Thursday, July 05, 2007

Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart

Another book down - another book review being written. Doing Things Right in Matters of the Heart is a book that is sort of a hybrid between RBMW, Sacred Marriage, and I Kissed Dating Goodbye. All good in there own right, this one adds something to the mix. This is also the current book club reading for the Girls on their blog - so check out their weekly thoughts (usually on Fridays). I think we are on chapter 3 if you are reading it together - so its not too late to get in on the action
This is by a new guy to me, John Ensor, who lives in the NE with his family and directs Heartbeat International.
This book is a quick read and can be done in one afternoon. It is written for both men and women and would be excellent in a young married or singles group at a church.
The first part of it deals with the base of his subject: biblical manhood and womanhood, salvation, relationship with God, how things got so messed up in the first place, etc. Good meat but his writing styles tend to jump around too much for my liking; although I do like the personal feeling to his writing.
The second half is more practical in nature. Deals with subjects like submission in dating/courtship, family responsibilities, personal qualities in both men and women, sacrificing, and happiness in relationships. This part is very good - for singles or married couples.
One of my fave verses he used in the whole book was Ps 107.9: "For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things."
"When God prohibits something, he is not robbing us of a good time. He is preserving for us a better time. He is blessing us and this blessing is for both men and women equally."
Talking about how pair figure skating and dating look the same (or should): "Her focus is on following his lead and signaling her readiness to receive his next move. He takes responsibility for the two of them, and she trusts his leadership and delights in it."
Probably the most famous quote in the whole book speaks of how women can be open to a man's inquiry: "It is for women to crack the twigs and stir the leaves so we know where to find them." I think that is the hardest thing for godly women to know how to do.

Good book altogether, one I would recommend. And it is a perfect complement to the book I'm also reading right now, Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye from Carolyn McCulley.

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