Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Desperate ~ Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

If you are a mom, you need this book. It doesn't matter what stage of motherhood you are currently in, this book has something for everyone.

Written by Sarah Mae, mother to three young kids, and Sally Clarkson, mother to four adult kids, this book offers perspective on so many areas of motherhood. Each chapter begins with a question from Sarah Mae - a plea for help from a young, desperate mom. And Sally responds with so much wisdom and encouragement. Then both take turns address the subject at hand in each chapter.

One of the things I loved about this book is the link to small videos where Sarah Mae and Sally discuss the chapter even further. It's fun to hear them talk and to watch them interact.

With my own girls nearing the middle years, I was encouraged by this book to reach out to mothers who are just starting out and who have little ones. I get plenty of sleep now, and I have the housework under control.... I don't need to reach out with advice, but with practical help. I can take a meal and clean a house. I can give a desperate mom a break and a chance to breathe (which is what she really needs!).

I love this book, and although I wish I had it 8 years ago when I began my parenting journey, I appreciate the timing of its presence in my life.

I received this book free form the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Beyond Ordinary

In their new book Beyond Ordinary, Justin and Trisha Davis of RefineUs ministries dig deep and share how their ordinary marriage fell into ordinary patterns and almost ended in divorce. Thankfully God had other plans for them and is now using their story to inspire and encourage other couples to move beyond ordinary.

This past summer I was involved in a marriage seminar for women at my church. Several women didn't attend because they claimed to have a good marriage. But I don't want a good marriage. I don't want an ordinary marriage. I want my marriage to be amazing and extraordinary. I think every married couple has room for improvement when it comes to their marriage.

Do you want move beyond ordinary in your marriage? I know I do, and this book is a great encouragement. God can take your ordinary marriage and transform it into some thing extraordinary. This is what he did for Justin and Trisha, and you'll read all about their journey in a he says, she says format.

I really wanted to embed the trailer video, but couldn't get it to work. It's worth checking out and you can do so right HERE.

I really enjoyed this book, and even though I feel like I have an extraordinary marriage, Justin and Trisha's story reminded me that I need to be vigilant when it comes to guarding my marriage and persistent in asking God to keep it extraordinary.

I received this book free from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.