Book Review and Giveaway

This week on Modern Media Mom, I am discussing Working at Home. This is a great series for anyone considering it or already in the midst of it.

There is also a book review and giveaway. I’m giving away FOUR copies of Making Work at Home Work by Mary Byers. This book is perfect for moms trying to balance working at home and taking care of the home. It’s a hard juggle, and this book would be an invaluable tool for any mother trying to make it work. Whether you are a blogger trying to make some extra cash via your blog or are running a fully-incorporated business you’ll want to read this book.

Not many people have entered, so head over and enter.

(and don’t forget to peek at the kitten updates. They are getting cuter and cuter everyday.)

Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

I know that we, as women, all struggle with the idea that our culture tries to sell us about how our home should be run and how it should look and what formula we must follow in order to truly serve the Lord.

When we fall for what society and our culture tell us we must do, we end up exhausted. But that is not how the Lord wants us. He wants a relationship with us and to refresh us.

Joanna Weaver’s wonderful book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World has been republished as a gift edition. It is a book that helped reshape my relationship with the Lord – one in which I strive to just sit as His feet and listen. If you head to Joanna’s blog (link follows at the end of this post), you can leave a comment and enter to win 1 of 7 copies she is giving away.

About Joanna:
Joanna Weaver was voted the Most Promising New Writer of 1997 at the Mount Herman Writer’s Conference. She has authored Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World and written for publications such as Focus on the Family, Home Life, Aspire, and The Evangel. A pastor’s wife for more than eighteen years, she and her husband have counseled many couples, both those approaching their wedding and those struggling in marriage. The Weavers live in Montana and have taught young married classes and spoken on the topic of marriage throughout the northwestern United States.

Having a Mary Heart gifts edition

About Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World:An invitation for every woman who’s ever felt she isn’t godly enough, isn’t loving enough, isn’t doing enough.
The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy.
Then comes Jesus, into the midst of your busy life, to extend the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters from Bethany. Tenderly, he invites you to choose “the better part”–a joyful life of intimacy with him that flows naturally into loving service.
With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story, Joanna Weaver shows how all of us–Marys and Marthas alike–can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

Joanna’s blog: http://joannaweaver.blogspot.com

Joanna’s website: www.joannaweaverbooks.com (Coming Soon)

Buy the book here.

Look! A book and a contest

SweetCarolineCoverAbout the book:

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing–the responsible, dependable thing–unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says “yes” to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she’s been waitressing falls right into Caroline’s lap. While she’s trying to determine the cafe’s future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline’s heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O’Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.

About Rachel:

I’m a forty-something, a child of the ’60’s, ’70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s and ’00’s.

I roller skated through the ’70’s into the ’80’s with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camero.

Born in Ohio, I lived several years in Oklahoma and Kentucky before my parents moved the family to Florida.

I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.

But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.

After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times.

But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn’t get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company’s distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin.

I met Tony, my husband, in ’87, at church, of all places. We got married in ’92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I’ve worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.

Tony and I don’t have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, “You’re a writer.” I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.

In ’93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ‘ 99, I took up the craft again.

With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ‘ 04, Lambert’s Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.

From the book: recipe for Bubba’s Buttery Biscuits!

3 cups self-rising flour
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled, plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted for brushing the tops
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the flour and chilled butter in a medium mixing bowl. Work the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingertips until the butter pieces are a little larger than an English pea, but not larger than a lima bean. If you are using your fingers, work quickly so that the heat of your hands won’t melt the butter.

Pour in all of the buttermilk and, using light pressure, fold the mixture a few times with a plastic spatula until it holds together. Do not over mix. In order to make light biscuits, it is important to work the dough as little as possible.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it quickly and gently 6 to 10 times or until it begins to be almost homogenized. There will be large pieces of butter throughout. Sprinkle a little flour under the dough so that it won’t stick to the board and lightly dust the top of the dough so that it won’t stick to the board and lightly dust the top of the dough so that it won’t stick to the rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about 1/2-inch thickness.

Cut the dough into 2-inch rounds, place on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. I like the biscuits to be crispy and brown on the top and bottom, but not dry in the middle. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter. Serve right away. (recipe from Louis Osteen)

The Contest Part: The Sweet Life contest! Enter to win a Scrumptious Baking Basket from Rachel. The basket contains a Super Cool Apron, a Low country cook book signed by PAT CONROY, rolling pin, and a pie plate! All you have to do to enter is sign up for Rachel’s newsletter.

