Saturday, May 26, 2012

"Always There: Reflections for Moms on God's Presence" Review {Giveaway}

If you missed my review of the new MOPS theme book "Mom Connection" earlier this month, you will want to check it out. Then come back over and enter to win a copy of this year's devotional "Always There: Reflections for Moms on God's Presence"!

About the book: 
Every mom with young children knows there's no such thing as "alone." But that doesn't mean she never feels alone, lonely, or even abandoned. Always There is a devotional for moms, by moms, that assures readers that God's abiding presence remains no matter what the circumstances of life. God is there every step of the way, from the first smile to the everyday feedings to those middle-of-the-night times. From the humorous to the solemn, these short devotions will capture moms' hearts as they reflect on their role as mothers and on their ever-present and steadfast God.

Contributors to Always There include Hayley DiMarco, Kim Hill, Kathi Lipp, Amy Parham, Renee Swope, Ann Voskamp and many others.

The fifty-two devotions are organized around aspects of life with young children.  These include: 
- Firsts 
- Marriage 
- Friendship 
- Overwhelmed 
- In Control 
- Mundane 
- Laughter and Play 
- Sacrifice 
- Work 
- Provision
My thoughts:
With a list of authors like Carol Kuykendall, Kathi Lipp and Keri Kent Wyatt, it has to be a great book, right? I expected to be wowed and impressed, but what I didn't expect was for each one I read to hit me right where I needed it (and sometimes hard). 
From "I'll Have What She's Having" by Shannon Milholland (envy another mom much?), "Do We Have to Hurry, Mommy?" by Jenne Acevedo (Ugh & Ouch!), "Sometimes I Just Want to Quit" by Renee Swope (Ever have days like that?) and "The Pregnancy Test" by Alexandra Kuykendall (I have been there!), I felt like each author was writing straight to me. Let's just say I cried (more than once) and leave it at that.

And the best part (as if it could get even more amazing) is that each devotional is short enough to read in mommy time. I even managed to fit it in between needy 4 year-old moments.
About the editor:   
Susan Besze Wallace is a magazine writer, the author of The New Mom's Guide to Life with Baby and a columnist for MomSense. She spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter nationwide before the daily deadlines of mothering three boys became her passion. She resides in Northern Virginia.

The prize and the fine print:
The winner will be mailed one copy of Always There via media mail.

This mailing is limited to USA (including APO/FPO) and CAN address. (Sorry, the costs to ship overseas were killing my blog budget!)

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions expressed are all mine and I was not required to give a positive review.

Always There is available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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I hope you win!  


  1. I barealy even get mommy time every day it seems like. This would probably be a great encouragement over the course of the year. :)

  2. I'm such a book collector. My collection wants more books!

  3. I would love to win this book. Looks good!

  4. I am so excited to get a look into this book. What a blessing it is to hear from other moms about daily struggles and how to keep God involved in our lives!

  5. This would be a perfect thing to supplement by God Time since we do not have Bible study over the summer!