Let. It. Go. Book Tour + Giveaway!

The following is a guest post from Karen Ehman, author of LET. IT. GO.

Do you find it hard to follow God? I do. My self-reliant personality would much rather do things myself; make my own plans; forge my own path. And being a mom, where many decisions have to be made and actions taken, only worsens the problem. After all, “mother knows best” right?

Not always. But God does.

It has been a long hard road for me to learn that God knows best and that sometimes other people’s ways are smarter than mine.

Which includes my husband. YIKES!

You see I am also a card-carrying member of “control freaks anonymous”. I want to control all of the decisions in my home and marriage too.

Can you relate?

What has helped me is to study the lives of biblical characters who went their own way; who didn’t consult their Father. The results were disastrous, at best. Sometimes downright deadly.

So I read about the lives of Sarah and Abraham, who lied to try to change circumstances. Or Joshua, who was tricked by an entire Gibeonite army, who seemed like they were from afar with their moldy bread and old wineskins, but who were actually from nearby and dangerous. No one bothered to inquire of the Lord whether or not to believe them. The result was not pretty.

There are others–Ananias and Sapphira. They met an awful fate for going their own way. Or even those biblical characters who did hear from God and knew what they should do, but refused to do it. Ahem…Jonah? Anyone up for riding around in the belly of a whale for a three day trip?

I pray that all of us learn to pause. In the small things and the monumental. To consult God before answering a child or responding to our husbands. And to seek Him out before making a major decision.

As a result, we will spend much less time wandering and more time walking in step with our Creator.

How about you? How do you practically follow God in your daily life?


Karen has generously offered two Kingdom First Mom readers a copy of her book!

Enter to win 1 of 2 copies of Let. It. Go. (email subscribers need to click through to the post to enter)

To enter, simply leave a comment. That’s it! The giveaway will end on Thursday, 12/6 at 5 pm, CST.

About Let.It.Go.:

Women are wired to control. We make sure the house is clean, the meals are prepared, the beds are made, the children are dressed, and everyone gets to where they’re going on time. But sometimes our strength of being conscientious can morph into the weakness of being a slight—or all out—control freak! This humorous, yet spiritually practical book will help you learn how to control what you should, trust God with what you can’t, and more importantly, decide which one is which! Join Karen Ehman, a recovering control freak, as she enables you to:

  • Draw the line between mothering and micromanaging
  • Influence your husband instead of manipulating him
  • Take control of your schedule yet welcome interruptions from God
  • Learn to control your emotions when you can’t control the circumstances
  • Stop pursuing the appearance of perfection and start pursuing the person of God

LET IT GO Blog Tour

Purchase the book:

Let. It. Go. via Proverbs31.org

Let. It. Go. via Amazon.com

About Author:

Karen Ehman is the Director of Speakers for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ national speaking team. A five-time author, her books include A Life That Says Welcome, The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized and the popular ebook Untangling Christmas: Your Go-to Guide for a Hassle-free Holiday. She is a favorite presenter at Hearts at Home moms’ conferences and a sought-after speaker for women’s events. She has been a guest on national television and radio programs, including The 700 Club, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection and Focus on the Family. Karen also is a contributor to Focus on the family’s magazine Thriving Family. She lives with her family in central Michigan.

I received a copy of Let. It. Go. for the purpose of review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine!

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A Simpler Season ebook Giveaway {3 winners!}

Can you believe it is November? 2012 has flown by, and now the holiday season is upon us.

I am not exactly the creative type, so I get my hands on as many ideas for decorating, food, and gifts as I can.

Jessica Fisher (from Life as MOM and Good (Cheap) Eats) has released yet another fantastic eBook. A Simpler Season is not just a Christmas planner, but includes creative ideas, time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

A guide to planning the winter holidays, A Simpler Season also includes recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts.

Here’s what you’ll get in A Simpler Season:

  • creative ideas for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s
  • over 150 pages of content: ideas, recipes, and inspiration for planning a special holiday season with your family
  • 70+ printable pages: calendars, to do sheets, inventories, and planning pages
  • games and activities to do with the kids
  • 24+ family activity cards to print and do over the month of December
  • printable recipe and gift cards to help you make edible gifts
  • a variety of family devotional ideas to explore with your family
  • a list of children’s books to enjoy as well as extension activities to do with your children after the reading
  • family-friendly recipes for the each of the winter holidays
  • questions to get you thinking about how you really want to spend your time this year
  • easy downloadable format in pdf or on kindle

Jessica has graciously offered THREE of her eBooks to be given away here on Kingdom First Mom!

Enter to Win

——> This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners: Kelly (Kelbe…4@gmail.com), Olga (momof2…@live.com), and Sheila (sdbi…@gmail.com)!!!

To enter this giveaway, please fill out this form (email subscribers will have to click through to the post to enter):

This giveaway ends at 5 pm CST on Thursday, 11/8. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email.

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21 Days to a More Disciplined Life eBook Sale + a Giveaway!

Are you easily overwhelmed by your big ideas or projects, and you just don’t know where to start and how to make real progress?

