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

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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

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(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.”

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

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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

Posted 7/21/14 at 4:04 PM | Book Stop

Parenting With Scripture

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

Author Kara Durbin knows the power teaching your children scripture; Durbin's mother “blessed” her life by parenting her with scripture. The homeschooling mom wrote Parenting With Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments (Moody Publishing) to be an A-Z guide topical to help parents instill God’s principles into their children. Here is a list adapted from her book on how to use bible verses in teachable moments

1. Discuss Scripture: Talk about the verse of choice with your child, clarifying any words a child may not know and explaining its meaning.

2. Pray Using God’s Word: After you’ve read the Bible verse and explained it, reword the scriptures to become a prayer. For example you would pray Psalm 119:29 like this “Lord, please help keep (child’s name) from being deceitful or mean. Thank you that you forgive us when we do wrong.” FULL POST

Posted 7/21/14 at 11:49 AM | Book Stop

Marriage Mondays with Shaunti Feldhahn: Women, See Going Out and Doing Things Together as Romantic

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Marriage Monday Tip from Shaunti Feldhahn:

A tip for women: Recognize that your man wants romance too, but it may mean going out and playing together; so notice and seize on things he mentions doing (sports, outdoor activities, walking the aisles of the local DIY store…) and enjoy the time together!

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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 #22: Women, see going out and doing things together as romantic

Ladies, when you envision romance, what comes to mind? I’m guessing candlelight dinners… maybe a horse-drawn carriage ride… a picnic on the beach at sunset… Since we were little girls, those sort of picturesque dates have seemed wonderfully romantic to us. We care about romance. But unfortunately, somewhere along the way, we come to assume that our man doesn’t care about romance at all! FULL POST

Posted 7/17/14 at 3:26 PM | Book Stop |

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What Does the Bible Say About Violence Against Women?

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

One in three women around the globe have been beaten, coerced into sex or abused. In the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine minutes. What does God say about violence against women?

Clerygyman Justin Holcomb and his counselor wife Lindsey answer this question and so much more in their new book Is It My Fault? Hope and Healing for those Suffering Domestic Violence (Moody Publishers). The Holcombs combine theology and research to shine a light on abusive relationships. In this excerpt of Is It My Fault?, there is a list of verses that reveal what God thinks about physical violence and verbal abuse.

1. God Hates Abuse (Psalms 11:5)

2. God Will Judge All Unrepentant Physical Abusers Harshly (Psalms 11:5, Proverbs 1:8-19, Joel 3:19, Micah3:1-7, Nahum 3:1-7) FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 3:27 PM | Book Stop |

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‘Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert’ Author Says Homophobia is a Sin

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

Rosaria Butterfield, a former atheist and lesbian, denounced a Christian brand of homophobia that pronounces the LGBT community “too sinful to respond to God’s call on their life” as a sin in an article for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.

“Homosexuality is a sin, but so is homophobia,” the former Syracuse University wrote in the July 14 article. Butterfield defined homophobia as a fear of homosexuality that causes some Christians to ignore or overlook lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people, like all of humanity, were made in God’s image.

She contended that many in the LGBT community are “waiting like the caterpillar that spawned today’s butterfly” to hear the gospel. FULL POST

Posted 7/15/14 at 12:28 PM | Book Stop |

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Beloved Comic Book Character to Die Defending Gay Rights, Gun Control

(Photo: Archie Comics Publication, Inc. via The Christian Post) "Life With Archie" no. 16 from Archie Comics Publication, Inc. was released Jan. 2012.

Archie Andrews, the orange-haired lead of Archie Comics, will make the ultimate sacrifice to defend a gay character in Wednesday’s edition of the “Life with Archie.”

A grown-up Archie will take a bullet to protect Kevin Keller, a new figure to the Archie Comics brand who married his Iraq war vet partner in a 2012 storyline. In the new 2014 storyline a character attempts to assassinate Kevin, a newly elected senator and gun control advocate. The Archie Comics website reveals that the lovable pal of Jughead, Veronica and Betty will not recover from his wounds.

The plot twist was initially announced in April. Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater told the Associated Press that Archie’s death is heroic and selfless and in line with the character’s personality. FULL POST

Posted 7/15/14 at 12:21 PM | Book Stop

Potter's House First Lady Helps Teen Girls Find 'The Princess Within'

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

Serita Ann Jakes, wife of Potter’s House pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, has a heart of women. Now she has adapted a book that she penned for women to help teenage girls discover who they are in Christ. In The Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal Inheritance (Bethany House) Jakes uses her experience as a mother and a family ministry leader to give timeless wisdom to and guidance tailored to today’s generation.

In this question and answer interview, republished with permission, Jakes shares why young women can entrust their most private secrets to God and how to break free of shame and guilt.

Q: Your book The Princess Within was received very well. Now with The Princess Within for Teens, you come alongside teen girls to deal with the messiness of life. What advice would you give to parents … who want to lead their daughter’s into the Father’s arms? FULL POST

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