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Posted 8/18/16 at 4:35 PM | Audra Jennings

What kind of mom are you?

Part 1 of an interview with Hettie Brittz,
Author of (un)Natural Mom

Countless women get bogged down in the Pinterest-perfect image of what a mother should be. They feel guilt for failing at cloth diapers, dreading school plays and missing the days of going to the bathroom by themselves, and as a result feel they aren't a "natural mom." Brittz, however, shows readers the idea of a "natural mother" is a myth and explores four primary parenting styles, guiding them to discover the strengths they already possess. In fact, Brittz believes each mother's "imperfections" are exactly what makes her the perfect mother for her children.

Drawing from her years of experience working with children as a speech pathologist and adapting homeschooling to fit her own children, Brittz developed the Tall Trees Parenting Profile. Readers can take the free online test to discover their own unique Tree Types and begin to understand that they already are the mothers they were meant to be. Each type of mother is compared to a type of tree --- a palm tree, rose bush, pine tree or boxwood --- based on qualities the mother and tree have in common. By taking the assessment, readers can discover what chapters of the book to focus on. In the stories taken from Brittz's own experiences and the in-depth looks at "a day in the life" of four real-world Tree Types, moms have the opportunity to see themselves honestly and clearly and to find hope and grace. FULL POST

Posted 8/10/16 at 1:41 PM | Audra Jennings

There's no such thing as a natural mom

There is no such thing as a natural mom
Hettie Brittz helps moms understand they are the moms they were meant to be

While motherhood seems to come naturally to some, many women struggle with feelings of failure and inadequacy, believing if they could only be like that mom over there, their lives and families would be much better off. Rather than wallow in guilt and "shoulds," renowned South African speaker, TV presenter and author Hettie Brittz wants moms to find hope and encouragement in (un)Natural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids (David C Cook/August 1, 2016/ISBN: 978-0434710284/$16.99). "Every mom wants to be able to admit some aspect of motherhood does not come naturally and not all motherhood duties bring her fulfillment," Brittz recognizes. "The (un)Natural Mom book gives you permission to admit this and to find what you are natural at!" FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 4:45 PM |

Former P.O.D. guitarist to release new instrumental CD

Former P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby has released a new instrumental CD entitled "Hymns.". Renowned for his innovative finger-style guitar techniques, Truby says the project was specifically produced with the purpose to help people who are going through trauma or sickness, and was originally his wife’s idea.

“I have performed finger-style covers of hymns in my live sets over the years,” says Truby, “and one day my wife mentioned the idea of a therapy-type album. I know that suffering can consume a lot of thought and energy, so this album was arranged with peace and healing in mind. We started with the idea of distributing it to cancer patients, and now want to make it available to anyone who may be going through grief, recovery, divorce or any other difficulties.”

Truby was a member of the rock band P.O.D. from 2002 to 2006, writing songs for the band’s self-titled album which quickly went to Platinum sales status. Truby also penned the title song for the “Matrix Reloaded” movie as well as a song for the Dove Award-winning soundtrack for “The Passion of the Christ.” Truby later teamed up with acclaimed guitarist, Phil Keaggy, for several solo albums, as well as played on a finger-style guitar album with the legendary instrumentalist, Chet Atkins, and classical guitarist, John Williams. Truby also produced the Grafted compilation CD to benefit Project Zero, a non-profit foundation specializing in adoption and foster care. Grafted included various artists from all genres including Tiffany Thornton, star of Disney's "So Random" and "Sonny with a Chance;” Caitlin Evanson, violin player for Taylor Swift; Keaggy; and Stu Garrard from Delirious, among several others. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 4:32 PM |

Dayton area church receives national recognition

Fairhaven Church in Centerville, Ohio has been named one of the Best Christian Workplaces in America, one of only 48 churches in the U.S. to earn the designation. The church was founded 52 years ago with twelve families holding service at a local YMCA. Today, the church has three campuses in Centerville, Springboro, and Clayton with approximately 7000 attendees, and a staff of 80 serving the entire Dayton, Ohio area. Dr. David Smith is the current pastor, only the third lead pastor in the church’s long-standing history.

“It is easy to think or say that a church is healthy,” says Smith, “but when you invite an outside group to come in and access and then tell you that you are in the top 50 healthiest churches in America…I feel humbled that I get to work with our staff and leaders who have made it so! We believe that team is everything and that the success of other staff members is our individual priority.”

Fairhaven has been twice listed as one of the Fastest Growing churches in the country by Outreach Magazine. Smith says he believes there are three qualities of his membership and staff that drive their continued growth. FULL POST

Posted 8/9/16 at 11:43 AM | Audra Jennings

What's really keeping your from enjoying a better marriage?

Part 2 of an interview with Rhonda Stoppe
Author of If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy

"If my husband would change, I'd be happy" and "I'm falling out of love with him" are among several common myths that lead women to search for marital happiness in all the wrong places.

In If My Husband Would Change, I'd be Happy (Harvest House), author Rhonda Stoppe shares, with candor and humor, how to enrich the relationship between husband and wife (even if he doesn't change). Along the way readers will find many helpful stories and real-life examples from other couples and discover:


  • How to deal with unfulfilled longings
  • The secret to keeping your husband's attention
  • 10 keys to a happy marriage


Q: What is the biggest problem with believing our partner is responsible for our happiness? Where should we be looking to find happiness?

