Are you familiar with Courtney Joseph? Up until about two months ago, I wasn't--had never heard of her, actually. But oh my--I was missing out--and I want to make sure that you're not.
Courtney Joseph is a fellow homeschool Momma with a passion for God and a gift for writing. She has spent many years leading women's Bible studies, and she co-founded an online Bible study community at Good Morning Girls.
And now, she has written her first book, Women Living Well, which I got to preview, and which is now available for you to purchase for your very own self! And, by the way, you need to!
Just let me tell you about this book:
Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home starts out right in your face:
And, to me, this book was that powerful all the way through. Courtney continually reminds us throughout that God is there. He knows us, He loves us, and He is patiently waiting for us to come to Him. He's got our backs, and He can support us--but it's HIS voice, HIS word, HIS rules that we need to pay attention to.
Women Living Well is then broken down into four sections that help us mommas work this through for ourselves: Your Walk With the King, Your Marriage, Your Parenting, and Your Homemaking. All four sections are beautifully written by someone who makes you feel like you're talking to your best friend--a best friend with some great insight:
On "walking with the King": "I charge my cell phone daily because without power it goes dead. Similarly, we need to plug into God's power daily. We need to be recharged by His words and His strength daily."
On three ways to be a helper to your husband: "Know your husband. Do not compare your husband to your friend's husband, your brother-in-law, or even your pastor! Do not wait for your husband to 'deserve' to be helped." (Ouch)
On parenting: "Have you ever lain in bed awake at night and wondered, 'why me? I don't understand these circumstances, God!' Have you ever felt like a failure, as if the rest of the world has it figured out, and you are the only one who just can't seem to pull it together?" (No? Just me?)
On homemaking: "If you are a homemaking-challenged woman, take heart. There is hope! I was too. I grew up in a beautifully clean and well-managed home, but it did not rub off on me. Homemaking is hard work, if you actually do it right."
Courtney isn't shy in sharing what she finds in her Bible reading. And through her transparency and honesty, I was truly blessed and encouraged. I hope you will be, too, which is why I am giving away a signed copy of this winning book!
But, listen, if you don't win, really, really consider buying the book. I'm telling you, it's been a huge blessing to me.