Tuesday, December 10, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: "Women Living Well" by Courtney Joseph

Courtney Joseph has a BLOG I have been following for maybe a year or more. She is a dedicated wife to her husband, and a mother of two children. I enjoy reading what she shares on her blog. So, I jumped at the chance to review her new book (which is the same title as her blog),  "Women Living Well." The book focuses on 4 areas that Christian women can find joy in - God, husband, children, and home.

The first part of the book - "Your Walk with the King"- has great examples and suggestions on how to improve your quiet times with the Lord, your prayer life, and your overall relationship with the One who loves you most. I especially liked her idea of using a "prayer walk" throughout my home to help me focus on what is most important. For example, when making the bed in the morning, whisper a prayer for my husband as I straighten his side. Then, do the same for the kids as I wipe crumbs off the table, and so on... The idea is to turn chores into short bursts of prayer for the ones we love.

Part 2 focuses on our marriages. The author uses Biblical references and personal experiences to share about what makes a marriage work. Then, she also explains how us women can easily think the "grass is greener" in another marriage. But, the truth is that ALL marriages have flaws, and ALL marriages take work! At the end of this section, Courtney includes a 2-week marriage challenge to follow if you choose to do so.

Part 3 is about parenting. It includes topics like the influence of a mother, the choices we make, anger management, and dealing with bad attitudes. This section made me realize I’m not alone in NOT being a perfect mother and in NOT having perfect kids. We ALL struggle with parenting, and that's a fact. But, isn't it great that we have someone who is perfect that we can turn to when we need wisdom and strength?! Thank you, Lord, for always being there to help us!

The last section is about homemaking. It has thoughts and ideas regarding schedules, routines, and most of all, PRIORITIES. This was a good reminder to me to keep working towards pleasing the Lord as I care for my family and home.

Ladies, if you are looking for inspiration, encouragement, and sincere suggestions for growing in your walk with the Lord and being the kind of wife and mother that is pleasing it God’s eyes, I recommend this book to you. I am glad I was given the chance to read it.


Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions I have expressed are my own.


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