Crack a Book

February 28, 2014

in the generous life

These are the books I read in February.

Marriage Coaching by Jeff & Jill Williams

This is a very interesting book. It’s for every couple, not just marriage coaches. The authors are convinced couples can learn and apply what they teach on a day to day basis.

There are some basic perspectives and attitudes to explore and then they give you direction for creating and achieving goals for your marriage. I would recommend this book for couple and small group study.

The On-Purpose Person by Kevin W. McCarthy

This is a modern day parable about a man who is “successful” but not particularly happy. He’s living his life around what you are “supposed” to do. As the story progresses he meets up with a number of people who help him explore who he is, what his passions are, etc. and then they help him create a plan to live his life “on purpose.”

The story line felt a little cheesy, but I actually learned new things about myself and gained some perspective about time use. I’m re-reading it at a slower pace and trying some of the exercises.

Who’s Pushing Your Buttons? by John Townsend

I have a couple of folks in my life who routinely push my buttons. I was hoping for information on how to deal with my own attitudes better and, perhaps, some insight into how to more wisely deal with my button pushers. I got my wish. It’s a particularly insightful and helpful book.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

I saw this book in a library display and checked it out. It’s the story of a guy who accidentally wanders into the small Pakistani village of Korphe (he was mountain climbing). As he gets to know the people he sees a huge need for education. We then follow him around on the arduous task of building them a school which then morphs into a heart to build more schools in more villages (including educational opportunities for girls). It’s a pretty wild adventure complete with con artists, the Taliban, help from surprising places and sweet stories of hope. 

The 12th of Never & Gone by James Patterson

I picked up these murder mysteries at the library. I like Patterson’s writing style, though be warned his bad guys are … really bad.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero

I’m still reading and discussing this book with my weekly group. Two thumbs up. (my review)

What are y’all reading? I’d love to hear. Please feel free to share in the comments.

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.  Chinese Proverb


Happy Wives Club: Happily Married Is My Reality…And I Won’t Apologize For That I love her response to the interviewer’s doubt. Way to go, Fawn!


Calm Healthy Sexy: Take Mini-Breaks from Your Daily Routine This is such sane advice.


Hot, Holy & Humorous: Does Your Husband’s Rejection Make You Doubt Yourself? Fighting the negative messages when he says no.


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Jay Dee - February 28, 2014 at 4:12 am

I think I might read that Marriage Coaching book as well. I’m currently studying to become a Certified Christian Marriage Coach.


Lori - The Generous Wife February 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

I’ve done the course work for life coaching at AACC, but honestly I learned the most from a book called Leadership Coaching by Tony StotStoltzfus (aff link


James Witter February 28, 2014 at 6:33 am

Husband and I are reading the Passion Principal book from Shannon Ethridge right now. It is so awesome. Husband and I are also doing a small group study on the topic of sex in marriage. We feel led to help 2 other couple in our church since this topic is not addressed in our church….


Lori - The Generous Wife February 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

I’d love to hear what you think of it when you finish the book. Kudos to you for stepping up to encourage others’ marriages.


Tam February 28, 2014 at 6:52 am

I’m currently reading the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I’m also listening to War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.


Lori - The Generous Wife February 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

I’ve seen the promos for the movie Divergent. It looks interesting. War and Peace? Girl, you know how to pick them. It’s huge!


Gaye @CalmHealthySexy February 28, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Thank you, Lori, for sharing my post.


Anita March 1, 2014 at 4:56 am

I’m reading basket of blessings by Karen O’Connor & Momology by Shelly Radic


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