Happiness in marriage is not so much a matter of chance as it is a matter of choice. Choosing to be happy means choosing to think on things that are good and noble and right and lovely and pure — including your spouse’s most positive, admirable, and endearing qualities. Our marriages can’t help but benefit when we discipline ourselves to do this. That’s the purpose of this journal in a nutshell. Whether you’re writing, drawing, pasting, or coloring in it, each page, prompt, and verse is designed to help you recall and record the things you love most about your husband, to reflect on your most cherished memories, and to recognize God’s hand at work in your relationship. I pray you will be richly blessed as you meditate on God’s Word and allow it to shape your life and marriage.
Jennifer Flanders graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She completed two years of graduate work at SMU in the same field before she and her husband, Dr. Doug Flanders, started their family. She took her final final just two weeks before their first son was born. Since that time, the author has put her math background to good use by “staying home to multiply.” (It has also come in handy as she’s home schooled their twelve children, teaching counting to calculus, and everything in between).
You can read more from Jennifer by visiting her blog (http://lovinglifeathome.com) where she writes about marriage and motherhood, or by visiting the Flanders’ family website (http://www.flandersfamily.info) where she shares tips on organization, saving money, home schooling, and family fun. Jennifer often speaks on the same topics to community, church, and school groups. In her “spare” time, Jennifer enjoys reading, singing, playing with her kids and grandkids, visiting with her husband, and doing a wide variety of needle crafts.
My youngest son is getting married in December. I am so excited to be adding another daughter to our family! When I received an offer to review How Do I Love Thee? (A Devotional Journal for Wives) by Jennifer Flanders, I jumped at the chance thinking I could pass it along to my soon to be daughter-in-love. Wow! I am glad I did. This journal is great for any married woman, but I think it is especially good for a new bride. Journaling prompts encourage Scripture study, drawing, writing, pasting in mementoes, etc. — everything a creative woman could desire. Beginning with first dates and courtship, the book progresses through the days of engagement, first year of marriage and beyond. As a woman progresses through her relationship, How Do I Love Thee? offers opportunities for growth both in marriage and spiritually. For example, there are sections focusing on the importance of prayer, cooperation in marriage and looking for blessings. Marriage takes hard work, and this journal takes that into account. This journal is designed to last a life time! For those who are crafty or enjoy the coloring book craze, there is ample space and opportunity to create.
While I think How Do I Love Thee? would make a perfect shower gift for the newly engaged, for those of you who have been married a long time ;), the journal will help you remember your first days of love — always a good thing!
Audience: married or engaged women.
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(Thanks to the author and Book Crash for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)