As you may know, I try to offer practical tips on this blog. So, I’ve chosen ebooks from the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle that give practical tips for you, Christian moms & homeschoolers.
The UnWired Mom, by Sarah Mae
This book immediately jumped out at me. Why? I see so many Christian moms & homeschoolers spend HOURS online. It makes me wonder how much time they are actually spending with their kids & husband. So, I decided to review it & am so happy I did. It is EXCELLENT.
Who is this book for?
If you’re online & reading this blog, you use the internet. The UnWired Mom speaks to moms who blog, facebook, tweet, pin, instagram, email.
I appreciate Sarah Mae’s story about her addiction to the internet. There are times that I waste time by scrolling around on the internet. Nothing is accomplished & I could have enjoyed family, friends or working on a project.
When my kids were at home (in their teens), I worried they would only remember the back of my head, staring at the computer screen. The UnWired Mom addresses these issues & gives you hope to overcome an overuse of the internet.
It is NOT anti-internet. Instead, it helps you gain a balance in your life as a wife, mom & internet user. Your kids are worth it. You need to figure out how to balance the Internet with your family.
Life has consequences. Your family (kids) reap both positive & negative consequences from the choices YOU make.
The contents in The UnWired Mom will change your life. As far as I’m concerned, it’s the book every Christian mom should read.
Sarah Mae addresses 2 major issues:
- Spending too much time in front of a screen (phone, computer, ipad, etc)
- Not spending enough time with your family & friends
To me, the 2nd issue is just as important as the first. We need to reconnect with our kids, our hubby & our friends – face to face.
What will you find in The UnWired Mom?
- Tips to help you raise your kids to balance the internet with the rest of life
- Steps to help you control the time you spend in front of screens
- Apps that help you limit your time online=
- Two-Week UnWired Challenge
- 14 days of specific challenges to gain a healthy relationship with the Internet & reconnecting with your family/friends
- Tips from bloggers on how to manage your online time
I’ll be looking at some of the apps. They look they will help me stay focused when I’m online. If you get online at least 1 hour a day, I highly recommend The UnWired Mom. I believe it will help all of us Christian moms stay focused on what’s important & still maintain our time online.
25 Ways to Communicate Respect, by Jennifer Flanders
Just reading through the table of contents, I was encouraged to find new ways to show respect to Steve. I’ve been married almost 30 years and found this helpful.
Yep, I was quickly reminded of areas I need to show more respect to Steve. I believe respect is what most husbands long for & Jennifer shares practical ways you can meet that longing. Let me share a few.
Honor His Wishes
As moms, we delight in honoring our kids’ wishes. Why not our husbands? I love the way Jennifer encourages wives to ask their husband what they’d like you to work on. Too often, we try to read their mind.
I also agree with Jennifer that it ease & honor seldom go together. Wives must “choose” to honor their hubby’s wishes. You can get more ideas on honoring his wishes in 25 Ways to Communicate Respect to Your Husband
I had to read this chapter because it’s my weakness. Steve used to tell me that I interrupt him, but I didn’t believe him. I started paying more attention to my conversations & realized I interrupt him, as well as others.
He who gives an answer before he hears—it is folly and shame to him. (Proverbs 18:13)
Jennifer reminds me to listen carefully & pay attention to what Steve says. If interrupting is your weakness, too, you’ll be encouraged with Jennifer’s suggestions.
Emphasize His Good Points
My parents gave us a tape series many years ago. The one thing I remember from that series is how important it is to let your husband know you are proud of him. The speaker suggested the phrase, “I’m proud of you because . . . “
You & I want to hear positive encouragement from our hubbies…so do they.
Jennifer continues this idea by telling wives to look for the good in your husband. Search for it as you would search for buried treasure. I love the idea of keeping a running list of things you admire or respect in your husband. You can use that list to text or write a note, praising him about what you admire most.
You’ll find “Put it into Practice” at the end of each chapter – Easy steps to put all 25 ways into practice by respecting your hubby.
These are just a few ideas to help you show respect to your husband. I plan to use all 25 Ways to Respect Steve over the next several week. I’m thinking of working on one each week. You can also try each of these 25 ways when you get a copy through The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle. (available through Mon, Nov 10)
Should You Invest in these Books?
Why not invest in the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle and save yourself time & money. The Ultimate Bundle team has done the work for you – chosen excellent, quality books to ignite your faith.
When I was a newlywed & young mom, I thought I had to figure it out all by myself. Now I’m a little bit wiser & depend on others to help me along.
Between these 2 books, you should have a lot to consider being a Christian mom & wife. These ladies cover so much information in such a short space that you’ll be glad you got the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle
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