June Book Club Selection

Welcome, friends, to our monthly book club announcement and prize giveaway. If you’re stopping by after reading Marybeth’s devotion for Proverbs 31 Ministries, you picked a great day to visit. Not only are we announcing our featured book club selection for June, ย  She Makes It Look Easy, but it also happens to be the latest novel of She Reads founder, Marybeth Whalen.

 

The main character in She Makes It Look Easy struggles with her domestic role and in honor of her kitchen clumsiness, we’re giving away the amazing gift set below, courtesy of David C. Cook Publishers:

Giveaway details include: Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 10-cup Digital Multicooker, Taste of Home Summer Slow Cooker Meals Cookbook, 13 x 6 bamboo cutting board, 4 ย  ramekins (with lids), 4-pack of silicone spatulas (red, yellow, green, blue), yellow jacquard terry kitchen towel, vintage flour-sack towel, 4 dish cloths, and a fun soap/hand lotion glass pump.

As usual, entering the giveaway is as easy as leaving a comment on this post or signing up for our free monthly e-newsletter. Enter for yourself but also pass this link along to your friends so they can enter as well. One grand-prize winner will receive this ultimate kitchen gift-pack and a copy of Marybeth’s novel. Two additional winners will each receive a copy of the novel.

 

We will have an additional giveaway for those participating in our online book club (details forthcoming). Don’t have a local book club? Consider joining ours and you can chat about books at your convenience with fiction lovers all over the globe. So far we have participants on three continents! Bonding over books has never been easier.

She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen

She Makes It Look Easy is a novel for every woman who has looked at another woman’s life and thought I want what she has.

Ariel Baxter has moved into the neighborhood of her dreams-and the chaos of raising three children moved with her. Then she meets her neighbor, Justine Miller. Justine ushers Ariel into a world of clutter-free houses, fresh-baked bread, homemade crafts, neighborhood playdates, and organization techniques designed to make marriage better and parenting manageable. Soon Ariel realizes there is hope for peace, friendship, and clean kitchen counters. But when rumors start to circulate about Justine’s real home life, Ariel must choose whether to believe the best about the friend she admires or consider the possibility that “perfection” isn’t always what it seems to be.

 

Marybeth Whalen has been married to Curt for 19 years. They have six children and regularly answer the questions: “Are they all yours? ” “Are they all from the same marriage? ” “Are there any twins? ” and “How do you do it? ” (Answers are as following: yes, yes, no, and we have no idea!) When not chasing children or trying to schedule a date with her husband, Marybeth enjoys writing, reading and serving as co-director of She Reads, where she does her part to share fantastic fiction with other women who love a great story. She is the author of The Mailbox, and She Makes It Look Easy.

 

 

 


About Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon is co-founder of She Reads, a novelist, blogger, and life-long reader. She lives in the rolling hills outside Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and four young sons (aka The Wild Rumpus). She is the author of THE WIFE THE MAID AND THE MISTRESS and the forthcoming HINDENBURG (both published by Doubleday).

760 Responses to June Book Club Selection

  1. PreMa June 5, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great giveaway, but the book sounds the best!

  2. Amy M. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway. Loved the devotion this AM.

  3. Jan Martin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a really good book, can’t wait to read it!

  4. Angela Webb June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It does sound like a great giveaway!

  5. Carolann Luersen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have been working my whole adult life on being organized and keeping my kitchen clean….after 50 years, I’ll be retiring this summer and maybe THEN I’ll find the way to be organized and have
    a clean kitchen, when I am no longer working full time. That was my excuse for the past 50 years. I am looking forward to reading this book, and many others now that I will have the time. I enjoy the daily emails and the encouragement.

  6. Loretta June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I just got done telling my husband that the next 4 weeks look rediculously busy…then I sit down to read the devotions…..Prov. 31 devotions ladies–I sometimes think you live at my house! God uses you so often to visit me exactly where I’m at through your website! Thanks for letting God use you.

