Friday, December 11, 2009

Value Non-Fiction tour

Don’t Let Relationships Suffer Because of the Economy

Just because the economy is suffering doesn’t mean relationships have to suffer, too. The Value Non-Fiction Line (September 15, 2009) offers insightful books on love, marriage, relationships and personal growth. At just $6.99, WaterBrook Press is offering readers on the most limited budgets, valuable resources to help them grow and succeed in their personal lives. Titles include:

  • More Than A Match by Michael & Amy Smalley
  • Fool Proofing Your Life by Jan Silvious
  • How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong by Leslie Vernick
  • What Women Don’t Know and Men Don’t Tell You by Michelle McKinney Hammond & Joel A. Brooks, Jr.
More Than A Match by relationship experts, Michael & Amy Smalley, marriage and family counselors who demystify the science behind compatibility tests to help singles in search of love recognize when the right relationship comes along. They also reveal the specific skills that can transform an ideal match into a lasting love.

My Review of More than a Match:

Finding your life's mate is more than just a match, being compatible; it's more than just a click of the mouse and you found your soul mate. Authors Michael and Amy Smalley have done an excellent job on this book. There is no PERFECT match in the game of love. Compatibility tests are tools to gain insight, but finding the right mate isn't in being compatible; there's more to it than that. Just because you are compatible there are other considerations to look at says the authors. The key to a perfect match is not compatibility, but commitment and being a servant to your spouse. This book should be a must read for anyone that has marriage on the mind now or way down the road in the future.

There is also a chapter in the book for those who thought they have found the perfect match and then as the wedding day approaches they have deep concerns about the match. Yes, it's hard to call things off but much better in the long run. Amy was in this boat and she shares her heart and tips on how to end a relationship correctly. It is possible to find that there was a computer glitch in the compatibility test and you just weren't meant for each other. It's better to be sure of it before saying "I Do".
Remember: Just because a computer tests says your compatible in many areas-much prayer should be given in the matter of becoming a match for life.

Taking personal responsibility in the way you act and talk is the key to a lasting relationship; serving and seeking the best for your mate makes things go smoother. Thinking of self is a sure way ticket to divorce. Couples need to learn the concept of LUV talk and practice it in your relationship using the drive-thru method of communication. (Ah, now you have to get the book and find out what I'm talking about)

This book is a very easy read. The book goes back and forth between Michael's and Amy's thoughts but it isn't hard to keep on track. It is actually neat seeing the two different views-one after the other. I think it is a must read for any couple with marriage on the mind. At the end of each chapter there are questions
concerning what was discussed in the chapter for the couple to think about and talk over. I'm going to have my teenage daughters read it.

In this book the Smalley's give some important issues that should be discussed by any couple thinking of marriage. They also discuss how to handle breaking off an engagement correctly, how to handle conflict and stay married-4 risk factors to watch for that my head you into Splitsville.

It is evident that Michael and Amy have shared their hearts with the readers of their book.

What Women Don’t Know and Men Don’t Tell You by Michelle McKinney Hammond, best-selling author, speaker, singer and co-host, with Joel A. Brooks, Jr., senior pastor of Christian Life Center, clears up misperceptions, providing women with the information they need to succeed in a lasting male-female relationship ─ both while waiting and after the wait is over.

How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong by Leslie Vernick, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 25 years experience, reveals how God uses the imperfections, difference and sins of a spouse to help anyone become more like Christ.

Fool Proofing Your Life by Jan Silvious, Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur) radio co-host discusses how attempts at coping with difficult people often fails, because they are what the Bible refers to as “fools.” Silvious provides tools to help readers get along and conduct relationships in a way that honors God, while preserving their own sanity.

The Value Non–Fiction Line provides readers with invaluable resources at a low cost, and offers priceless insights to help build meaningful relationship. Get more information about these books here.

The book More than a Match was provided for review by


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