My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
Jo Frost, SuperNanny, asks the question, “How many of you parents actually read a bedtime story to your children?” The response is really quite shocking!
In Britain, she found:
- 33% don’t read to their children
- 33% (over a third) of children don’t even own a book!
His wife was gone.
Sure, last night looked like a lot of nights recently. She’d walked out many times before, but this was different. The abandonment, the adultery, and the deception had mounted a massive assault on their marriage and family.
Had it been three men in just six months? He feared there were more. Again and again, she’d wrecked the family’s affairs with her own. She had spent and overspent the family budget to please another guy — another illicit, irrational, imaginary love.
Their marriage, once sweet, had become a nightmare. Those first days, maybe even months, of marital bliss felt so distant and unfamiliar. It was hard for her husband to believe they were ever even real.
Emotions were taut in postwar Germany. Corrie ten Boom met with many who suffered from severe guilt. For instance, in a railway station she gave her suitcase to a boy to carry, and a man came up to her and whispered, “We Germans are all thieves; don’t trust that boy.” Before she reached her train, five different Germans had warned her.
God seemed to be confirming that He wanted her to carry His message of forgiveness into this wounded country.
The need to ask for forgiveness is one of the most ubiquitous of human experiences.
Ruth Bell Graham was right when she said, “A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” Indeed, it’s essential if you are going to enjoy a truly fulfilling marriage. There’s no other relationship I know where the need to forgive presents itself more often.