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Good reads March 6, 2010

Filed under: Book reviews — erikaivory @ 3:42 am
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Last year I read the book The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson.  It was like a shot in the arm for me as a mother.  It helped me put all the hard, long days into perspective.  It took me from a tunnel vision mommyhood to a panoramic vision of motherhood.  I am a vision kind of gal.  I need to feel inspired, like I am seeing the bigger picture.  I drown in the minute details of crumbs under the booster chair, vitamins on the placemat, dentist appointments missed and empty band-aid boxes.

So when my blog fairies sent me a new Sally Clarkson book to review I was SO excited!  It is called Dancing with My Father: How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy.  I am about halfway through it.  It is taking me a while, not because it is not interesting but because you can’t rush through a Sally Clarkson book.  She has lots of humorous stories and it is not a difficult read, but if you skim through there is so much depth that can be missed.  So I am working my way through it.

Clarkson does a great job of being very transparent.  She is a woman in ministry.  She homeschooled her children and writes books on how to be a great mom.  I love how she is truthful about how it doesn’t always feel good and sometimes we will feel down We can struggle and still be a true Christ follower.  Yet she also walks through how to make safe passage through those times and seasons.  The chapters are set up with questions at the end which are great for journaling but would also work wonderfully for an accountability group or ladies Bible study as well.  I highly recommend it and honestly all things Clarkson:)

I have not started the Mother Daughter Duet yet by Cheri Fuller.  It too looks wonderful.  Although, obviously, I don’t have a daughter (at least not yet) who can’t benefit from some refinement in their relationship with their own mom?  Also so much of life and how we view ourselves as women can be traced back to interactions with our own mom.  So I look forward to gaining insight into how we as women can help each other move through some of those hangups.  So check out the summaries and author bios below.  You might find a good read for spring break!

Here are some links where you can purchase the books online or pick them up at your local bookstore:

This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Book: Mother Daughter Duet

Author: Cheri Fuller


When a daughter is born, her mother has a thousand hopes and dreams for her, especially that they will be best friends one day.

Unfortunately, even the best of intentions can go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. But a harmonious relationship is possible.

Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close.

The mother-daughter dynamic is intense, personal, complex, and unique. But mothers and daughters can achieve mutual respect and learn to celebrate their differences when they learn the two-part harmony of the mother-daughter duet.

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Author Bio:

Cheri Fuller is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold more than one million copies. She speaks to a wide range of women at women’s conferences and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

Ali Plum is Cheri’s daughter, a writer and songwriter, a wife, and a mother to Noah and Luke. She and her mom have weathered the ups and downs of their relationship to find one of the most treasured, honest relationships of their lives. Ali has recorded background vocals for popular musicians, and Mother-Daughter Duet marks her debut into book publishing.

Book: Dancing With My Father

Author: Sally Clarkson


The reality of living in a broken, fallen world can leave women feeling overcome by fear, guilt, and weariness. Many develop “sawdust souls,” numb to any sense of joy.

In this warm and wise book, author Sally Clarkson invites readers to take God’s hand and let Him lead them into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose. With the voice of a trusted mentor, she reveals how, by getting in tune with the rhythm of God’s presence, women can nurture an inner attitude of anticipation and celebration even in the stressful seasons of life.

Through rich biblical insights woven with real-life stories, women will be inspired to recapture a spirit of joy as they follow God’s lead on the dance floor of life.

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Author Bio:

Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker, known across the nation and internationally for her work with women. She is the author of several books, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. She has worked in various ministries, including Campus Crusade for Christ. With her husband, Clay, she is cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarksons, parents of four, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.


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