FULL POST

Posted 8/8/16 at 6:44 PM | Audra Jennings

Make your conflict count

Make your conflict count
New book helps couples deal with conflict to create healthy marriages

It’s a familiar scenario: He doesn’t understand what she’s really upset about, and she has trouble getting him to see her point of view. In every marriage, there is conflict. In their new book, Don’t Go to Bed Angry: Stay Up and Fight (Abingdon Press, June 21, 2016/ ISBN 978-1426790935/$14.99), Deb and Ron DeArmond give couples tools to fight fair when conflicts arise.

 “Conflict is not the real problem,” note the authors. “It’s how we deal with the conflict that determines where it takes us. Conflict can lead to discovery — greater insight and understanding of our partner’s thoughts, feelings and perspective — or destruction of the relationship. It’s up to us to choose which direction we will go: discovery or destruction.” FULL POST

Posted 7/25/16 at 5:17 PM | Audra Jennings

A Guide to Making Important Mother/Daughter Conversations Easier

A guide to making important mother/daughter conversations easier
Trish Donohue writes to moms who want to disciple through relationship

The relationship girls have with their mothers greatly impacts the women they become, and for busy moms in the thick of the parenting years that reality can seem overwhelming. Author Trish Donohue brings guidance for women who want to disciple their daughters but don’t know where to start in Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters (New Growth Press/June 6, 2016/ISBN: 978-1-942572-77-0/$15.99).

As a mom to two girls, Donohue knows the kinds of questions women ask themselves when considering their influence on their daughters: Am I being a good example? What are the most critical life lessons and spiritual insights I should be imparting to them? Am I getting through to them? Balancing these concerns with the hectic nature of daily life can feel daunting, which is why Donohue wrote this guide filled with 26 gospel-driven talks, or “walks,” designed for moms and daughters between the ages of 7-14. Each walk covers a topic from feelings and friendships to work and modesty. Much more than a devotional, Donohue describes her book as a cheat sheet, making it much simpler for moms to connect with their daughters on a meaningful level and converse about their lives, the world and the hope they have in Jesus Christ. FULL POST

Posted 7/20/16 at 2:37 PM | Audra Jennings

What's the one thing you wish your husband would change?

Part 1 of an interview with Rhonda Stoppe
Author of If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy

Do you know a couple who has been married for a long time and are still deeply in love? You might find yourself wondering what their secret is or how that woman was lucky enough to find such a perfectly wonderful man. However, in If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House), Rhonda Stoppe shows readers the secret to a happy marriage isn't related to how "ideal" a spouse is, but rather having a relationship grounded in a love deeper than their own.

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about the inspiration behind If My Husband Would Change, I'd Be Happy & Other Myths Wives Believe?

My husband, Steve, is a pastor, and we are committed to help couples build marriages with no regrets through one-on-one mentorship, premarital counseling and teaching No Regrets marriage conferences.

For more than 30 years we have biblically counseled numerous married couples. More often than not, when wives get their husbands into our office, they are secretly thinking, "Oh good, now they will fix him, and then I can be happy." When a wife learns the secret to her happiness lies not in how well her husband measures up to her expectations, but in how well she loves God, she discovers the secret to her happiness in marriage. If My Husband Would Change, I'd be Happy is a resource to help wives learn this truth. FULL POST

Posted 7/11/16 at 1:02 PM | Audra Jennings

Between Us Girls: Walks & Talks for Moms & Daughters

Part 2 of an interview with Trish Donohue,
Author of Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters


The relationship girls have with their mothers greatly impacts the women they become, and for busy moms in the thick of the parenting years that reality can seem overwhelming. Author Trish Donohue brings guidance for women who want to disciple their daughters but don't know where to start in Between Us Girls: Walks and Talks for Moms and Daughters (New Growth Press/June 6, 2016).

As a mom to two girls, Donohue knows the kinds of questions women asks themselves when considering their influence on their daughters: Am I being a good example? What are the most critical life lessons and spiritual insights I should be imparting to them? Am I getting through to them? Balancing these concerns with the hectic nature of daily life can feel daunting, which is why Donohue wrote this guide filled with gospel-driven talks, or "walks" designed to be completed one-on-one, and covering a wide variety of topics. FULL POST

Posted 7/7/16 at 4:09 PM | Audra Jennings

Summer boredom buster from Focus on the Family

Summer boredom buster from Focus on the Family
Free 14 day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club

There are so many ways families can enjoy the summer for free:

  • Hiking
  • Visiting parks in the area
  • Swimming
  • Camping in the backyard
  • Visiting a public museum or library

However, parents across the country are starting to hear that dreaded summertime mantra, "I'm bored!" While it's tempting to let the TV or video games entertain the kids all summer, research suggests that nearly all young people experience some level of learning loss when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.

Now, parents can add more fun, imagination and education to their kids' summer through Focus on the Family with a FREE 14 day trial of the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC) --- a safe and fun online environment where children can explore, create and imagine, while developing their faith and learning biblical truth. FULL POST

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