  7. kendra@ www.abusywomanslife.com June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this. What a wonderful giveaway!

  8. Bet1226 June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book.

  9. Nanette Fontenot June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This devotional struck a nerve with me. . .so much so that I am interested in the book. I have rushed through so much of my life and do not sit to enjoy the moment I am in. I am so busy figuring out and planning the next “to do” that I am not enjoying the moment. I would love to read the book and see what God has in it for me.

  10. Angel Magee June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sooo very excited to read this book! I bought, read, and loved Marybeth’s last novel so much that I passed it on to two other peope; who read, loved and shared it with others also. She is so gifted in her writing of both books and devotionals. Marybeth, please keep on using your gift, your writing is so very inspirational. Thank you!

  11. Brenda Schiesser June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have been on a quest for over a year now to recapture my home. It got out of hand for several years while caring for my ailing Mother. She passed away last year in Feb and I struggled for almost a year trying to find the skill organization that I had set aside to be there for her. Just as I “thought” it was coming together, we had another death in the family of my beloved brother-in-law of over 50 yrs. Now my time is divided between spending time with my disabled sister who is devastated by the loss of her best friend, being available to help care for 4 of my granddaughter’s who’s Mom had to go to work last year after being a stay at home, homeschooling Mom when her hubby had back surgery and lost his job and my floundering home based business. I realize that there are more important things than a spotless house but a portion of my sanity calls for calm and peace and I don’t feel it all the time when there are so many things that need to be done looming all around me. I no longer strive for perfection………I just want peace and calm. This book sounds like a good start for my ongoing journey.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Brenda Schiesser

  12. Stephanie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I really like the idea of creating a “to enjoy list” instead of a “to do list”. I can hardly wait to read your new book!

  13. Karen Rawson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have long admired those women who make everything look easy.
    Perhaps I should have spent that time working in my own home with my own family. I look forward to reading the book. (I love the colors you chose for the giveaway — very cheerful!)
    Thanks for the daily encouragement,
    Karen

  14. Beverly Mullins June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I look forward to reading your book….I too am always looking ahead to tomorrow, next week, next month and even next Christmas. Never seeming to be content with TODAY. Today is the greatest blessing and I miss it so many times. Thanks for writing…
    Beverly

  15. Betsy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I too struggled with a neighbor that made it look easy. She became my best friend and died last year after a 20 year battle with cancer. I learned from her we all have gifts. Mine was not keeping a picture perfect house. I also learned how to be a loving mother as in the end that will be what people really see that matters. I have learned to use my gifts to serve God and believe all the other stuff will be okay. Romans 8:28

  16. Linda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read this book and the items are so fun and useful.

  17. Colleen G. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds like a “must read” for women and the gift package looks pretty amazing too ๐Ÿ™‚
    Colleen G.

  18. Amy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read the book – and the giveaway looks wonderful, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Donna June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m up for anything that makes anything easier! Looks like a great giveaway and and a great read!

  20. angela c June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like a great book and super giveaway. Thanks!!

  21. Dawn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What fun – a great giveaway, including what looks like a great book! Thank you!

  22. Tiffany L. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved “The Mailbox” so when I found out Marybeth had another book coming out I immediately added it to my wish list. As soon as I was able I pre-ordered it for my kindle. I am really looking forward to starting it and even though it sounds like it will be a very different sort of story than “The Mailbox” I know once I start “She Makes It Look Easy” I won’t be able to put it down!

  23. Trina E June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I already have this book on my “to read” list…..so this giveaway is GREAT!

  24. Rebekah June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book is definitely God appointed for me! Thank you!!

  25. LindaAnn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    WOW, what a great give-a-way. I am anxious to read your book.
    I enjoy your devotions/blog and just know the book will be a great read
    Thanks for your encouragement.

  26. April June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    So excited about this book and would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!!!

