9 Things I Love About My Little Home

little house with green door

little house with green door

Our little family has lived in a little travel trailer for just over a year now. Our accommodations consist of a bedroom–approximately big enough for a bed, though being able to walk around its perimeter is a test in balancing skills–a bathroom, and a combination kitchen-dining-nursery-living room, all in about 300 square feet. It’s been both challenging and educational. For a long while now, I’ve been contemplating writing up a list of things that I have enjoyed about our tiny turf, and now I’m finally getting around to it. It’s good for me to find specific ways to be thankful for the less-than-ideal parts of life, you know? Plus, perhaps it would encourage others of you who reside in small dwellings to join me in counting the blessings.

So, here are 9 things, some big, some little, that I feel privileged to experience by living in our little home.

  • Ease of quick heating & cooling 

When we wake up in the morning, and things feel a bit chilly, it takes just a wee bit o’ time to warm the rooms up! On the flip side, during the brutal Georgia summer heat, even after the trailer had been sitting in the blazing sun all day with no air running, we could make things comfortable with just 20 or 30 minutes of cooling. Very convenient!

  • Everything in arm’s reach

Speaking of convenience, this is one thing I think I’ll miss a bit when we move. I really don’t have to take more than 2.7 seconds to get something from ANY corner of our abode. And while cooking, things are soooo easy to grab. Makes whipping up breakfast and supper very streamlined. I won’t lie and say easy, because there is that finding-enough-counter-space-to-do-it-all part, but still, I really enjoy having my pantry, fridge, pots, and sink all in such close proximity to one another.

  • Speedy housecleaning

Not much needs to be said, here. With less space, and everything so close together, vacuuming floors and cleaning the bathroom doesn’t take long at all!

  • Paring down on purchasing

I have had to be extremely choosy about what I bring into the house, be it from a favorite thrift shop, or my parents’ garage–where 90% of all my wedding gifts currently reside in boxes. {Seriously, getting to upsize is going to be like Christmas, times twenty!!} Smaller living space means I can’t just have tons of cute stuff hanging around everywhere, and so I have said ‘no’ to many items, and gone without. But the good news is I have had to really nail down my own personal style by being so deliberate. A few things here and there that I consider beautiful and meaningful, and that’s it. It’s made me more appreciative of household beauty in general, I think.    

Right alongside household decor, it’s been necessary to be particular about clothing, kitchen wares, toys for the Jungle Boy, even food. And, I don’t consider any of that a bad thing at all! It’s been great to actually consider carefully what is truly necessary, and what is simply a convenience.

  • Being forced to deal with clutter on a daily basis

If I go a single day without doing a “swoop” {my term for a quick tidy-up}…you can tell. In fact, if I go two days, or even just leave a project unfinished, I begin to find it difficult to breathe. Literally! I have learned that clutter is a real point of stress for me, and being surrounded by unmanaged clutter makes me feel cranky, irritable, and a little like I’m suffocating. So, I take the time to sort through mail and paperwork, tossing all I can, and putting it in a designated “to-file” space. I keep the clothes where they belong, whether it’s in the laundry basket, hung up, or in the drawer. I make the time to get the dishes washed and the counters cleared. It keeps me sane.

This sometimes seems like extra work, but in reality it would still have to be done…I’m actually just being more proactive about it. And, I’ve found, this makes life easier in the long run. We house-sat for my parents recently, and I realized just how difficult extra space can actually be, when I was packing up to come back to our camper. It took me several hours to collect all the things we had spread around the house! I had not kept our belongings very organized…because I had not HAD to. Small space requires organization to survive {for me, at least}, and this a good thing.   

  • Less attachment to material things

I hope that this is true–I suppose time will tell. But going without certain things, as I mentioned above, has somewhat lessened my grasp on possessions. I’ve really seen how much we miss when we get stuck focusing on All The Stuff, and it has made me want to not get caught in that trap in the future.

  • More creativity

Because I don’t always have everything I’m used to using for housework, cooking, organization, etc., I’ve gotten a bit creative at times with what I use to get a job done. At one point, I was storing our fruit in a crock pot that we weren’t using. We don’t watch TV, so the big flat screen built into one of the cabinets became my bulletin board, where I taped up cards and calendars. At times, my kitchen counter has looked like a giant game of Jenga, as I strategically placed cooking items in precarious positions, so I could move on to the next step of the recipe. {By the way, when you run out of room on the counter, did you realize that the floor can easily provide extra space for ingredients, mixing bowls, etc.? Novel idea, right?} It gets pretty fun, at times, as I play a game of beat-the-box-mentality. For some people, this is just second-nature; they do it all the time! But for us type-A, boxy people, it’s a challenge, and it’s good for us.

