Women desire to live well. However, living well in this modern world is a challenge. The pace of life, along with the new front porch of social media, has changed the landscape of our lives. Women have been told for far too long that being on the go and accumulating more things will make their lives full. As a result, we grasp for the wrong things in life and come up empty.
God created us to walk with him; to know him and to be loved by him. He is our living well and when we drink from the water he continually provides, it will change us. Our marriages, our parenting, and our homemaking will be transformed.
Mommy-blogger Courtney Joseph is a cheerful realist. She tackles the challenge of holding onto vintage values in a modern world, starting with the keys to protecting our walk with God. No subject is off-limits as she moves on to marriage, parenting, and household management.
Rooted in the Bible, her practical approach includes tons of tips that are perfect for busy moms, including:
- Simple Solutions for Studying God’s Word
- How to Handle Marriage, Parenting, and Homemaking in a Digital Age
- 10 Steps to Completing Your Husband
- Dealing With Disappointed Expectations in Motherhood
- Creating Routines that Bring Rest
- Pursuing the Discipline and Diligence of the Proverbs 31 Woman
There is nothing more important than fostering your faith, building your marriage, training your children, and creating a haven for your family. Women Living Well is a clear and personal guide to making the most of these precious responsibilities.
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About the Author
Dara Rosenberg is an accomplished voice-over artist who has been recognized nationally for her extensive work in audiobooks and commercials. She has a BFA in drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and studied at Interlochen Arts Academy, where she majored in drama and musical theater. Dara lives in New York City.
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WOMEN LIVING WELL
Finding Your Joy in God, Your Husband, Your Kids, and Your Home
By COURTNEY JOSEPH
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2013 Women Living Well, LLC
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I WANT THE SPA, BUT I NEED SOLITUDE WITH GOD
God pictures himself as a mountain spring of clean, cool, life-giving water. The way to glorify a fountain like this is to enjoy the water, and praise the water, and keep coming back to the water, and point other people to the water, and get strength for love from the water, and never, never, never prefer any drink in the world over this water.
—John Piper, When I Don't Desire God
I pulled back the curtain to unveil the breathtaking landscape of New York City. As I peered out the window from my thirty-seventh-floor hotel room, I had flashbacks of Chicago. Fifteen years earlier I had lived in that city while attending Moody Bible Institute. Many times I had looked out the window at the urban landscape of that Midwestern metropolis and prayed, "God, use me."
As a teenager, I dreamed of becoming a missionary, of taking the love of Jesus somewhere on the other side of the globe. However, upon graduation from college I married my high school sweetheart and moved back home to Ohio.
For years I led women's Bible studies, retreats, and workshops, until one day I decided to move my ministry online by starting a blog. Before long, receiving e-mails from ladies in Egypt, Croatia, Germany, Brazil, or Japan became the norm. I was reaching the other side of the globe as I'd hoped, but instead of dwelling in a foreign land, I was doing it from my kitchen computer. God had truly given me the desires of my heart!
As I stood in New York City, looking out my hotel room, I realized I was having a full-circle moment. My prayer had not changed. Soon to appear with my husband before thousands of television viewers, I gathered my courage and whispered again, "God, use me."
An hour later, I was in the green room, getting stage makeup and being drilled with questions by producers to prepare Keith and me for our interview with the nationally syndicated, daytime talk show host Rachael Ray. I clenched my husband's hand tightly as the cameras began to roll.
Five days earlier, cameras had invaded our home, catching me doing what I do best and most—cooking, cleaning, and taking care of my husband and children. It sure didn't feel television-worthy, but to Rachael Ray my lifestyle was an anomaly! She placed the title on me of "Time-Warp Wife," and Keith and I proceeded into our interview.
Right out of the gate Rachael asked, "Is this always the way you envisioned your life growing up?"
I answered with a nervous smile. "Yes, I went to college. I graduated with honors. I could have chosen to have a career, but once I married my husband, he became my career. I love taking care of him. I find fulfillment in that."
Rachael replied, "So this works for you. It was a conscious choice."
I answered, "It's hard work to take care of the home. It is a job, and I do it full-time."
A minute later Rachael called out to the audience, "Show of hands. Is there anyone here who finds this a little offensive?"
