Author: Brian Berry
Publisher: Group Publishing
Recommendation: Read it Now!
Favorite Quote: "So how about you? Did you sign up for the marriage you're living? If not, it's time to rethink some stuff and remind yourself that the best gift you can give your kids is not whatever they want, but the marriage they don't know that they desperately need you to have." (page 84)
This was one of the books that I bought while I was still working on seminary and thought I wouldn't get to until I finished. Once this book arrived at our home Charity picked it up and started reading it; her enthusiasm for the book sparked my interest to begin reading it while writing my final paper (it was better than what I HAD to read). There are books you read because you have to and books you read because they speak to your soul; this book spoke to my soul in a much needed way.
If you read my blog last week you will see how important this book was to me; it honestly came a critical time in my life. I started this book before I graduated seminary but finished it on the plane ride to Hawaii. It was cool reading it on the plane and reading how Brian affirms the need for family vacation (page 135) it made me feel like I was doing something right in the chaos of my own life. I am pretty sure that the cover talks mentions youth ministry but I am going to just say that this book is a must read for anyone in ministry.
The principles that Brian shares are from a man who had tried and tested them; they come from a man who is leading out and doing what he writes! Here are some quick thoughts: Brian Berry is a stud! I love Brian, I love his heart for ministry and I love that he is doing ministry in the trenches. The book is broken into three understandable parts:
- The best gift I can give my marriage is a healthy self
- The best gift I can give my family is a healthy marriage
- The best gift I can give my community and ministry is a healthy family