Wednesday, September 2, 2015

mama needs a do-over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around - I'm Giving One Away!

Part of any children's ministry/family ministry is providing information on resources parents can use, so when I was invited to review a new book from David C. Cook for moms, I agreed to do so. While it has been a few year since my children were young (they are now 30 and 29) I do remember what it was like to be a stay-at-home mom with two young children. This book may have been encouraging back in those days and is a resource you can let the moms in your ministry know about.

mama needs a do-over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around
Author - Lisa Pennington
Publisher - David C. Cook

Favorite Features -
  • Stresses how none of us are perfect
  • Encourages moms to dream
  • Most chapters give a few simple assignments - something to think about and a few verses to read
  • Challenges moms to enjoy being a mom
  • Shares her own personal stories
David C. Cook says; "Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid screaming, complaining, and slammed doors—and that’s not even counting what the children are doing.

Lisa Pennington knows what those days are like. And she knows even in the hard times you can find immense joy. In 'Mama Needs a Do-Over', Lisa offers hopeful, practical ideas for resetting your family’s mood in the toughest moments. She also dives deep into your mother’s heart to show you the power you have to turn those challenges into gifts. A little fun, a new perspective, and a go-to list for those do-over days, and you might just find joy in all those dirty dishes after all!"

I enjoyed the personal stories Lisa used to help the readers understand "resetting" is not only an option, but a genuine possibility.  Moms, especially young moms with active children, will find this book encouraging and an effective tool they can use to "reset" their perspective, dreams and home . . . while experiencing the added benefit of joy!

I'm very happy to say, not only did David C. Cook send one book for me to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only) on September 10, 2015. If you are over the age of 18 and you'd like to be in the drawing for mama needs a do-over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around, please comment below to let me know a dream you had when you were young . . . I always wanted to be an author!

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