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When Sinners Say "I Do" Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage

The gospel is something we need in every area of our lives.  In marriage and in singleness.  In joy and in sorrow.  In good times and in hard times.  When life feels good and when life feels confusing.  This book showed so much of my need for Jesus and His grace. It calls us to look at our own sins and not be so easy to point out the sins of those around us.   It shows the great gravity of our sins.  We can all tend to point fingers and defend or blame our sins on others or life circumstances.  I think especially today it is so easy to do this and not truly see our sins.  "It is wrong, not because of what it does to me, or my spouse, or child, or neighbor, but because it is an act of rebellion against the infinitely holy and majestic God." -Jerry Bridges "There can be no small sins against a great God." -J.I. Packer Dave Harvey mentions in the book that with true sorrow of our "little sins", our awareness of God and His mercy grow. Be quick to see our own

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Where Courage Calls~ This book was about Elizabeth Thatcher who left her fancy home with all it's comforts to an old mining town that had little comfort and a very different life style, to teach the children there.  She no longer had water or electricity but she had to do things on on her own, like the small tasks of preparing for a new day.  While she struggled to get use to the new life, the people around her struggled with the loss of their husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers.  The mine had exploded and many of the men had died in it, before Elizabeth had come.  Can Elizabeth figure out her calling?  Can she bring hope, love, and trust back to the people of Coal Valley?

The Shunning~ This book was about twenty-two year old Katie Lapp, who struggles with the life of being Amish.  She is unsure of herself and feels that she can never do anything right according to the Amish People. One day her life changed forever, when she find a beautiful baby dress hidden in their attic.  What could it mean?  The Amish people never wore anything so beautiful.  Will her life ever be a normal life again, the way the Amish were suppose to live or would she change and never be the same.  What would Katie choose, to stay or walk away?

The Two Princess of Barmarre~  Princess Addie is shy and afraid of everything while her sister, Princess Meryl is brave and bold, ready to fight all the monsters that bring danger to their kingdom.  But Addie never thought that she would be the one to fight all the monsters and find the cure of the Gray Death because her daring sister was lying sick in bed close to death.  Would she be able to face all the dangerous and find the cure that no one had ever found before?  Would she be brave enough to save her sister?

I Kissed Dating Good-bye~ Dating, courting, and relationships are a big thing in life and many people have different opinions on each one.  People may think dating is bad and horrible while others may think that courting is for losers. I won't make you suffer through my own opinions. :)
This book is focused more on dating and it's pitfalls. The author doesn't really have anything good to say about dating, but he does say that it is not dating that is the problem today, but the people and how they are prideful and only care about satisfying their own desires and not caring about the other person.  He says at the end that whether you are dating or courting there is a way to do it that will honor our Lord, which is what we ought to do.  That requires being humble!
There was also other things in the book that I found encouraging like how we are to act until we begin relationships, and what we should be looking for in a spouse.

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