it’s good for kids and adults alike.
About the book: As far back as he can remember, the orphan Grady has tramped from village to village in the company of a huckster named Floyd. With his adolescent accomplice, Floyd perpetrates a variety of hoaxes and flimflams on the good citizens of the Corenwald frontier, such as the Ugliest Boy in the World act. [Keep Reading]
So, have I convinced you? Have you actually read one or more of these books? If so, back me up in the comments! In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!
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Dannah Gresh, author of Get Lost: Your Guide to Finding True Love, has a guest blog post on eharmony.com, the popular online dating website. Gresh presents surprising research results on how spirituality positively impacts women’s sex lives. According to Gresh, a spiritually satisfied woman in a committed marriage just might be among the most sexually satisfied.
For the single woman, Gresh writes, “What I’d rather see a woman work on during her dating years is her spiritual formation. That’s why I took a break from writing books on sex to simply write one about how women can get lost in God’s love. I believe that a woman who is lost in God’s love is the one most capable of enjoying a love relationship here on earth.”
To read the complete article, visit the eHarmony blog.