  27. Lisa Davis June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book and the giveaway are awesome! I am always in a state of organizing, in my mind! lol
    Lisa

  28. Caty June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the reminder to “enjoy the main feature” in your devotional. I have been seeing the need, as well as wanting, to slow down and enjoy my kids more lately. I keep trying to do so much with them/around them even at home and I think I just need to love on them with no agenda for a little while.
    I have 3 kids ages 4 1/2, 3 and 9 months. Getting dinner made and on the table for us to sit down together is such a challenge. Slow cookers are my friend!! Thank you for this awesome giveaway. I’ll definitely be looking for the summer slow cooker cookbook!
    Blessings to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Bethany June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    So excited to read this book!!!

  30. Adra Diane Johnson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    My favorite part of reading is finding myself within the pages, identifying with one character or another, and gaining insight into my own soul. I look forward to doing this again with Marybeth’s new book. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Chris June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love reading your Proverbs 31 devotional. I am looking forward to reading one of your books and visiting this website more often…Your friend is right 18 summers with your kids goes very fast! My youngest just turned 18..summers sure are different now.
    Enjoy!

  32. Dawn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I MUST READ this book! God has been trying to show me these things and i hope I am finally learning; though at times I move one step forward and two steps back! Can’t wait to read it! Your devotions have touched my life, Marybeth. Thank you!

  33. Pam June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love She Reads……always great books and great giveaways!

  34. Heather June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  35. Melody June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It sounds like a fun and inspirational book to read! I used to “make it look easy”. But then i started working full time and now nothing about keeping my home in order is easy! I feel like one of the lessons that God is trying to teach me during this season of my life is to learn to be okay with myself even though I am not able to do all things as well as I would like to. It is a tough order!

  36. Josie Lytle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful book and what a fun giveaway! I must admit that I am a read-aholic and my house shows it. I am looking forward to reading this book!

  37. Danielle Ganz June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a great book. I think I can really identify with the main character and look fwd to following along w her journey.

  38. Karen O June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Your devotion on Proverbs 31 was just what I needed to read today. Thanks for reminding me that I don’t always appreciating where I am today. I need to stop thinking of the future and loving the present. I look forward to reading your book. Thanks for the opportunity to win this gift package!

  39. Michelle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved The Mailbox! Can’t wait to read your new book, please keep writing!

  40. Jennifer June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. I am slowly learning about taking time to slow down and enjoy life more – I am not always the best at taking time to relax. I have just started reading Marybeth’s blog and it has been a great encouragement to to me! Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Beth June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love to win! I need that book too!

  42. Glenda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotional. It made me realize how much I speed through life not really enjoying the blessings of God. By the way, the book title is really an eye-catcher and I am sure an eye-opener. I sure hope I win a copy of the book!

  43. LORRIE YOUNG June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    love your writing style and easily can relate to this one! would love to read this book–such a struggle for so many of us women! i always tell people if they think they want to be like me–they just haven’t spent enough time with me! ha.

  44. Ashley King June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Cannot wait to get the book and join the online club, sounds fun!

  45. Debbie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read the book and the giveaway looks just awesome. Please enter me for the giveaway!! Thanks so much!

  46. magaly June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Somedays is difficult to understand that we need to slow down even though we were born on this “century” if you don’t make it fast, quick! you are abnormal!!! Do we need to follow steps to slow down? Your book sounds interesting. We keep forgetting that God has an amazing plan for each one of us, the key is to stop and listen to him.

  47. Lisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This will be the first book on my summer reading list!

  48. Amanda Holbrook June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It seems I am always trying to slow down and enjoy the blessings God has given me. Can’t wait to start on this book!

  49. Jenny F. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win! Sounds awesome.

  50. Cindy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read new book. Read The Mailbox and loved it. Would also love to win all the other goodies that you are giving away with this book. I need a “pick me up”! This one would be a great one!!!!!!!!

