Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?
unNatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…
Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
Complete theParenting Style Assessmentto determine your own parenting style
Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts. In Christ, the “unnatural” mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!
Paperback: 288 pages Publisher: David C. Cook (August 1, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 9781434710284 ISBN-13: 978-1434710284 ASIN: 1434710289 Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
About the Author
Hettie Brittz is an author, international speaker, and one of South Africa’s foremost voices on parenting advice. She is the developer of the Evergreen Parenting Course and Tall Trees Profiles. Hettie and her husband, Gospel singer Louis Brittz, live in South Africa with their three children.
I was born and raised in South Africa, and married the man I fell in love with at first sight. He sang his way into my heart. It's been 25 years. We have three delightful kids (I have very subjective confirmation of this). We homeschool them and absolutely LOVE the adventure.
A few random facts about me: - I am not a "land animal" - I enjoy long distance swimming more than running around the block - but I fell in love with hiking in 2011 when I joined 47 equally crazy ladies of the Freedom Climb (now called the Freedom Challenge) to climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for initiatives against human trafficking. - Maybe all women are complicated, but I may be particularly complex, unless it is normal to derive equal thrill from big game hunting and scrapbooking. I listen to country, 80's rock, CCM and ancient movie soundtracks. I am a coffee snob but all food tastes great to me. It could have something to do with being a terrible cook. - My favorite author is Frederick Buechner - I was a speech, language and hearing therapist many years ago and loved working with special needs kids, voice patients and adults with brain injury. - Hot air balloons speak to me (long story!)
My writing and speaking have a central theme - HOPE. I have never met a person or seen a relationship I don't have hope for. I don't believe in broken. And I have proof. Our family survived an armed robbery in our home in 2010, and I learned first-hand that He who is in us truly is greater than death threats, kidnapping, rape, and any other attempt to devastate those who are in Christ. It's one thing to know the Bible verses, but to experience God's redemption in our darkest night gave me a fierce love for Jesus. Fierce, because I feel I need to fight for others to know this, to know Him, to know truths that set free - forever and completely.
My core calling still is family and parenting (the theme of most of my books), leadership, education and womanhood. I don't see this calling as five separate things at all. Whole and hopeful parents and educators raise whole and hopeful kids who lead the world. See? One thing!
Tall Trees Profiles is a company that grew out of my original ministry - Evergreen Parenting - and extends parenting principles and knowledge of temperament into the corporate sphere. My team and I have trained more than 200 coaches to take these principles, workshops, leadership profiles and courses to families, churches, schools and companies internationally. Seeing others carry my dream for whole relationships beyond my own circle of influence is one of the greatest joys of my life! Their giftedness and passion have added great significance to what would have been insignificant if it was just me doing my own thing. The Body is a beautiful, powerful force! Join us if you are all about relationships!
I guess besides "God has hope for you" my main motto would be "Know your design; live your purpose!"
7 Steps to Courage offers seven intentional and actionable steps thatwill ultimately change your life. Ann White provides you with the toolsneeded to act more than react, make fearless choices, and find joy infreedom. Pre-order purchase - Direct from Publisher. This item will ship on the launch date, March 15, 2016.
Paperback: 224 pages Publisher: Creative Enterprises Studio; 1st edition (March 15, 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0989052184 ISBN-13: 978-0989052184 Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.7 inches Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
About The Authors
Ann is a native Carolina girl who met her husband and soul mate shortly after moving to Atlanta in 1978. She founded Courage For Life (courageforlife.org), out of a calling to share with others how God and His Word brought restoration to her life and marriage. Ann is an internationally known author, speaker, and passionate Bible teacher.
For years, Ann's heart has been burdened for those who need to hear God's Word and are suffering due to circumstances beyond their control. Having personally experienced God's grace, salvation, and the life-changing power of His Word, Ann's desire is to extend this same love, mercy, and encouragement to others, so they too may be reconciled to God.
