Books I’ve Read {May Update}

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Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson – It was a busy month, so I didn’t get through the entire book. This is my third time reading this, and I pick up a few more great nuggets each time. I actually have two copies of this book, and the one I’m reading is the marked up one with underlining, notes, and highlighting, which is fun to go through, remembering the last season I read through it and things that were happening at that time. Here’s one I posted to my HelloMornings group:

“And above all, I need to remember that “good” motherliness has nothing to do with how God sees me. Nothing. I am pleasing to Him on my good days and my bad days. His love for me never wavers…and never will. Because I’m His.”

Sometimes all we need are reminders like these…that someone knows exactly how we feel, and that it is okay in the rough seasons because God still loves us. Review

Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge – From the moment you read about Flash the Donkey’s arrival appearance in the Ridge family’s driveway, you will start to fall in love with his charming ways. I love Flash..both the book and the donkey. If you don’t think you could learn a thing or two from a donkey, think again! Flash may teach you something about life. Read more about the wisdom that Flash has to bestow upon us in the following links: Flash | My Day with (Flat) Flash.

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Looking forward to reading these books in June. Anyone else want to join me?

Notes From a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Be You, Bravely: An Experiment in Courage by MOPS
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Books I’ve Read {April Update}

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I have been feeling a little scattered-brain after coming back from our trip, so I was glad to jump into reading some books that helped me to get on track with what my priorities. “Focus” has been on my mind.

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life by Crystal Paine – This was a re-read. I had gone through this book when HelloMornings did a little book club. Part of the book discusses being disciplined in working through one small project a day and one Mega project from beginning to completion through the 21 days. If you know me, this is challenging for me because I like to do many things, read many books,…you get the picture, all at once. A hard lesson I have learned is that for some things, I really do need to focus. This book is perfect. There is one chapter for each day for 21 days. The chapters are short and there is a practical application each day to guide you to complete your task.

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins – What do you want to be when you grow up? I think a lot of grown-ups are asking that question of themselves. In The Art of Work, Jeff shares his personal experience of really taking a look at what he was meant to do. He also shares some powerful stories of others who have re-evaluated what they were meant to do, and figured out how to live their lives beyond the mediocre. Now…to figure out what I want to be when I grow up… 😜

Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews – This was another re-read for me, but this time I actually worked out the different steps that Amy shares about and going through the printables to come up with a practical schedule that helps me to reach my goals and build important relationships. The roles, goals, and activities, and charting the activities on the grid were simple, but getting all of that into a real-life schedule that worked was really hard. I realized that none of the groups/activities we are involved in happen at the same time each day. MOPS is on Tuesday mornings, Awana is on Wednesday evenings, AOK is on Thursday afternoons, etc. It was kind of hard to plot it on the schedule. I think I might have to tweak it some more, but I do see that I have more cushion than I thought I had, I just have to make sure I use my time more wisely. (aff link)

READING
Looking forward to reading these books in May. Anyone else want to join me?

Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
Flash by Rachel Anne Ridge

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Have you read any good books lately? What are your favorite kinds of books to read – mysteries, biographies, historical fiction, cookbooks?Book List 2015To check out the books on my book list, you can READ THIS POST or visit our Amazon store.

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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe {DVD}

Remember when I told you about Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson’s new book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe? If you don’t, here’s a REFRESHER. When you’re done reading that, come back to this post for an announcement.

Ok….are you back? Great!

Movement - desperatemoms.comSo…there’s a movement going on. It’s the No More Desperate Mom movement. Are you a desperate mom? Do you know a desperate mom? Well, it’s time we all work together to end it, don’t you agree? No more desperate moms! If you are a mom who has been there, a mom who has already gone through this season of sleepless nights and piles of dirty diapers, and wonder when or if your kid will ever stop throwing themselves on the floor screaming at the store because THEY. NEED. THAT. TOY!, could you encourage a young(er) mom today? This week? Let them know that it’s going to be okay. Let them know that they will one day have more than 2 straight hours of sleep. Let them know they are not alone. Just be there.

The DVD for the book Desperate is coming out MONDAY! In the DVD, there are videos of Sarah Mae and Sally talking about each of the chapters. There is also a bonus section of Q&A with the lovely authors.

51EldcChZwL._SY300_Here are some fun stuff for you mamas out there during launch week for the DVD:

**TOMORROW ONLY, the Desperate eBook will be on sale for ONLY $3.99 on AMAZON.

**Monday-Friday of this week, anyone who buys 5 paperbacks (for group study, church, gift to mommy friends, etc.) can get the DVD FOR FREE. If you buy 5 or more books, you can just email a scan or pic of your receipt to desperatebook@thomasnelson.com

**Monday’s giveaway: Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson will be giving away a $100 gift certificate to a maid service, a Yankee candle (winner’s choice), a “breathe” custom necklace, 5 books, and a DVD. Hello? What desperate mom wouldn’t want to have maid service? (Psst, the breathe necklace is beautiful and has been a great reminder for me to…breathe.)

**Tuesday’s giveaway: Sarah Mae will be giving away a set of the BEAUTIFUL Grace & Gratitude dining collection from Blessings Unlimited.

Screen Shot 2013-04-09 at 2.17.58 PMThere might be a few more giveaways in store…I’ll keep you updated. To watch a trailer and get other free resources, check out the http://desperatemom.com.