Here are resources I’ve produced as well as other links you may find of interest.
Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman:
Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts ‘just because,’ to linger in our embrace. The things that say ‘I love you’ seem to either not get said or not get through. This is a book about saying it—and hearing it—clearly. No gimmicks. No psychoanalyzing. Just learning to express love in your spouse’s language.
Boundaries Dr. Henry Cloud (There’s a whole series from this author)
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask:
– Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
– What are legitimate boundaries?
– What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
– How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
– Aren’t boundaries selfish?
– Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
Keep Your Love On – Danny Silk
Keeping your love on. It’s a hard thing to do. Sometimes it’s the hardest thing to do. But if you want to build healthy relationships with God and others, learning to keep your love on is non–negotiable. Adults and children alike thrive in healthy relationships where it is safe to love and be loved, to know and be known. Yet for many, relationships are anything but safe, loving, or intimate. They are defined by anxiety, manipulation, control, and conflict. The reason is that most people have never been trained to be powerful enough to keep their love on in the face of mistakes, pain, and fear.
Keep Your Love On reveals the higher, Jesus–focused standard defined by mature love―love that stays ‘on’ no matter what. Danny Silk’s practical examples and poignant stories will leave you with the power to draw healthy boundaries, communicate in love, and ultimately protect your connections so you can love against all odds. As a result, your relationships will be radically transformed for eternity. When you learn to keep your love on, you become like Jesus.
How to really help Someone with Their Problem – Danny Silk Video
Classic Reading about Basic Christianity… ask questions… it is unbelievable… so proof is hard to come by in isolation…. evidence is more helpful.
Who Moved the Stone – Frank Morison
This study is in some ways so unusual and provocative that the writer thinks it desirable to state here very briefly how the book came to take its present form.
In one sense it could have taken no other, for it is essentially a confession, the inner story of a man who originally set out to write one kind of book and found himself compelled by the sheer force of circumstances to write another.
It is not that the facts themselves altered, for they are recorded imperishably in the monuments and in the pages of human history. But the interpretation to be put upon the facts underwent a change. Somehow the perspective shifted –not suddenly, as in a flash of insight or inspiration, but slowly, almost imperceptibly, by the very stubbornness of the facts themselves.
The book as it was originally planned was left high and dry, like those Thames barges when the great river goes out to meet the incoming sea. The writer discovered one day that not only could he no longer write the book as he had once conceived it, but that he would not if he could.
To tell the story of that change, and to give the reasons for it, is the main purpose of the following pages.
Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis
In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith.
Here’s a link to my blog over quite a few years. Records a variety of posts relating to Christian faith and a few trips to India…. Googling God Blog
Broken for Good – A True Story of Betrayal, disillusionment, and believing again Have you ever heard the biblical story of the prodigal son? Does a father lovingly—even happily—forgiving his wayward son seem too much like a fairy tale? Is it hard for you to believe that people who have failed or made bad choices… Continue reading Broken for Good
Googling God – Finding a Faith You can Believe in These days, we direct all of our queries to the worldwide web—but, alas, sometimes our search results come up, at best, a little confused—particularly when it comes to certain questions. Does God exist? Which religion is “right” for me? What does it mean to be… Continue reading Googling God
Into Depression and Beyond …..is a collection of poetry written through the dark time of depression. It gives expression to conflicting struggles, disillusionment, and despair. It’s not easy reading but for those who have never experienced depression it may give greater insight and empathy for a journey that is hard to describe and comprehend if… Continue reading Into Depression and Beyond
Running Free CD – Christian themed songs. Available from me or download from ITunes: Running Free ITunes