  • Appreciation for how people around the world live

I’ve traveled to two different third-world countries, and seen the lifestyles of the general population there. It has made me pause, at times, when a complaint about my living space was on the tip of my tongue. Living in 300 square feet with only three people isn’t all that difficult for most of the globe, actually. {Hint: they go outside a lot more than we do!} Camper life has reminded me of these nations, and it is a good taste of what millions the world over experience daily space-wise. I still have much, much more wealth and convenience than most do, and I have been able to be a lot more thankful when reflecting on this.

African children in front of mudblock house

In addition, it’s very typical in other countries for whole families to live in space not much larger than ours. This chart illustrates that. And it’s not just third world countries, either. On average, families in the U.K., China, Sweden, Italy, and Russia all live in under 1,000 square feet of space.

  • Preparation for the future

When my husband and I got married, we were planning and preparing to be missionaries to pioneer fields. The immediate plans changed, but we still have hopes that that may be God’s intention for us in the future…and maybe this year of living in a travel trailer has some part to play in that plan. I guess we’ll see!

In addition, learning to live with less, to think outside the box, and to value everything that we’ve been blessed with now, can’t hurt no matter WHAT lies in store!

 

Do you have a small-ish home? What are some ways you enjoy getting creative in your little house? Things you are thankful for? Share them below!

Marriage Humor: When Cracking Jokes Becomes Waving Weapons

woman pointing gun marriage jokes

woman pointing gun

I hate “married people jokes.” You know, those ones that go like, “Men, the right answer is always ‘Yes, dear,’ ” or “Marriage is the only war where you sleep with the enemy.”

When my husband and I were engaged, I remember occasionally hearing one of those silly jokes and despising the words from the bottom of my heart. I wanted to be with my man so badly, and here were all these other couples, totally taking their relationship for granted! It felt like a slap in the face.

But you know what? I have recently caught myself either on the verge of letting one of these wisecracks cross my lips, or even worse, tossing one out. How did this happen?

It’s simple. In that moment, I’m taking my relationship for granted.

Now, why is this a big deal? It’s because although there is definitely humor in marriage, most of these kinds of jokes seem to be aimed at the relationship itself. These supposedly harmless one-liners seem to spring from discontented hearts, or an attitude of giving up on understanding one’s spouse. Instead of seeking to appreciate each other’s differences or become better at understanding how the other thinks, these words subconsciously condition us to believe that there’s no hope in ever making heads or tails of our spouse’s mental processes.

All this is just another insidious tactic of the daily, silent spiritual warfare we’re in. It’s a powerful, subtle assault on the oneness and unity of a husband and wife. If Satan can convince us that any part of our marriage is “hopeless,” then he has an edge, a foot in the door, no matter how small. He will take that leverage and use it against you to grow hopelessness in any other part of your marriage that he can. {And if you think this kind of thing is blown way out of proportion…you may have already fallen prey to blindness.}

Often, these “innocent jokes” take a swing at Biblical masculinity {my husband wrote a fantastic piece on this recently}, or the responsibility of husbands to lead their wives and families. Undermining men and the way God designed them socially/mentally/emotionally seems to be a favorite pastime of entertainment in our culture, and you know what? It’s straight from hell. As for us women? Well, we know how to do it all so much better than our men. You listen, and that’s a big part of these little funnies. We should be doing everything in our power to combat these lies.

What does Proverbs say? A wise woman builds her house. She does her husband good all the time. He can trust safely in her. If I’m making jokes that don’t build my husband up, don’t promote my husband’s good, or cause him to feel “safe” with me, then not only am I potentially causing harm to my marriage…I really am disobeying God.

Sobering stuff.