There was a pause as the audience responded with a raise of hands.
Voices. These are the voices to which I choose not to listen. They don't have the right to speak into my life.
Rachael went on, seeming slightly baffled that I would choose to live this way. "It's a different concept. Now, do you actually schedule time for yourself each day? Because I think that's something every woman should do."
"Oh yes!" I replied. "I think women need to get their rest. We need to take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, spiritually ..."
Cut! When the show aired, the word "spiritually" was edited out.
I went on, "We need to take care of ourselves so we have more to give."
Rachael interrupted, "You literally schedule some time for yourself each day?"
"Yes, every evening I head to the treadmill, and in the morning I have a quiet time where I meet with God to prepare for my day."
Cut! When the show aired, they ended the sentence after I said "quiet time."
My walk with God was literally edited right out of my life.
What viewers saw on the show that day was not the full story. If only I could have explained more—more about my climb, more about the journey through dark valleys, through green pastures, beside quiet waters. If only viewers could have heard about the Shepherd who has been with me every step of the way, how His rod and staff have comforted me.
There I sat on the mountaintop—in the national spotlight—but the audience had no desire to hear about the long climb that had brought me there.
Walk with the King
In 2010, I spoke at a bloggers' conference. After one of the sessions, a girl sat down beside me. She told me she noticed that I sign every blog post "Walk with the King." Then she explained that she prefers to refer to her walk with God as a hike.
Yes—a hike! My walk with God often feels more like a hike than a leisurely stroll. I have hiked with God through many seasons of life: attending public school, falling in love, going to college, getting married, having children, choosing homeschooling, and now leading an online ministry. Along the way, I have encountered both valleys of despair and mountaintop experiences.
One biblical role model I've studied along my trek is a man who is mentioned just a few times in the Bible, yet he had the ultimate hike—all the way to heaven! His name was Enoch.
In Hebrew, the name Enoch means "dedicated," or "devoted." Genesis 5:24 tells us, "Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him." Hebrews 11:5 further explains, "By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God."
Enoch walked with God, and God was so pleased with His hiking companion that He took him off planet Earth to be with Him in heaven. Can you imagine? I marvel at this! How in the world did Enoch "walk with God"? I want to walk with God like that! Clearly, Enoch lived out the fullness of his name: he was devoted to God.
Slow Down to Connect with God
Have you ever thought about why we call our daily Bible readings devotions? I've heard people say, "The words quiet time and devotions are not in the Bible, so meeting with God daily is optional." Indeed they are correct. God does not command us in Scripture to have a set time to meet alone with Him each day. Walking with God means we live every minute devoted to God. This is a challenge in our fast-paced world.
Electricity has created an artificial day during our nights. Rather than sleeping like most of nature does, when the sun goes down we try to defy nature and keep going as if it is still daytime. We live in a world that runs 24/7. Computers, televisions, cell phones, the Internet, restaurants, grocery stores, and more are at our access around the clock. We try to keep pace with our hyperactive culture, and then we wonder why we, and some of our children, are so ... well ... hyperactive!
We must slow down and create calm moments. It is in our unhurried moments that we can see and hear clearly.
When we are on the go-go-go, we can't see the person who is hurting and needs a hug. We can't perceive our husbands' need for our tender affection. We don't have time to linger at the bedsides of our children to really listen. We don't write an encouraging note to a friend who is hurting. We can't enjoy the sunrise, a surprise game of hide-and-seek, or a spontaneous song of praise. And we certainly cannot hear God's voice clearly.
It is in our slow moments when we best connect with our Creator.
We women carry a long to-do list and heavy burdens. Consider Jesus for a moment. He carried with Him the burdens of the entire world. He knew every hurt and pain each man, woman, and child faced. The needs He was aware of were beyond what we can understand, yet He did not help everyone. He did not hurry in a speed of flurry to complete as much as He could before sunset. He took time along the way to stop and talk to people. Early in the morning He made time to be alone with His Father, the King. He even rested while a raging storm brewed all around Him at sea (Matt. 8:23–24).