  51. Lorri June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading the book this summer. What a fun give a way, since I do seem to always be on the run my slow cooker is my best friend.

  52. Karen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I started my summer reading a little earlier than I usually do. I made a list from the authors on “She Reads” and could not wait until summer officially began to start in on the books. I enjoyed “The Mailbox” so much that I told my mom about it. SHe read it and enjoyed it, too. Now we have agreed to do our summer reading together so that we have someone to chat with. We will have to add “She Makes it Look Easy” to the list. From the sound of the summary, I think we can both relate.

    Blessings!

  53. Lorri W. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read the book this summer. What a fun give-a-way.

  54. Lissa Brummet June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I LOVE to cook and I LOVE to read, just found out about Marybeth Whalen from my Proverbs 31 devotional. I mostly read Christian Fiction and am looking forward to a new author and some new summer reading! Thanks for sharing your passion with us.

  55. Lynee June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Proverbs 31 Ministries and She Reads has been an answer to prayer many times in my morning readings and prayer time! Bless you for listening to the Lord’s leading,( even when you might not want to.). My prayer is for renewal, God’s clarity and help, and revival in many areas of my life right now. So excited to read your novel and hope I win the kitchen wares! Passing it on. Blessings!

  56. Amy Pedison June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love your devotions, so can’t wait to read the book! Please enter me for the giveaway too! Thanks!!!

  57. Kathy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have been looking forward to reading this book and it would be even more fun to win a copy! The kitchen set looks great. Please sign me up . . . thanks!

  58. Marilyn Goin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I read your other book, the Mailbox, and enjoyed it so much. I would love to be entered into this giveaway and win. I never win anything, but it would be nice.

  59. Marilyn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Loved today’s devotion on spending too much time on “coming attactions”–what might/will/going to happen that embracing the now. Looking forward to reading your book and even better if I won a copy:)

  60. Sharon Hollingsworth June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read this new book !! It sounds absolutely amazing and then I pass it to my friends !! I really enjoy my morning devotion for Proverbs 31 ministerys . thanks for being such an inspiration .

  61. LF June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would LOVE to win a copy of the book and/or the kitchen gift set. The book sounds totally relevant for my life right now:) Thanks!

  62. Terri Neu June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book looks good. I would like to read it but I have a friend that might enjoy it too…if she’s slow down long enough to read it.

  63. Emily B June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to read thsi book and have the great kitchen items!

  64. Lori Lynn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It looks like a really good book, and a nice give-away!

  65. Christine June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am looking forward to She Makes It Look Easy…..it centers around a common theme in most womens’ lives – that tricky trap of comparison. I find it creeps up in conversations with girlfriends and I can’t wait to read and recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  66. Amy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book looks great and I will add it to my summer reading list. The giveaway is just an added bonus!

  67. Pamela in Calgary, AB June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am looking forward to this book…I think it resonates for a lot of women. We seem to keep adding things to our lives instead of slowing down and enjoying the treasure of another day from God.

    With her amazing writing skills, I have no doubt that Marybeth has captured this situation perfectly and written about it in her “everywoman” style. Can’t wait to start reading!

  68. Jenny G. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would absolutely LOVE the giveaway! The book sounds like a GREAT read!! Enjoyed today’s devotion “Coming Attractions.”

  69. Barbara June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway! Easy meals for summer days mean more time to read! Thanks.

  70. noni bilbrey June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a wonderful read and fun stuff for the kitchen too!

  71. Sandra June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a really good book. Can’t wait to read it!

  72. Judith Vaughn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me. Thank you.

  73. Beth June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to read the book, and the give away is awesome! I’m kind of drooling over that slow cooker.

  74. Tammy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Both of these giveaways are right up my alley…it’s funny, b/c I have friends who tell me that they think that I have it all together and “make it look easy”. I have to laugh out loud to that! I would love to win this book! Thanks for your writings.