So, I’ve been thinking about this. And I’ve come up with three things that I can do to fight back when one of these jokes cross my path. Because, really, this isn’t about comic strips and a giggle here and there…this life is a War, and words are one of our weapons. {Read James 3, some time.} The Enemy is a master saboteur. Allow him to sabotage my marriage through words, and that’s a victory for him. I don’t want any part of helping him. Here are the three tactics I’m using to fight back:

 

1. Speak Up

I want to draw attention to the fact that, no, this little joke that pokes fun at a husband’s intelligence or a wife’s bad attitude is not okay. Depending on the situation, it may not be appropriate to vocalize the truth right then. But when I’m alone with my husband, I can tell him, “Hey, I heard what was said by that person, and I don’t buy it. We’re different, we’re not going to become part of that culture, and I want you to know that I’m in our corner on this.”

This is also going to be so important as Jungle Baby gets older. He’s going to hear things about marriage, and wonder why people think it’s funny, and I’m going to strive to teach him that, actually, we’re not laughing and God says marriage is better than that.

2. Build up

I want to use my words to respect my husband and the man he is, as well as let him and others know that I appreciate our marriage. So when I hear a “married people joke” gun go off, I’m going to fire back. {Again, situational appropriateness is important. But don’t forget that your relationship with your husband is the MOST important.} So simple things like, “Babe, I appreciate the man you are. I see how you work hard to try to lead our family,” make a big impact.

Be forewarned. There will always be a million reasons to not say it, or even just to put it off​ till later. Don’t let yourself procrastinate. There is no “wrong way” to build your husband up! “Just do it!” {Seriously, why should Nike beat us out on having the answer?!} I literally made myself stop while I was writing this, and go tell my husband that I appreciate him and how he doesn’t give up on me. It was something he deserved to hear, believe me…but I had to make myself do it, and I believe that this is because building others up goes against our grain. It’s so much easier to tear down…hence why jokes are a lot easier to toss out than sincere compliments.  

3. ‘Fess up

{cringe} This might be the hard one. If I allow one of these jokes to come from my corner, well, I need to acknowledge that it wasn’t a good thing to say, and maybe I should have just kept my mouth shut. I need to say that I’m sorry and ask for forgiveness. So simple, but so important.

Ahem. Confession time. I had to do this with my husband, just recently. We were with some good friends, I was in a teasing mood, and I in essence “complimented” a wife on how well she had “taught” her husband to say the right things. I did this in front of both of our husbands. Ouch. As soon as I had said it, I realized that it was a dumb thing to say. Why? Even though it was in good-natured fun, I was, in essence, promoting a worldview that says “husbands are stupid, wives have all the answers, and women have to “train” their men.” Not my beliefs, thank you. So, after ruminating on the episode for a while, I asked my husband to forgive me, and explained to him that I didn’t want to foster that kind of attitude in our marriage, or with our friends. He had hardly noticed the incident, but agreed with the fact that our marriage is worth protecting, even in the little things, like silly jokes.

 

So, that’s my plan. Just for the record, this is not about attacking other Christians who make these jokes. Some people, of course, do it innocently. But I believe that our marriages are valuable enough to care for in the smallest details. They are important enough to fight for, on any level.

Your turn. How do you seek to protect and nurture your marriage, even in the little things? And honestly, nothing is “too little.” Share in the comments!

How To Save Money When You’re Having a Baby

baby shoes and clothes, bringing a baby home from the hospital

baby shoes and clothes, bringing a baby home from the hospital

Having a baby, just like every other big event in our western culture, has unfortunately become a huge marketing project for retailers. If you’re not careful, you can be subconsciously sucked into the mindset that you have to have X, Y, and Z (all carefully color coordinated of course!) in order to give your new little one the “right start,” and the “best life.”

Poppycock.

This post is especially for the soon-to-be mamas out there. I have a few tips to share that have really saved us big money over the past year as we prepared for Jungle Baby’s arrival. Most people probably won’t use all the information…but implementing just a few can really save you a bundle–ha ha ha, no pun intended.

So, here we go! Here are the top tips I’ve come up with for saving money while preparing for a new baby.

1. Buy gender neutral gear

If there is ANY possibility that your family will get to enjoy another baby in the future, go with stuff that you won’t mind using for either gender. Instead of the pink Bumbo seat, go with the green. {Of course, some of you wouldn’t care a bit about sticking baby-number-two-who-happens-to-be-a-boy into a pink Bumbo, and I applaud you! In fact, I’m right there with you. In that case, buy whatever color makes YOU happy!} Put gender neutral swaddle blankets, bath stuff, etc. on the registry. If you’re keeping the gender a secret, you’ve already covered this base.

