Monday, March 1, 2010

Book Reviews & Giveaways: Relationships...

Book: Mother Daughter Duet

Author: Cheri Fuller

When a daughter is born, her mother has a thousand hopes and dreams for her, especially that they will be best friends one day. Unfortunately, even the best of intentions can go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. But a harmonious relationship is possible.

Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close.

The mother-daughter dynamic is intense, personal, complex, and unique. But mothers and daughters can achieve mutual respect and learn to celebrate their differences when they learn the two-part harmony of the mother-daughter duet.

Author Bio:
Cheri Fuller is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold more than one million copies. She speaks to a wide range of women at women’s conferences and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.
Ali Plum is Cheri’s daughter, a writer and songwriter, a wife, and a mother to Noah and Luke. She and her mom have weathered the ups and downs of their relationship to find one of the most treasured, honest relationships of their lives. Ali has recorded background vocals for popular musicians, and Mother-Daughter Duet marks her debut into book publishing.
Peronal Review:
I read 1/2 of this book and life just got busy- you all know what that's like! I love the kind of book this is. Now, I didn't read this to "fix" a relationship with my own mom, but to better prepare myself as to handle my 8 year old- going on 17! It's like reading an honest conversation between the authors. Each has their own perspective.

Book: Dancing With My Father

Author: Sally Clarkson


The reality of living in a broken, fallen world can leave women feeling overcome by fear, guilt, and weariness. Many develop “sawdust souls,” numb to any sense of joy.

In this warm and wise book, author Sally Clarkson invites readers to take God’s hand and let Him lead them into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose. With the voice of a trusted mentor, she reveals how, by getting in tune with the rhythm of God’s presence, women can nurture an inner attitude of anticipation and celebration even in the stressful seasons of life.

Through rich biblical insights woven with real-life stories, women will be inspired to recapture a spirit of joy as they follow God’s lead on the dance floor of life.

Author Bio:

Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker, known across the nation and internationally for her work with women. She is the author of several books, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. She has worked in various ministries, including Campus Crusade for Christ. With her husband, Clay, she is cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarksons, parents of four, live near Colorado Springs , Colorado .
Personal Review:
I love the prayers and bible passages in the book! Very encouraging reading about how to get that connection with God back. I really took away this: He wants us to find his JOY in our everyday life. It's so much about trusting that He has a wonderful purpose for us.

These books were provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Now to the giveaway:
Just leave me a comment about how you'll be renewing yourself this spring. I love this time of year...everything seems fresh and new again. Like what you'll be doing for spring break? Doing spring cleaning? Or what you do just to renew yourself?

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Deb said...

I plan on renewing myself this spring break by going to a hill country B & B with my hubby. We get so busy and fail to make adequate time to check in on our relationship. After 24 years, we should still make time time for this.

Denise said...

I do "Spring cleaning" through out the year! I'm not sure yet what we will do over Spring break. This Spring I plan on spending more intimate time in prayer with God and working on my relationship with Him!

eRiN said...

my spring cleaning is my ENTIRE apartment. I also purchased a new devotional called "The Message Remix: solo". I am hoping that my spring cleaning will be God cleaning out my definitions of things in my life and replacing them with His own definition which is truth! I hope that I didn't miss your deadline, I didn't buy enough books when I was home:) - Erin

eRiN said...

I forgot to answer about Spring Break, sadly in Russia they don't have Spring Break in March like America =( But that's okay because it's still snowing and there's lots of ice on the ground which means its really too cold to go anywhere. And because I only got back to class on Tuesday, the 1st was a holiday and the 8th is another holiday. It's not as great as a full week but I'll take what I can get :)