Sweet reader, when we do not slow down and rest, we miss God's voice. We tend to feel overwhelmed, irritable, frustrated, and unappreciated. Emotionally we can lose our way. We have been deceived into thinking that more is better: more food, more clothes, more toys, and more decorations. "More, more, more" falsely promises to make us happy. Even when we are pursuing something noble, such as serving others or volunteering, the overactivity threatens to bring chaos to our homes and families.
This frantic pace most often means that we are also lacking in time alone with God to listen, gain strength, and glean wisdom. Sadly, we begin to act like the rest of the world, grasping for joy in things and activity. Eventually, we find a slow moment—but rather than hearing God's voice, we only hear the voice of guilt beckoning us to get moving again.
Maybe the solution is a spa day—a day away from the hustle and bustle to just relax and refresh. While I think spa days are a wonderful treat, I believe that what we need even more as women is solitude with Jesus. Solitude is powerful. Solitude brings perspective. And sadly, solitude is something most of us rarely get.
In the part of my life I like to call B.C. (before children), it was not difficult to find moments of solitude. Once I brought my first baby home from the hospital, however, my life was forever changed! I remember taking a shower with the bouncy seat right outside the shower curtain. I'd peek out to check on my little boy, and there he was sitting, happy as a lark, delighted by the sound of the water. He may have been content and cooing, but I was whining because my solitude was now gone!
As the children grew, so did their tactics to sabotage my solitude. We lived in an older home, where the floors were uneven and the cracks under the door were rather large. While I was in the bathroom, the kids would not only push notes under the door, but they would push actual toys, like Matchbox cars and Tinker Toys! Now I can laugh about it, but looking back at those days, I was overwhelmed. Mothering is an intense, around-the-clock job, and solitude is not something that just happens by chance. We have to create it.
Practice Solitude in Season
I've lived in the Midwest my entire life. In the winter here, we have forced dormancy. We must stay inside while outside the plants and animals rest. Come springtime, these plants and animals display the majesty of their Creator. In the same way, we women need forced dormant moments where we come inside to be alone with God. We need quiet and unproductive moments in order to be women living well who are drinking deep from the living well—Jesus.
We need time alone to read God's Word.
We need time alone to pray.
It may feel unproductive to slow down and get alone with God, but come springtime, we will display the majesty of the Creator when we have rested with Jesus!
It is in times of solitude that God refuels us and we can hear His voice. In our restful times we can find order in the midst of chaos and connect with our Creator.
Are you getting enough solitude? If you are feeling inpatient, irritable, bitter, forgetful, disorganized, or disconnected from God—it's time to take care of your soul. Grab your Bible and get alone with God!
If Jesus needed solitude, then certainly we do too. When we forgo our own needs, including our own need for solitude, we not only shortchange ourselves but our families as well.
Rarely does anyone tell us to get alone and put our feet up, go read a good book, or take a warm bubble bath. We mistakenly believe that we can keep charging ahead like the Energizer bunny, without consequence. It seems our to-do lists are too long and the needs of our family are too great for us to ever take a break.
Drink from the Living Well
The Word of God is full of living water. We need to drink deeply from this living well so we can be women living well. Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4:13–14, "Everyone who drinks of this water [physical water from the well] will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
The Bible is revolutionary, life-changing, extraordinary, eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and downright amazing. It is filled with romance, tragedy, heroes, good, and evil. There is suspense, drama, wisdom, and comfort. As you read, you will weep and you will jump for joy. Yet we women are too often drawn away by novels, self-help books, cookbooks, magazines, and social media. These are a poor substitute for the Bible and a relationship with God.
Other reading materials steal our time away from the one book that is most extraordinary on the planet—the Bible. Those books and magazines are inviting and enjoyable—and don't get me wrong: you may just see me reading one on the beach—but they lack the power of God's voice.
It's only in the Bible that we find direct words from God. There is no other place in this world where we can get a direct message from God, so why do we neglect reading Scripture? Don't we want to hear God's voice?
I charge my cell phone daily because without power it goes dead. Similarly, we need to plug into God's power daily. We need to be recharged by His words and His strength daily. Reading God's Word every day will change the entire course of our lives.
Just as we cannot charge our cell phone only once a week, being recharged in God's Word is not a once-a-week assignment. The Bible is not something we read in church on Sunday and then close and tuck away on a shelf until the following Sunday. God wants us to drink deeply of His living water every day. He wants us to find refreshment, comfort, and satisfaction through His Word. David used the analogy of a deer: "As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God" (Ps. 42:1).
