Monday, March 1, 2010

A Doubly Delightful Giveaway!

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I have a delightful double feature to share with you, and it includes a giveaway!

Like two sides of a single coin, the relationship between a mother and her daughter can be both satisfying and frustrating, harmonious and discordant, and full of blessing and hurt. In their book, Mother-Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want with Your Adult Daughter, Cheri Fuller and her daughter Ali Plum explore this oh-so-important relationship and provide a balanced perspective that will resonate with moms and daughters alike. And one of the most beautiful aspects of this book is that it is real! Cheri and Ali don't claim to have a perfect relationship; in fact, they honestly share some of the struggles they experienced as they traveled the bumpy, and sometimes dysfunctional, road to where they are today. (And they also acknowledge that they still have their "moments" -- some of which occurred during their collaboration on this book!) Having the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, each provides her unique perspective on some of the bumps they experienced with suggestions for how they might have more successfully navigated their way through specific "land mines" such as generational differences, faith journeys, a daughter's marriage, and the birth of the daughter's own children. In addition to these, they discuss communication, respect, validation, cutting the apron strings, forgiveness, and more.

The most beautiful music comes from the harmony obtained when very different notes and instruments are played together; likewise, the mother-daughter duel can become a duet blending into a symphony of beautiful music that demonstrates and celebrates their uniqueness. I recommend this book for all moms and daughters who long to make the transition from parent/child to adult friendship and respect.

When a daughter is born, her mother has a thousand hopes and dreams for her, especially that they will be best friends one day.

Unfortunately, even the best of intentions can go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction
and frustration. But a harmonious relationship is possible.

Award-winning author Cheri Fuller and her daughter, Ali Plum, have been there and have discovered the keys to a healthy relationship. In Mother-Daughter Duet they share their story—each from her own perspective—in which they have experienced distance and tension, growth and challenge, and, ultimately, acceptance and harmony. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on several basic principles (letting go; listening; respect; setting boundaries; and more), Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms repair the breach so that daughters want to draw close.

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.

Cheri Fuller is a best-selling, award-winning author whose books have sold more than one million copies. She speaks to a wide range of women at women’s conferences and is a frequent guest on national radio and television programs.

Ali Plum is Cheri’s daughter, a writer and songwriter, a wife, and a mother to Noah and Luke. She and her mom have weathered the ups and downs of their relationship to find one of the most treasured, honest relationships of their lives. Ali has recorded background vocals for popular musicians, and Mother-Daughter Duet marks her debut into book publishing.

Find out more, including where to purchase this book, at the publisher's website.

Dancing With My Father is designed to improve a woman's relationship with her Heavenly Father. Springboarding from the story of David dancing in the streets as the ark was returned to Jerusalem, author Sally Clarkson urges the reader to live in joy and dance with delight in God's presence. Listening for the Music of God's Voice, Dancing Through the Twists and Turns of Life, and Staying in Step with Your Partner are just a few of the chapter titles that encourage women to live a life marked by grace and joy. Grab a copy and begin your dance!

The reality of living in a broken, fallen world can leave women feeling overcome by fear, guilt, and weariness. Many develop “sawdust souls,” numb to any sense of joy.

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.

Through rich biblical insights woven with real-life stories, women will be inspired to recapture a spirit of joy as they follow God’s lead on the dance floor of life.

Sally Clarkson is a popular speaker, known across the nation and internationally for her work with women. She is the author of several books, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. She has worked in various ministries, including Campus Crusade for Christ. With her husband, Clay, she is cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries, which encourages and equips Christian parents. The Clarksons, parents of four, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Find out more, including where to purchase this book, at the publisher's website.

The publisher has provided an addtional set of these two books for me to give to one of you. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by 10:00 pm (CST) Wednesday. US Residents only, please.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Mulnomah Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. 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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BARBIE said...

Oh I would love to win both of these. Thank you!

sara said...

As I have a daughter that is moving into adulthood...I would LOVE this book!!

Skoots1moM said...

i'm like sara, my dd's headed to college...i'd like to share the 2nd book w/ my small group :)
add my name in, plz!

Beth said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Hope you like the mini meatloaves. They are so easy to make.
We are big readers here at our house....have 2 daughters and would love the books.

Anonymous said...

what a wonderful giveaway...thanks for the opportunity to read this set of books :)


Nel said...

Those books sound very good. Please include me in your giveaway.

until next time... nel

Mary Lou said...

I would love both of these. I have had a good realtionship with my adult daughter and it has had some distance put in it lately and I don't know whose fault it is or why.. I would love this book as well as the other...thanks for doing this..
Mary Lou

Let'sMakeADifference said...

They sound like great books! Thanks for the chance to win!