Ever After: Life Lessons Learned in My Castle of Chaos

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Most every woman dreams about having a family and a building a home. We grow up on a steady diet of fairytales and chick flicks that drive our dreams . . . and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. We want it all: the prince, the kiss, the proposal, the ring, the castle, and eventually, the kids in smocked rompers playing cheerfully on the perfectly manicured lawn. Our hopes and dreams are pinned on the world’s version of happily-ever-after.

The problem is, the ...

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Overview


Most every woman dreams about having a family and a building a home. We grow up on a steady diet of fairytales and chick flicks that drive our dreams . . . and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. We want it all: the prince, the kiss, the proposal, the ring, the castle, and eventually, the kids in smocked rompers playing cheerfully on the perfectly manicured lawn. Our hopes and dreams are pinned on the world’s version of happily-ever-after.

The problem is, the fairytales and chick flicks end where real life begins. We never see that follow-up scene where the prince and princess argue at 3 a.m. over who will get up with the colicky newborn. Or the princess reluctantly returns to work to help pay the bills and feels the stress of juggling work and family. And you certainly won’t see that part where the princess moves her last child into the dorm and realizes the bulk of her identity has been based on being a mother.

The truth is, marriage and motherhood are hard. Few of us are prepared to handle the balancing act of being a good wife and a good mother, without one or the other getting the short end of the stick. No matter how much we give or how hard we try, we never quite feel like it’s enough. And heaven help us, we always imagine every one else is doing a much better job.

In Ever After, best-selling author Vicki Courtney addresses the realities of marriage and motherhood, the difficulties and the blessings. It offers women a behind the scenes glimpse of what a fairytale really looks like on the average day for the average wife and mom. Poignant, funny, and even cathartic, Vicki shares mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories to keep. Most of all, she reflects the hope and promise that God meets us in the middle wherever we are in the journey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805449877
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 544,408
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the best-selling author of many books and Bible studies. Among her popular writings are the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki and her husband have three grown children, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love, and a grandchild. They live in Austin, Texas where they are blessed to have all of their children living nearby. More information can be found at VickiCourtney.com.
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  • Posted July 29, 2013

    I really wish I could just read aloud to you the introduction of

    I really wish I could just read aloud to you the introduction of this book. After hearing it I’m pretty confident you would say, “Give me that, I need to read it for myself”.  If you've ever had the privilege of hearing Vicki speak and enjoyed it you are definitely going to delight in reading this book. Her witty yet wise voice comes through in her writing.




    Each chapter addresses one of our fairy tale notions and walks us through what the reality is and should be. Don’t get me wrong this isn't a preachy you’re doing it all wrong type of book. How could it be with chapters that include: P-31 Flunkie, Great Sexpectations, Prince Charming Letdown and Fine Whines: Aged to Perfection.




    This book is designed with every woman in mind. It is for the single woman who is looking for her prince charming. It is for the young married woman who can’t believe her prince is looking like a frog. It is for all those mommas out there just trying to keep the moat around the castle clean. And it is also for the woman who is looking back and ahead at the same time.




    Since I couldn't read you the beginning let me at least leave you with a quote from the ending:
    “No fairy tale can match the rescue mission that took place in God’s story. ‘Bud God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us’ (Rom. 5:8 ESV). Our Prince awaits. Ever after begins today.”




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted July 26, 2013

    This book is packed full of down-to-earth personal stories from

    This book is packed full of down-to-earth personal stories from Courtney (don't you just love that) plus great Biblical wisdom (that's even better) that will help women, of all ages, understand that marriage is not a fairy tale, but it can be something even better.

    This book addresses how we all want that fairy-tale, happily ever after, but there really is no happily ever after because life is full of ups and downs. What this book gives us is direction on what to do when those tough patches hit.

    There are wonderful examples that Courtney gives from her own life. That's the thing I liked most about this book. She shares her flaws openly so that we aren't made to feel that there's something wrong with us or our marriage. I also love how she shares how she worked through some of these issues, with God's Biblical direction, to make her relationship with her husband and children the best it could be.

    Some of the chapters in this book include: Prince Charming Letdown, Quitting the Family Busyness, and Hold on Loosely. Courtney goes over almost any aspect that we will face in our marriage and meets it head on with practical advice and wisdom from the Bible. There are some real laugh-out-loud moments, too, which made the book a joy to read.

    This is a really easy book to read, it holds your attention, and has practical wisdom that we can apply to our marriage whether we've been married for 1 year or 50. I highly recommend this book!!

    *This book was provided to me for my honest review by Shelton Interactive

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