  75. Martha Joseph Johnson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I heard Lysa for the first time at my church, Concord First Assembly. Since then I have been glued to her website, reading her books, and on Proverbs 31 ministries site. I also ordered the magazine. I have been married only one month, so I am diligently seeking to learn all that I can to be the woman God calls us to be. I find that the more I read the more I can see myself and I find that there is so much to bring subject to God. I want to line my life up with God’s word. I also enjoy reading Christian fiction and non-fiction. I used to have a book club, but it slowly dissolved, so I am looking forward to joining this club and reading this new book over my summer break. Please pray for me. MJJ

  76. Melodie Z June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the opportunity of another great giveaway. These are so fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  77. Kate June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m so excited to find your blog and your books! I plan to share this with all my girlfriends that I know need to slooooooow doooooown a little! Love every moment, even if you have a lot tasks on your todo list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Dierdre June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for the wonderful devotion you shared this morning. There are so many times I forget to pause to see and hear God’s creation. What a wonderful book give away, one that I would love to read. Then I would pass it to my daughter-in-law so we could share thoughts of the book together. God has truly inspired you and has given you the blessing to bless others. These books and devotions are encourgement to me and others in the hard places of our life. Please sign me up for the give away.

  79. Debra D June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading the book. So many times I say, “If only I had what ____ has.” Both giveaways look and sound great but the book sounds the best to me!!

  80. Ernema Boettner June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    There are quite a few women in my town who I have admired either from a distance or the nearness of a close friendship. I have said “She makes it look easy” or “I want what she has” of these women. Those from the latter have often given me an opportunity to check my heart. Things are not always what they seem to me. When thoughts of jealousy and envy come to me I pray, “Lord help me to be content.” Mary Beth has struck a chord in every woman’s thought life. Would love to read her book!

  81. Nicole June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Luv to enter for the giveaway!!! Thanx Nicole

  82. Barefeet In The Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Nice giveaway. Thanks!

  83. Tammie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love the devotionals! Thanks for your insight…always thought provoking!

  84. Melanie McKinley June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love the devotion. Thanks for hitting the nail on the head. I have been in a transisiton period where God is leading me into the next area of my life. I am a type A, list making, goal setting, no nonsense, details oriented kind of gal. God has been showing me how to slow down, rest and enjoy today. Please enter me into your contest. I would love to win the kitchen set and/or book. Thanks for all you do. Keep writing!!!

    Melanie McKinley

  85. Tracy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    First time visiting She Reads. Will be back! Came over from the P31 devotion. Thank you for the reminder to sssslllllooooowwww down. Saturday is my only child’s 2 year old birthday & this week is full of “to-dos” with preparing for family and friends to come celebrate with us. Needed to remember not to rush this week away, but to cherish the moments & relish the memories of the day this sweet boy invaded all our lives and hearts. (Our son is adopted & we had no knowledge of him until 6 hours before he was born! 6 hours to prepare for parenthood,! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

  86. Angel June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Definitely a book I need to read. Your Proverbs post really spoke to me as I am sure your book will. I would love to win the giveaway. Thanks and Blessings, Angel

  87. Sara June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am often overwhelmed with the day to day challenges of being a mom of two young boys. However, I recently ran in a local run with a fellow young mom of young children who has cancer. She is such an inspiration as she lives her life as a mother for the time she has been given. It’s so easy to complain about cleaning house, going to the many activities for our children, or about the many things we do each day as moms. Seeing the role of being a mother through her has given me a new perspective. I pray we all seize the day and embrace the challenges and gifts that being a mother brings. Thank you for all you do to encourage moms and to open our eyes to the fact that it’s not always easy and we don’t have to be perfect.

  88. Angie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    would love to be entered in both givewaways! with 4 in 5.5 years, we get the “wow you have your hands full” & “how do you do it?” a lot, too ๐Ÿ˜‰ one day, and often one moment, at a time I say! thanks for your ministry!