For more info on the book tour

A Whisper of Freedom – book tour and giveaway

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children’s book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

A WHISPER OF FREEDOM
by Tricia Goyer
Published by Moody Publishers

ABOUT THE BOOK
Battles heat up…not only those being waged by the soldiers on both sides fighting for Spain, but in the hearts and minds of the men and women who must sacrifice more than their dreams to save the lives of their loved ones.
In this meticulously researched novel, brave and idealistic Sophie, Philip, Jose, and Deion realize their only hope for freedom is escaping Spain’s borders.
By continuing the story of this band of volunteers during the Spanish Civil War, A Whisper of Freedom proves that there are whispers of hope and liberty that resonate through even the darkest night.

Other books in the series:

Valley of Betrayal (book 1) – For reasons beyond her control, Sophie finds herself alone in the war-torn Spanish countryside. What was once a thriving paradise has become a battleground for fascist soldiers and Spanish patriots. It doesn’t take long for Sophie to realize just how far from home she really is. Caught in the middle of what is quickly becoming a bloody battleground, she receives tragic news, but remaining in Spain is her only option. The route to safety is blocked and fighting surrounds her. On her darkest night, Sophie takes refuge with a brigade of international compatriots. It is among these volunteers, through the use of her fiancés camera and her art, that she pledges to make the plight of the Spanish people known around the world.

A Shadow of Treason (book 2) – Sophie discovers that nothing is as she first imagined. When Walt, the reporter who helped her over the border, shows up again after Guernica is bombed, Sophie is given an impossible mission. She must leave behind the man she’s fallen in love with and return to the person who betrayed her. Another layer of the war in Spain is revealed as Sophie is drawn into the international espionage schemes that could turn the tide of the war and help protect the soldiers from the International Brigade … but can she find a way to get the information she’s discovered to Walt before it’s too late?

Meme questions:

1. List three things you would do with a chest full of gold (assuming you got to keep it!)
2. List three charities/missions/organizations you support (and why).
3. List three ways you have volunteered your time/services.
4. List three things you keep "hidden" when company comes over.
5. List the last three things you’ve lost.
6. List the last three things you’ve found.

*The Giveaway Part* Three brave "players" will be selected at random to win their own lost gold (Gourmet chocolate coins and all three books in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series). To enter all you have to do is answer the MEME (questions above) on your blog and then leave a comment on Tricia’s blog tour post here  that you’ve posted your MEME. Easy.

*During the tour, anyone can enter to win one of FIVE signed copies of A Whisper of Freedom by signing up for Tricia’s newsletter here!

What Women Want

That title is awesome, is it not??

I could give you my immediate short list:

  • a Caramel Sonic Java Chiller
  • a hammer to knock down this writer’s block wall I’ve hit this week
  • a Caramel Sonic Java Chiller
  • oh, and did I mention a Caramel sonic Java Chiller (they use ice cream in those things! not just ice and frozen coffee… ice.cream.)
  • a couple extra hours today

My list on days that start too early:

  • a huge pot of coffee
  • the ability to get everything I need to do before 8:00AM done in my sleep

For the long-term (see my full list of [sadly neglected] goals here):

  • about 20 pounds to magically vanish from my body
  • a beauty team to come in an give me a makeover
  • to get my butt movin’ and finally train for a marathon
  • and get my design business rockin’ again

But really, when it comes down to it, what do women want?

Lisa T. Bergren & Rebecca Price have written a book that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it at the bookstore. I am a person who totally judges a book by its cover, and this book is gorgeous!! Look!:

What-Women-Want

Isn’t that lovely?

But you know what is really super-fab about this book? The contents supercede the cover.

I neglected to mention that the subtitle is: The Life You Crave and How God Satisfies. And that is the true beauty of this book. Because that is what it really boils down to. (Boil it, skim off the scum and fat and you are left with something tasty for the soul)

In all of their research they discovered what women do want. Women “simply crave more of what we value most – deeper relationships, stronger faith, more meaningful work, better balance and happier homes.”

This would be a great book to work through with the women in your bible study. If you don’t have one, I’d like to encourage you to consider starting one.

To read excerpts:

For a chance to win a copy, follow these instructions:

Rebecca Price and Lisa Bergren want all about your “sister of the heart”… send the girls an email at amy@litfusegroup.com telling who your best friend is and why she is your “heart sister”!

Your stories will be posted at the Satisfied Heart blog…the story with the most comments will win a copy of What Women Want and the What Women Want soundtrack of their choice for themselves and for their “heart sister”!

And…if that wasn’t enough, leave a comment on this post and they’ll toss your name into the hat for a $15 Starbucks Card. You know…just in case you need that cup of get-up-and-go to get you motivated for your Bible study!