Ann is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Despite her busy schedule, most days you can find Ann spending quiet moments with the Lord, hanging out with her husband, boys, and their families, writing, reading, enjoying dear friends, and encouraging everyone she meets to embrace COURAGE FOR LIFE. She prays you will join her. She and her husband reside in Belleair Shores, FL.
Learn More at: AnnWhite.com
Allison Bottke is the best selling, award-winning author of more than 31 non-fiction and fiction books, including seven books in the acclaimed Setting Boundaries® series and 13 volumes in the popular God Allows U-Turns® anthology. As a collaborative and developmental editor she has helped over a dozen writers to become published authors of their own non-fiction books and memoirs, many of which are available on Amazon.
A frequent guest on national radio and TV, Allison is an inspirational author with a heart for hurting parents and grandparents who struggle in challenging relationships with their troubled adult children.
Allison's newest book is the long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Setting Boundaries with Your Adult Children - Six Steps to Hope and Healing for Struggling Parents.
Releasing worldwide on January 8, 2019, How to Connect with Your Troubled Adult Children - Effective Strategies for Parents in Pain (from Harvest House Publishers) addresses the hot button issues affecting families today. Such as drug addiction, emotional and mental illness, financial problems, incarceration, and more.
Consider Facebook—it’s human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them.
In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
Sherry Turkle studies the relationship between people and technology - how does technology change our ways of seeing ourselves and the world. There is all that technology does for us, but there is all that technology does to us as people. How does it affect how our children grow up? How we relate to each other?
Her 2011 Alone Together, argues that we are at a point of decision and opportunity. Technology now invites us to lose ourselves in always-in mobile connections and even in relationships with inanimate creatures that offer to "stand in" for the real. In the face of all this, technology offers us the occasion to reconsider our human values, and reaffirm what they are.
Alone Together is the third book in a trilogy on our evolving relationships to digital technology. The first two were The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit (Simon and Schuster, 1984; Touchstone paper, 1985; second revised edition, MIT Press, 2005) and Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet (Simon and Schuster, November 1995; Touchstone paper, 1997).
One of Turkle's lifelong passions is our relationships with objects (not just computers). This has been the focus of a series of books on people's close connections to the "objects of their lives," all published by the MIT Press: Evocative Ojects: Things We Think With (2007), Falling For Science: Objects in Mind (2008), The Inner History of Devices (2008), and Simulation and Its Discontents (2009). Turkle is also the author of Psychoanalytic Politics: Jacques Lacan and Freud's French Revolution (Basic Books, 1978; MIT Press paper, 1981; second revised edition, Guilford Press, 1992).
Turkle's most recent work, published by Penguin Press in October 2015, and in paperback in 2016, is Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age. It argues that there is an assault on empathy that is affecting our personal and work lives and that conversation, the most human and humanizing thing we do, is the talking cure. It analyzes a contemporary flight from conversation and charts the way back to using face-to-face communication to find each other and find ourselves.
Turkle is Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the founding director (2001) of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the Harvard Centennial Medal.
Debbie Macomber has won the hearts of millions of readers with her moving and inspiring stories. Now wedding bells are ringing in the tight-knit community that gathers around A Good Yarn, a store in a pretty Seattle neighborhood. Knitters come to the store to buy yarn and patterns but somehow they leave richer in friendship and love. Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet. Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back. Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan? As three women’s lives intersect in unexpected ways, Lydia, Lauren, and Bethanne realize that love heals every heart, and the best surprises still lay ahead.
Series: Blossom Street (Book 11) Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 31, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0345528867 ISBN-13: 978-0345528865 Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
About The Author
Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot.
In 2018, Macomber’s all-new hardcover publications include Cottage by the Sea (July) and Alaskan Holiday (October). Macomber is also releasing a new cookbook titled Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends (April). In addition to fiction, Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks, an adult coloring book, numerous inspirational and nonfiction works, and two acclaimed children’s books.