2. Shop consignment

This was probably the biggest money-saver, in general, for our family. I bought baby stuff at yard sales, off of Craigslist, and at thrift stores. I got an excellent condition nursing pillow for $9 through Craigslist. {And by excellent condition, I mean excellent. Seriously, the people who owned it previously even put plastic wrap around the foam underneath the pillow cover to keep it from getting stained!} I found a Diaper Champ pail {fantastic because it doesn’t need special bags–any old trash bag will do} at a yard sale for $6. We found a high quality wooden bead maze for $5 at a daycare center that was closing. {These things run anywhere from $15 to $75!} Just yesterday, we pulled it out of storage, cleaned and disinfected it, and put it to use!

Two other great ways to shop used items: the free apps OfferUp and Letgo. These apps allow you to search for used items in your area, just like on Craigslist, so no shipping fees. What’s great about it is that you can communicate with the sellers directly through the app–in other words, you aren’t putting your personal contact info out there. It’s all done internally, through your app message system. You can put as little info about yourself out there as you want, which is a plus in these days of less and less online privacy. I prefer also these apps to Craigslist in general, because it’s focused. There aren’t several dozen categories to choose from, there’s only eight or so. OfferUp seems to generally be more pricey than Letgo, but both have tons of listings for baby goods and gear. I have used Letgo to purchase several things non-baby related {Like our first Christmas tree!! 4-foot, pre-lit, excellent condition artificial tree that fit perfectly in our little camper, for just $10!}, and have been very pleased with the experience. You have the opportunity to rate other sellers, so if they’re late or are difficult to contact, other buyers can steer clear in the future.

3. Get the cheapo stuff

Knock-offs are generally just as good as the name brand. For instance, when choosing a car seat system, I picked the cheapest I could find. I read this extremely helpful article, which explains that the safety features for the less expensive car seats are just as up-to-date as their pricier counterparts. BY THE WAY…car seats have expiration datesI’m not joking. Just another reason to get the cheaper options, because you may or may not be able to use it for the next kiddo.

Regarding diapers – I was given tons of different brands of disposables for Jungle Baby’s showers, plus we’ve always gone with whatever is cheapest or on sale since. So I have tried TONS of different diaper brands. And you know what? They are all the same. I really haven’t noticed any benefits to a particular brand. I have found that once in a while a name brand seems to edge out a generic brand on corralling a blowout…but just barely. Honestly, if they’re gonna leak, they’re gonna leak! I’ve found that what position I put him in–tummy, back, or sitting upright–when I hear him start working on a heavyweight diaper actually makes the biggest impact in preventing blowouts.

NOTE: I have several friends who say that using cloth diapers saves the most money! I haven’t yet gone this route, due to the fact that when Jungle Baby was born, I was sharing a washer with 2-3 other families. Plus, nobody needs extra laundry when recovering from birth! But I’m eager to try this option in the future! If anyone reading uses cloth, feel free to weigh in with your experience on the money it saves.

4. Cut wipes in half

I was given bukus of disposable wipes…haven’t had to buy a single package yet. And one thing that has extended the life of my stash is cutting the wipes in half. Seriously, a newborn baby does not need a full-size wipe for most diaper changes. {Messy diapers can be a definite exception to this.} So, every so often, I’ll whip out my scissors, cut a chunk in half, and put them back in the package. This was a lifehack from my mother, and it is awesome.

5. Be discriminating when purchasing items for yourself. Ideally, wait until after the birth

This is a biggie. You never know what people will be generous enough to give you for showers, or even just because they don’t need it anymore. So wait to make most purchases until after all showers, and even the birth. There are really only a very few things you need when the baby actually arrives {post on that coming soon!}, and honestly, you’ll have a better idea of what you really need after you and baby have spent some time together. {Plus, sometimes relatives just get so excited, they go out and buy you a bag full of stuff, just because they can’t contain themselves! I had this happen.} So be really deliberate with your purchases. The diaper pail was something I couldn’t pass up for $6, and I knew it would be a really good thing to have, even if it wasn’t totally necessary. So I snagged it, and took it off my registry. But most things that weren’t an absolute need, or a future investment, we waited on. You never know where free stuff is going to come from. My hospital even gave me a ton of gifts on the way out the door, including vouchers for free + shipping baby slings, and a travel bassinet! {“Free” is relative, of course…you could say we paid a pretty penny for these lovely extras through the hospital bills, but I digress.}

This is a big deal regarding clothes especially. All babies grow at different rates, so you may need a different size when the season changes than you thought you would. {All clothing labelled ‘newborn’ is not created equal. Ask me how I know!} You won’t buy things that won’t get use if you play this part by ear.

