Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Tour and Review: The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya

The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Date: January 18, 2012
Paperback, 240 pages
Also available: Mentor's Guide and Prayer Journal
ISBN: 9780825442209

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

My Review:
After looking through The Beautiful Wife along with The Mentor's Guide and the Prayer Journal, I think this is a very well-thought out Bible Study for women and I hope to somehow get it started in our church.  I see it as a way to help instill a confidence that is already there in women and use this confidence to help in their marriage and help woment also in their walk with God.

The book is well laid out with each chapter focusing on a topic, like focusing on self-care, cultivating a mystique, inviting romance, thinking differently about sex, speaking the truth in love, managing money, personalizing the roles of wife and mother and choosing God's best.  And those are just a few, but those are some powerful chapters that can lead to some great discussions.  The Book alone can fascilitate great learning for the individual.  Add in the mentor's guide and the prayer journal and this study can add so much more to the individual's life.  I plan on starting it myself and exploring it and then seeing if there is any interest in the church since we just finished our Bible Study tonight.

I think Ms. Ralya has done a wonderful job putting these three books together to work together as either an individual study (the main book and the prayer journal) or as a group study where you can include the mentor's guide as well.  It is a wonderful study to really get women to think about their roles and things they could do in their marriage to bless it in small ways.  I know I will be using many of her ideas as I go through the study.

So if you are looking for a Bible study focused on women and marriage for you or for your church group, check this one out, it is a real winner. 

About the book:
The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God's best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God's plan for their marriages. "It is my passion to help women discover God's heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me," writes Sandy. "When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it's a beautiful thing indeed." The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources - Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide.
About Sandy Ralya: 
Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV's Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women's retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.
About the giveaway and party: 

Celebrate with Sandy by entering her Kindle Touch Giveaway and coming to her "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party {3/8}!

One beautiful winner will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi
  • The Beautiful Wife By Sandy Ralya
  • The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/7/12. Winner will be announced at Sandy's "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party on 3/8. Sandy will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, prayer journals and a live chat with Sandy for your Bible study or small group!

So grab your copy of The Beautiful Wife and join Sandy and friends on the evening of March 8th for an evening of fun.
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter
Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on March 8th!

Video Links:
1.      Sandy’s Testimony. This is directed primarily at wives. Sandy speaks to the mentors for a few seconds near the end, but her testimony will be one that resonates with wives as well.
2.      About BEAUTIFUL WOMANHOOD Ministry. This uses Sandy’s experience to speak directly to the marriage mentor to encourage and equip her role as a mentor.

***I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. 

Waiting on Wednesday (16)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I saw this and it looks really good and only a few weeks from release!

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
Publish Date: 3/20/2012
Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance...

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal

So what are you waiting on this week?

Feelin' Lucky Giveaway Hop

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Welcome to the Feelin' Lucky Give-A-Way Hop hosted by I Smell Sheep and Fictional CandyThere are around 100 blogs signed up for this hop so you have a lot of great prizes to try and win.  Make sure you check out the list of blogs after entering my giveaway.

 So what is up for grabs?  For my readers of the young adult genre, I have an ARC of Partials by Dan Wells up for grabs.  I haven't reviewed it yet, but it comes in a very close second to Cinder by Marissa Meyer as one of my favorite YA books of the year.  It has nothing really to do with St. Patrick's Day, but I couldn't figure out anything else to do.  

Also, as a second giveaway for my adult readers I have a copy of Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd, which I reviewed last year and loved.  So something for everyone here.  Open to US/Canada and the only requirement is your email address so I can contact you.  Thanks for stopping by!  

Just a note, I'm approaching my 3-year-blogoversary and it looks like I am also approaching 2000 followers, wow!  Thank you so much my wonderful readers! 

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