The “Messy Beautiful Love” Book Club {Begins Here – November 3rd!}

Book Club Announcement

  I know we are all in the midst of the Making Your Home a Haven Series on Mondays and we aren’t really thinking about November’s Monday series quite yet BUT since it’s a book club, I want to be sure you have enough time to order your book before November 3rd! So here are the details: When: Every Monday and Thursday in November we will be reading and discussing the book Messy Beautiful Love* by Darlene Schacht, the Time Warp Wife. Where: Here at Why: Because marriage is Messy right? But it’s Beautiful too. This book is an […]

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Messy Beautiful Love – 3 Copies of the Book & Journal Giveaway!

Darlene and Courtney

Today I am celebrating the launch of my dear friend – the Time Warp Wife‘s book: Messy Beautiful Love* by Darlene Schacht. I had the honor of writing the Forward to this book!!! This book both challenges and motivates me to exchange God’s ideas and ideals for my own.  Her hope-filled story of a marriage changed by the grace of God reminds us that no marriage is ever beyond God’s redeeming grace. This excerpt from the book is raw…as it takes us to the day her husband discovered her affair but it’s only just the beginning – the beginning of […]

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Coming Soon…A Virtual Marriage Retreat & Messy Beautiful Love

Messy Beautiful Love Freebies

I am so excited to share with you the “Embrace Your Marriage” Virtual Marriage Retreat! I am partnering up with some of my favorite marriage bloggers every Monday in the month of September, to focus on our marriages! Each week we will include a challenge and links to the other writers so you can virtually visit us all! While we all hold the same Biblical principles, we each have our own unique perspective and life experiences. We pray this will bless you! Join me back here this Monday, September 1st as we begin! And while we are on the topic […]

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What Women Want (a memoir giveaway)

By Emily T. Wierenga   I was drinking twelve cups of coffee a day, addicted to sleeping pills, and only eating supper. We were newlyweds; we’d been married under the trellis in my parents’ yard, my Dad, a reverend, officiating the ceremony and the flowers in my bouquet as fake as the smile on my face. I was terrified. I didn’t want kids, I didn’t know how to make a home—my mother made homes, I lived in them. So my farm boy and I went on a three-week honeymoon to the Maritimes, to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and PEI, and […]

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Books I’m Reading & A Giveaway: 5 Copies of You Are Loved!

me and sally

Publishers send me a lot of books to review and I simply can’t read them all and review them –  BUT there are three honorable mentions, I must share with you! I really respect Crossway Publishing for putting out doctrinally sound books. These three books are solid, Biblically edifying books for women (and easy to slip into your purse to read on the go). 1.  Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full by Gloria Furman 2. True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney & Nicole Whitacre 3.  Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals For the Family by Jessica Thompson I also have a […]

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Valentine’s Video & Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl Giveaway!

Valentine's Day Special 5 Marriage Bloggers

I’m interrupting our regular schedule for the Book Club – for this Special Valentine’s Day Video and Giveaway! This video was done by 5 of the ‘Top Christian Marriage Bloggers’ including: Sheila from, Fawn from, Ruth from, and Jennifer from So sit back and relax and enjoy this 10 minute video: (if you cannot see the video – click here) We all pin to a Pinterest Board together at “Inspiring Christian Wives” if you’d like to follow us there! Next up – Singles (or mother’s and friends of singles) this giveaway is for you!!!! Paul Hendricks writes: […]

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The Women Living Well Book Club begins January 13th!

WLW Book Club

  Happy New Year!!!! The Women Living Well Book Club is about to begin.  But before we start you may have a few questions – here’s my answers: When does this begin? We begin on Monday, January 13th. What’s the schedule? What do I need to participate? To be honest, you don’t need a thing – not even the book. lol!  If you do not have the means to purchase the book – you can still follow along and be encouraged in your walk with God, marriage, parenting and homemaking. So please don’t let that stop you from joining us! […]

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Balancing It All by Candace Cameron Bure

Balancing It All Package

This package came in the mail last week – a copy of Candace Cameron Bure’s (formerly known as DJ on Full House) newest book about to be released on January 1,2014! I opened the package, devoured the book and am ready to tell you all about it. First – this is what says about the book: How do you do it all?” That’s the question that wife, mom, actress, and best-selling author Candace Cameron Bure is often asked. And it’s a question that women everywhere are asking themselves as we seek to balance all of our roles, responsibilities, and opportunities. […]

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Dreaming of a Sweet and Simple Christmas

10 tips for a stress-less holiday

I am SO excited to introduce you to our guest writer today –  Tracie Miles from Proverbs 31 Ministries! She is the author of Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in a Chaotic World .   Tracie writes: Do the holidays stress you out? Join the club! As moms and wives, it seems we take the brunt of the holiday pressure. Trying to make sure that everyone is happy, fed, and festive, in addition to the house being a holiday haven and making sure all the gifts perfectly selected, purchased and wrapped, can make even the most organized, calm and collected woman turn […]

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*FREE* Companion Study Guide to Women Living Well

Companion Study Guide

Women Living Well, the book, is now available in most bookstores and on-line at or Barnes and Noble.       If you are subscribed to Women Living Well via email then you should find at the bottom of every email a link to my FREE Proverbs 31 ebook. *** I have recently added a second link for subscribers, to my Companion Study Guide for the book titled Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids and Your Home. *** You can either get the Guide via subsription OR  just click >> here now << […]

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The Day I Met My Hero

The day I met my hero

  In 1994, Elisabeth Elliot came to my college, the Moody Bible Institute, to speak at a conference AND to our dorm floor for a visit!  Elisabeth is someone I highly admire.  This is a blurry picture from the day I met her.  I’m on the left and on the right is my roommate – Jen – who is a contributor over at :)!  And sweet Elisabeth Elliot is in the center!   Before meeting her, I had read her book Passion and Purity and I had read her book Through Gates of Splendor, which was her biography of taking the gospel […]

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Wife After God

jennifer smith

Jennifer Smith at has just released her first book titled: Wife After God. Jennifer married her best friend Aaron in January of 2007. They jumped straight into missions living in three different states and three different countries during their first two years of marriage. Her passion for missions, writing, and marriage led her to create Unveiled Wife. By God’s grace it has grown into much more than she could ever have imagined, reaching women from all around the world joined together in our community of over 100,000. Jennifer is also the mother of one adorable son! Wife After God is a new […]

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