There are some authors that I wish were my neighbors. There are some authors that God has used to refresh me and give me new meaning and purpose. There are some authors I really wish they were my friend.
Sally Clarkson is one such lovely lady. I read her first book after our second son was born, The Mission of Motherhood. My friend, Larra, gave it to me for my birthday. I think I gave it multiple times as a gift to all of my friends that year. It impacted me that much.
And now that I have her recent book in my hands, Dancing With My Father, I am certain that it will strike some chords of change too. It already has. Only a few pages into the book, Sally hooked me line and sinker. I seriously felt as if she had written the words I was too embarrassed to admit to thinking. And I certainly never shared them with another girlfriend.
But I’m going to. Some ladies and I are praying about using this book as the focal point for a Bible Study.
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.
The book . . . actually is much better than the summary!
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Sally’s book was paired quite nicely with Cheri Fuller & Ali Plum’s first collaborative book titled, Mother-Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want with Your Adult Daughter.
What is this book about?
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.
Doesn’t this sound like it would be a neat book to read with your mom, or as several moms and daughters, or I could even see some relevancy between a mother-in-law and a daughter-in-law?
Want to win it?
You are in luck. I have an extra copy of both books.
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Giveaway Ends: Friday, March 12, 2010
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This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not paid for this post nor do I have to return the books. Yea! These are keepers.