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Strong, Believable Characters: What I Liked About Yesterday’s Tomorrow

Are you tired of weak, unrealistic characters who put you to sleep?  Me too.

Looking for some fresh fiction and strong characters?  Then check out Yesterday’s Tomorrow by talented, first-time author Catherine West.

Yesterday’s Tomorrow is an action-packed love story set in Vietnam.  I read it quickly, probably because I loved the two main characters:  Kristen Taylor and Luke Maddox.

Kristen is a brilliant journalist who is chasing the memory of her late father, trying to break the biggest story of her life.  She’s independent, stubborn, and beautiful.  The envy of every women.

Luke is a talented and mysterious photographer.  He’s the guy that we love to hate.  And he’s the guy we hate to love.  Let’s just say he’s a little rough around the edges and easy on the eyes.

Of course, Kristen and Luke fall in love.  The plot thickens, and they have to decide what’s really important in life.  Relationships? Career? Personal safety?
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Need A Radical Sabbatical?

If you’re a working mom (or dad) you may have noticed that “The Schedule” is slightly out of control.  That’s putting it mildly, isn’t it?  If your schedule is like mine, it’s a freight train without brakes.

The train has left the station and there’s no stopping it now.


Maybe not.  Just wait a minute.  There’s someone out there who has activated the emergency brake.  Yes, I’m hear to tell you that it’s possible (even beneficial) to step back and take a radical sabbatical.

Meet Joanne Kraft.

This brave (slightly crazy?) working mother of four decided to pull the plug for an entire year on all extra-curricular activities.  And she lived through it, became a better mother and wife, and decided to write a book about it:  Just Too Busy – Taking Your Family On A Radical Sabbatical.

I know what you’re thinking.  I’m not that radical.  I could never do it.  My family would hate me.  Our lives revolve around The Schedule.

Don’t worry, I was thinking the same thing.  In fact, I’m not here to suggest that every family should drop out of activities for a year.  And Joanne Kraft doesn’t suggest that either.  Your radical sabbatical will probably look different than mine or hers.

In my case, after reading Just Too Busy, my family took a much-needed 2-week vacation with no TV and internet.  And let me tell you, that was a big step for my ever-loving media addicts (hubby included!).  For me, it’s about taking small steps.  And Just Too Busy gave me the inspiration I needed, plus plenty of ideas to chew on.

I don’t want to give the book away because I want you to buy it on Amazon.  What I will say is that Just Too Busy game me some serious perspective.  In fact, I’d love to give you my copy – just leave me a comment to enter a drawing.

Do you need some perspective?  Do you feel like the train has left the station and you can’t find the emergency brake?  Are you ready for a radical sabbatical?  What are you waiting for?

Win A Copy of Mommy Whispers Here!

Today on Working Mommy Wednesday, we’re discussing favorite books.  And while I’ve read some great adult books lately, my favorite reads these days are with my kids.  After all, they’ll grow up soon and won’t want Mom to read to them (boo hoo!).

So here’s my favorite new children’s book:  Mommy Whispers, by Jenny Lee Sulpizio.

Why do I love this book so much?  Here’s a glimpse inside the cover.

Mommy Whispers tells the story of a mother, watching her daughter mature and grow through each stage of life.  From birth, to school, to adulthood, to marriage, and to motherhood.  It’s the cycle of life that we all cherish, knowing that each stage is a gift that will last only for a season.

But it’s not just about the cycle of life.  It’s about the yearning every mother has to keep control, and her need to trust God every step of the journey.

Sounds pretty heavy, huh?

I wasn’t sure if it would maintain my daughters’ attentions (ages 5 and 7) since we often have different taste in books these days.  (Let’s just say I’ve about had it with the Disney Princesses.)

Boy was I wrong.  My girls ate up every word.  They loved the repetitive language (which help makes this book kid-centered) as well as the bright illustrations.  Afterward, my 7-year-old said to me, “Mom, I want to grow up to be a mom someday, just like you!”

Warning.  This one’s a tear jerker.

Please leave me a comment before Mother’s Day and I’ll put you into the drawing for a free copy!   It’s the perfect gift for your mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, or friend.

What about mothers of sons?  After all, we too have a story to tell!

Don’t worry, Jenny has a book that’s coming out for you this fall!  Stick around, and we might just do another give away.

If you haven’t met Jenny Lee Sulpizio, stop by and visit her blog here.
Mommy Whispers

Winners For The Christian Mama’s Guide!

Guess who won a copy of The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having A Baby?

(Drum roll please)

The winners are………

Laura Boggess and Amy Sullivan. 

Congratulations ladies!  I’ll be in touch to get your mailing addresses.  Have a good weekend!

The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having A Baby: Book Review and Give-Away!

Today, on Hear It On Sunday, Use It On Monday I’ve decided to give away (and review) a newly released book.  The Christian Mama’s Guide To Having A Baby, by Erin MacPherson.

What book would you give an expectant mother?  Many of us have found books like What to Expect When You’re Expecting useful, but have you ever looked for other alternatives — like a practical, witty guide for expectant mothers, from a Christian perspective?

The Christian Mama’s Guide may be exactly what you’re looking for.

What’s so special about this book?

Well, to start, MacPherson’s writing is tender, blunt, and hilarious.  She obviously reads the minds of expectant mothers!  The Christian Mama’s Guide is full of practical advice, humor, and spiritual insight.  MacPherson squarely tackles the questions that everyone is afraid to ask –especially Christians — ranging from sex, intimacy, exercise, and alcohol. 

The Christian Mama’s Guide is decisive yet not dogmatic.  MacPherson provides a much-needed voice for today’s expectant mother who longs to follow God in a fast-paced and complex world — a mother who is savvy, excited, and often scared to death!  She comforts expectant mothers with the voice of a “big sister” that has gone before them. 

I wish this book existed 10 years ago when I was expecting my first born.  While there is no lack of information for expectant mothers, there is clearly a lack of spiritual mentoring — MacPherson takes an important step to bridge the mentoring gap for new mothers.

So, don’t you want a copy of this book — for a friend, a co-worker, or even for yourself? 
Just post a comment before Friday at 5:00 EST.  I’ll be drawing two winners for a give-away!