Are we thirsting for Jesus, or have we made ourselves so busy that we don't even know our soul's greatest need—solitude with God?
Do you want to be a better wife? Study your Bible.
Do you want to be a better mother? Study your Bible.
Do you want to be a better homemaker? Study your Bible.
Do you want to be a better friend or coworker? Study your Bible.
So let's begin our hike toward being women living well by drinking from the living well of God.
Follow me through this heavenly hike together as we learn and discern how to walk with the King!
NO TIME FOR A QUIET TIME
The discipline to rise early is not as difficult as the discipline of going to bed. This did not used to be so. Before electricity and radio and television and the Internet, going to bed soon after dark was not so difficult. There was not much to do. Today the strongest allurements to stay up and be entertained are against us. Therefore, the battle against weariness, which makes us drowsy as soon as we open our Bible in the morning, has to be fought in the evening, not just in the morning.
—John Piper, When I Don't Desire God
When I was in the fourth grade, my mother taught me how to have a quiet time alone with God each day. I remember plopping down on my pink frilly bed in my pink frilly room and opening my Bible and my journal. The journal was marked with tabs for prayer requests, verses to memorize, and pages to write my daily reading and thoughts. I felt so grown-up studying my Bible just like my big sisters. Finally, I could do my quiet times grown-up style—no more children's Bibles with pictures! Recently, I found a journal from 1986. Inside the journal my mother had jotted notes to me—she encouraged me, corrected me, and helped point me toward holiness. Love is spilled all over those pages—the love of a mother for her daughter and the love of two sisters in Christ, striving to follow God.
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Table of Contents
Which Voice Are You Listening To?.................... xiii
Part 1: Your Walk with the King.................... 1
1. I Want the Spa, but I Need Solitude with God.................... 3
2. No Time for a Quiet Time.................... 12
3. How Thirsty Am I?.................... 24
4. The Effects of the Media Revolution.................... 36
5. Never Walk Alone.................... 45
Part 2: Your Marriage.................... 53
6. The Time-Warp Wife.................... 54
7. Marriage in the Age of Media.................... 69
8. Banishing Bitterness to Find Happily Ever After.................... 80
9. The "Completing Him" Marriage Challenge, Week 1.................... 91
10. The "Completing Him" Marriage Challenge, Week 2.................... 102
Part 3: Your Parenting.................... 113
11. The Influence of a Mother.................... 114
12. Parenting in the Digital Age.................... 122
13. Motherhood Mess-Ups.................... 131
14. I'm Gonna Blow My Top!.................... 141
15. Schools of Thought, Schools of Choice.................... 150
Part 4: Your Homemaking.................... 161
16. Juggling Homemaking, Ministry, and Work.................... 162
17. Making Your Home a Haven.................... 172
18. Routines That Bring Rest.................... 182
19. Media and Your Homemaking—Times Have Changed!.................... 192
20. Discipline and Diligence: The Proverbs 31 Woman.................... 197
Conclusion: What Is Your Driving Force?.................... 210
About the Author.................... 226
What People are Saying About This
"I love Courtney's balanced Biblical approach to women living well. Her thoughts are sincere, her voice beautifully endearing and her ideas refreshingly helpful. And as always, she keeps her perspectives coming from a heart totally sold out to Jesus." -Lysa TerKeurst, NY Times Bestselling author of Unglued and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"This book is full of timeless truths that will lead women to a more joyfilled life. In an increasingly busy world,
Courtney inspires us to slow
down and get a proper perspective of what matters most." -Candace Cameron
Bure, actress, author, speaker
"Powerful, inspiring, captivating. Courtney clearly calls women to live their lives with intentionality and provides sound direction and motivating encouragement to those long to lives confidently for
God's purposes. This book is a must read for those wanting to lead a powerful and meaningful life." -Sally Clarkson, Author ofDesperate
"I long to live well and love well, yet many days I feel pulled from every direction, divided into a million pieces,
and left with so little to give to those I love. If that’s you too, pull up a chair and spend time with my friend, Courtney Joseph. In her book,Women
Living Well, she offers an inspirational and practical road map for today’s busy Christian woman who wants God’s best for her marriage, her parenting, her homemaking, and her everyday life! This is a book I'll read again and again." -Renee Swope, Proverbs 31 Ministries radio co-host, speaker &
