Archive | January 2015

The Uncommon Marriage Adventure: A Daily Journey to Draw You Closer to God and Each Other By: Tony & Lauren Dungy with Nathan Whitaker

What the back cover says:

An adventure in love . . .
An adventure in faith . . .
An adventure in growing closer to God and each other than ever before.

Tony and Lauren Dungy invite you to join them in The Uncommon Marriage Adventure, a book of daily reflections for couples based on the eight keys that have carried them through the best and worst of times. Every day you’ll find something to talk about, to pray over, to enjoy together, and to touch your heart. As you read, you’ll celebrate the commitment you’ve made to each other and rediscover the joy in your relationship. Dare to embark on your own marriage adventure—and see, as Tony and Lauren have, that marriage can be deeply, richly, beautifully uncommon.

Uncommon Marriage adventure

Who wrote it:

Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy is a former professional football player and retired coach for the Indianapolis Colts. During his seven years leading the Colts, he became the first African American coach to win a Super Bowl. He was also one of the most respected and popular NFL coaches in the league. Colleagues and friends consider him to be a family man of great faith and Christian character.

Lauren Dungy

Lauren Dungy is an early childhood educational specialist, best-selling author, and frequently sought-after speaker. She is also a devoted wife and mother. A graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in elementary education, she taught school in her hometown of Sewickley, Penn., and volunteers as a reading specialist in the Title I schools in Tampa. The vice president of the Dungy Family Foundation, which is committed to strengthening families and helping individuals acquire the life skills needed for success, Lauren has a great passion and love for children. She works closely with several adoption agencies and women’s shelters in the Tampa area. She is heavily involved in her church. Lauren and her husband, Tony, have been married for 31 years. They are the parents of nine children.
Nathan Whitaker
Nathan Whitaker holds degrees from Duke University, Harvard Law School, and the University of Florida, and has worked in football administration for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has written seven New York Times bestsellers and lives with his family in Florida.
My Thoughts:
I was so excited to get the chance to do a review on The Uncommon Marriage Adventure. This 16 week devotional is set up to help guide & redirect ones marriage towards God. Simply working an eight key system of daily passages for couples to work on as well read. I do like that each week at the end on the 7th day we are given The Core Principles of an Uncommon Marriage which is like a mini review for what Core Practices we did. It’s a great reflection for me to see if I was truly paying attention to what I was supposed to be doing for that week, also to reflect on my walk with the lord making sure he is at the center of my relationship. The Dungy’s shared their Honest, Funny real life stories, it was great to see that they are human too an every marriage has it’s own sort of issues from good to bad. This devotional was easy to read, very informative and well written. I did have Laugh out Loud moments through out the book. I do recommend The Uncommon Marriage Adventure to anyone who is married  or thinking about marriage. This devotional can be worked one on one as a couple or even in a small group study. I worked the steps with my fiance. We now have such a great understanding of each other also more love for God in our heart knowing he is truly is at the center of our relationship.
I give The Uncommon Marriage Adventure an overall score of 5 stars
I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in return for my Honest review.

The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky

What’s the back cover says:

What if the title, the estate, the life of security and splendor… what if it isn’t enough?

Strong-willed and beautiful, debutante Katherine Ramsey feels ready to take the London social season by storm, and she must. Her family estate, Highland Hall, has been passed to older male cousin Sir William Ramsey, and her only means of securing her future is to make a strong debut and find a proper husband. With her all-knowing and meddling aunt as a guide, Katherine is certain to attract suitors at the lavish gatherings, sparkling with Great Britain’s elite.

When a shocking family scandal sidelines Katherine, forcing her out of the social spotlight, she keeps a low profile, volunteering with the poor in London’s East End. Here Katherine feels free from her predictable future, and even more so as a friendship with medical student Jonathan Foster deepens and her faith in God grows. But when Katherine is courted anew by a man of wealth and position, dreams of the life she always thought she wanted surface again. Torn between tradition and the stirrings in her heart for a different path, she must decide whom she can trust and love—and if she will choose a life serving others over one where she is served.

Who Wrote it:

Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky has written more than dozen historical and contemporary novels and novellas which have been sold around the world. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award. She has been a finalist for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the ACFW Genesis Award. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott and they have five adult children and seven grandchildren.

My thoughts:

I did very much enjoy this 2nd book in the  Ewardian Brides Series Daughter of Highland Hall. Although I did feel it get a little stale at times. I did like the fact that we also got little side stories from other charterers like cousin David Ramsey as well with the troubles with the housemaid Lydia and here sister Helen. overall the story was quit good. I do wish Katherine would have stood up more to her aunt who was very rude to just about everyone who she felt were lower class then she was. There was times when I was getting closed to the end I had already figured out just how it was going to end. Overall this was a great 2nd book to the series. I do very much enjoy Carrie Turansky writing style.

I give Daughter of Highland Hall 4 Stars for overall read, I give the cover 5 stars I love the cover its so beautifully done.


I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest review of this book.