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52 Books in 52 Weeks

Review: The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman, popularizer of the 5 Love Languages concept, has reworked an earlier book, Toward a Growing Marriage, into this helpful manual.  He states that the goal of marriage is a deep, total union of a couple on all levels—intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, and physical. From a Biblical viewpoint, Chapman deals with all the usual […]

Review: What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days by Holly Gerth

We all have hard days. Some people have only a few of them, at least for the present.  Some face an unrelenting succession of difficult times.  And some have sadness woven so deeply into their souls that it seems joy will never return (and if that’s you, please do seek professional help as well as […]

Review: A Vine-Ripened Life by Stanley D. Gale

We live because of Christ, and we bear fruit by abiding in him. Those are fundamental facts of life for Christians. But what does ‘bearing fruit’ mean in practical, everyday life? And how, exactly, is that related to abiding in Christ? A Vine-Ripened Life discusses this by exploring Galatians 5:22, 23:  “But the fruit of […]

Review: Mendeleyev’s Dream by Paul Strathern

From ancient Greece through centuries of alchemy to the modern periodic table, Mendeleyev’s Dream traces the history of chemistry with fascinating mini-biographies.  We learn about Thales of Miletus who fell off a cliff while stargazing; Henning Brand who fermented and distilled vats of urine to isolate phosphorus, the first new element; Boyle, the founder of […]

Review: The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn

We all know those ‘facts’ about marriage:  half of all marriages fail, most marriages are unhappy, it takes years of painful work to fix a bad marriage, remarriages are unlikely to succeed, and Christians’ divorce rates are the same as unbelievers’. What if these ideas were not true?  What if they were based on misunderstanding […]

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