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Scroll down to see some of the special books on our family's bookshelves. To read additional reviews on these items or for pricing information, just click on any book cover or the handy links provided.

The Story of Valentine's Day, by Clyde Robert Bulla, illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas (1999, HarperCollins), hardcover, 40 pages.

This is so new, we don't have our copy yet, but I wanted to let you know about it. I'm looking forward to getting ours.

The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, by Dr. Gary D. Chapman (1992, Northfield Publishing), paperback, 204p.

If you've ever wondered why your spouse/friend/child acts a certain way and it seems like your love isn't getting through to them, this book will open your eyes. (It did mine.) Dr. Chapman explains the five ways people express and receive love: Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Get this book to learn how to love the people in your life in deeper, more meaningful ways. Also available: The Five Love Languages of Children.
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Emotional Phases of a Woman's Life, by Jean Lush, Julia Lush, & Patricia Rushford (1990, Fleming H. Revell), paperback.

I've heard Jean Lush speak on the radio, and I've met Pat Rushford. I respect these women, so I recently purchased this book. In addition, the back copy intrigued me: "Jean Lush and Patricia Rushford confirm what you've always suspected--your hormonal cycles really do have an impact on your emotions." Ah ha! Chapters are divided into five sections and deal with subjects such as "The Emotional Side of Menses," "PMS: Making it Better," "Managing Mid-life Malaise," and "Managing Menopause." I can't wait to read this book. Maybe it'll be of help to you or someone you know, as well.

Love Must Be Tough, by Dr. James C. Dobson (1996, Word), hardcover.

This is an excellent book with a timeless message. I loaned our copy to a friend whose husband had confessed to having an affair, and she later shared her tearful gratitude. I think I've loaned it out yet again (it's that good). This book describes the toughest kind of relationship problems and details real life solutions. Similar in concept to setting healthy boundaries, Dobson guides his readers into a new understanding of true love wrapped in self-respect, all from a Judeo-Christian world view. Excellent book!

Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit (from the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series), by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubry et al (1997, Health Communications), paperback, 352 pages.

Following the successful formula of their nationally best-selling Chicken Soup series books, Jack Canfield and his team did it again. I decided to buy this copy and found it delivers 100% inspiration and encouragement. Short, insightful stories are grouped by topic: On Love, On Giving, On Parents and Parenting, On Faith, On the Lighter Side (my favorite), On Death and Dying, A Matter of Perspective, and Overcoming Obstacles. This is a nice book for your nightstand, coffee table, or guest bath--not just to look at, but to read.

The Friendships of Women, by Dee Brestin (re-released 1997, ChariotVictor), paperback, 192 pages.

Written from a Judeo-Christian and Biblical perspective, this book sheds light on what friendship means to women, how to handle it when a friend (or co-worker) hurts you, gossip vs. prayer groups, and more. The author includes footnotes and references for further information. I recently purchased my copy, and can't wait to delve further into this book. It echoes thoughts and feelings I've collected over the years on the subject, and explains in clear, gentle terms what true friendships are all about. As Dr. James Dobson is quoted on the cover, "Every woman should read this book."

Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram (1996, Candlewick Press), hardcover, 32 pages.

I found a copy of this beautiful children's picture book at a second hand store, and now understand why it's so popular. Delicate illustrations match equally tender phrases. Delivers warm fuzzies. An excellent read-to- your-child-on-your-lap-and-hug book.

How to Write Romances, by Phyllis Taylor Pianka (revised & updated version 1998, Writers Digest Books), hardcover, 192 pages.

I know, I know, I don't write romance--although I read a lot of it in my late teen years (everything Grace Livingston Hill). I bought this book for my reference shelf because, well, you never know. I just might try writing romance one of these days, and this book looks like it can get me off to a good start.

Sleepless in Seattle VHS video, starring Tom Hanks et al., written by Nora Ephron. (1993, VHS color, close-captioned, HiFi Sound, Surround Sound, Digital Sound, in NTSC format for use in US and Canada only).

No Valentine's Day is complete without a romantic movie like Sleepless in Seattle. This one will tug at your heart strings. This is one of my top favorites.

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