Celebrated as “the official storyteller of Christmas”, Macomber’s annual Christmas books are beloved and five have been crafted into original Hallmark Channel movies. Macomber is also the author of the bestselling Cedar Cove Series which the Hallmark Channel chose as the basis for its first dramatic scripted television series. Debuting in 2013, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove was a ratings favorite for three seasons.
She serves on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, is a YFC National Ambassador, and is World Vision’s international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative. A devoted grandmother, Debbie and Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington, the town which inspired the Cedar Cove series.
From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”—Theodore Roosevelt
Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on twelve years of pioneering research, Brené Brown PhD, LMSW, dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”
Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena—whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.
Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (April 7, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1592408419 ISBN-13: 978-1592408412 Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
About the Author
Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Braving the Wilderness, Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Her fifth book, Dare to Lead, will go on sale in October 2018. Her TED talk—“The Power of Vulnerability”—is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than thirty-five million views. Brown lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.
When Brooke Shields welcomed her newborn daughter to the world, her joyful expectations were quickly followed by something unexpected--a crippling depression. In what is sure to strike a chord with the millions of women who suffer from depression after childbirth, Brooke Shields shares how she, too, battled a condition that is widely misunderstood, despite the fact that it affects many new mothers. She discusses the illness in the context of her life, including her struggle to get pregnant, the high expectations she had for herself and that others placed on her as a new mom, and the role of her husband, friends, and family as she struggled to attain her maternal footing in the midst of a disabling depression.
Ultimately, Brooke shares how she found a way out through talk therapy, medication, and time.
The ESV Illuminated Bible places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick cream-colored paper, the Bible's single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God's Word.
6.5" x 9"
Black letter text
64 full-page, custom book opener illustrations
50 full-page verse illustrations
250+ hand-lettered margin verses
100+ other illustrations throughout
Illustrated by Dana Tanamachi, whose work has been featured by Google, The Wall Street Journal, Random House, USPS, and Target
Thick, cream-colored paper
Single-column, paragraph format
Hardcover: 1632 pages Publisher: Crossway; Csm Jou Sl edition (October 31, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1433558319 ISBN-13: 978-1433558313 Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.2 x 5.2 inches Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
About The Author
Dana Tanamachi is a lettering artist and designer based in Seattle. Her work has been featured by Google, Target, Nike, The Wall Street Journal, and Random House, among many others. Learn more at tanamachistudios.com.
An inspiring memoir by one of the country’s brightest new political stars and hero to women’s rights supporters everywhere
In June of 2013, Texas state senator Wendy Davis became an overnight political sensation when she singlehandedly filibustered Governor Rick Perry’s sweeping anti-abortion bill. Her personal story is just as remarkable. The daughter of a single mother, Davis, at age 19, was on her way to becoming a single mother herself. She was living with her own young daughter in a trailer park while working two jobs and struggling to make ends meet. Still, she managed to attend and graduate from Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School, be elected to the Fort Worth City Council and the Texas Senate, and, in 2014, became the most serious Democrat in two decades to make a run for governor. Refreshing and forthright, Forgetting to Be Afraid is a deeply moving testament to the enduring power of the American Dream.
Hardcover: 320 pages Publisher: Blue Rider Press (September 9, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 039917057X ISBN-13: 978-0399170577 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
About the Author
Wendy Davis was the 2014 Democratic candidate for Governor of Texas. She has represented Fort Worth in the Texas Senate and previously served on the Fort Worth city council. In June 2013, she held a historic eleven-hour filibuster to block legislation that would create harsh abortion restrictions on Texas women.
One of the most awkward things about growing up is learning to communicate with the opposite sex. What is she thinking? Why did he do that? Teen guys and girls know they often don’t understand the opposite sex or know how to talk to one another.
Communication is a key tool in life. We interact with words, gestures, and movements. The devotions in Girl Talk Guy Talk give insights that focus on different aspects of teen life to help both guys and girls better understand and communicate with the opposite sex. Various styles of devotions, including stories, checklists, quizzes, fact-based news, text messages, and skill-building tips will encourage and equip young girls and guys to understand how the opposite sex is wired and how to best relate with them.
