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Posted 8/28/14 at 10:40 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Monday From Shaunti Feldhahn: Taking Care of Yourself Says "I Care About You"

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Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn

Marriage Tip: 
Recognize that taking care of yourself says "I care about you" to your spouse; it isn’t about looking like you walked off a magazine cover, but about your spouse seeing you are willing to make the effort to take care of yourself for them.

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on the surprising truths that men and women tend not to know about each other–and which change everything once we do. 
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Posted 8/18/14 at 11:56 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Monday From Shaunti Feldhahn: Mutually Reconnect With Your Spouse After Conflict

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Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn

Marriage Tip: When you and your mate experience hurt feelings and conflict, mutually reconnect by sharing a private signal that says “We’re okay.”

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

 Tip #26: Mutually Reconnect With Your Spouse After Conflict FULL POST

Posted 8/14/14 at 11:55 AM | Book Stop

The Border Crisis: Cures, not Band-Aids

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America, Mexico border sign

By David Z. Nowell

We have all seen the news and heard the stories—tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are filtering through Mexico and crossing our southern borders. By the time they reach U.S. soil, many have been abandoned, abused, and exploited.

They are children—not adults who have made informed choices to enter the U.S. illegally. They are children, and everything we stand for as a country calls out for us to protect them. We don’t turn our backs on children. Compassion? Absolutely. But it’s compassion that is played out in a way that truly is in the best interest of the children.

Most of the children who stay in the U.S. will pour into an already overwhelmed child welfare system, a system currently caring for over 400,000 children. A system already in crisis. Once we take them in, the one thing of which we can be certain is that the children will not receive better lives here. FULL POST

Posted 8/11/14 at 11:42 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Monday From Shaunti Feldhahn: Women, Ask Him to Accept Help Without Hurting His Heart

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Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn

A tip for women: When you know you need to ask your husband to accept guidance or help, and you know he might feel painfully inadequate as a result, say it with kindness and in a way that makes it about your need rather than his failure.

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on the surprising truths that men and women tend not to know about each other–and which change everything once we do. 
 FULL POST

Posted 8/4/14 at 11:08 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Monday From Shaunti Feldhahn: Encourage Your Wife to Resolve Her Worries

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Marriage Month Tip Of The Day from Shaunti Feldhahn


A tip for men: Next time something keeps bothering or worrying your wife, realize that due to her brain wiring, she probably can’t “not think about it” – and she will feel loved if you encourage her to take some action to resolve it instead of making her feel a bit foolish for wanting to do so.

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on the surprising truths that men and women tend not to know about each other–and which change everything once we do. 



Tip #24: Men, instead of “Just don’t let it bother you” encourage your wife’s actions to resolve what is worrying her. FULL POST

Posted 8/1/14 at 4:56 PM | Book Stop

The Book Room Coverage Suspended Indefinitely

The Book Room Suspends Operation Indefinitely

The Book Room’s coverage of authors and new books has been discontinued. Christian Post will continue to feature news about upcoming books and notable authors in our articles, but not in the separated site The Book Room. Existing Book Room article urls will continue to be live, but the main page of The Book Room will be redirected to the CP Blog Book Stop page. Thank you for your readership!

Posted 7/28/14 at 9:44 AM | Book Stop

Mom, What’s a Homosexual? - Navigating Your Kid's Toughest Questions

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Every parent has a struggled to discuss tough adult topic with their children. Authors and mother/ daughter team Eyyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson wrote Answering Your Kids’ Toughest Questions: Helping Them Understand Loss, Sin, Tragedies and Other Hard Topics to help parents carefully navigate difficult conversations. Speaking from personal experience, informed by child development research, these two moms offer practical insights and age-appropriate guidance.

