Self-Help

Win a Copy of It’s All Under Control!

Do You Ever Feel Like Nothing’s Under Control? Maybe you need to read Jennifer Dukes Lee’s latest book, It’s All Under Control: A Journey of Letting Go, Hanging On, and Finding a Peace You Almost Forgot Was Possible Jennifer is my kind of person—real, witty, friendly, and struggling to get all the things done (in just the right way). And just like me, she struggles with her inner control freak. Unfortunately, she (and everybody else in this world) can’t control…

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What Happens When We Give Up Control?

I Can’t Control the Rain Each evening I take a walk by the gully, around the back of the school property. Sometimes, lightning flashes on the horizon, and rain clouds threaten. After a hard rain, the mud shrivels as it dries, leaving a curled-edge puzzle scattered across the gully flats. The desert sun beats down and dries the clay-like mud that shatters if you toss or step on it. This year seems different. The monsoons came late and the desert…

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Why You Need to Learn How to Lead Like a Woman

This week’s installment of Self-Care Sunday delves into the academic realm. Your kids aren’t the only ones who can go back to school this month! Learn how to lead so people will follow. If you click on a link to a book, please know that I’m an Amazon affiliate (but it won’t change the price of the book). Lead Like a Woman Don’t get me wrong. Some men are great leaders, and some women are horrible leaders. But this summer…

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Hope for all the Martha Type-A Doers in the World

Are You Really a Type-A Doer Like Martha? Although I’d like to believe that Martha’s sister Mary and I have the most in common, I fool myself. So much so, that when I had a chance to help my friend Katie M. Reid out with launching her new book, Made Like Martha: Good News for the Woman Who Gets Things Done, I started reading with a superior attitude. After all, I love to spend time each day with Jesus. Sure,…

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The Importance of Being Battle Ready

Are You Battle Ready? When Kelly Balarie, author of Fear Fighting, invited me to participate on the launch team of her latest book, Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously I wondered if a pacifist like me needed a book about battle preparedness. Then I really read the subtitle: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously. Who wouldn’t want to know how to do those things? Balarie walks the reader…

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Five Tips for Building a Good Relationship with NetGalley

My Good Intention to Buy Fewer Books For years, my husband has chided me for the amount of money I spend on books, and the book cases necessary to house my collection. When we moved in 2013, I donated hundreds of books to the library. Only my favorites made the move to Arizona. I had every intention to purchase fewer books (it helped that browsing in the closest Christian bookstore required a three-and-a-half hour drive). Our first year here, I…

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Self-Help is NOT a Dirty Word

Self-help• noun: the action or process of doing things to improve yourself or to solve your problems without the help of others. This post is part of the 31 Ways to Nurture Yourself series. The acronym MAPS explains the four key components of learning to nurture ourselves in a balanced way. Self-Help Books Act as GPS Programs to Help us Navigate Life Achieving mental wholeness means having a growth mindset. We must put in the effort to keep our emotions from…

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