6. Feel free to go without

Our current residence does not have a bathtub, only a shower. And, I just haven’t felt like paying for/storing a baby bath. So, you know what we do? We give him exactly the same kind of bath he first got when he was born–a sponge bath. We get bowls of warm water, plenty of towels, put it all on the kitchen floor, and go to it! He doesn’t sit up well enough yet to enjoy playing in a tub {plus I don’t worry about him somehow drowning}, so this option is great for us for where we’re at right now.

I registered for a diaper bag, but when it arrived, it was defective. My sister and I went shopping for a new one, and I just couldn’t find one that wasn’t truly ugly, or the size of a duffle bag. Soooo, we went to the purse department, and found a lovely bag that is actually a businesswoman’s tote, designed to carry a laptop, paperwork, and purse essentials. It was pretty, way cheaper than a lot of diaper bags, fit everything I needed to carry, and suited me perfectly.

So just really think through what the industry tells you you’re “supposed” to have, and decide what you and your family truly want and actually need. 

 

Okay, what other ideas would YOU add to this list? What have you done or do you do to save money in the baby department? Share the knowledge!

The Bible Project – Resource

bible project

bible project

I wanted to share with you a fantastic teaching/learning resource that I just found. It’s a series of videos available on a YouTube channel called The Bible Project. This team has created several different series of videos, all with one thing in mind: everything in the Bible points to Jesus.

They have produced a “Read Through the Bible” series that combines excellent illustrations with a voiceover of all that is taking place in the section of Scripture being covered. This series goes book by book, and what I really appreciate is the fact that their goal is to prepare you to actually read the book for yourself.

The videos are quality stuff. The illustrations are detailed, but not distracting. The narration is simple, yet thorough, and doesn’t skip the “hard stuff.” For instance, the whole “sons of God” debate about the opening verses of Genesis 6? They deal with it, acknowledging that there are different beliefs about it, and giving a couple options. It’s also perfectly appropriate for the entire family.

And, besides being a fantastic refresher + overview of whatever book being discussed, there’s always the possibility of learning something new! For me, when watching the video on Genesis, Part 1, I was introduced to a thought I’d never considered regarding Adam and Eve’s sudden compulsion to cover up after disobeying God’s command about taking the fruit. Being unclothed with one’s spouse is one of the most vulnerable and trusting places to be in.They had just chosen to distrust God; how could they possibly still trust each other? Perhaps this was part of their desperate desire to clothe themselves.

I haven’t seen all the videos in this series yet, but if things continue as they have begun, I will definitely be adding this to my arsenal of Bible teaching tools.

Here’s the first video in this series.

The Bible Project also has several animated series on the different divisions of the Bible. I watched one of the videos at random–Ecclesiastes, in the Wisdom series. Ecclesiastes is no picnic. I figured, if they do this one well, they’ve got something. I was not disappointed. They explained the big picture concepts of the book, identified the different speakers, delved into the original language, used great visual artistry, and did it all without being overwhelming. In less than six minutes. Yeah. Like I said, pretty impressive!

You can check out that video here.

 

Their channel also has other videos of behind-the-scenes work, Q&A sessions, and animations explaining different Biblical themes, like atonement and the image of God. Overall, I’m pretty excited about this resource and looking forward to using it in our family in the future.

On the Bible Project website, they also have a reading plan and a podcast. Check it out!

 

{Ahem. Just a couple of notes that I feel are necessary. First, I have not investigated the theology held by the producers of these videos, but the content speaks for itself. Perhaps there are things we would disagree on, but I’m simply using the tools they’re providing–not joining a church. Secondly, I would never want anyone to even get the faintest inkling that these videos could or should substitute for solid personal Bible reading and study. Just like anything else, they are a supplement, not a replacement. Hope you enjoy!}

Personalities in Love – Book Review

I heard about this book on a blog I follow, and was intrigued. I ordered a used copy on Amazon for under $5. My husband and I read it together, over the course of several long car rides, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Donna Partow’s style is highly entertaining, and we shared some good laughs over her hysterical anecdotes and brassy turn-of-phrase. It also opened up some deep discussions between us, and we often refer back to what we have learned, many times in a week.

