Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Love is a choice by Lynn G. Robbins {Written by Emilee}

There has been a lot going on in my life this past month and that is why I've been away from the blog. The main reason is that I had our third child. I'm sure I will welcome her to the blog in the next few weeks with some lovely photos. I just need some time to get situated with my new addition.

I'm so sorry to those who follow Sweetly Made (Just for you). I'm trying to keep up. Moreover, my sisters Cassie and Tiffany will be doing a few of the reviews to help out. Thank goodness!

Today, I wanted to share a very special book that I'm sure everyone should purchase and read. It is called,

Love is a choice
by Lynn G. Robbins


About:

We all know that actions speak louder than words. We may say “I love you,” but do our actions back up that claim? Elder Lynn G. Robbins teaches us that love is more than a feeling — it is a commitment, a promise to be responsible, respectful, and responsive to the needs and experiences of other. And like any other action we undertake, perfecting the act of love requires a lifetime of practice and good choices.
As Elder Robbins teaches, the daily choices we make in our marriages and families are what shape lasting love. He helps us to recognize the role that our agency plays in developing forgiveness, patience, kindness, responsibility, and other virtuous traits. We come to see that as we actively try to do things differently, Christ helps us to be the people He wants us to be — people like Him.
Whether you're engaged to be married, a newlywed, or someone with decades of marriage under your belt, this counsel from an inspired leader will help you develop more Christlike love for those around you. As you draw closer to the Savior through your daily choices and actions, His love will fill your home.

About the author:

Lynn G. Robbins was sustained to the Presidency of the Seventy on April 5, 2014. He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy on april 1, 2000. Prior to that, he was a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy for three years. Elder Robbins served a full-time mission in Argentina and later served as president of the Uruguay Montevideo Mission.
Elder Robbins received his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management. He was one of the founders of Franklin Quest (later Franklin Covey). Elder Robbins and his wife, Jan, are the parents of seven children and eighteen grandchildren.

In my opinion:

Love is a choice had a profound and insightful perspective on marriage. The main focus was on responsibility of each partner and how one can improve the situation and be happy. It was also about changing oneself and not trying to change your spouse. This book was exactly what I needed to read and I'm sure each of us would agree as well. We aren't perfect people but we are always striving to become better as Heavenly Father has asked us to do. 

Of course, Jesus Christ was our perfect example on how to treat others with kindness. Robbins also had a section on a variety of attributes and what the Lord's way was vs the wrong way. So, if you think your spouse is the cause of your problems, think again and go through the list for yourself. We can only change ourselves. We are 100% responsible for our actions.

Is happiness a choice? Absolutely! Robbins said, "We have far more control over happiness than we sometimes think we do. How we see life's glass-half-full or half-empty- is primarily a choice. It is a matter of attitude more than of circumstance, as we discover in the story of Nephi, Laman, and Lemuel in the Book of Mormon."

Overall, I definitely recommend Love is a choice not only to improve yourself but also to make your marriage and family stronger in the end. I'm grateful I took the time to read this book because there were a lot of insightful advice on love and self reliance.
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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