Books I’ve Read {November Update}

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Own Your Life: Living with Deep Intention, Bold Faith, and Generous Love by Sally Clarkson – Living in survival mode and working to simply get through the day can be stressful. This is a great book to give you the pep talk you need to guide you on the path to intention and purpose. I think I have watched one too many webinars with Sally because I could “hear” her soothing voice talking to me through the words on the page. She is the mentor that many of us need to gain encouragement and motivation to get through our days of mundane tasks, but also to remember our dreams and to find rest of our soul.

Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson – Times are changing, and sometimes I am a little puzzled if it is changing for the good. I know a lot of good things are still happening, and there are still lots of good people, but I am feeling like values are not aligning with actions. I think Korie has better words than I do to share the thoughts on really teaching our children the virtues to help them be world-changers. It isn’t easy, but it’s possible to guide our children toward being strong but kind, as well as learn to be honest, compassionate, patient, joyful, loyal, and humble. CLICK HERE for a few other thoughts I had on the book.

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

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Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine
Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids by Sami Cone
A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live by Emily Freeman

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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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)

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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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Book List 2015

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Sooo…last year, I didn’t do a good job of updating you on the books I read. I lost track myself. :p But I have a little more accountability this year, so hopefully, I will share my thoughts on some of them. You will notice that there are some that are repeats from last year. It wasn’t that I didn’t read them. I did! And I really liked them, and I want to implement some of what I learned from them.

What books do you have on your Books-to-read list for this year? Are you more of a nonfiction or fiction reader?Book List 2015I will update as the year goes on. Italicized = currently reading, Bold = done reading

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Book List 2014

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There are probably a thousand books out there that I would want to read right now, but that is not possible. I usually read multiple books at one time, so it gets a little wild around here. :p Listed are 12 books that I would love to finish by the end of the year, and I will probably read a few others here and there along the way. What books do you have on your Books-to-read list for this year? Are you more of a nonfiction or fiction reader?

booklist2014I will updated as the year goes on. The bold book titles are the ones I am reading right now. The bold and italicized book titles are the ones I have finished reading.

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily Freeman

The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

PUSH: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve! by Chalene Johnson

Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel

Praying God’s Word for Your Husband by Kathi Lipp

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine

Crazy Love by Francis Chan

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World  by Michael Hyatt

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking  by Susan Cain

Some others that I also want to read…I will probably add to this daily if I didn’t have other tasks on my list to do. :p

Discipleship & Discipline

I have been blessed by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson’s book Desperate. It has truly taught me how to “breathe” through motherhood. I am not a perfect mom, but I am working to become a better mom for my kiddos. They are precious, but they are kids! They can drive me crazy sometimes. (I think some of it is payback for all those temper tantrums I threw when I was little.)

sarah-269x300Sarah is the real deal. She is transparent. She shares her story as a mom of young children. She’s so funny too…and her Mufasa hair! But really, she shares some of her failures and answer questions of what has worked for her in growing her “wild child.” Sally…all moms need a Sally in their lives. She shares her wisdom as a been-there done-that mom. I love her heart for moms with little ones.

CS_ParentingAd_FINAL_WildOnenewSarah and Sally have come up with a Discipleship & Discipline eCourse. It is practical parenting help for the desperate mom. Or maybe you aren’t so desperate, but you still need some direction for motherhood.

All information on the course can be found here: Discipleship Course (This is an affiliate link for the ecourse. I get a percentage of the sale, but all options in this post are my own.

Overview

  • Day One: Laying a Foundation of Love (Sally Clarkson)
  • Day Two: Loving the Wild One (Sarah Mae)
  • Day Three: Heartfelt Discipline + Your Parenting ???s Answered (Sally Clarkson)
  • Day Four: Dealing with Our Junk So We Can Parent with Clarity (Sarah Mae)

Topics

  • How to Instill Excellence in Your Child
  • How to Deal with Over-Emotional Children
  • How to Build a Winning Relationship With Your Child
  • How to Motivate Your Children to Listen to Your Instruction and Obey Your Training
  • How to Deal With Your Lies So You Can Parent in Freedom Instead of Fear
  • How to Get Through the Desperate Days

What you will get from the eCourse:

  • Four days of teaching & conversation with Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae
  • Four daily emails with inspiration and an outline
  • My 24 Family Ways PDF Packet
  • The UnWired Mom eBook
  • Core Lies eBook
  • On-demand access (watch anytime!)

The entire e-Course is only $17.99.

See more at THIS LINK. What others are SAYING.

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.

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**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.

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

My Facebook feed has been exploding with updates of new babies born every month for the past few years. I have a lot of new mama friends out there. Yes, there are lots of cuddly moments. And sweet smells after bathtime. And first smiles. And how wonderful it feels when all they want to do is hold onto your finger so tightly with little fists. You are their whole world. But, motherhood can definitely a roller coaster ride. Some real updates seen in my FB feed:

“I thought I had a bad night the night before last, then T proves it can always be worse. From 11 PM on he didn’t want to go back down, up for 30 minutes to an hour each time then when he did go back down he’d be back up in an hour. I feel like I might die this morning.”

“All three kids @ home for a few hours = House trashed.”

“My youngest has had poop explosions up his back in every outfit I’ve put him in for the last 24 hours. Sigh….And while our youngest is pooping all over himself, our oldest is arguing with us because he wants to wear long sleeves and a jacket on a 72-degree day. The joys of parenting.”

And here’s my very own desperate mom FB update: “Last night included driving across the bridge back home in the POURING rain with 2 very sick children who continued to make a mess of the toilet for another 2 hrs (after making a mess of the car) and then took turns waking me up throughout the night until 5am.”

I remember the early days when the girls were infants. There were lots of challenges that I faced. Now, as I move into the season of being a mom of a preschooler and school age kid, there are still challenges. At our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) steering retreat on Saturday, as we went around to share our prayer requests, even the mentor moms requested prayer for how to relate with their grown kids. Wow, this motherhood thing is hard stuff! I love the quote from Sarah Mae (see above). The challenges may never completely go away as our kids grow and as we grow, but IT GETS BETTER! As moms, young and old, we need each other. We don’t have to do this alone. Reading Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson‘s book Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe has been so refreshing. It is so wonderful to read the dialogue between a mom with young kids and a been-there-done-that mom who sees beyond the diapers and sleepless nights. There is HOPE.

There’s a No More Desperate Moms movement going on, and I’m honored to be a part of it. I’ll be sharing more about Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe as the week continues, but for now, you can check out what other moms are saying about this book. Amazon | Christian Book | Barnes & Noble (You can also get a copy at Family Christian, Dayspring or at a B&N near you.)

You might also want to visit Sarah Mae’s blog today for a chance to win free massages for a year! 😉

– Joyce