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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Beautiful Wife Blog Tour and giveaway!

    The Beautiful Wife  is the instruction manual every woman needs!  Written by Sandy Ralya, it's a "book for the gloriously messy woman who has serious and not-so-serious questions about her role as a wife".  I love how Sandy addresses issues such as Taking Care of Yourself, Living as the Genuine Article (take off the Wonder Woman mask!), Inviting Romance, Managing Money, and so much more.  As you read the book you will feel like you are spending time with your best friend- the one who truly cares about you.  Ms. Ralya shares her personal marriage experiences, both good and bad, and it's quite refreshing.  
   I looked forward to reading this book every day as I learned so many ways to improve my life, my marriage and my relationship with the Lord.  I was doing so many thing wrong and just accepting that was the only way!  Gently and with lots of encouragement Sandy Ralya has put me on the right path.  This book is life changing!
   I was particularly impressed with the chapter called "Living as the Genuine Article".  I want, like many women, to wear "The Perfect Ten Mask".  You know, the one that tells the world that everything is just perfect in your world.  You've got everything under control.  Yeah, right.  We are encouraged to take off this mask and "be authentic".  "By sharing our wounds and weaknesses it will open us up to Christ's healing and strength and it will invite others to share openly with us as well". What a relief to just be real!
   I recommend The Beautiful Wife to all women- married and single.  I am sure that you will find that this book was written just for you, as I did.  Marriage doesn't come with instructions but The Beautiful Wife would certainly fit the bill!

About the book:

The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God's best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God's plan for their marriages. "It is my passion to help women discover God's heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me," writes Sandy. "When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it's a beautiful thing indeed." The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources - Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide.
About Sandy Ralya: 
Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV's Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women's retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.  www.beautifulwomanhood.com

One beautiful winner will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi
  • The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya
  • The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide by Sandy Ralya
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/7/12. Winner will be announced at Sandy's "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party on 3/8. Sandy will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, prayer journals, gift certificates and a live chat with Sandy for your Bible study or small group!
So grab your copy of The Beautiful Wife and join Sandy and friends on the evening of March 8th for an evening of fun.

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP TODAY and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!

Video Links:
1.      Sandy’s Testimony. This is directed primarily at wives. Sandy speaks to the mentors for a few seconds near the end, but her testimony will be one that resonates with wives as well.
2.      About BEAUTIFUL WOMANHOOD Ministry. This uses Sandy’s experience to speak directly to the marriage mentor to encourage and equip her role as a mentor.

*I was given a copy of The Beautiful Wife, the prayer journal and mentor's guide from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

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