Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ever After is a Must-Read!

Ever After:
Life Lessons Learned in My Castle of Chaos

Vicki Courtney
(B&H Publishing Group)
June 2013/240 pages/$14.99

Most every woman dreams about having a family and a building a home. We grow up on a steady diet of fairy tales and chick flicks that drive our dreams . . . and leave us with a sugarcoated version of reality. We want it all: the prince, the kiss, the proposal, the ring, the castle, and eventually, the kids in smocked rompers playing cheerfully on the perfectly manicured lawn. Our hopes and dreams are pinned on the world’s version of happily-ever-after.

In Ever After, best-selling author Vicki Courtney addresses the realities of marriage and motherhood, the difficulties and the blessings. It offers women a behind the scenes glimpse of what a fairy tale really looks like on the average day for the average wife and mom. Poignant, funny, and even cathartic, Vicki shares mistakes made, lessons learned, and memories to keep. Most of all, she reflects the hope and promise that God meets us in the middle wherever we are in the journey.

Bible Study coming in Fall 2013.

Read the first chapter here.


Vicki Courtney is a speaker and the best-selling author of many books and Bible studies. Among her popular writings are the ECPA Christian Book Award winners TeenVirtue and TeenVirtue Confidential. Vicki and her husband have three grown children, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love, and a grandchild. They live in Austin, Texas where they are blessed to have all of their children living nearby. More information can be found at VickiCourtney.com.


This book should be given to every bride with instructions to read it the first time she senses that her prince may still have a bit of frog in him or when she realizes that tiaras tend to fall off when you're scrubbing toilets! In her signature blend of humor and (at times) gut-wrenching authenticity, Vicki Courtney takes a frank look at the mayhem and mishaps of marriage and family after those glossy wedding bands have lost a bit of their sparkle and the honeymoon is a distant memory. Anecdotes from her own marriage and child-rearing days pepper the book, providing laugh-out-loud moments and, more importantly, encouragement that God's grace is sufficient for our daily needs. Harried young moms may need to keep this book in the bathroom to read in snatches but this is a must-read for anyone longing to keep her eyes on the big picture and let go of some of the pressure women put on ourselves and each other to maintain the perfect facade. I highly recommend this book. And keep your eyes open for the video Bible Study, which will be released this fall!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Vicki Courtney. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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