best-sellingauthor ofA Confident Heart
"In a culture that offers fast fixes and snazzy shortcuts that promise to lead women to happiness but rarely ever satisfy, Courtney Joseph'sWomen Living Welloffers the truth:
we as women can only live well when we intentionally drink deep from the true wellspring of life--Jesus Himself. This volume is chock-full of biblical advice and practical inspiration that will help you to effectively live and love: God,
your husband, your kids and your home--in that order."-Karen
Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Speakers, author of five books includingLET. IT. GO.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book is just so. darn. encouraging! Some books by Christian writers (especially women, I'm really sad to admit), come off a little well, "preachy." If you're still reading, I'm sure you know the type - when every chapter makes you a little more depressed than the last, before you finally finish and tuck it away on the shelf, feeling like a terrible wife/mom/sister/friend/employee/church-member/Christian-who-just-doesn't-have-it-all-together. In this book, Courtney presents solid Biblical truths about wifehood/motherhood/keeper-of-the-home-hood and is completely transparent and honest about how hard it is to live up to them. Her encouraging tones comes across more "trusted confidant" than "holier-than-thou preacher." Don't believe me? Try these quotes on for size: "Mothering is an intense, around-th-clock job, and solitude is not something that just happens by chance. We have to create it." (p. 8) "'Lord, help ... I just need help.' Tears bubble under the surface. No more words need to be said. The Spirit understands what words cannot express." (p. 26) "It's the daily love of listening, forgiving, caring, respecting, and being sensitive to the other person that builds a great marriage. If you get to go out on a date night - that's the cherry on top!" (p. 78) "Parenting is hands-down the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. It has been the ultimate sanctifier for me. God has used it to humble me and keep me on my knees." (p. 135) "Rejoice in your uniqueness. Have fun being you! Delight in your individuality!" (p. 196) The book covers four important areas, vital to all women who want to live well: 1. Our "walk with the King" (our relationship with God) 2. Marriage (relationships with our spouses) 3. Parenting (relationships with our kids) 4. Home (how we build our nests)
Courtney Joseph is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Evangelism and Discipleship. Courtney’s passion and sincerity has made her a leader in the Christian blogging community; and she has been featured on the nationally syndicated television program, The Rachael Ray Show. Her most recent book Women Living Well offers her advice in maintaining "vintage values in a modern world." Courtney's book is at first a Christian testimony of a stay at home Mom who also happens to be a popular blogger. In her book she tackles all of the issues a woman in the "modern world" might face: educating your kids, being a Mom, taking care of the home, finding a little quiet time for yourself, being a good wife and all the while maintaining a relationship with God. Through each chapter Courtney shares her life, bares her soul and tells stories that are both relational and real. And in truth, her life won't look like yours - there will be some things that she talks about that you might not have much to relate to - and that's ok. At no point is Courtney offering you a "step-by-step" guide or a "how-to" to be the perfect Woman Living Well. Rather her thesis would be that we follow the principles laid out in the scriptures - and use the bible as our guide. This book is not very big and is a quick and easy read. Courtney obviously has a lot of experience writing and so her voice is very easy to follow. Thank you to Thomas Nelson for this review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Courtney does an amazing job writing exactly what God would tell this modern era of women. He is calling us to step away from the technology that sucks us in, and into a relationship with a very real and living God. We all long for satisfying marriages, a peaceful home, and well behaved children...but when need to be put on that path. Courtney's book will get you to the starting line and then point toward the ONE who can help the rest of the way. God is the only answer for a life that is defined by peace and contenment. She gives practical steps for starting: *prayer walks * fasting * marriage day by day challenges This book is for ALL women whether married, single, or with kids because we ALL need God. We need someone to give us permission to stop our addiction to Facebook/Twitter/and everything else digital. Definitely go grab this book to change how you connect to life!
Loved this book! Read it the whole way through in just days and now I am going to re-read it and highlight the parts I really want to apply to my life. Definitely way better than what I was expecting!
