Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home
by Courtney Joseph
Sometimes it’s so easy for women to be overwhelmed in this world, trying to balance their identity and roles in marriage, as moms, as women of faith and in ministry and careers and more. Courtney Joseph’s book, Women Living Well: Find Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home, is full of grace, tips, and Biblical insights into how to bring beauty into every arena of a woman’s life.
You may know of Courtney as The TimeWarpWife or maybe through GoodMorningGirls. She encourages women to fight the trend to try to have everything, do everything, be everything in this world and to find our identities in God and value our ministry in Him.
I love how her book is organized around a woman’s priorities, placing God first, then marriage, then kids, then the home. It helps us to keep “first things first.” She includes strategies for Bible study, handling conflict in marriage, parenting in the digital age, and even how to take a proper bubble bath (for the stressful days!). The book particularly emphasizes information on how social media and the Internet can be useful (when used wisely) rather than harmful in our homes and lives. Ultimately, the book is both encouraging and practical—reminding women that living this life and investing in our families takes skill and takes God.
The book is a lovely resource for any woman, but she is writing from the perspective of a stay-at-home, homeschooling wife and mom. She is very careful not to judge or argue that her life choices are right for everyone, but you may need to look elsewhere for tips on balancing a career in addition to these other life roles and also for information on how to parent Godly children in the public schools.
It’s easy to think that someone who authors a book like this must have it all together and sometimes to even feel overwhelmed by how great the author is and how much we fall short. Yet, Courtney Joseph writes with grace and humor, reminding us, as she puts it, that “perfect women aren’t real, and real women aren’t perfect….but that should not stop us from pursuing a good and godly life” (p. 148). She’s written this book to help us do just that.
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