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Book Review: “Married for Real: Building a Loving, Powerful Life Together

by: ellis j. still

“What I had to do for myself, was to figure out my faults, and where they came from. I had to try to improve on those qualities  or at the very least try to keep them from affecting our relationship.”

                - Tamara George

Abingdon Press publishing company has afforded me the opportunity to review the upcoming new release “Married for Real: Building a Loving, Powerful Life Together” by Eddie and Tamara George.

Although my NFL football team is on the east coast (Philadelphia Eagles), I remember when Eddie George played for the Tennessee Titans. While his time in the NFL was extremely successful, his next career is just as successful. Eddie is currently the Founder and CEO of George Enterprises, a Landscape Architecture firm (my major in college & first career choice) that plans and designs new neighborhoods and communities.

Tamara (better known as Taj) is a former member of the singing group Sisters With Voices (SWV). With SWV, Taj has chart toppers such as ‘Weak’ and ‘Right Here’ to her credit. The group separated in 1998 to pursue individual efforts. Since then, Taj has earned her Bachelor’s of Business Administration, played a significant role on the CBS reality television series ‘Survivor’, and is an accomplished author of two books, including this one.

These things are what I know about Eddie and Tamara from a distant onlooker/admirer point of view. Married for Real takes a closer look at life behind the limelight… the challenges that they faced that you could never possibly see from watching them perform on stage or scoring touchdowns. You see their successes in public, but what you do not see is their struggles and triumphs in private. You do not see how Christ saved their lives and their marriage.

“Married for Real: Building a Loving, Powerful Life Together” is a funny & lighthearted, yet transparent look at marriage. It deals with what happens when we allow baggage of the past to go unaddressed, and speaks to how Eddie and Taj overcame tribulation. The book “grows out of the realities of life” – keeping it real… not always happy go lucky stories, but real life challenges that marriages face.

The book will quickly make you realize that a great relationship does not have to be (and will never be) perfect, and brings awareness to the fact that that men and women have totally different perceptions & thought processes on any given topic. It is written together as a couple, but also includes viewpoints from both Eddie and Tamara as individuals.

Married for Real is an easy read, with funny and descriptive storytelling. It is a must have for your library as a single person or as a couple.

Question:  How are you building a loving, powerful life with your spouse (or future spouse) together?

Click Here to view and/or purchase the book at The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore.

© 2012, Ellis J. Still. All rights reserved.

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Tinellis: The year of leather

By: ellis j. still

On Monday, August 1st, 2011, my wife Tina and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. This year we spent our anniversary close to home, and low key. We had already done an extensive amount of traveling thus far this year, and so we felt like we needed to pace ourselves. Year three of marriage is the gift of leather. I got Tina a new leather case for her IPad 2, and she got me a custom leather golf club cover for my driver. She cooked a ridiculous breakfast (I fell asleep on the couch afterwards) and surprised me with an anniversary dinner of all of my favorite foods (short ribs, mac-n-cheese, blueberry cheesecake, etc.). We spent time at the movies, seeing the new Smurf movie (we spent the entire next few days speaking in Smurf), and Transformers 3 (interesting how they integrated Star Trek with Transformers – “The needs of the many…”). Peanut was his usual unconditional loving self, wanting a lick our faces every time Tina and I kissed, and turning every hug into a group hug. Life cannot possibly get any better than this for Tinellis.

Yet also, this was a time of reflection. We are three years in, and have grown in many ways, both as individuals, and as a unit. There have been many times of laughter, and many times of pain. Many areas of strength and many areas of weakness. Many prayers have been answered, and many prayers that we continue to act in faith on.

I realize that there are many couples out there with stories to tell about how they have maintained their marriages for many more years than we have been married. Yet part of my point is to reiterate the fact that marriage is great. The world tends to paint a picture of marriage as a ball-and-chain mentality, and emphasizes how common divorce is. However marriage can be fun and joyous. Like anything in life, marriage is what you make it. I am having more fun as a married person than I have had my entire life. When Tina and I were dating and considering marriage, we had a conversation early on where we made a deliberate and conscious decision that there will be no divorce, and that we will continue to grow as a family in Christ.

When I think back on the past three years, these are some things that I have learned:

  • compromise means that everybody wins
  • it is important to maintain a balance between work, love, and play
  • keeping God as the head of your marriage is the single most important thing you can do to keep your marriage vibrant and prosperous
  • staying active in ministry / church activities is an important way to stay connected for spiritual growth

Question: What are you declaring your marriage to be?  How are you and your spouse guarding your relationship against divorce? Any thoughts?

© 2011, Ellis J. Still. All rights reserved.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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Author Spotlight: Stephanie Palmer

Stephanie Palmer coaches business leaders, senior executives and established creative professionals from a wide variety of industries to help them get their ideas the attention and financing they deserve.

In her tenure as the Director of Creative Affairs at MGM Pictures, Palmer acquired screenplays, books, articles and pitches and supervised their development. Some of her projects include Mad Money, 21, Be Cool, Legally Blonde, Sleepover, A Guy Thing, Good Boy, Agent Cody Banks and Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London.