Paperback: 272 pages Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (August 1, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1496417860 ISBN-13: 978-1496417862 Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
About the Authors
About Jesse Florea
Jesse Florea has worked at Focus on the Family for 13 years. During that time he has been the associate editor for "Breakaway" magazine (for teen boys), editor of "Clubhouse Jr." magazine (for 4- to 8-year-olds), and developer and editor of the "Focus on Your Child's Tween Ages" newsletter for parents of 8- to 12-year-olds. For the last 10 years, he has been the editor of "Clubhouse"--Focus's magazine for tweens. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in communications from Wheaton College in Illinois. Professionally, Jesse has written several books (including "Young Believer 365" and "The One Year Devos for Sports Fans" with Tyndale House Publishers) and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles. He lives with his wife and two children (ages 14 and 12) in Colorado Springs.
About Karen Whiting
Karen Whiting is an international speaker, award winning author, and former television host. Karen loves to splash creativity and faith on pages as she writes.
Her inspirational craft books for girls come from fun she had raising her daughters as well as getting creative with other girls. Her first book for boys released in October 2015 (The One Year Devotions for Active Boys). New and upcoming releases include Raising a Modern Day Princess (Focus on the Family Publishing) and 52 Week Devotions for Busy Families (Rosekidz).
Her book, My Princess Devotions, won the 2014 Christian Retailing Best Award for children's nonfiction. Her book, Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front won the Military Writer Society of America Gold Medal, faith category.
Karen speaks to many groups of women and moms as well as mother-daughter events to share laughter, stories, on topics ranging from building strong relationships, managing time, to appreciating the contributions of women of faith in our history.
Do you ever suspect that everyone else has life figured out and you don’t have a clue? If so, Rachel Hollis has something to tell you: that’s a lie.
As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.
With painful honesty and fearless humor, Rachel unpacks and examines the falsehoods that once left her feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, and reveals the specific practical strategies that helped her move past them. In the process, she encourages, entertains, and even kicks a little butt, all to convince you to do whatever it takes to get real and become the joyous, confident woman you were meant to be.
With unflinching faith and rock-hard tenacity, Girl, Wash Your Face shows you how to live with passion and hustle--and how to give yourself grace without giving up.
Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson; paper back edition (February 6, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 9781400201655 ISBN-13: 978-1400201655 ASIN: 1400201659 Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.7 inches Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
About the Author
Lifestyle expert Rachel Hollis is the founder of the popular website TheChicSite.com and is the CEO of Chic Media. She is a regular contributor for HuffPost and PopSugar, and she has appeared on Today, Rachael, The Talk, Extra, and many other programs. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and four children.
I haven’t finished with my life, and neither has God.
As we see fewer years ahead than behind, it can be easy to question our value or what we have left to contribute to our communities. How can we continue to give back and live with purpose in our later years? Barbara Lee is living this reality every day, and in this book she describes the intersection of aging with the timelessness of Ignatian spirituality.
God Isn’t Finished with Me Yet shows readers how God meets us with unexpected grace. In five succinct chapters, Lee shows how Ignatian prayer and discernment offer those in later life a path to discovering previously unknown vocations and new ways of living and being of service.
You’re still living your life, and God is still revealing His grace.
Paperback: 136 pages Publisher: Loyola Press (March 1, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 9780829446616 ISBN-13: 978-0829446616 ASIN: 0829446613 Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.4 x 6.9 inches Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
About the Author
Barbara Lee is a spiritual director and a retired lawyer. While serving as a member of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, an organization of retired people who do volunteer service among the poor in the context of Ignatian spirituality, she felt called to share her experience as a “contemplative in action.” In her mid-70s, she enrolled in the Creighton University Graduate School of Theology to qualify as a spiritual director—and was proud of being the oldest student in the program. God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet: A Guide to Discovering the Spiritual Graces of Later Life, her first book, explores Ignatian spirituality for the aging—with no age limit, since we are all aging from the day we’re born. Barbara does one-on-one spiritual direction and retreats. She lives in New York City in an apartment full of books and enjoys opera, baseball, cats, and all things Italian—not necessarily in that order. She dislikes television, brussels sprouts, and stand-up cocktail parties. She firmly believes that age is a number, not an identifier.
Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room, was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the swelling in her brain that threatened to take her life... and her family waited. Six days turned into eight weeks. She awoke to discover that she was not the same. She saw two of everything, couldn't feel half of her face, couldn't hear from one ear, and could not speak. She couldn't even tell anyone that she felt hopeless...or could she? Halo Found Hope is the story of a beautiful, busy wife, and mother of three whose life changes instantly with the diagnosis of a rare brain tumor. An exceptional ENT, a brilliant neurosurgeon and a dedicated medical team tackle the tumor, setting off a series of unbelievable miracles. Helo's story is not one of survival, or of salvaging a life through a broken body. It is not about endurance through pain, but victory because of it. While the family heard her silence, God heard her prayer. Helo's story is simply this: Wherever you are and whatever you are going through, God is right there. He doesn't need to be recognized by you, to be there for you. He can replace fear with courage and discouragement with determination, if you let Him. Helo did, and that is how she found hope. www.HaloFoundHope.com "Christian readers will find in these pages a powerful testament to the power of faith in dark times, and even agnostics will be uplifted by the joie de vivre of this remarkable woman." Kirkus Reviews
Paperback: 228 pages Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (October 10, 2014) Language: English ISBN-10: 145753133X ISBN-13: 978-1457531330 Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
Recently, incidents of violence and abuse against women have been on the front pages of most national newspapers, the lead stories of every newscast, on the lips of many people and all the buzz on social media. What happened to cause this sudden interest? It is not that this type of treatment toward women is a new phenomenon. It isn’t. Women have been abused for centuries. So, why all this attention to it now? I believe that what has finally occurred is what Malcolm Gladwell describes in his book, The Tipping Point, as, the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point. However, I believe that one crucial aspect of abuse has been missing from the discussions.
When we mention the word abuse, we automatically think of sexual and physical abuse because that is the most obvious form. We often don’t consider that emotional abuse can be just as harmful to a woman’s sense of well-being. I describe emotional abuse as the mental control of another by the systematic undermining of that person’s self-confidence, self-esteem and sense of self and that abuse is often expressed or characterized by the use of words, gestures and body language.
Many of us have heard the saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That is an outrageous lie! Rudyard Kipling said, Words are the most powerful drug known to humanity. How true that is, and abusers use them as extremely effective weapons in their arsenal. Hurtful and demeaning words sear themselves into an abused woman’s brain, into her subconscious, and effectively reorganizes and damages her thought processes.
You are probably asking yourself, Why is she writing a book about abuse?Is she qualified to write about such a sensitive topic? Well, I am. I have been in abusive relationships, and escaped them all. You are also likely wondering, Why did it take her so long? Well, I felt that the time had come to seriously look inside myself to try to understand why I was in those relationships. Among the players, I was the common denominator. The theme common to their characters was abuse; a pattern was beginning to emerge. So, I began to examine what was causing me to attract such partners, and why I stayed in three emotionally abusive relationships for a total of 27 years. I was forced to dig deep to uncover who I truly was and in the process worked through a number of steps as I tried to make sense of what had happened in my life. I needed to change direction.
Until you recognize the signs of abuse and make the difficult decision to leave it behind, you can’t move forward toward a new life and that is why in the book you will find some of the symptoms which should alert you to abusive behavior. You can give yourself permission to excavate and uncover what is really happening in your relationship and you may be surprised at what you reveal. When you are finished, you may be confused about what to do next but, in order to move on, you need to work through this process. When you do decide to move on and recognize that your old life is over, you will find your own personal 12-step program to help you prepare for your new life ahead.
