Summer Book Club

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Are you looking for something to read this summer either on your own or with a group of friends in real life?

Can I recommend my book Women Living Well?

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Ya – that feels kind of awkward to write but I believe in the message of the book and have had so many positive reviews that I hope it will be a blessing.

Back in the day when my kids were little and totting around –I had multiple summer book clubs in my backyard.  It was not formal.  It was not a Bible study but it was Biblical encouragement. It was a playdate for the kids while the moms sat around my umbrella table, sipped lemonade and discussed our reading and how it pertained to our lives.

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It filled up my cup every other week as our kids played together (and interrupted us no less than 20 times Lol! ) but I connected on a deeper level with other women and it was so refreshing. It was exactly what I needed in that season of life.

Are you in need of some Biblical fellowship?

Want a reason to invite your friends over for dessert or meet for coffee?

A Women Living Well book club might work?

If you are looking for something more than a casual backyard book club and you want formal discussion questions, videos and graphics – I have those too – simply click on the image below and it will take you to a blog post packed full of links that lead to FREE materials for leaders.

WLW Book Club Free Materials for Leaders

Are you a blogger and you want to lead on on-line summer book club using the book Women Living Well?

You are welcome to use all these resources on your blog – including the videos, graphics and discussion questions.

The book is available in most books stores or on-line at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

If you decide to have one, I’d love to hear about it or see a picture of your group – email it to me :) !

Walk with the King,

Courtney

The Women Living Well Book Club {Free Materials for Leaders}

WLW Book Club Free Materials for Leaders

If you would like to lead a Women Living Well Book Club in your church, neighborhood, as a home study group or on-line – you are welcome to use any and all of these materials (this includes the images with quotes, videos and free Companion Study Guide).  All that I ask is you reference WomenLivingWell.org as your source for these materials.

Download the entire Companion Study Guide free by clicking >>here<<.

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The Women Living Well Book Club

Every link below includes:

  • a video
  • images with quotes from the book
  • discussion questions to go with the chapter reading.

Part 1 – Your Walk with God

Chapter 1
Chapters 2 & 3
Your Walk with God” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Your Ministry” Webcast & Extra Resources

Part 2 – Your Marriage

Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Your Marriage” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 8
Chapter 9 & 10

Part 3 – Your Parenting

Chapter 11 & 12 - includes “Finding Rest in Your Home” Webcast
Chapter 13
“Your Parenting” Webcast & Extra Resources
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
“Your Health” Webcast Replay & Extra Resources

Part 4 – Your Homemaking

 Chapters 16-18
Chapters 19 & 20, Conclusion
“Balancing Family & Ministry” Webcast

 

Here is the book trailer to share with friends:

The book is available in most books stores or on-line at Barnes and Noble and at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

If you lead a group – please leave a comment below and tell me about it.  I take all your feedback (both good and bad) to heart, as I journey along side of you.

Walk with the King,

Courtney

If you aren’t following me elsewhere yet – I invite you to follow me at:
Facebook: Facebook.com/WomenLivingWell
Twitter: Twitter.com/WomenLivingWell
Pinterest: Pinterest.com/WomenLivingWell
Instagram: Instagram.com/WomenLivingWell
Youtube: youtube.com/CourtneyLivingWell

 

The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 19, 20 & Conclusion

 

Chapters 19,20, conclusion

Hooray!  We have arrived to the FINAL post of the Book Club.  If you missed a week – no worries – this Wednesday I will post all the links to the archived posts from the book club, so you have easy access to it.

So let’s finish strong friends!

First up – the final video.  In this video I discuss two things – 1.) I have received emails telling me what is missing from my book – so in this video I answer one of these issues (there are more that maybe I’ll consider writing on later) and 2.) I discuss the “Ultimate Homemaker”.

(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Chapter 19

One of the biggest challenges of writing and blogging is being “real”.  While I can’t hang out all the ugly of my family because that would disrespect them –I try to be transparent with my personal struggles.  But even with those attempts, sometimes I fall short and I leave an impression that I have it all together…and I don’t!

I have written on the blog before that I believe this writing thing is my Ephesians 2:10.

Ephesians 2:10 says:  “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Blogging is the good work God created and prepared in advance for me to do.  It does NOT mean I have it all together – it just means I’m a follower of Jesus who loves people and who likes communicating with words (lots of them).

