1. Hedges: Loving Your Marriage Enough To Protect It
by Jerry B. Jenkins.
Jason and I received this book from Jason's parents as a gift and I just got around to reading it. It was great practical advice on how to form boundaries around your marriage in order to protect it. Practical examples were given on how to relate with others in the proper settings, physically, emotionally ect... I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to married couples of all ages!
2. Praying Hyde: Missionary to India
by Basil Miller
Mission books aren't typically what I enjoy reading - but I had been encouraged by Pastors Rick & Cindy Stone to read this when I was trying to understand more what it meant to be gifted with intercessory prayer. Even though the missions part was completely fascinating and inspiring, it was the details on his prayer life that I really connected to. It reawakened a desire to pray more - and not the loud crazy ranting & raving type prayer I'm used to - but personal, heart-seeking prayer-closet type prayer. I highly recommend this book and its actually a quick read, I finished it in two days.
Matthew 6: 1-8
"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
"But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
"When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
"But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
"And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.
"So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him."