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Book Review: loving your spouse when you feel like walking away by Gary Chapman

 

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away

Product Description

What to do when you feel like giving up

When you said, “I do,” you entered marriage with high hopes, dreaming it would be supremely happy.

You never intended it to be miserable.

Millions of couples are struggling in desperate marriages. But the story doesn’t have to end there. Dr. Gary Chapman writes, “I believe that in every troubled marriage, one or both partners can take positive steps that have the potential for changing the emotional climate in their marriage.”

Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away, the revised and updated edition of the award-winning Desparate Marriages, teaches you how to:

  • Recognize and reject the myths that hold you captive
  • Better understand your spouse’s behavior
  • Take responsibility for your own thoughts, feelings, and actions
  • Make choices that can have a lasting, positive impact on you and your spouse

An experienced marriage and family counselor, Gary Chapman speaks to those whose spouse is any of the following:

  • Irresponsible
  • A workaholic
  • Controlling
  • Uncommunicative
  • Verbally abusive
  • Physically abusive
  • Sexually abusive
  • Unfaithful
  • Addicted to alcohol or drugs
  • Depressed

Marriage has the same potential to be miserable as it does to be blissful. Read Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away to learn how you can turn things around.

My Review:

I decided to review Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away by Gary Chapman in hopes to help some of my friends who are having difficult times in their marriages. Loving Your Spouse When You Feel Like Walking Away addresses many issues like spouses who are irresponsible, a workaholic, depressed, controlling, verbally abusive, physically abusive, sexually abusive, uncommunicative, unfaithful and addicted to alcohol or drugs. Each chapter focuses on one of the above mentioned issues but focuses more on the issue than the solution. Most solutions are just seek counseling. There are a few insightful points through the book and the stories help the reader relate to other people going through similar situations.

I would recommend this book to anyone in a marriage with the understanding that I’m unsure if the subtitle “Real Help for desperate Hearts in Difficult Marriages” is accurate because this book rehashes the issues instead of offering much help.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review from the publisher through the Moody Blogger Review Program. http://www.mpnewsroom.com/content/blogger-review-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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Book Review: Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire

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Book Description

What is God saying to you in your dreams?

Decoding Your Dreams provides an in-depth explanation of the true source of our dreams, dream classifications, and even dream symbols.

There are dozens of mentions of dreams in the Bible. From Abraham to Joseph, from Daniel all the way to Pontius Pilot’s wife, God has communicated with His people through dreams throughout recorded history.

Why would God choose to speak to us while we sleep?

Perhaps it’s because we are too distracted during the day to sit still long enough for Him to share the deep secrets of His heart.

Jennifer LeClaire is convinced God speaks to us in ways that are very personal. At times he may use pictures, memories, impressions, or even a still small voice.

Let Decoding Your Dreams help you embrace your Spirit-inspired dreams!

My Review

I was excited to review Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire but when I began reading it I was very disappointed and almost disgusted at how the author related to the reader. This book has more of a worldview than a biblical view on dream interpretation. In the introduction, the author says “You are the best interpreter for your dreams– you know best how you relate to God and hoe He relates to you” The title of the first chapter is “God Speaks Through Dreams” I think that the person talking would be the best person to ask about what is said and therefore God would be the best interpreter of dreams. In . In the first chapter, she explains a dream and then says “I’m not spiritually dense, so I understood the overarching meaning of the dream.” Dense means stupid. So what if you don’t understand dreams? Does that mean that you are stupid because you don’t understand dreams? Why would you write a book to help people understand what the Lord may be saying to you while you’re sleep if anyone who doesn’t understand dreams is dense? In Chapter two, The Biblical World of Biblical dreams, the author explains the importance to “understand what the Bible says about the dream world so you can avoid New Age pitfalls and get on the same page with God about what He’s saying to you in the supernatural realm.” But on the contrary, the author then covers cultural dreams in chapter 6 using a world view standard when many of the topics have biblical insights that the author could have mentioned. She continues the chapter explaining the difference between dreams, visions and trances. In chapter 3 she explains the scientific evidence of the negative effects that happen when people are not allowed to dream like tension, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, eight gain and a hallucinations. Chapter 4 the author explains different types of common dreams. Chapter 5 has a short dictionary of codes. I really like that each term is backed by scripture. Chapter 6 I did not like because it is a world view of the terms instead of God’s view of the terms. Romans 12:2 says ”  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” The rest of the book has questions answered, examples of dreams and activations.
I have several serious issues with this book.  Either we trust God for interpretation or we do not and look to the world. It is not wise to go back and forth between God and the world while warning about doing so at the same time. There are many more reliable books about biblical dream interpretation like Dr Joe Ibojie, Ira Milligan, James Goll, Adam F. Thompson, Adrian Beale, John Paul Jackson and Herman Riffel. I would only suggest Decoding Your Dreams by Jennifer LeClaire if you have read these other authors and are using this book as part of your Biblical dream book library.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers 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 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”