Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home

Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home

by Courtney Joseph
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Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home by Courtney Joseph

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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ISBN-13: 9781400204946
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2013
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 501,250
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Courtney Joseph is a long-time Bible study leader, founder of WomenLivingWell.org and WomenLivingWell.tv, and cofounder of GoodMorningGirls.org. Courtney is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute. She is married to her high school sweetheart and homeschools her two children.

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: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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)
mojo_turbo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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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! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Courtney gives wonderful insight as to how we can live a full & biblical life in the midst of the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her writing style is easy to read and the precepts are so applicable. Just what i needed in my bible study time.
TonyaTells More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
as a B&N member, we are supposed to get quick shipping; however, it took a week to get my order. NOT cool! :(
KRM More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Rev_Dr_ReBecca More than 1 year ago
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! 
my_blessed_life More than 1 year ago
*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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.