Do you find yourself making “all-or-nothing” plans for transforming your life, and then three days later you crash and burn under the weight of your plan?

Crystal Paine’s (aka Money Saving Mom) new eBook, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life may be the ticket to cure your frustration.

About 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life:

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life is not going to fix all of your discipline problems in less than a month, and if I claimed I’d be able to do that, I’d be lying.

After you have finished reading this book and gone through your first 21 Days, you will have implemented one or two small changes and created a habit of discipline in one area of your life

You will also have one completed “Mega Project”. Completing your first Mega Project is so important to your continued success in creating discipline habits. It will propel you forward and motivate you like nothing else.

Crystal breaks each day into bite-sized pieces. It only took a few minutes to read day one, and another five to clear and clean one shelf in my pantry (which really needs a good purging!). In total, I spent less than 15 minutes on the tasks for day one. This book is about tackling very small projects and one big project one day at a time… which is definitely doable for this new mom!

Today through Thursday, October 26, you can download 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life for only $0.99 as a PDF or for your Kindle. Beginning Friday, the book will go to $4.99. OR… you could enter to win one of FIVE copies of Crystal’s eBook right here on Kingdom First Mom!

Enter to Win

This giveaway is now closed. The winners are: Mandy (goldfu…1@…), Becky (beckymilst…@gm…), Katie (katie.hick…20@…), Kim (kimshir…24@…), and Andi (andreajes…10@…)!

To enter this giveaway, please fill out this form (email subscribers will have to click through to the post to enter):

The giveaway will be open through 5 pm CST on Thursday, October 26. Good luck!

Disclosure: I was provided with a review copy of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. The links to the eBook are my affiliate links. If you would prefer to purchase the eBook outside of my affiliate link, please go here.

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Eat Well and Spend Less with Kitchen Time-Savers: The Slow Cooker {+ a Giveaway!}

Despite the newborn baby haze joy, I have managed to find lots of time to cook. In the last several weeks of my pregnancy, I simply did not feel like cooking. My lack of motivation (and energy) did not change the fact that we needed to eat. Eating out all of the time was not feasible for our family, and neither was using all “convenience” foods (although, I do confess to having a few more in my pantry than normal during this time!).

In this season of newmommyness, I need to be able to make a quick and healthy meal that will satisfy hungry tummies and still allow me plenty of snuggle time with my babe. Add to that the fact that this new babe thinks he needs to eat 24/7, and you can see how my time in the kitchen might be limited. One of my favorite go-to kitchen time savers is my slow cooker.

To be completely honest, we might not have eaten some days if it had not been for my slow cooker. There have been many times when I forgot to set a freezer meal out to defrost, and it was so nice to be able to turn to my slow cooker. Plus, the bonus is that I can toss frozen meat or chicken in it, without having to defrost it first!

The biggest factor for me, however, is how much time the slow cooker saves me. I can put all of the items in it, turn it on, and forget about it… at least for a few hours! You really can’t beat that when you only have a few minutes to cook. The only downfall to using a slow cooker is that some dishes need to cook a certain amount of time, and it must be in the slow cooker early enough to be ready by suppertime. Sometimes, I forget that I need to have those potatoes peeled and cut up by 10 am so we can have supper on time!

I am oh-so excited about this new cookbook from Jessica Fisher, aka Life as MOM! I received my copy in the mail on Monday and I am just itching to get in the kitchen and try these fabulous recipes!

About NYM Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook:

In today’s fast-paced society, TV dinners and fast food can easily take the place of good home cooking. But with the help of one of the most underused appliances in most people’s kitchen — the freezer — anyone can make and preserve about two weeks’ worth of delicious home-cooked meals in a matter of hours. Jessica Fisher’ s Not Your Mother provides the key to doing so. Fisher outlines 200 recipes for delectable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners through the method of batch cooking that saves both time and money.

This cookbook puts a modern spin on the age-old idea of freezing meals for later, and appeals to today’s diverse tastes, providing recipes for not only chicken, beef, and pork, but also fish, shellfish, and vegetarian main courses. Fisher also details how to go about using the freezer to its full potential, giving information on the best freezer bags and, most importantly, how to thaw food safely after it has been frozen.

Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook is available on Amazon, but you can win your very own copy right here!

—->This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Kim (kimmerbean@….)!

I have ONE copy of Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook to give away.*

Enter to Win

To enter this giveaway, please fill out this form (email subscribers will have to click through to the post to enter):


The giveaway will be open through 5 pm CST on Monday, October 22. Good luck!


This month the Eat Well, Spend Less crew is talking Kitchen Time Savers. Be sure to check out their posts, plus enter to win Jessica’s cookbook on their sites, too!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook, courtesy of The Harvard Common Press. All opinions are mine, all mine.

Written by: Amy Norton
Amy is a youth pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom to three girls, ages 8, 6, and 4, and a new baby boy. When she’s not writing at Kingdom First Mom, you can find her cooking, getting crunchier by the day, and trying to stay on top of the laundry. She enjoys writing about her family, homeschooling, and life adventures at Amy Loves It.

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