10/26/13

Its a Non-Fiction Saturday twofer!

Before I get yelled at by someone -
UrbanDictionary.com -
twofer -
1. Something you get two at once.
2. When you get two things for the effort, price, time, or space of one.


Women Living Well Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home

By Courtney Joseph


 5 +++++++ Stars!!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
Women desire to live well. However, living well in this modern world is a challenge. The pace of life, along with the new front porch of social media, has changed the landscape of our lives. Women have been told for far too long that being on the go and accumulating more things will make their lives full. As a result, we grasp for the wrong things in life and come up empty.
God created us to walk with him; to know him and to be loved by him. He is our living well and when we drink from the water he continually provides, it will change us. Our marriages, our parenting, and our homemaking will be transformed.
Mommy-blogger Courtney Joseph is a cheerful realist. She tackles the challenge of holding onto vintage values in a modern world, starting with the keys to protecting our walk with God. No subject is off-limits as she moves on to marriage, parenting, and household management.
Rooted in the Bible, her practical approach includes tons of tips that are perfect for busy moms, including:
  • Simple Solutions for Studying God’s Word
  • How to Handle Marriage, Parenting, and Homemaking in a Digital Age
  • 10 Steps to Completing Your Husband
  • Dealing With Disappointed Expectations in Motherhood
  • Creating Routines that Bring Rest
  • Pursuing the Discipline and Diligence of the Proverbs 31 Woman
There is nothing more important than fostering your faith, building your marriage, training your children, and creating a haven for your family. Women Living Well is a clear and personal guide to making the most of these precious responsibilities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Courtney Joseph is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Evangelism and Discipleship. Courtney is the founder of Women Living Well Ministries. She can be found writing about a woman’s walk with God, marriage, parenting, and homemaking at WomenLivingWell.org.






MY REVIEW -
Absolutely Amazing! This is truly one of the best marriage and parenting book I have read! Usually with non-fiction book, I don't read the whole thing. I skim, only reading the parts that interest me or pertain to me.Well - I read this whole book - in one day! It was that good.

I think anyone who is a wife, especially a new wife - or a mother, especially a new mother needs to read this book! There is seriously so much information and great suggestions! I was bookmarking all over the place!

It was very nice easy reading, it was very interesting, it pertains to everyday life for really just about anyone and it is very well written! Even though I am not a new wife (married 19 years) and not a new mother (daughter is 25 and newly married herself) I found this book to be great, and an absolute joy to read! Honestly I can't give it enough praises.
"A Busy Mom's Guide To Meditating on a Passage or Scripture
1. Choose a passage of scripture for the week.
2. Write the passage on a note card and slip it in your pocket.
3. Open your Bible to that passage and place it on the kitchen counter.
4. Read the passage out loud.
5. Read the passage first thing in the morning.
6. Read the passage before you go to bed at night.
7. Write the passage on top of your to-do list (or grocery list)."
~ I am seriously going to do this!
"Opportunities to make your husband a priority -
1. When I am going to the grocery store, I ask him if there is anything he needs.
2. When I make out the grocery list, I consider what his favorite meals are.
3. When I make a dessert for a gathering, I make sure he gets the first serving.
4. At gatherings, I usually get his drink for him. At home, I offer him drinks regularly too.
5. I respect his thoughts and opinions above anyone else's."
~ I already do all of these things! Yay me.
"Use Peace-filled Words (especially with kids)
1. Instead of raising your voice in anger, lower your voice to a whisper.
2. Don't let someone else's anger make you angry.
3. Remember, yelling at a bud won't make it bloom.
4. Continue to Pray for peace in your home."
I do the whisper thing with my daycare Kids - they have to listen harder to hear me!
Those are just a few of the sections I found to be helpful, but there are so many!
I wish I had 100 copies to give away so all of you could have one, but I do have one to give away!
This would also make a great gift for someone you know who is getting married or is having a baby.

The only thing I wish - Is that she would write a book like this for men so I could give one to my hubby!

Thank you, thank you "Booksneeze" for sending me wonderful book to read and review!

The Giveaway -
I am giving away one copy of this book.
* To enter to win - fill out the form below.
* Please only enter once -  (I go through and delete double entries).
* Winner will be chosen on Nov. 5th.
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond.
* Please leave a comment for an extra entry (a REAL comment, not just "I would like to win").




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5 Stars!

Little book of Great Dates: 
52 Creative Ideas to Make your Marriage Fun 
By Erin Smalley & Greg Smalley

ABOUT THE BOOK -
The Little Book of Great Dates will help build romance and fun into any marriage with its creative ideas for a year’s worth of weekly affordable dates. This book—a simpler, gift version of Focus on the Family’s The Date Night Challenge campaign—will help couples to proactively and intentionally build their relationship, showing how everyday activities can become “dates” that strengthen the marriage relationship. It includes plans for special-occasion dates, such as the couple’s anniversaries (first date, engagement, wedding), birthdays, etc. Couples can get to know each other better by sharing fun times and discover dating again in their marriage with this great little book of ideas!

ABOUT THE AUTHORS -
Married since 1992, Greg and Erin live in Colorado with their three daughters, Taylor, Maddy and Annie, and their son, Garrison. Smalley's bring at least one child to every age-appropriate event, exposing them to the crucial role marriage plays in the family and society.
The Smalleys – who with help overcame their own struggles together early on – make a point to study a marriage book together every Christmas. 
Visit their website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This is a really cute book! First of all - the picture does not do it justice! It is a very soft denim blue leather, very impressive! There are lots of very nice ideas in here. This would really make a very nice wedding or anniversary gift for someone. This is a nice small, almost packet size (it would certainly fit in a purse) and would be great for travel. 

Each "date" starts with a quote, many of them from books. Then it talks a little about the theme. Then lists the activity suggestion. Then questions to ask yourself and each other.

Here are a couple of the activities -
* Choose a restaurant or type of cuisine that neither of you has tried before. You will experience something new together for the first time.
* Take a class, attend a seminar, read an educational book together, or visit a museum together. Find a subject that interests you both and expand your knowledge as a couple.

Thank you Tyndale for sending me this great little book to read and review!  

2 comments:

  1. This sounds great! Especially Women Living Well. Thank you so much for the contest. Please count me in. :)

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  2. I visit the Women LIving Well blog all the time. :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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