Carol Stratton has written for several publications, including InTouch magazine and Kyria. She is a contributing writer for Forsyth Woman magazine and has been published in two anthologies, Writing so Heaven Will be Different and Extraordinary Answers to Prayers. She speaks to women's groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and at national writers’ conferences. She attended Capenwray Bible School in New Zealand. Carol and her husband live in North Carolina and have four children and two grandchildren. Her website, www.ChangingZipCodes.com, helps women who are relocating.
Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplantedby Carol Stratton
When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it's easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. In Changing Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new… See more details below
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When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it's easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. In Changing Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts. With humorous stories and biblical insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.
"Carol Stratton has chosen to write to a topic that is addressed in few other places: clinging to faith during times of change. The fresh daily format and encouraging, biblical insights will encourage anyone who is struggling through the idea of moving to a new location, as well as
uplifting those who are joyfully anticipating a move." -- Darla Knoth, Leadership Development/Content Coordinator, National Women's Department, Assemblies of God.
"After twenty-two moves, Carol Stratton is a relocation expert with a heart for the newcomer. Carol's warm and witty stories, based on personal experiences, offer hope and encouragement to anyone faced with a move." -- Florence Littauer, International Author and Speaker, Founder of
"Having moved fourteen times, I find Carol's devotional book both encouraging and inspiring for anyone relocating. Filled with biblical principles, it keeps the reader focused on Christ during the upheaval of change that comes with moving. Her hands-on experience with relocating adds
humor and warmth that will capture the heart of anyone who goes through the transition and adjustment of a move." -- Susan Miller, Founder and President of Just Moved Ministry and author of After the Boxes are Unpacked
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It is hard to move away from what we know and move to what we don't know but, this book will help the transition go more smoothly. I just read Changing Zip Codes by Carol G. Stratton. It is a short and easy to read book with lots of humor. I did not move around a lot growing up or even as an adult, but I did feel many of the emotions Stratton shared when I did move- even just a few miles from my old place... The book is easy to read. There are 40 five minute devotionals, and a list in the back with forty tips for transitioning to a new zip code before you move and after you move. There are also blank pages in the back to take notes on. If you are feeling lonely, or overwhelmed by a move, check out this book. It will encourage you. You can do it! I received this copy from the author as a gift in exchange for an honest review. When I finish reading a book, I donate it to Maranatha Library in the Philippines. If you would like me to review a book for you, please message me at email@example.com. Thank you, and God Bless!
Moving is considered one of life's greatest stresses and rather you are single or a family, bring with it, a lot of unknowns and in a way, can be applied to any situation in our lives where we are face with the great unknown. In,"Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted", Carol Stratton,shares her experiences of twenty-two moves and counsels others, who, even with families, find themselves, seeking stability in, essentially a culture of change. This can range from military families to families who because of un-stable economic times, may have to find themselves relocating for better jobs or even a better way of life, but in the process, find their lives and that of those around them up-rooted. No longer do we live in a culture, where most people tend to grow up, live and die in the same communities, but more and more families being spread across the country and even the globe, to deal with both cultural and economical needs and for the follower of Christ,"Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted", helps those who find themselves being uprooted, find that needed stable groundwork as they re-adjust to their new lives and towns. With the proliferation of social media, its easier to stay in contact with others and even discover new contacts, but at the heart, moving is still life changing, both on a psychological and emotional level. It makes having something like, "Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted", very helpful as the reader is not only reassured but given practical tips on how to deal with the adjustments that need to be made. For example, in "Day One", Carol shares the following with the reader, "As you and I adjust to a move, we need to remember that God wants to communicate with us. James 1:5 tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God for it and he will give it to us generously. It might take time to translate into your circumstances, but we serve a God who loves to translate his truth into our lives. Today, believe that whatever decisions you are wrestling with, He will have an answer." One, its not easy making the decision to move. There are many factors that have to be considered, both financial and emotional and is it really practical. Two, no matter what...moving is not an easy over-night thing...sometimes it can be plain unpredictable, and many of us, maybe are currently living away from family or friends and don't have that support base we need if facing, say, a second, third or tenth move for whatever the reason. Reading,"Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted" comes in handy, because its having a best friend that will come along with you and no, its not a cure all or provide all the answers, but Carol does show you who and where to go for a foundation of answers that no matter what life throws our way, is always there. So while the movers are packing the fine china and you're praying that the china make it to the new place in non-jigsaw puzzle manner....Read, "Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Translpanted" and be strengthened and encouraged that no matter where you go, where you and/or your family have to move to you will get through this and in the process, have a basis not only for the community you need but great tips from someone whose been there (twenty-two times)o how to get where you need to go. ***Special thanks to Carol Stratton for sending me a review copy.***
Carol G. Stratton, in her book, Changing Zip Codes, adds a new dimension to the meaning of moving. Her book addresses the wives of families who do more than their fair share of moving (22 times for the author). I’ve always been the adventuresome type, so moving sounds more like an adventure for me. There are those women who, after moving more times than they ever imagined, need additional encouragement as they pack and move once again. Carol’s devotional gives new, insightful ways to strengthen women and give them a hope and future. Her humor and empathy ooze from the page, helping to make a move more meaningful when Christ is kept at the center of each move. She reminds us that God is with us during every move. I liked the fact that Carol also included a second section that helps you focus on meeting the needs of new neighbors that don’t fit in–thinking of others as well as our self. She encourages you to develop a ministry to ‘outsiders.’ Thus her book isn’t just one-sided, which is a blessing to me. The only drawback to the book was the lack of addressing introverted wives or their introverted children to the extent I would like to see. They seem to have the most difficult challenge with moving. I know families where an introverted wife or some of the children don’t adjust–my child included, regardless of how much encouragement was given. Maybe a subject for a future book? For the long haul (pun intended), Carol’s book has great insights to help you lighten your load in the midst of moving. The key is to remember that God knows every detail and is there with you. Reach out for His strength as well as the women He puts in your path to encourage you. Carol’s inclusion of Scripture helps to solidify God’s involvement in your life. This book was provided free by the author, Carol G. Stratton, in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was exchanged.