How I Encountered This Book
What I liked And Learned From This Book
I really love this book. I agree to what Bro Kevin ( Author of Basta Lovelife and Learning The Hard Way ) said in his review of it, "this book is a great love story."
But this is not just a great love story. This book is very helpful in friendship, courtship, wedding plans, marriage and a lot of issues regarding those areas. I read it almost 3 weeks ago but I'm still in love with it.I'm going to share here what i really liked and what I've learned from some of the chapters of the book.It has 11 chapters but i would want to feature something from 5 separate chapters. Although every chapter is very significant, very helpful and very interesting, its for you to find out when you read it.
Chapter 1 talks about how the author waited. It made me laughed when i read this: "Waiting was not always easy.Many times, I imagined myself as Snow White, in the Disney animation classic, leaning on a well and singing, 'I'm wishing, I'm wishing, for the one I love.'"
That reminded me of a friend in the province in her late 30's saying these words, with so much emotion, "Lord, give me a lover" ...then we would laugh out loud after it...i was then in my mid 20's.Also, reading that portion reminded me of the "revised" song for singles in our church during the late 90's, instead of singing, "Lord, I'm hungry for the mighty move of God...", single people in their 30's and 40's would sing, "Lord, I'm thirty [or forty]...i need a mighty move of God...".I was then at my early 20's.
As a girl waiting, i told some of my friends who were in their 30's and 40's that i would want to be married before i reach 30 but the man of my dreams wasn't God's dream for me to become my husband , in line with that, this book really gave me a lot of insights and discoveries not to "agonize" in waiting but enjoy the rest of my single life and trust God for the one He prepared for me, if that is the right word to describe it.
"Best Friend or Boyfriend?"
- Here, I salute Mang for having the courage to accept whatever would be the answer of Grace to him. This is a good example of courage within friendship if God is really leading you to make your female friend to be your wife. Some men have no courage to propose because they think that they will just ruin the friendship. But Mang took the risk. As i read this chapter, i remembered the love quote i read online that says, “It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel.”
I also liked the rest of the insights in this chapter which are:
The author also shared in this book how to enjoy your single life, how to be attached without being detached, how she struggled and overcame the temptation of not to become pure before marriage, the importance of accountability partner, how a couple from different nationalities work out a relationship and how they prepared for their marriage, five lessons on their first five years in marriage, there is also a discussion guide in every chapter, etc. You would also appreciate the author's poems and her prayers in her diary that were included in this book.
For married couple- this is also a book for you. There is a chapter there that talks about their marriage years and you would gain more insights that would help you in your relationship with your spouse.
For parents, aunts or uncles- this book is also for you. Learn more insights that you could also impart to your kids who are in their teenage years, nieces or nephews that need guidance, in their "hormone" struggles or their friendship with the opposite sex or their future relationships. If you're thinking of a Christmas gift for them, i recommend this book to be your gift (i am a kind of an aunt that cares for my teenage nieces and nephews about their future relationships. In most occasions, i give them good books that would help them have a relationship that would glorify God aside from encouraging them to read the Bible). This is one of the books that i would give to them.
To the Pastors and Teachers- you also need this book. There are young people and single people that are part of your congregation or ministry that need this. The Bible is the most important reference on your sermons but reading this in your personal reading time would also help you gain insights and relate to your congregation an example of a present -day couple who wanted to glorify God before and during their marriage.
Again, i would say that this book is really great! Thank you, Mrs Grace Gaston-Dousel for sharing your love story in this book.I also like her few last words there that say,
" The waiting for me has ended, I have wed my true love and i have given birth to two beautiful kids. But the journey has not ended. The road up ahead is still long and there are more adventures yet to be experienced....Until then, i pray that you will wait upon the Lord to give you the best that He so eagerly wants to give you."
Note: This book is available in all leading christian bookstores. You could also visit http://www.nationalbookstore.com.ph/ or contact the publisher, here's their website: http://www.csm-publishing.org/
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