Recently, Shelton Interactive sent me two book to peruse and review. I received these books free of charge, but my opinions are my own.
At first look, I believed this book was going to be mostly about porn and sex because of it’s play off of the book, Fifty Shades of Grey. While the book does start off in the first “shade” (there are 50 shades, or chapters) discussing the author’s interview with a porn star, the book goes beyond porn and God’s design for sex. The premise behind the “they” is that who you surround yourself with colors how you do and see life. Topics covered range from porn to hospitality to asking questions of the right people to laughter. Young’s goal of enriching relationships really does shine through because of all the topics he covers. There are many aspects to relationships and many sides to consider when trying to figure out if the relationships add to your life or detract from it. Young uses biblical examples to set the stage for many of the “they”s.
From Amazon: You’re only as great as your relationships. Show me your friends and I will show you your future. There is immeasurable growth and success to be found when you’re surrounded with the right “they”.
Do you have the right they in your life? Fifty Shades of They gives you fifty simple, yet profound insights that will help any relationship thrive, from friendships to business partnerships to marriages. Based on biblical standards and the teaching of Ed Young, this book is written for anyone who is looking to give new life to their relationships.
Danny Silk seems like a pretty probing guy as he retells some of his counseling sessions. I love that. I love it because most of us tend to get satisfied with accepting a surface answer for our problems and our discontent. Silk recognizes that there is almost always deeper issues to our marital struggles than what we initially claim them to be. The subtitle of this book really does say it all: Why aren’t we connecting? How can we communicate more effectively? What boundaries do we need in our relationship so to keep it healthy.
Silk integrates Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages to kick off Keep Your Love On! Recognizing how we give and receive love is crucial to a successful relationship. He discusses how fear often slowly winnows away at our ability to love our spouse well and our self-protective armor keeps us from receiving love. Silk gives practical advice for how to communicate through conflict, using both personal and counseling vignettes. He also teaches how to set boundaries by showing us how Jesus Himself set them.
From Amazon: 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.