Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I Choose You Today

I Choose You Challenge

Book info and review
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.

My thoughts:   As someone who has been married almost 30 years (to the same man), I can vouch for this book. While it wasn't around when I married, it is based on common sense principles that are necessary for marriages to survive.  Some of the thirty-one suggestions are 1. Put God first in your life.  2. Pursue your spouse. 3. Love your spouse--it's a decision.  4. Honor your spouse. 5. Loyalty. 6. Trusting. 7. Forgiving.... There are many more. And they are all wise. Good advice.

Ms. DeArmond gives short stories to start each short chapter, discussions of not only what not to do, but also suggestions on how to apply them. There are discussion questions too, so this could be used with a husband/wife team, a marriage counselor or pastor counseling an engaged couple, or as a small group.  Recommended whether you are married, engaged, or hope to be. Perfect for church libraries and pastoral resources.

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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.

Find Deb online: websiteFacebookTwitter

 Blog Tour Schedule

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The Valentine's Challenge: February 1 - 28
Tell your spouse "I Choose You" every day of the month.
Sign up online at and receive a free downloadable February calendar to mark off the days of the challenge. 

Deb will also be emailing participants 1-2 times throughout the month with giveaway opportunities and "keep going" encouragement.

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.

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