Sunday, January 29, 2017

Love Me True; Overcoming the surprising ways we deceive in relationships: BOOK REVIEW

About the book:
How can love, which is so beautiful and fun, cause such emotional ups and downs? Dr. Jason B. Whiting, a licensed marriage and family therapist, focuses on common relationships to show that deception is at the root of most marital problems. Overcome this and gain back that trust and excitement you’ve been longing for in your relationship.

About the author:
Dr. Jason B. Whiting is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a professor of marriage and family therapy at Texas Tech University. Whiting has dedicated hundreds of hours to teaching students about relationships and counseling couples in his own clinical practice. Whiting has presented his research nationally, including at the National Council on Family Relations, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Smart Marriages. He has published in academic journals such as Family Relations and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. Last year he won the award for “article of the year” in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. A co-authored article on cheating and deception on Facebook garnered interest in the national press, including Psychology Today and Cosmopolitan.

From Reidhead Randomness:
Filled with stories that illustrate the points that are being made, this book was very insightful and potentially helpful to many types of relationships.  One of the topics that is covered is "Deception in what we see."  It was mentioned that emotions are drugs that alter what people see.  There is a chapter that focuses on ways to sooth emotions and help to increase understanding.  Another topic covered is deception in what we say.  There were some interesting studies sited in the book that talk about how deceptive people are with each other. This book would be a great read for newly engaged couples, as well as veteran couples, because there was so much to learn!  There is a section of learning and education, then the "main points" (summary of what you learned), followed with discussion questions.  What a great tool to be able to improve your relationships!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bible Origami Book review

bible-origami-december-10-31-2016-blog-tourAbout the book:
Keep your children’s hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah’s ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph’s coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

About the author:
Todd Huisken is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the counseling manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, California. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of San Diego and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. Todd has served as the assistant director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims from the San Diego fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. Todd has been married to his beautiful wife for twenty-one years and they have three daughters and a son.

 From Reidhead Randomness:
My daughters had fun with this book over our Christmas break.  Some of the items were a little tricky, and they had to try them a few times, but some were fairly easy.  They are all super cute, with good directions.  This would be a fun activity for a Sunday School teacher to involve the class in the lessons. 

Here are a couple of their creations: A dove, a coin, and a manger with a baby.

This was a great book, and we really enjoyed trying some of the creations!  I can't wait to do more!