"You & Me Forever" by Francis & Lisa Chan
The book is obviously a marriage book. That said, if you're looking for a good marriage book that deals with marriage issues and relationship and so forth, this probably isn't the one for you. Of it's almost 200 pages, I would guess that maybe 50-60 deal directly with marriage. Indirectly, the whole book is about marriage, but the Chan's write the book from a majority perspective that marriages will be better if both spouses are better Christians. And while that is 100% true, it just didn't gel for me. The truth is, if we're better Christians, then everything in our lives will be better. We'll be better spouses, parents, givers, worshipers, etc. This seems to be the main idea behind the book. I can't help but think that if they had written the book from this perspective and focused on what a deep relationship with God can do for a person's life, and then hit on marriage, parenting, etc., the book may have come across a whole lot better for me.
That said, the Chan's give great advice on marriage and on working together in a relationship. I don't really disagree with anything they said necessarily. It just didn't completely connect. Of the two marriage books I've read lately (this one and "From This Day Forward" by Craig & Amy Groeschel), I'd say get the Groeschel's book.
"Killing Patton" by Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilly writes specifically of the last year or so of Patton's life during World War II. The detail given about the battles, strategies, and relationships between officers was very deep and very good. O'Reilly did a tremendous job at giving great details about Hitler, Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin. He brought about amazing detail that put pure substance to everything being described. I never knew there was a mystery behind Patton's death, but indeed there was and truthfully still is. O'Reilly describes it and the inconsistencies that surrounded it to a tee. It really was a good book.
The only two marks I would put against it are that I wanted to know more about Patton and less about the war. I felt like O'Reilly shows you enough of Patton to really get interested in him, but not as much as the reader would want to know. I loved hearing Patton's prayers to the Lord in a small Episcopal church on his way to the Battle of the Bulge. I wished I could have heard more about Patton on that kind of level. The other mark that I put against it is the cussing in it. Truthfully, you have to kind of expect it. We're dealing with military, WWII, and Patton. But there was a lot. Patton enjoyed those words greatly. And he used all of them. It was really hard to read those words and it got where I would skim over them to the next page. I certainly don't have virgin ears and eyes, and I don't want to be closed off to history, but I'd say the inclusion of the words over and over in the book stretched the limits. Some will say it wasn't as big of a deal as I'm making it, and maybe it is just me. But I just didn't care for that.
Nevertheless, the book was very good and shed light on one of America's greatest generals and heroes of WWII. I'd recommend giving it a read, but have your soap nearby . . .