  89. Kathrin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love the devotion and would love to be entered in the kitchen giveaway! Thank you!!

  90. Sabrina June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds exactly like what I need to read, and the kitchen goodies are great!

  91. Peggy Watland June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    just discovered your web site…looking forward to reading and your inspiration!

  92. Margaret June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the reminder to make sure enjoying today is on my to do list.

  93. Lindsay June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! What a great give away! I’m getting married in 12 days and the prize would be a great addition to our kitchen!

    God Bless you!
    Lindsay

  94. Elaine Segstro June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The novel & gift package look exciting. Summer is coming and for me, as a teacher, it gives me time to refresh and rejuvenate. I love teaching, but am also looking forward to reading this summer, one of my passions. This would be a wonderful summer book. I also love cooking, so kitchen goodies are also very appealing. God bless you in your ministry!

  95. Laur June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    My apologies if this goes through twice. I think your server was overwhelmed with the excitement of you giveaway. Thank you for your words and giveaways. Laur

  96. Cheryl June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow!! This hits the nail on the head!! Trying to enjoy the moment….seems almost impossible in today’s world. I feel I am always chasing my tail, running behind, have more on my to do list than I can possibly get done today.

    I will be in prayer, asking the Lord to help me enjoy the “today” he has given me. Thank you for your inspiration!

  97. Connie K June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m so excited about reading your new book. I have The Mailbox and have your new one to beging reading this week. I would LOVE to win the ‘domestic help’ kit. Can use all of the motivation and ideas I can get and would love to share the copies of the book w/ friends.

    Congratulations!

  98. josey Bozzo June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I sooooo want to read this book! I also have The Mailbox on my list for summer reading. However, funds being what they are, I am unable to purchase them. I’m waiting to get it used or discounted. Our local Barnes and Noble doesn’t carry Marybeth’s books or Mary DeMuth’s.
    Anyway, enter me in the giveaway and we’ll see what happens
    Thanks
    Josey

  99. Tasha June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your words. I am always whirling around thinking of tomorrow and when you have HS people in your house, you wake up one morning and notice that your little girls are now young adults. It can really slow you down but instead you just keep rushing forward and miss out on the treasures of the day.

  100. Jenny June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow, the book sounds awesome and the giveaway is beautiful. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway! Blessings, Jenny C.

  101. Marla June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m enjoying my slowed-down summer already, but needed the reminder from the devotional to fully appreciate what I have right now. Thanks!

  102. Melanie Coughlin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looks great! Love to cook, love to read!

  103. Gina June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a wonderful book! I think many women can relate to the main character. I look forward to reading it. The giveaway also looks fantastic!

  104. Lisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    You made this so EASY to enter!!!! Ha, Ha! I have added this to my summer reading list and thank you for the opportunity to win such a great prize pkg.

    Be blessed!

  105. Mindy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have been looking forward to reading this book and would love to win it! And today’s devotional about slowing down just hits me, smack!, in the face as I realize that the days with my kids home are flying by. Thank you for helping us remember to enjoy TODAY!

  106. Kathy Jones June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for your words, I think I needed to hear them! I would love to win your book and gift set! I love to read and cook!! :o)

  107. Susi June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you both: for the Proverbs31 newsletter so that I read some devotion almost daily, and SheCooks, which I so enjoy!

  108. Tonya Smith June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love the devotional today…so relate to it!! I look forward to reading your new book and how fun would it be to win the kitchen gift package too!! Thank you!!

  109. Toshua June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What an awesome post and reminder to SLOW DOWN! I look forward to reading this book. Thank you!

  110. TJ June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great devotional, and reminder to open our hands (mine is normally clenched around a pen or keyboard also) to let God bless us… and then we can turn around and bless others by being an oasis in the storm. Busy Yet Peaceful is a wonderful place to achieve – impossible on our own – but possible through Him! Thank you for this encouragement!