You are far more resilient than you think you are. Start believing in yourself. See yourself as strong as a lioness ready to bring down and devour anything that endangers her pride. See yourself as big and powerful as a matriarchal elephant ready to stomp on anything that is threatening to harm her and her herd. See yourself as brave as an Amazon warrior going into battle ready to defend to the death her beliefs and everything she loves. See yourself as determined as a gazelle not willing to be caught by a stalking predator looking for its next meal. You are all of these ― and more ― and you must believe deep inside yourself that this is who you are or who you intend to be. If the foregoing images don’t resonate with you, find ones that embody your idea of courage, determination and strength. The journey will not be easy, but I promise you that every pain will be worth it.
My fervent hope is that by sharing my experiences with you, and the inspirational stories of other women, you will glean some insights into what to look for in an abusive relationship. As you read, try to uncover, also, the unconsciously-held limiting beliefs and betrayals that were the invisible chains keeping the women bound to their captors, and their need, albeit unconscious, to reenact the same old stories.
My primary goal in writing this book is to expand the conversation and raise awareness about the insidious nature of emotional abuse and the devastating impact it can have on women. By picking up and reading this book and the stories of other women just like yourself, you will recognize that you are not alone; that there is life after abuse; that you can reinvent yourself; and that you can thrive in spite of everything that has happened to you in the past. I also hope that those of you who read this book will take the time to examine your relationships and determine whether or not, somewhere deep inside, something needs to change. The late English author, George Eliot (1819 – 1880) said, It is never too late to be what you might have been more than a century ago. They are as poignant and true for those who want to realize their potential today as they were for those who lived during her lifetime.
Paperback: 206 pages Publisher: Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press (October 24, 2017) Language: English ISBN-10: 1946697508 ISBN-13: 978-1946697509 Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
About the Author
Carol-Ann Marshall has determined that the current popular definition of abuse needs to be broadened to include emotional abuse. Having personally experienced the devastating effects of emotionally abusive relationships, she is using her experiences to encourage other women to examine their own lives and choose a new direction. She lives in Toronto, Canada.
Stories of self-sabotage, imperfection, and perfect, amazing grace.
These stories pack a punch!
In her collection of personal, stand-alone essays, you will not only be entertained by her colloquial, quirky style, but surprised by the truths revealed. Putting her “quirk to work,” she blends humor and depth. This easy, transparent read will appeal to anyone looking for a little downtime. You will end up not only with that, but so much more.
Key themes are seizing the day, humanity, grace, faith and messages from a higher power. Some of the true-life stories are downright hilarious, and a few are piercingly poignant, revealing old truths with fresh insight. Mostly they are about receiving understanding in the nonsense, epiphanies in unexpected places, redemption in everyday life. She shows that revelation from above can come many ways—a gardener’s humble truck, an overlapper on a plane, a subway musician, a little boy who needs his button buttoned, a self-inflicted black eye. The more you believe it’s possible, the more it is.
If you dig a little in an average day, you too can find the golden nugget—and don’t we all need that?
What if you knew all the moments of my past that I am not proud of? What if you really knew me, the messy parts that I’ve hoped to forget and worked hard to conceal? For so long, my greatest fear was what you might think of me if you only knew the whole story. It’s exhausting, this guarding of our stories and struggles. Fear of being found out had caused me to hide—but I wasn’t just covering my flaws, I was unintentionally blocking the beauty of God’s grace. My journey to real freedom began when I quit running from my mess and started trusting Jesus to make something beautiful of it. This book is that story. It’s stepping out of shame and insecurity into gospel freedom. It’s letting God turn our failures and frailties into testimonies of His faithfulness. I’ve discovered that when we quit hiding, God gets the glory and we are able to fully embrace not only our relationship with Him, but also with one another.
Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: B&H Books (January 30, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1462749720 ISBN-13: 978-1462749720 Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
About The Author
Jamie Ivey believes in women and wants big things for them. She wants them to know and believe their worth in this world and to the Father. Through her podcast, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, she uses a raw and intimate approach to connect with her audience. Jamie’s prayer and hope is for God to use her words to encourage and show others that they are not alone, while constantly pointing them to Jesus.
