Every once in a while you come across a book that speaks to your exact situation at a most perfect time.
Courtney’s book “Women Living Well” is such a book.
When I saw her post looking for women who would be willing to join her launch team, it was a no brainer for me. Her blog has ministered to my family and I so much, it was an honor for me to have an opportunity to give back.
I found the book very reminiscent of what I read on Courtney’s blog, which I love and have followed for nearly 4 years now. Her easy-to-read style, that makes you feel like you’re sitting with her over a cup of coffee, really comes across here.
The book is divided into four sections: Your Walk With the King, Your Marriage, Your Parenting and Your Homemaking. Each section building on the next digs a little further into your heart and home, as she shares her own struggles and victories in making her home a haven for her husband and children.
This book is jam-packed with great ideas! Borrowing from her own family, she gives tips on how to have devotions with small children, ideas for organizing your housecleaning, menu planning and training your children.
But more than that, she helps us see the tremendous importance in having a healthy and strong spiritual foundation in our own lives. She continually reminds us that we need to take time to sit at Jesus’ feet, recharge spiritually, and having a living, thriving and deepening relationship with our creator if we are to be able to give to those He has placed in our lives: our husbands, our children and those outside of our homes whom we serve.
She says, “Consider Jesus for a moment. He carried with Him the burdens of the entire world. He knew every hurt and pain each man, woman, and child faced. The needs He was aware of were beyond what we can understand, yet He did not help everyone. He did not hurry in a speed of flurry to complete as much as He could before sunset. He took time along the way to stop and talk to people.”
Furthermore, her continual affirming of men was particularly refreshing. She flies in the face of today’s typical reversed chauvinism when she states: “Women are not beneath men. Some women work in the workplace for men. They are paid to assist those for whom they work. Our culture has no trouble with this concept. But within the home, there appears to be a struggle. Women feel they are placing themselves beneath a man when they choose to help their husbands. I wonder: why is it noble to help men in the workplace, help orphans, help widows, help your pastor, help the neighbors, or help your parents, but degrading to help your husband – your groom, your lover, and your best friend.”
I probably read that line 3 times just to let it sink in with all it’s powerful truth.
As I moved into the section on parenting I found a renewed strength to step up the challenge with my own children. She shares useful and practical tools in engaging your children in chores, in discipline, and training them to grow spiritually. She rejects the notion of quick-fixes, and reminds us that it is a journey we are all on – a hard one that will not be over tomorrow. And I found that to be of great encouragement in our own parenting journey!
I strongly recommend this book to every woman, wife and mother and give it a 5-star rating, two thumbs up. Once I started the book I had a hard time putting it down and I am fully planning on reading it again…multiple times!