Courtney gives wonderful insight as to how we can live a full & biblical life in the midst of the world.
Her writing style is easy to read and the precepts are so applicable. Just what i needed in my bible study time.
Women desire to live well. However, living well in this modern world is a challenge.The pace of life, along with the new front porch of social media, has changed the landscape of our lives.Women have been told for far too long that being on the go and accumulating more things will make their lives full.As a result, we grasp for the wrong things in life and come up empty. God created us to walk with him; to know him and to be loved by him.He is our living well and when we drink from the water he continually provides, it will change us.Our marriages, our parenting, and our homemaking will be transformed. Mommy-blogger Courtney Joseph is a cheerful realist. She tackles the challenge of holding onto vintage values in a modern world, starting with the keys to protecting our walk with God. No subject is off-limits as she moves on to marriage, parenting, and household management. Rooted in the Bible, her practical approach includes tons of tips that are perfect for busy moms, including: Simple Solutions for Studying God s Word How to Handle Marriage, Parenting, and Homemaking in a Digital Age 10 Steps to Completing Your Husband Dealing With Disappointed Expectations in Motherhood Creating Routines that Bring Rest Pursuing the Discipline and Diligence of the Proverbs 31 Woman There is nothing more important than fostering your faith, building your marriage, training your children, and creating a haven for your family. "Women Living Well" is a clear and personal guide to making the most of these precious responsibilities. -- I was so excited to hear that Courtney was coming out with a book. Her blog and everything else she has been involved in has been such a blessing to me. This book is totally for women who want to become all that God created us and wants us to be. She is currently doing a bible study with this book, so glad my review is timely. I had to read and re-read it, I just gleaned so much information from each page. I love how she says we are all busy with the ipad, iphone but are we listening to the great I AM? This study is perfect for small groups, you will be blessed no matter if you read it by yourself or with a group though! I received a copy of this book, in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Courtney Joseph's book, Women Living Well, was simply a joy to read and a great reminder to truly chase after what God desires of us as women. Each chapter is a quick read with simple practical ideas to help you love God and love the life He has given you. I would definitely recommend this book to any married women who is struggling with the busyness of life. Courtney's writing style is easy to read and very simply and humbly reminds us how to focus and enjoy what God has given us. I am very thankful Thomas Nelson was kind enough to send me this book in exchange for an honest review.
After following Women Living Well for years and being part of Good Morning Girls I was so excited to read this book! Courtney is so real and I just love her love for the Lord! She makes me want to follow hard after God, to be a better wife, mom, and friend. I've grown thanks to her encouraging blog and the GMG studies. I've enjoyed reading Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home! I have to say my favorite part was the parenting section. I wasn't raised in a home that followed after God's heart, so I often wonder if my boys see Christ in me. Courtney offers tips that any parent can do that will make a huge difference in your life, and she always points to scripture. I plan to go back through the book and really soak it in. Thank you Courtney Joseph and continue to Walk with the King!
This book is perfect for the time we are living in. It allows us to shift our focus back to God, our husband, children and home. Courtney does a wonderful job of showing how to live life the way that God calls you. This book gives great examples from her life, but is not pushy. She allows you to know these choices work for her and are not a one fit for everyone. It allows you to examine your life to see if you need to make changes. A great read, you will want to read it over and over.
