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Married for nearly 38 years, Deborah DeArmond and her husband have made the spoken declaration, "I choose you today" a regular part of their communication. I Choose You Today features 31 scriptural principles that support marriage and help couples develop healthy biblically-based behavior. Built on an anecdotal story, each chapter has a 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 further.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 1426787960
ISBN-13: 9781426787966

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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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Deb DeArmond is an author, speaker, and coach with a focus on communication, relationships, and conflict resolution. Her writing explores marriage, parenting, in-law and extended family relationships. She is the author of Related By Chance, Family By Choice and I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last. Deb is a member of AWSA and the founder of Living-Write, where she coaches aspiring authors. Shes monthly columnist and feature writer for Lifeways Mature Living Magazine, and contributor to WHOA Magazine for Women. She and her husband live in the Dallas area.

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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Have Resource For Any Marriage
    March 5, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Deb DeArmond in her new book, I Choose You Today published by Abingdon Press gives us 31 Choices to Make Love Last.

    From the back cover: 31 ways to chooseand commit tothe one you marriedevery day

    How would your marriage change if you and your husband made the spoken declaration I choose you every day? Even when for better or worse is disappointing, we need to remind ourselves that love is a choice. And its Gods grace that makes that choice possible.

    I Choose You Today offers 31 practical ways you can make love last, by choosing to:

    Be generous with your spouse

    Challenge one another

    Listen mindfully

    Love fiercely

    And twenty-seven other opportunities to choose wisely

    Deb DeArmond offers inspirational stories, conventional wisdom, and thought-provoking questions to help you explore your choices and commitments to each otherevery day of your marriage.

    Be honest now isnt the best part of when the leaders are choosing up sides to play sports the part when one leader points at you and says, I choose, your name? Does something to your soul. Somewhat similar to setting it soaring, dont you agree? And that is just a game how much more are those words coming out of your spouse when we are talking about forever? Each and every day, I choose you today. Ms. DeArmond understands all this and she gives us 31 reasons for choosing your spouse. Each reason is given with a story because everyone loves a story. At the end of each chapter we are given Choice Questions that will help cement what we have learned into our being. Are you married? No matter how good, or bad, your marriage is this book will make it better. Thinking of getting married this book will give you new thoughts. Know others that are married? This book can help them too. No matter where you are in life I believe this book would be beneficial for any stage of marriage you are at. Everyone should have this book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book that really allows you to apply it to your own relationship
    February 12, 2015
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Each and every day and really in each moment we all make choices; choices that all lead to a result or consequence, either positive or negative. Deb DeArmond has written a book encouraging couples to make deliberate choices in choosing each other and choosing to live each day in a way that will make their love last. "I Choose You Today" has 31 chapters in it, and each chapter focuses on a specific choice to make to help couples. I love that each chapter is so specific as it really allows your focus to be on that one thing, for example listening, really listening in a mindful manner. Also, I really like the questions that are at the end of each chapter as this really forces you to reflect on your own relationship and how to apply the choice and concepts discussed to your own relationship. This is a great read, as it broken down into many short chapters making it great to devote a few minutes each morning to reading a chapter and then having all day to really make it a priority and think about it.
  3. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love is a choice
    February 10, 2015
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really enjoy marriage books like this. It's great to have one thing to focus on for one day or one week, depending on how long you want the chapter to last and how long you want to focus on each chapter specifically.

    The title of the book is one that speaks truth. We make the choice to choose our spouses each day. We choose our attitudes and what we focus in each other. 31 choices can greatly improve your love for your spouse. These choices aren't just for you choosing to love your spouse; it's also challenging the reader to choose to open up and be even more transparent with their spouse.

    At the end of each chapter, there are choice questions that are meant for reflection and action. After all, choices aren't meant to just be pondered on, but they are meant to be lived out. The questions aren't necessarily easy if you force yourself to be honest in your answering of the questions.

    Lastly, there is a prayer that is written that you can pray or you can write your own prayer. It's an important ending to each chapter because our choices can be fulfilled when God changes our hearts.

    With Valentine's Day coming up, this was such perfect timing to read. I can see this being a great book for any married couple to read, whether the marriage is new, old, or just starting out or been going on for years.

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    I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  4. Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A reminder why you chose the one you married and 31 ways to choose to love them every day.
    February 9, 2015
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sunday, February 8, 2015

    I Choose You Today ~ nonfiction by Deb DeArmond, 2015

    With Scripture and experienced application, Deb DeArmond shares stories in this 31-week topical study how God's Word is revealed in lives yielded to Him. To love and to cherish ~ blossoming when lived in His love and open to more He has in abundance for marriage relationships; a giving heart. Each chapter is followed by Choice Questions and Prayer. A study as a married couple, an engaged couple, as a devotional, for small group, or Bible study, you will be enriched. Choose chapters that speak to you now; study them before going on. This is for you, not to race on, but to gather and apply.

    An added benefit would be to journal important aspects that stand out to you. Make it your own. Topics that you might not have thought of with potential ways you can choose, to identify areas for attention and take action to strengthen your commitment. Perhaps you each would like a copy to color-code application areas.

    God created marriage; God has the answers.

    If we build our lives together on feelings alone, we will fail. Marriage at its very best always requires much more. True commitment, which is an active, demanding, daily choice, will lead us to marriage that happily lasts a lifetime.

    --I Choose You Today, 33

    Not everything has to be a problem area to be a place for discussion and reflection. You will benefit sharing together wisdom brought out in this book on different subjects you potentially may, or have come across.

    Adaptable ~

    "... when the Lord teaches me a principle, he provides opportunities for practice."

    --Ibid., 55

    Biblical applications ~

    Each person made a choice to let go of a program already in progress and adapt to God's direction. Each time, God was faithful.

    --Ibid., 56

    ~*~

    A reminder why you chose the one you married and 31 ways to choose to love them every day.

    ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group for inviting me to be part of the blog tour for I Choose You Today: 31 Choices to Make Love Last by Deb DeArmond, published by Abingdon Press. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  5. Brenda Poinsett
    St. Louis
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good choice!
    February 7, 2015
    Brenda Poinsett
    St. Louis
    Gender: female
    I'm glad Deb DeArmond made the CHOICE to write a book about CHOOSING! Lots of interesting stories, probing questions, and significant prayers available for any couple who wants to strengthen their marriage.
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