Another struggle I have is giving the wrong impression. For example – some people think I want everyone to live in a box and be just like me. No – a thousand time NOOOOOOO!  You do not have to strive to be a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom to be Godly. I recognize that we all have different puzzles and different hands that have been dealt to us.

I love it when I run into readers around town.  I am always so blessed when a working mom tells me she reads my blog.  I am blessed because this world has created “mommy wars” and says we should have tension over this.  But you have loved me and called me friend. Thank you!!!

Here are two quotes from Chapter 19 that sum up my thoughts on this:

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(image credit: Biblical Homemaking)

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“The biblical principles in this book should be the same for all of us, but how we apply them will look different in every home.  We must be careful that we are not followers of everyone online but rather followers of Christ.” ~pg.196

Chapter 20

Chapter 20 is all about the Proverbs 31 woman.   I love her because she is SO inspiring!  I want her discipline, diligence and eagerness to work hard!

How to Get the Eagerness of the P31 Woman

If you are new to this blog – please be sure to subscribe to get my FREE Proverbs 31 ebook.

Go >>HERE<< to find all the details on how to subscribe and to view all of the free videos (13) that go along with the ebook!

Final Discussion Question:

We’ve come to the close of this book.
What is one major take-away you have learned?

May God bless you as you serve your family and as you continue to walk with the King!

Lots of Love, 
Courtney

Balancing Family & Ministry Webcast + Everyday Confetti Giveaway!

This is it – our final webcast replay of the series!  Grab a big pile of laundry to fold and enjoy this 40 minute webcast featuring Karen Ehman as our keynote speaker and Darlene (TimeWarpWife.com) and Ruth (TheBetterMom.com) on the couch as we discuss balancing family and ministry.

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(if you cannot see this video – click here)

Karen is giving away TWO copies of her newly released book titled Everyday Confetti (co-authored with Glynnis Whitwer)

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Here’s what’s inside Everyday Confetti (isn’t the cover adorable!!!):

When a busy woman looks at her calendar and sees a birthday, holiday, or special occasion, she has the best intentions for bringing joy to her family and creating lasting memories. Then reality hits. Amidst demanding responsibilities and an overloaded schedule, when is she ever going to have time to plan the perfect celebration or find the creativity to make it special?

In this go-to guide, Karen Ehman and Glynnis Whitwer give women the ideas and the motivation they need to make such occasions less daunting. They provide creative ideas and menu plans for

· Holidays
· Birthdays
· Special Events
· Everyday Occasions

Readers will even find suggestions for reaching out to others throughout the year through celebrations that are simple, doable, and stress-free.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Walk with the King,

Courtney

**Winners will be posted here and will receive an email after the giveaway ends.

The Women Living Well Book Club – Chapters 16-18 {My Struggles With Homemaking}

Chapters 16-18 My struggles with homemaking

Let’s Discuss Chapters 16-18

In today’s video I share my struggle to fit “homemaking” in, in the midst of homeschooling and blogging:

(If you cannot see this video - click here)

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Think back to when you were a child.  Was there a home that you LOVED visiting?  Maybe it was your grandmother’s or an Aunt’s or maybe it was a friend’s house or a neighbor’s.

What made that home seem special through your eyes?  Was it Pottery Barn Furniture (I love Pottery Barn by the way, so I’m not dissing it ;) ) or the squeaky clean bathrooms – or was it maybe the candy dish, the holiday decorations, the scent of food cooking or the hug at the door?

Sometimes I think, we are tempted to believe that we need everything we see on Pinterest or in Martha Stewart’s Magazine to have a home that is warm and inviting.  But it is our heart – the warmth of our heart – that will make our homes a haven.

T.H. Gibbings says “Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us?  It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings.”

The most important thing is that we create an atmosphere of love, welcome and peace in our home.  We have the power to create calm in the chaos.  Do you need help getting to this point? Here’s 10 Ways to Change the Atmosphere of Your Home:

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Discussion Questions

1.) Does homemaking come easy or hard for you?  What responsibilities and activities are you juggling in this season of life that makes homemaking a challenge for you?

2.) When it comes to routines in your week – do you have any regular ones?  Share them.

For Extra Discussion go to the Forum and click on the thread that says “Chapters 16-18″

Walk with the King,

Courtney

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