Wait, what? Two giveaways in a row? Yes! I knew when I reviewed this book that I wanted to give one away because it is that good for helping families. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Want to know who won? Look here!
My hope is that anyone who visits this blog realizes how much I love being a mother and how important my family is to me. I believe families really are the building blocks for society! I take my role as a mother very seriously. Now that some of my children are old enough for college and marriage I am taking a hard look at what I’ve done right, what I’ve done wrong, and what I need to improve. Am I teaching them moral values that will guide them throughout the rest of their lives? Am I helping them develop good habits?
Most of the time this teaching is done here and there throughout the day as part of regular life but it’s also good to have actual lessons where we can discuss, ask and answer questions, and learn from one another. Weekly family home evenings has been one way we do this. Another is through short daily devotionals usually before school. Ah, this is where 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family can really help.
On the cover you can see it says 5 minute messages. The short devotionals really are only 5 minutes or less! The book is divided into four sections: values, life lessons, gospel lessons, and holidays. Each section is further divided into weeks where you study one topic for the entire week like humility, courage, service, trials and adversity, forgiveness, testimony, and faith. For each day of the week there are scriptures to read from the Bible, Book of Mormon, or Doctrine and Covenants (yes this is geared towards Mormons). There is a General Conference talk suggestion as well as questions to ask during your discussions for the week. You can skip around and choose whatever value or topic your family needs to focus on. The table of contents has handy squares before each topic so you can check them off and keep track of what you have already covered.
I like the way the book is divided into topics. It is so easy to pull it out and start right away on the devotional without any prep work. I also appreciate that the messages are short. You can do them around the dinner table while you are eating, in the car on the way to school or right before prayers at bedtime. The shortness of the messages doesn’t detract from the power behind them. The main focus of each message is a scripture passage.
It would be nice to have questions for a wider range of ages. Some families are like mine with children running the gamut of ages from toddler to teen. Others only have littles while still others just teens. Having questions or discussion prompts for varying ages would be very helpful.
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About the Author
NICOLE CARPENTER is an advocate for strong families. She believes in focusing first on strengthening mothers so they can fortify their children. Nicole is a mom mentor, speaker and founder of MOMentity.com, a blog and online community for mothers, reaching out to moms in over seven different countries. She is the creator of the Define Your Time™ time-management e-course and the Mothers of Magnitude Academy. Nicole’s parenting column publishes regularly on KSL.com and has been syndicated in several other online news sources. 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family: 5-minute Messages is her first book.
Nicole graduated with a B.A. degree in Public Relations from Weber State University, where she also met her husband, Marty. They reside in Syracuse, Utah and are raising four incredible children, including a set of identical twins. And to make it all happen, she may or may not rely on Diet Dr Pepper and chocolate-covered toffee hidden in the fridge.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family to review. All opinions are my own.