Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph

Women Living Well by Courtney Joseph is a great book for any mom.  Ever feel like your life is out of balance?  Or maybe you don't know what honoring your husband looks like on a day-to-day basis?  Or how to set up a daily quiet time to read your Bible, pray or meditate?  Or even how to keep up with all the housekeeping with little ones running around?  Well, then you might want to pick this book up asap!  I was feeling all of those things before reading the book, but I can honestly say that after reading it I feel a renewed sense of motivation to get my life back in balance and strive towards the woman God has created me to be. 

The one thing I really liked about this book is that it is divided into 4 sections.  The first section is all about cultivating our spiritual lives.  The author gives you practical advice on how to set up a quiet time, as well as what one might do during that quiet time.  It gives steps on how to meditate.  One of the greatest pieces of information I received through this section was the Good Morning Girls Bible Studies.  The book directs you to their website (which was founded by Courtney Joseph) and I have found it to be such a great resource in my own life.  After years of struggling with creating a daily devotion time, I have gotten up early and studied the Bible fairly faithfully for the past two weeks!  For me, that is a HUGE accomplishment.  And I am actually learning from my time in the word, which I have also struggled with. 

The second section in the book is geared towards being a Godly wife and what it looks like to honor our husbands.  I found this section also to be helpful.  I did not come from a home where this was modeled for me.  I wanted to rule over my husband (Genesis, anyone?) and in the long run it really causes some wounds in our marriage.  Thankfully we have worked through those wounds and have a stronger marriage than ever, but so many of those wounds could have been avoided had I know what it looked like for a wife to truly honor her husband. 

The third section of the book is regarding parenting.  Again, I needed wisdom in this area also (I told you my life was out of balance!)  This section gives us advice on how to raise children who love God and how to create and atmosphere of love, but also boundaries, when parenting.

The last section of the book talks about Homemaking.  Did you know that moms set the tone of their houses?  If we are cranky then most likely our family will turn cranky too.  There are things we can do to help streamline our lives in this area that will create a haven of peace, love, and rest in our households. 

Are you convinced to the read the book yet?  If not, you should be!  This truly is a great book...and definitely one of the most enlightening books I have reviewed yet!  This one is for sure a keeper. I know there will be times when I will need to take this one back off of the bookshelf and refresh myself with its timeless truth and practicality. 

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booksneeze in exchange for this honest review.  

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