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Thursday, February 19, 2015

The 5 Love Languages For Men Review and Giveaway

OBM here with something really different.  Not that reviews and giveaways are different for me, but that THIS one was written by my husband.  Yep, the Hubs wrote a review.  Why?  Because The 5 Love Languages for Men is written, well, for men.

Here's the official info:
At the heart of every man is a desire to master what matters. Getting a compliment at work or on the court is nice, but nothing beats hearing your spouse say, “You make me feel loved.” If you haven’t heard that in a while or feel like you are not bringing your A-game into your relationship, this books is for you. The 5 Love Languages has sold 10 MILLION COPIES because it is simple, practical, and effective. In this edition, Gary Chapman speaks straight to men about the rewards of speaking their wife’s love language. You’ll learn each language, how to identify your wife’s, and how to speak it clearly. Packed with helpful illustrations and creative pointers, these pages will rouse your inner champion and empower you to master the art of love.
You may already be familiar with the book's author, Gary Chapman.
 Gary Chapman, PhD, is the author of the bestselling The 5 Love Languages series, which has sold more than 10 million worldwide and has been translated into 50 languages. Dr. Chapman travels the world presenting seminars on marriage, family, and relationships, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Karolyn.

Here's what The Hubs had to say:
As a man lucky enough to be married 22 years to my college sweetheart, after reading this book I realize how truly lucky I am.  Somehow I have muddled through.  Simply “getting by” however is not what God intended.  The 5 Love Languages has made me realize how truly different we all are when it comes to how we express and receive love.
The most important features of this book are that it is readable and is written with the male audience in mind.  As men, most of us are methodical, problem-solving fixers.  The book caters to those manly attributes by giving logical explanations, concrete steps for improvement and actual examples in a short and concise format.  There is even a Frequently Asked Questions section in the back.  The book covers each love language in detail using anecdotes and real life examples to emphasize the importance of each and the differences between them.  Each love language and its corresponding “dialects” are also summed up in “Phrase Books” at the end of each chapter to provide ideas and examples of how to “speak” that love language.  The book also includes profile tests for him and for her so that you can easily assess your respective love languages. 
The two additional chapters in this edition simply round out the desperately needed communication skills that we, as men, do not usually put a lot of effort into.  Apologizing and anger management have never been things I would say I did well and Mr. Chapman brings the same insight and common sense strategies to these critical behaviors as he does to the 5 love languages. 

Overall I would say this is an insightful, well-organized book that shows men how to communicate love to their wives in the language that they need to be fulfilled.  

Gary Chapman has a Facebook page and a Twitter page, if you want to check out more of his sage wisdom there.  There is also a website devoted to the 5 Love Languages books.  And you can purchase the book at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

Now you have a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself (or your husband).  Just enter the drawing below.  U.S. and Canadian residents only.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rasmus and the Vagabond Review and Giveaway

Today, it is my honor and privilege to let you in on a little know secret...Pippi Longstocking's author wasn't a one hit wonder.  At least she shouldn't have been.  Astrid Lindgren was actually a quite prolific author in Sweden, and her works and are quite popular, although not all of them were translated into English, and none ever equaled Pippi's fame here in the States.  Here's some more about the author you might not know:
Astrid Lindgren, the creator of Pippi Longstocking, Emil, and dozens of other world-famous characters, has thrilled three generations of children with her storytelling. She is the only children’s author with a literary prize, a theme park, a museum, a satellite, and a minor planet named in her honor. (After this last honor, she suggested changing her name to “Asteroid Lindgren.”) A jury appointed by Swedish Radio’s Culture Department to elect the “Author of the Millennium” voted Astrid Lindgren second after William Shakespeare. She was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and heaps of other awards and honors.
Pretty impressive, yes?  I had no idea.  And this picture of her just captives me.  I wish I could have met her

So back to Rasmus and the Vagabond.  What a treasure!  Really, if I could end my review there, I would, because that pretty much sums it up.  How have I never heard of it before?  Honestly, I don't think I ever read Pippi Longstocking, but you can bet that now I will.  Here's a bit more about Rasmus before I gush on too much:
After running away from an orphanage, nine-year-old Rasmus finds the world a cold and unfriendly place until he befriends an extraordinary tramp called Paradise Oscar. Together they meet more adventure than they ever imagined, solve a mystery, and catch the culprits. Reassume dreams of finding a family and a home someday. But when he does, will he be able to part with his new friend and life on the road?

Rasmus is such a great character, and the book is just so well written.  Written in 1956, the language is rich and the settings reflective of simpler times and more complex cares and concerns.  Rasmus longs for a family of his own but he runs away from the only home he has in order to find it.  In the end, he finds both family and home in a most unexpected way.

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