“Personalities in Love: Understanding Yourself and the Man in Your Life” focuses on how the male and female versions of each of the four basic personality types interact with one another, as well as giving practical relationship advice throughout. I would recommend it to both married and single women {especially the first of the three sections}, since an understanding of your own personality will be of benefit no matter what stage of life you are in.

In the first section, the origin of the four general personality categories is covered briefly, and then you get to take an adjective-based personality test to determine which personality is more dominant in you. This was really fun for my husband and I. {Hint: there is an appendix with definitions for each adjective in the back of the book, and you DO want to use it–some of our answers changed after we read the definitions.} The original personality categories have been renamed by many authors, and Donna Partow has her own set of titles: Popular, Powerful, Perfect, and Peaceful. We learned from the test that David is generally a “Peaceful,” but is actually a good mix of all four personality types. I am mostly a “Perfect” woman. {If you are now picturing Mary Poppins smiling serenely as she tells her charges that she measures to “Practically Perfect, in every way,” please know that I did too, and laughed.}

In the rest of section one, we are introduced to each of the feminine personalities. A picture is painted of each personality in its purest form {wow, that was a lot of “p’s”}, and the strengths are identified and the weaknesses uncovered. I swallowed hard when I went through the list and description of all my weaknesses, as most were spot-on rather convicting. A section on “How to Make the Most of Your Personality Type” closed out each chapter, and honestly, it made the whole book worthwhile. These portions are very focused on seeking the power of God in order to truly flourish in your temperament, and, especially following the sections on weakness, were extremely encouraging! The book would sorely lack without this constructive advice.

Section the Second acquaints us with the man version of each personality, along with his strengths and weaknesses. There are plenty of real-life stories sprinkled throughout in order to illustrate the different facets of each personality, and they were both entertaining and informative. I think my favorite part about this section, however, was the “What Your Man Needs From You” portion at the end of each chapter. Since the author is writing to women, she is focusing on understanding how a woman’s personality relates to her husband’s, as well as being sensitive to the specific needs her husband has, due to his own personality. I really appreciated the fact that it wasn’t all just theory {Partow promised that it wouldn’t be, in her first chapter}, but I was provided with very down-to-earth applications and specific ways to encourage my husband.

In the third and final section, each of the possible relationships that can result from mixing the eight personality types is considered, as well as the relationship difficulties different couples can expect–yet overcome. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

Okay, personal note. I realized something, as I read through the book with my husband. Although all people are usually a blend of personalities, with one personality dominating, I think that as a Christian grows in their walk with Christ, allowing themselves to be changed, the Holy Spirit actually adds some of the strengths that normally fall to other personality types, and overrides some of the natural weaknesses. {Hint: “weaknesses” of a personality type are simply the types of sin that that person is naturally prone to.} David is an amazing example to me of what can happen when a person yields themselves to God…his test revealed that he is quite balanced in his blend of personalities. We know that this isn’t “natural,” because personality type manifests itself in childhood behavior, and he would have been mostly “Powerful” as a child. So deliberate choices in his life to yield his habits/actions/words/inclinations to the authority of God have resulted in him becoming a very well-rounded individual, with many strengths to offer. Romans 12:1-2 in action!

The overall tone of the book is cheerful and optimistic. Partow is forthright, but friendly. She’s very transparent about her own struggles, and honest about the weaknesses we all have. Whereas a secular writer would turn to self-help or a therapy approach when dealing with the personality weaknesses, Partow recognizes the need for the Holy Spirit’s power to triumph over them.

Regarding further resources on this subject, Partow often references the authors Dr. Tim LaHaye {The Spirit-Controlled Temperament} and Florence Littauer {Personality Plus} throughout the book, citing their work as part of what she has built upon to create “Personalities in Love.” I have not yet read either of those titles, but I have read The Spirit-Controlled Woman by Beverly LaHaye, and although certainly a useful book, I found it a bit dry. Partow’s Personalities was definitely more “fun,” but not necessarily what someone looking for a scholarly work would be seeking. It’s not as detailed or extensive as the Myers-Briggs personality classification system, however it was written with the busy woman in mind, and is a light-hearted, quick read. It is ideal for someone starting out in personality studies, anyone who desires a Christian perspective on the general subject, and those who want a frolicsome refresher coupled with solid advice for appreciating how you and your man fit together.