In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s Artsy Reader Girl-sponsored Top Ten Tuesday covers SHIPPING. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book Couples”
Inspired by Sailor Moon, I set about making a list of my favorite ships and realized some surprising things: Continue reading “Top 10 Favorite Ships”
As a rule, I don’t believe in Relationship Goals. No couple inspires me enough that I want a relationship like theirs. With most ships, the details of their union leave me thinking, “That would never work for me.”
That isn’t, however, true of all my favorite ships.
Scanning my bookshelf, I found a couple I actually DO admire. Continue reading “10 Day Book Blog Post Challenge #9: Write about a favorite ship”
The church I grew up in taught a lot about sex.
The intent was to help (I think.) Sex is a big deal and the church SHOULD be talking about it.
By “talk,” though, I mean “dialogue,” and no such conversation existed at the time.
Adults told teens “DON’T HAVE SEX” without telling them how or why. They squeamishly avoided listing potential consequences of unprotected intercourse, making high school Sex Ed look competent by comparison.
More embarrassing was a series on married sex taught by the three senior pastors. They lauded their bravery for talking “openly” about the subject without using medical terminology or addressing the “how” of how to improve your sex life. They discussed sexual pleasure with extreme discomfort, transmitting their shame to the rest of the congregation.
I learned that porn is a fantasy without learning about the reality of sex.
I heard over and over the gender myth that men like sex and women don’t.
College proved worse; Christians shut down honest conversation with red faces and whispers of “inappropriate.”
Finding Debra Fileta’s website in 2014 came as a huge relief.
You mean to tell me Christians can honestly discuss sex?
Debra posted an excerpt from her newest book about why we save sex for marriage. I find it helpful having a reason aside from “JUST DON’T” or “WOMEN DON’T LIKE IT.” It helps, too, that she’s honest, ratcheting down the expectation of the Super Awesome Pinnacle of Experiences many Millennials were promised in youth group.
I so appreciate an author willing to tackle lies and point to Scripture instead of bolstering false teachings.
Debra Fileta’s new book drops today at Amazon or your favorite book seller.
Buy it. Borrow it. Learn. Dialogue. Enjoy.
I don’t often recommend Christian relationship books.
I’ve found Christian authors take one of two tacks: either the author treats love with a measure of whimsy that makes them sound stupid, or they quote, “Marriage is HARD,” enough times to show they have no faith in the reader’s ability to retain information.
Licensed counselor Debra Fileta embodies a perfect combination of practicality and hope. Combining Scripture with modern psychology, she finds a balance between empowering readers to make good choices and encouraging them to trust God.
Her perspective is both realistic and refreshing. She never presents formulas, hoping instead readers will take the path toward health. Using examples from her own life, Debra outlines common difficulties that come up in marriage and how to solve them. Unlike others, however, she doesn’t make her experience The Standard; she acknowledges often that every marriage is unique and couples need to find what works for them.
I can tell Debra loves her husband, Jon. That’s what has turned me off about marriage advice in the past; Christians can fall so heavily on the “difficult duty” view of marriage that it’s hard to tell they even like their spouse. Debra writes about the differences between herself and Jon without dinging her husband. As she writes in her book, she and Jon are a team, a fact evident with every page.
The best part of the book, a true miracle in Christian writing: with Debra’s readable style, the 200+ pages fly by.
Want a good marriage, either present or future? Say hello to your new best friend.
Release date: May 1, 2018