Friday, March 05, 2010

Blogging for Books

This week there are two books in the same tour. For the first time since starting the "Blogging for Books" program I was unable to finish reading the books. As the previous post stated, we had a good friend pass away and were out of town for several days. I did get to read about half of one book, skimmed the rest, and skimmed and read sections of the other book. So I can give a decently informed opinion.

Sally Clarkson wrote Dancing with My Father about finding joy through our relationship with the Father throughout life's challenges. She draws from her experiences in life and how the Lord taught her to develop a life of joy. Clarkson uses Scripture to explain what the Lord wants from us and for us.

I think that Clarkson is an encouraging and practical writer. She seems approachable and realistic. I like the way she tackles her topic and I have enjoyed reading the first half of the book. =)

Here is part of the summary for this book:
"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."

Mother-Daughter Duet by Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum is about developing a strong relationship with one's adult daughter. I have not read this book, though I have read sections and skimmed much of it. Written toward mothers, it is a discussion about how to bridge the gap so that your daughter will want to draw close to you. Cheri and Ali are mother and daughter and use their own experiences plus stories from women they interviewed to help mothers move in the right direction.

I could see how this book could be a helpful resource for a mother wanting to develop a stronger relationship with her daughter. It seems to be encouraging and thoughtful. I would recommend it to a mother who is wanting to draw closer to her adult daughter.

Here is part of the summary:
"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."

These books were provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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