Prior to MGM, she worked in development at Jerry Bruckheimer Films on Con Air, Armageddon and Enemy of the State. Her first job in the film business was as an unpaid intern on the Academy Award-winning Titanic.

Palmer has presented workshops and seminars for many organizations, companies and universities, including Merrill Lynch Business Development Programs, University of Southern California, American Film Market, the Asia Media Festival, National Speaker’s Association Graduate School and the International Creativity Conference.

Additionally, she has been featured on NBC’s Today, CBS’s Early Show, National Public Radio and in the Los Angeles Times. She serves as an advisor for the American Screenwriting Association, Carnegie Mellon University’s Masters of Entertainment Industry Management Program, and the Producing Program at UCLA. She supports Habitat for Humanity and The Fulfillment Fund.\

To view Stephanie’s literary work, CLICK HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I am the CEO of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore (TBB), the company that retails books written by this author. Regardless, I only recommend books that I have personally read or reviewed and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PRLog (Press Release)Aug 29, 2010 – TRENTON, NJ — August 29, 2010 —  The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore, LLC (TBB) is excited to announce the launch of their website http://www.TBBBookstore.com.  The website will specialize in books, music, gifts and apparel that encourage, educate, entertain, heal and inspire.

The e-commerce website is the first phase of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore & Café, a chain of retail Christian bookstores where people will be able to gather, read, eat and network.  Ellis J. Still, President & CEO explains, “TBB is not just about Christian retailing, but about creating a movement, not unlike what the burning bush did through Moses in the bible. We do not simply sell Christian products, but provide resources and solutions applicable to our everyday lives.”

The vision of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore, “To build people up, one book at a time”, came out of a need to provide access to an assortment of quality resources that serves to entertain, encourage and support one’s Christian lifestyle.  With categories such as Personal Growth, Professional Growth, Christian living, Fiction and Non-Fiction, TBB looks to serve every area of growth in life.  TBB actively provides a voice for not just popular products and top selling lists, but also for talented independent writers and artists whose value and excellence has the potential to change the world.  

For more information please visit http://www.TBBBookstore.com.

About Ellis Still, President & CEO of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore, LLC

Ellis Still has over thirteen (13) years of retail experience, including store operations management as well as a background in Urban Planning, Design and Landscape Architecture.   While he enjoys his chosen field of Landscape Architecture, all of those years in retail left an impression on him, and he felt a void in his heart from the inability to no longer serve the public.  When Ellis rediscovered his relationship with Jesus Christ, he noticed a burning need in his community, a need that he eventually realized that he could meet.  As he began researching and making plans, TBBBookstore.com was born.  

Ellis Still was a finalist in the 2nd annual Institute For Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL) Business Plan Competition and a graduate of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers University School of Business.  The knowledge gained during his participation in these programs inspired him to not just dream about owning his own business, but gave him the tools to make it happen.

For more information, press only:
(Ellis Still), (973-592-5500) or ( Info@TBBbookstore.com)

For more information on The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore:
http://www.TBBBookstore.com

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The mission of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore is to provide and encourage the reading of bibles, books, and other items that will serve to entertain, heal, inspire, and empower. TBBbookstore.com sells books, music, gifts and apparel.

Where’d he go???

by: ellis j. still 

I know I have not been blogging as much lately, but much of my time has been focused on working with Kimla from KYB Productions (http://kybproductions.com/ ) to get the online version of The Burning Bush Christian Bookstore (TBB) up and running.  

One of my personal favorite scriptures is:

“It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone”. Ephesians 1:11-12

With that in mind, I am excited about what is going to be a unique assemblage of Christian books, bibles, gifts and clothing that will grow, inspire, entertain, and support one’s Christian lifestyle and purpose at prices that are comparable with, or better than market prices. Along with our overall resource categories, we also pay close attention to initiatives that are close to our heart, which include breast cancer awareness, entrepreneurship & leadership resources, and we feature a vast and ever growing assemblage of Urban Christian Fiction titles in addition to staying up to date with the top 50 titles. We also have an assortment of Christian gifts for the home, dorm, and many other occasions, and designer t-shits apparel for men and women (includes baby-doll) just in time for summer. TBB as a company is not just a Christian website, but a movement in Christ that actively engages in supporting and partnering with like-minded events and initiatives, such as the Newark School of Theology, 2010 Faith and Fiction Retreat, and a number or other resources and ministries which cannot be named as of yet until things are more finalized. Stay tuned for more details on the website re-launch in the next few weeks, upon which when you become a free member, you get bonus rewards points that can be used towards any of TBB’s resources.

In the meantime, I really miss writing, so I plan on being back on my post as blogger for at least one post this week. Thank you, and have a great week!!!

 ellis

Question: What is your favorite bible verse(s)? How do you apply it to your life?

© 2010, Ellis J. Still. All rights reserved 

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