Like the title says, the book is for women who want to live well. It focuses on our roles as daughters of the King, and provides a sort of "road map" to walking well with Him, specifically in our spiritual lives and our roles within the family and home. As daughters of the King, our first and greatest priority is our relationship with the King. Section 1 focuses on the need to slow down and spend consistent, quality time with God and His Word. It teaches principles, but also touches on everyday problems like being "crazy busy" (aren't we all?) and the "information overload" of a increasingly digital age. This section was so refreshing, and yet convicting too. It reminded me of the sheer joy I experience when I make spending time with God a priority... and of the unnecessary burden I place on myself when I don't. It was perhaps my favorite section of the book, and of course is relevant to Christian women in any life-stage. After God comes our family, and Sections 2-3 turn their focus to marriage and parenting. While these chapters were geared toward specific life-stages, the actual principles are applicable to many other women as well, and at the very least will help any woman form a more biblical theology about these topics. The section on marriage focuses on the wife's role as a helper to her husband. While this may seem counter-cultural, it is soundly biblically, and exactly what God created woman to be. I really appreciated the combination of sound theology and practical application in this section. If you've read a lot of marriage books, there might not be very much "new" stuff -- but it's presented in a concise way that's refreshing and very practicably helpful, including a fabulous 10-day marriage challenge brought it all together in bite-size actionable steps. After marriage, comes kids. And I don't have any yet, so I confess to merely skimming through the chapters on parenting. But what I saw there looked encouraging, practical, and biblical -- and even just skimming over it helps build a foundation for the day when I will (hopefully) have kids of my own. The final section deals with our homes. And it's not just for full-time homemakers! Many women today try to blend work and family -- yet despite being short on time, and often short on money as well, we can still make our homes a haven for our families. There are so many practical suggestions in these chapters about everything from laundry, cleaning, and cooking; to creating a peaceful atmosphere with scented candles and music (what's not to love?); to following good routines, honoring Sunday, taking time to rest -- and even using social media! There's also a chapter that hits some highlights from Proverbs 31. I highly recommend Women Living Well. In fact, I would love to read it again with other women who desire to live well. There's also a companion study guide with 1 page per chapter, which helps personalize the application even further. It would be great for a small group study, or one-on-one discipleship!
I enjoyed reading Women Living Well, it's meaningful and practical to the Christian wife and mother. She provides practical ways to spend time with God through prayer and reading the Bible. There is no excuse to say, "I don't know how or have time" because Courtney Joseph shows you how. Courtney's book is filled with encouragement to read God's Word and be filled up by the living water that comes from Jesus. She also encourages you as a wife and challenges you to complete your husband, literally, a two week challenge in the middle of her book! She also encourages you in parenting and as a homemaker. It's a well rounded book, covering different roles Christian women experience. There are definite "aha" moments in the book, and certainly makes you want to try the practical tips she provides. The best part is she ties everything to walking with the King, because it is through God that all things are made possible and women need to rely on his strength to get through life, including marriage, parenting and homemaking.This is the kind of book that should be in every Christian woman's bookshelf.
Women Living Well by Courtney is a book that covers walking with God, marriage, motherhood, children, homemaking, homeschooling, and finding peace within yourself. Courtney shares her personal story. Her struggles and her joys. Courtney is a stay at home mother. She offers sound advice and even some challenges. This book was inspiring as well as conflicting. I will definitely be taking some tools from this book and incorporating into my home. Not every subject in the book may not pertain to you personally, but I still recommend reading this book. Be sure you have a notebook next to you. I'm guessing you will be inspired to take notes and use this book as a go to for several ideas. I'm thankful I had the opportunity to read it.
This is an amazing book that captures the importance, worth, value and depth that a woman offers in this world. The influence that every woman possesses is captured eloquently as she speaks intelligently and emotionally to how we impact this world and the ones we love daily as we choose to walk with the King every step of the way. This is a book written by someone knowledgeable in the Word and offers a step by step guide on how to walk with the King while we walk on this Earth. If you are newly married, young or elderly, homeschooling or not; this is a book on how to help YOU walk with the King! I’ve already began buying copies for friends, women in my ministry and one for own my daughter!
*Women Living Well* is one of the most inspiring, convicting, encouraging, and challenging books that I've read in quite a while. I am very happy to share with you about it and recommend it to you. The subtitle of Courtney's book, 'Finding Your Joy in God, Your man, Your Kids, and Your Home', gives a peek into the topics addressed in this book. Women Living Well is divided into four parts: 1.) your walk with the King, 2.) your marriage, 3.) your parenting, and 4.) your homemaking. Courtney shares some wonderful, practical advice on carving out time in your day to spend with God. She makes some wonderful points on keeping the social media monster at bay in our lives, and particularly encourages us as women to connect with other women along this journey. It's incredibly important to have a support group (or even a support person) on this journey called life and having someone like-minded in faith is even more important. The first section of this book is only the beginning of many nuggets of wisdom and principles from God's Word that Courtney reminds us of and shares with us. And I hope that you will be encouraged to grab a copy for yourself and the women in your lives. I believe if more women followed such godly wisdom our families, nation, and our world would be an incredibly better place. Women have bought into so many lies and they are destroying our culture from within. A return to what God desires for us brings so much freedom and joy and fulfillment.