Below is an excerpt from Answering Your Kids' Toughest Questions:

Parenting Is More Than Room and Board

Parenthood is such a strange thing. For many of us, it seems as though we had barely grown up and, before we knew it, helpless little strangers were relying on us for everything—their needs far exceeded having a place to live and food to eat. With smiles and gentle touches, we were the ones who brought comfort and order into their disordered and oh-so-confusing worlds. Time flew by, and soon whys? were coming from our little ones, often met by our own loss for words. How did we end up on the receiving end of this little bundle full of questions? FULL POST

Posted 7/28/14 at 8:51 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Monday From Shaunti Feldhahn: Don't Hold Back


Marriage Monday Tip From Shaunti Feldhahn

Tip: To have a happy marriage, don’t try to protect yourself emotionally or financially “just in case”; taking the risk of being “all in” instead of holding back is essential for creating security and happiness.

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Welcome to Marriage Mondays! Each Monday, join us here in the Book Corner as I share my top findings on the little, eye-opening things that make a big difference in creating great marriages and relationships. Today’s post is one of a series on what makes happy marriages so happy, based on nationally-representative research with more than 1,000 couples.

Tip #23: Get in Over Your Head

Man, our culture doesn’t always make it easy to stay married, does it? One of the most bogus messages we hear about marriage is that husbands and wives should keep a little piece of themselves private. You know, like feelings you keep from your mate but share with some other friend. Or a secret bank account where you keep a little stash on the side “just in case.”

But the highly happy couples I surveyed and interviewed weren’t buying it. They threw everything into the ring – their hearts, their wallets, and especially their hopes –risking everything and deciding to believe that it would pay off. Many of these couples had moved from being very troubled in their marriage to very happy… and this particular secret was one of the most important reasons why.

They literally removed the word “divorce” from their vocabularies. They took a deep breath and decided to not have their little stash of money on the side. They gave each other full access to bank accounts, email accounts, computers, and telephones, hiding nothing. Sure, some couples did it a bit differently – for example, if one spouse had a gambling problem, they would get counsel about what financial boundaries to put in place – but otherwise they made themselves completely vulnerable to each other and took what felt like a huge risk of getting their heart broken or losing everything.

And once they were “all in,” they found that the earlier actions they had been taking to “protect themselves” actually created the very problems they were trying to protect themselves against!
As one woman I interviewed said, “What is more foolish? Taking the risk to trust him and risking the small likelihood that your spouse will betray you? Or deciding that you’re not going to fully trust him and risking the almost certain likelihood that it will build a wall between you and undermine your marriage?” FULL POST

Posted 7/24/14 at 12:08 PM | Book Stop

Today Show Airs Sanitized Version of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Trailer

Book cover of Fifty Shades of Grey

(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

A shortened version of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer that leaves out the partial nudity, whip and bondage of the full-length version was featured on NBC’s morning show Thursday morning.

Though the Today Show trailer stopped short of its racier full-length conclusion, the sneak peek showed in full detail the sexy yet one-sided and admittedly non-romantic nature of the main characters Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s relationship.

"Fifty Shades" actors Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan made a guest appearance on the Today Show couch to introduce the trailer. Dakota said of filming the movie’s love scenes, “It’s not like a romantic situation.” She summed “It’s more like a task.”

FULL POST

Posted 7/23/14 at 1:19 PM | Book Stop

Christian Comedian Chonda Pierce's Husband Suffers Fatal Stroke; The Queen of Clean Tweets her Spouse 'is Home'

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(This article was originally posted in The Book Room - The Christian Post's new section for book enthusiasts and authors.)

Tuesday evening Chonda Pierce, the entertainer also known as the “Queen of Clean,” announced her husband’s death on Facebook and Twitter posting a picture of her husband along with the words “David is home.” The announcement followed a near month-long battle following a sudden stroke.

The update elicited many sympathetic responses. Contemporary Christian singer/ songwriter Sheila Walsh tweeted. “Chonda I am so so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all XXX.” Twirl Author Patsy Clairmont expressed her condolences to the Pierce family on behalf her household. “Les and I send our love. We grieve with you. Such a loss,” she wrote on Twitter. FULL POST

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