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Inner Needs (Security, significance, strength, love, purpose, hope)Dr. Kimmel says that inner need #1 is security. He states that we should instill in our children’s hearts a secure love and that we do this by accepting them the way God made them (body, IQ, mannerisms, etc.), by making sure our homes and churches are loving and honoring environments and by being demonstrative to them and showing affection. I feel that my husband and I have done a great job with this. However, we can’t say that we’ve done enough. Although my teenager would rather me not hug him, I can still provide a level of security with him by accepting him the way he is. My 9-year old, on the other hand, wants my affection. So, the way I parent him is different. He’ll hug me til the day he dies. If I get a hug from my teenager, I will tattoo the date on my arm. Oh, I’m teasing. I’d put it on my forehead. I think you will get so much wisdom, advice and even courage from reading this book. You should also check out the other books Dr. Kimmel has written. You can find them here: Books by Dr. Kimmel. There is also a conference called D6 Family that is held in two different cities this year: Dallas and Louisville. Check it out here: D6 Family Conference.
In Dennis Rainey’s newest book, Stepping Up, he tackles head-on the call to living, breathing manhood, offering a simple yet powerful vision for what it means to be a man who truly conquers and wins. Perfect for men of all ages who aspire to an effective life. Stepping Up is written using biblical insights from truths learned in over 40 years of ministry with men. Included in the book are inspiring stories from both Dennis’ life and the lives of other courageous men. Insights include: Six nonnegotiables for training teenage young men; the temptation men face to step down; three qualities of men who finish well. Stepping Up offers a simple yet powerful vision for what it means to be the men God created them to be.Friends, I don’t have to tell you that we need men to step up and lead their families spiritually. We do. While there are plenty who are doing it, there are plenty who are not. And who better to help us than Dennis Rainey who has spent his life pouring into his own family but also leading countless others to do the same. Dennis is a spiritual superhero to me and I have gained so much insight from him over the years. I only wish I had gotten to meet his lovely wife while we were there. Next time 🙂 There is also a DVD series and it would be an amazing thing to go through with a small group of men and their sons. For more information about Stepping Up, visit the website: mensteppingup.com. Here is the video segment of Chris and me.
Beyond Ordinary is the best marriage book I’ve ever read! Justin and Trisha not only share their heartbreaking yet redemptive story, but they explain how they landed in an ordinary marriage full of devastation. They share godly wisdom and practical advice that will benefit all marriages. Today, their marriage resume has betrayal listed on it, but you’d never know it. They have leaned into their Heavenly Father and allowed, even begged Him to take their once mediocre, deficient marriage and not only give them a new, improved, extraordinary marriage, but help you have one, too. And you will, if you read this book.Marriage books are everywhere and people usually try to find them when their marriages are falling apart. Justin and Trisha’s marriage was hanging on by a very torn and tattered thread once. And they don’t want yours to get that way. Ever. So they wrote a book to help. And does it ever. If you are in a good marriage, read this book so that you will keep fighting for a healthy marriage. If your marriage is falling apart, read this book so that you will know you’re not alone and that there is hope. If you are someone whose marriage has ended, read this book so that you’ll be prepared should God bring someone else into your life. Read this book! Trust me, no one is above marriage issues. We all will have them or have had them. You will gain insight, inspiration and hope for your marriage by reading this book. Justin and Trisha do marriage conferences all over the country. They also provide marriage coaching and mentoring. You can check out their ministry at www.refineus.org. To order Beyond Ordinary, click HERE!