Thursday, November 6

Wedding Anniversary

Recently, we celebrated our wedding anniversary, and my husband surprised me with lovely flowers!  :)

Monday, November 3

Book Review: From This Day Forward


From This Day Forward: Five Commitments to Fail-Proof Your Marriage, by Craig Groeschel and Amy Groeschel is a non-fiction book about marriage from a Christian perspective.

Since the authors of this book are a husband and wife, they both provide a different point-of-view regarding the topic of marriage.  Even though it's written by a married couple, most of the text is from Craig's viewpoint. 

While it's written in a conversational style, this book features guidelines for married couples to strengthen their relationship.   

In the introduction, Craig said, "The truth is that all of us carry all sorts of expectations into marriage....  But here's the hard truth about marriage: no one's expectations hold up.... I believe with all my heart that, yes, it is possible to have a great marriage.  Not just a healthy relationship but a loving, thriving, helping-each-other-reach-your-full-potential relationship.  No surprise then that having this kind of marriage isn't easy.  It takes work, and it takes specific kinds of work."

Craig continued in the introduction to share, "In this book, Amy and I would like to share with you five decisions that will fail-proof your marriage.  If you make these decision, you can and will have the marriage God wants you to experience."
This book is divided into five main chapters with the following titles: Seek God, Fight Fair, Have Fun, Stay Pure, and Never Give Up.  Also, the introduction and conclusion are titled as Introduction: What Did You Expect? and Conclusion: As Long As You Both Shall Live.

When discussing marriage in chapter five, Craig declared, "It starts now.  It starts today.  Decide.  No matter what has happened in the past, from this day forward, you will: Seek God.  Fight fair.  Have fun.  Stay pure.  And never give up."

Also, in chapter five, Amy shared, "Your marriage will work best if you're both committed to one another....  Never give up on what God can do with your marriage."
This book focuses on the subject matter of marriage is a way that's realistic, challenging, and encouraging.  It includes scripture verses, various quotes, culturally relevant examples, and mostly experiences from the authors' lives.  

In the conclusion, Craig said, "You can have the marriage God wants to you have.  But you can't have it without God's help....  Keep your marriage simple, focused, and Christ-centered....  And because God never gave up on you, you will never give up on him or on your marriage.  From this day forward." 

So, From This Day Forward focus on your marriage in a Christ-centered manner.

It's a worthwhile book to read, especially for married couples, yet also for dating and engaged couples, as well as interested singles.  This recommended reading material is for all ages, from young adults to older generations.

Please note: I received this free ebook from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for free books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Monday, October 20

Paul's Pillar Archaeological Site

As part of my birthday weekend, we visited the Paul's Pillar Archaeological Site, which is quite enjoyable to explore.

This ancient site features Paul's Pillar, as well as the Panagia Chrysopolitissa Basilica Ruins, Latin Church Ruins, Agia Kyriaki Church, etc.


Here's a slideshow with more photos of the Paul's Pillar Archaeological Site:

For more details about the Paul's Pillar Archaeological Site, please click HERE.

Book Review: The Case for Faith Student Edition

The Case for Faith Student Edition: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, by Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel is a well-written non-fiction book regarding the Christian themes of faith in an investigative method. 

While describing his journey towards Christianity, Strobel shared on page nine, "Eventually I decided to check out the Christian faith.  I would separate the make-believe from the reality and what was left.  After all, that's what I did every day as a journalist--I was experienced at investigating things to see what was true."

The author continued to share on page 10, "I committed myself to asking hard questions and not being satisfied with easy answers.  I wanted to find out what both doubters and believers had to say about some of the most challenging obstacles to faith....  If you've ever asked questions about faith, this book is for you.  Come along as I retrace my journey, and I hope you'll find answers for yourself."

This book is based on the author's personal reflections and experiences, particularly interviews and conversations with various people.  And there are stories from American culture and recent history, as well as biblical examples and scripture verses.

The Case for Faith Student Edition is divided into six main chapters with the following titles: Objective #1: Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Good God Cannot, Objective #2: Miracles Contradict Science; Therefore They Cannot Be Real, Objective #3: Evolution Explains Life, So God Isn't Needed, Objective #4: It's Intolerant to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God, Objection #5: A Loving God Would Never Send People to Hell, and Objective #6: I Still Have Doubts, So I Can't Be a Christian.  Also, the introduction and conclusion are titled as Introduction: Questions Worth Asking and Conclusion: The Power of Faith. 

Throughout the book, there are supplemental boxes of additional text with the following titles: Can You Believe the Bible?, Droughts and Drive-bys, From Prisoner to Prime Minister, The Megaphone of Pain, Schizophrenic God, Timeline: When Religion Turns Ugly, Other Doubters I Have Known, Faith: Act of Will or Gift of God?,Quote to Consider, To Think About, For Quick Reference, Other Resources on This Topic, etc.

This non-fiction teen book is fairly short and easy to read, yet it's extremely informative and thought-provoking.  

According to page 95, "That's the power of faith to change a human life....  God intervened with his forgiveness, with his mercy, with his power, and with the presence of his Spirit.  That same kind of transforming grace is available to everyone who acts on the evidence for Jesus Christ by making the decision to turn away from sin and embrace him as their forgiver and leader.  It's there for all those who say yes to God."

The Case for Faith Student Edition is ideal for those interested in the Christian faith or wanting to delve deeper into questions regarding the faith.  

In essence, this book is a condensed version of Strobel's The Case for Faith (which is another excellent book to read) with a focus towards teen readers.  While it's geared towards teens and young people, this book is worthwhile and highly recommended for readers of all ages.

Please note: I received this free book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for free books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Sunday, October 19

Paphos Tourist Area

My husband planned a delightful birthday weekend celebration for me!

For part of the birthday celebration, we visited the Cypriot city of Paphos, particularly the seafront tourist area, Tea for Two Restaurant, Paul's Pillar Archaeological Site, etc.

While walking along the lovely seafront tourist area in Paphos, we stopped for some photographs.  And the ancient Paphos Fort is featured in the distance of some of my photos.  Enjoy!

For more details regarding the Paphos Fort and tourist area, please click HERE and HERE.