Excellent, well written, fairly "easy" read. I read through the book in a weekend, but am taking some time to go back through to read more thoroughly. Good things to think about towards your Walk with God, your marriage, your kids and your homemaking. I think this has something for almost any Christian woman seeking to learn more about herself. Even though Courtney is a homeschooling, stay at home mom, she didn't focus on that. She focused more on the Biblical principles that should be at the core of any Christian woman's life, especially one who is married with kids. My favorite quote from her: "The Biblical principles we apply to our marriages should be the same, but how this is carried out in our homes will look different. There are no cookie-cutter marriages. Your husband is not my husband, but my God is your God, so our principles should match." She doesn't care that I work outside the home, or send my kids to daycare, or that my husband is the one who cleans our house. She DOES care whether or not we are following Biblical principles: that I respect my husband, that I am training my children up in the way they should go, that I have a personal relationship with God. I'm not sure a single woman with no children (or desire for a family of her own) would get much from the book other than the first chapter as there is a lot of focus on family. Overall, a good book that I would recommend to my family or church family.
What Courtney Joseph has written in this book is practical, truthful and based on scripture. She is transparent in every way with her walk with God. Life as a wife and mother can be challenging and she is here to offer you encouragement for those tough days and seasons. The words she has spoken has been a life changed for me and a blessing to my husband and children. I highly recommend her book! Thank you Courtney!
I was privileged to be able to get an advance copy for review. I have read it, and re-read it. And I am certain I will read it again. It is filled with wonderful bits of wisdom like "There are no cookie-cutter marriages." And in reference to the God-given need of every husband (Respect!), she says "Respect is an attitude of heart that will be displayed by our actions." My favorite part of the book is an entire section called "The Completing Him Marriage Challenge." And I haven't even talked about the section on parenting! Courtney's writing is authentic and she has practical real-life tips for making Biblical change in your life that will bless you and your family and all of your relationships. If you are interesting in growing closer to God and becoming more like Christ in your marriage and parenting, this is a great book for you! I highly recommend this book to Christian women, wives, mothers and homemakers!
The truths provided in this book come straight from the Word. Courtney backs up what she believes with what the Bible says, and provides ideas and insights about all aspects of the busy mom's life to try to help us to improve our own "walk with the King." This book contains so much encouragement for women. Whether you are a newlywed seeking out how to balance your life with husband, homemaking, and ministry...or whether you are married for a while, balancing more than you ever imagined...this book will give you some practical ideas on how to get it all done. You may or may not utilize all off the ideas, but you will certainly come away with more in your "tool box" than you had before.
Women Living Well was a great book that all women should read. Whether your season is stay at home wife, mom or working mom. She spoke to the core of my hear about my home, marriage, children and God. Her real life examples were great and easy to understand and live out. A must have!!
This book has taught me so much. Courtney Joseph deals with several aspects of being a wife and mommy in today's world. She is open and vulnerable. I feel like this book has had a positive impact on my life
Courtney's book has four parts that center on Your Walk with the KING, Your Marriage, Your Parenting, and Your Homemaking. But even if you aren't married yet or aren't a parent yet I guarantee you will still learn and grow from reading this book. This first part focuses on your spiritual walk and specifically the importance of solitude with God. She knows that life is crazy busy but she outlines some of the ways that she personally carves time out of her day for "quiet time" and she also explains some of the ways she has found to stay in the Word throughout the day. My favorite part about this book and especially the marriage section is the real-life applications included in the book. If you go away after reading this book without any ideas on how you can make your marriage better then you need to read it again with an open mind! Even if your marriage is going very well there is always room for improvement! I love that the section on parenting focuses more on the spiritual side than any other side. She focuses on praying for your children, equipping them to have their own walk with God, and teaching them. The section on homemaking is also full of practical advice. If you like schedules she has one for cleaning. If you have kids and need ideas how to involve them she has that too! But I think the most important aspect of this section to me is communication with your husband! Overall this is a great book! You may not agree with everything she says but you will still glean something from each section! Thomas Nelson provided me with an advanced complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.