Jamie and her husband, Aaron, worship pastor at The Austin Stone Community Church, live in Austin, Texas with their four kids and two dogs.
ON A HIKE keepsake book gives your child the ability to capture and hold onto the most important parts of their outdoor experiences, as they perceive them. Our minimalistic logbook format is designed to be interactive, allowing contributions from both parent and child. In all, ON A HIKE provides enough pages to record 35 total hikes.
Paperback: 68 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 3, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935629 ISBN-13: 978-1732935624 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
ON MY BIRTHDAY keepsake book gives your child the gift of easily capturing and holding onto what they view as some of the most important events, changes, and milestones that occur from one birthday to the next, as well as a 'snapshot' of who they are as they celebrate their birthday and move forward into their next year. All books in the In this Moment™ collection feature our unique minimalistic 'logbook' format, which makes keepsaking simple and ideal for busy parents and allows children to hold onto years’ worth of memories in one beautiful place. ON MY BIRTHDAY allows your child to fill out one log for each year up to the age of 18 and then 17 more times throughout the adult years (approximately once every 5 years up to 100). They will love to look back on how much they have grown and changed as they compare their 5th birthday entry to their 40th! or 50th!
Paperback: 148 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 2, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935610 ISBN-13: 978-1732935617 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
About the Author
Care has always found unique and practical ways to capture memories. Small trinket-filled jewelry boxes that she acquired before the age of five gave way during her school years to a closet full of remembrances stuffed in boxes. When she grew older and couldn’t lug her collection with her to her dorms, she constructed yearly reflection journals to document significant events and heartfelt reflections.
As single years turned into decades, Care has treasured returning to moments of her life. She feels especially fortunate when she's able to relive them with family and good friends over a few cups of coffee.
Care’s life-long enthusiasm for seeking experiences rather than things, and the joy of remembrance and reflection of cherished memories, evolved when she became a passionate mama of two beautiful children, Sophie and Lennon. Care wanted to live “in the moment” with her family during their limited time together, but also create keepsakes of her children's special moments. Her solution would drastically simplify the annual Father's Day gift while (thinking just like a busy mama does) also document and create memories for years to come. After three years of Mama helping her daughter complete a handmade annual keepsake book for Daddy (and wishing she had one of her own!), In this Moment™ was born.
Care is deeply grateful and honored to have the opportunity to add her own energy to some of the treasured moments that make up the lives of others. It’s her sincere hope that her work will inspire the type of bonding that happens with good conversation and tradition-building, the deep, raw and honest words that tend to easily flow from the mouths of children, and the joy that comes from remembering where you started and how far you’ve come.
When she’s not working on the In this Moment™ keepsake book collection, she’s busy dreaming new ideas, spending time with the people she loves, and trying to keep the things that really matter at heart.
In this Moment™ keepsake books help parents easily-very easily- capture their child’s most precious moments in time.Child-friendly, interactive, and minimalistic in design, In this Moment™ books were created to make keeping memories a truly meaningful and enjoyable experience for children and parents alike.DESIGNED BY A BUSY MAMA WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AT HEART, ALL BOOKS IN THE IN THIS MOMENT™ COLLECTION FEATURE…* A minimalistic "logbook" format that allows parents to help their child capture precious moments in just a few minutes * Interactive pages that allow children's hearts to "paint" the pages of the book* Simple and open questions that help parents hold on to what their children truly think and feel about their experiences (after all, that’s what we’re really trying to hold onto, right?!)* Beautiful hand-painted illustrations that capture the essence of each book's theme* The gift of being able to look back through time and compare how things have changedWITH MY DADDY creates a beautiful picture of the special evolving relationship that occurs between a child and their father over time. This book allows your child to fill out one log for each year up to the age of 18 and then 17 more times throughout the adult years. Enjoy looking back to see how your child’s perceptions and heart grow as the years pass. Melt when you compare how your child described your relationship with them 5, 10, or even 20 years ago! GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES THE GIFT OF SIMPLY CAPTURING TIME.
