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Friday, February 6, 2015

I Choose You Today

About the author:

Deb DeArmond
 is an author, a speaker, and relationship coach-helping her clients improve their interactions at work and at home. Her first book, Related by Chance, Family by Choice: Transforming Mother-in-Law and Daughter-in-Law Relationships, was released in November 2013 by Kregel Publications.

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About the book:

I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last (Abingdon Press, January 2015)

Married for nearly 38 years, author Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, "I choose you today" a regular part of their communication. It's when we least feel like saying it that we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice, not a feeling. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically based behavior.

Built on an introductory anecdotal story, each chapter has an inspirational takeaway of not only what to do, but how to begin applying the principles immediately. Thought provoking questions create talking points for couples to explore their own choices and experiences in each area serve to generate open dialogue of discovery. I Choose You Today is not a book of "shoulds," but one of clearly identified choices that each individual can make to grow their marriage and align it with the word of God. Every saying ends with a conventional wisdom quote.
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My Thoughts:
In the introduction to I Choose You Today, author Dee DeArmond says this:
"Love is not a feeling, and neither is marriage.  Each is a choice - one that must be made every single day, even if it's spoken through gritted teeth. And we are smart enough to know we could never manage on our own; we are very clear:  united in Christ is how we started and how we will have to continue if we plan to finish strong.  And that is our plan.  It's an act of our will to choose our marriage, day in and day out.  And it is God's grace that makes that choice possible."
DeArmond has given married couples a valuable resource in her recent book. I appreciate the strong emphasis DeArmond places on God's Word as an authority for the marriage relationship.  She even begins the book with I Choose To Accept God's Word As The Blueprint For Our Life.  Also appreciated is the practical suggestions in the book.

DeArmond also offers  "Choice Questions" and a prayer prompt at the end of each chapter allowing the reader to apply the truths of scripture and personal story to their own marriages.  The author's strong portrayal of the grace of God as the source of being able to set selfishness aside and the ability to engage in life with our spouse is a refreshing and encouraging reminder that we aren't in this alone.

The book includes Banner Scriptures for Memory and Additional Conventional Wisdom at the end.  I Choose You Today is a very well organized and highly biblical exhortation for Godly marriages.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for the purpose of this review.

I Choose You Challenge

The "I Choose You" Challenge: March 1 - December 31, 2015
Sign up online at to receive 10 weekly emails, each teaching one of the choices from Deb's book along with practical applications. This challenge is broken up into three different sessions, covering all 31 choices from the book. There will be giveaways and opportunities to win throughout the year. Participants can decide when to join---it's not required to do all three sessions.