Paperback: 68 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 3, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935645 ISBN-13: 978-1732935648 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces
In this Moment™ keepsake books help parents easily-very easily- capture their child’s most precious moments in time.Child-friendly, interactive, and minimalistic in design, In this Moment™ books were created to make keeping memories a truly meaningful and enjoyable experience for children and parents alike.DESIGNED BY A BUSY MAMA WITH PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AT HEART, ALL BOOKS IN THE IN THIS MOMENT™ COLLECTION FEATURE…* A minimalistic "logbook" format that allows parents to help their child capture precious moments in just a few minutes * Interactive pages that allow children's hearts to "paint" the pages of the book* Simple and open questions that help parents hold on to what their children truly think and feel about their experiences (after all, that’s what we’re really trying to hold onto, right?!)* Beautiful hand-painted illustrations that capture the essence of each book's theme* The gift of being able to look back through time and compare how things have changedWITH MY MOMMY creates a beautiful picture of the special evolving relationship that occurs between a child and their mother over time. This book allows your child to fill out one log for each year up to the age of 18 and then 17 more times throughout the adult years. Enjoy looking back to see how your child’s perceptions and heart grow as the years pass. Melt when you compare how your child described your relationship with them 5, 10, or even 20 years ago! GIVE YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES THE GIFT OF SIMPLY CAPTURING TIME.
Paperback: 68 pages Publisher: In This Moment (November 3, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732935637 ISBN-13: 978-1732935631 Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
About the Author
Care has always found unique and practical ways to capture memories. Small trinket-filled jewelry boxes that she acquired before the age of five gave way during her school years to a closet full of remembrances stuffed in boxes. When she grew older and couldn't lug her collection with her to her dorms, she constructed yearly reflection journals to document significant events and heartfelt reflections.
As single years turned into decades, Care has treasured returning to moments of her life. She feels especially fortunate when she's able to relive them with family and good friends over a few cups of coffee.
Care's life-long enthusiasm for seeking experiences rather than things, and the joy of remembrance and reflection of cherished memories, evolved when she became a passionate mama of two beautiful children, Sophie and Lennon. Care wanted to live "in the moment" with her family during their limited time together, but also create keepsakes of her children's special moments. Her solution would drastically simplify the annual Father's Day gift while (thinking just like a busy mama does) also document and create memories for years to come. After three years of Mama helping her daughter complete a handmade annual keepsake book for Daddy (and wishing she had one of her own!), In this Moment™ was born.
Care is deeply grateful and honored to have the opportunity to add her own energy to some of the treasured moments that make up the lives of others. It's her sincere hope that her work will inspire the type of bonding that happens with good conversation and tradition-building, the deep, raw and honest words that tend to easily flow from the mouths of children, and the joy that comes from remembering where you started and how far you've come.
When she's not working on the In this Moment™ keepsake book collection, she's busy dreaming new ideas, spending time with the people she loves, and trying to keep the things that really matter at heart.
Written to help readers look at the positive side of life, It Matters helps readers refocus on the things in life that are important, get rid of negative baggage and negative emotions, and in turn, experience the freedom of forgiveness. Amy Lynne guides readers in developing a trusting relationship with God through stories, Positive Word Confessions, and a prayer with every chapter. Emphasizing the importance of wearing spiritual armor every day, It Matters can be used both individually or as a group Bible study to understand spiritual warfare and realize God’s faithfulness in the journey of overcoming past hurts.
Paperback: 160 pages Publisher: Morgan James Faith (April 17, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1683505999 ISBN-13: 978-1683505990 Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
About The Author
Amy Lynne is a speaker, internationally published author, and women's advocate. Amy has been featured on local and national media, including appearances on Homekeepers with Arthelene Rippy and Nite Line with Dante Thompson, and international media with multiple TV appearances on Time for Hope with Dr. Freda Crews and Babbie's House with Babbie Mason. Amy currently resides about 50 miles south of her hometown, Birmingham, AL.