  111. Dianne June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks Proverbs 31 – for another great devotional. These devotions are always encouraging and inspire me to take the next step. Looking forward to reading your new book.

  112. Florence June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotional. The gifts would be awesome too, ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. kim June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    two of my favorite things, reading and cooking!! looks like a book I need to read, having just moved and feeling overwhelmed! thanks!

  114. Sharon W June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your words today. I also find myself in a hurry and not enjoying the ride. Thanks also for the giveaways. God Bless you and your family.

  115. Tara Watkins June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I read your devotional on the Proverbs 31 Ministries e-mail. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of this year. I just completed my 2nd chemo treatment: 1/3 of the way through! It has been amazing to see how God is working through this. I love to read good Christian books, especially since it helps to pass the time when I can’t do much else. The kitchen goodies would also be a treat. The Lord bless you, Tara

  116. Shalita June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I LOVE giveaways~~~they are just fun! Did you write this book after viewing my life? : ) It would be awesome to win the book, but if not I will be purchasing it! It sounds like an incredible read!

    Now I am going to enjoy my TODAY with my family! Thanks for the sweet reminder!!

  117. Shandra June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love reading the Proverbs 31 Ministries daily devotions and reading Marybeth’s blog. I ordered her new book from P31 and cannot wait till it arrives! Thanks for the devotion today and the opportunity to win this great gift set!

  118. Julia June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read this one! I LOVED the mailbox and this one sounds like it could have been written about me! Keep them coming, Marybeth!

  119. Lisa Blake June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Today is all I have – a lesson the Lord is teaching me right now! I’m in a season of trial, but by clinging to walking with God, one day at a time, I’m doing just fine. It is only the leaping ahead ensnared with all the what ifs, that my joy can be stolen! Thanks for the reminder.

  120. Laurie Lamb June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great book; great giveaway. Thanks for creating both!

  121. Nolette June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Good morning Marybeth, looking 4ward to being the winner of your giveaway 2day. Loved the devtion 2day. Stand STILL and LISTEN, S L O W down. “Life is not an emergency”, Ann Voscamp. I would love to read your first book too, THE MAILBOX. I enjoy reading GREAT books, I feel your books fall under this catagory. Have a HaPpY day!!! Don’t miss His cue of the Great I Am.

  122. Mindy Stevens June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds like something I need to read!! the kitchen stuff would help me also.

  123. Ashley June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    MaryBeth’s book sounds like a perfect summer read! And who couldn’t use a few more kitchen gadgets and some new meal ideas?

  124. Glenda P. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I like the devotional today. It helps me to realize I need to slow down and enjoy what God is doing around me instead of thinking of the next thing I need to do. I hope to read your book soon and I would love to win your give away.

  125. Din T June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a WONDERFUL giveaway! The multi-colored spatulas, the slow cooker recipe edition, etc. It is all going to make somebody very happy.

  126. Keira June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the very relevent devotion today. I’m on vacation w/ my husband & 2 of my daughters while he attends a conference. I spent much of yesterday worrying about how to keep the girls entertained in a town Im not familiar with. This led to a very anxious day with me snapping at them for not listening or not holding my hand, instead of enjoying the afternoon we had together to explore a new place. Their sister died 3 yrs ago & I vowed never to miss a second of their lives, yet here I was worrying, trying to plan ahead in case of, I don’t know what. So thank you for this reminder. I will enjoy our last two days on this trip.

  127. Kelly Schmidt June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for a great devotion from P31 today, as always God makes sure I hear a message I need! Your new book looks great and I can’t wait to read it. Thanks for blessing my day, Mary Beth!

    Kelly

  128. Leslie Mears June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am looking forward to reading this book. Especially during this busy time of year, slowing down to “smell the roses” is such an important perspective! Looking forward to spending part of my summer resting in a great new novel!

  129. Sandy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds like a great read and I would love the kitchen give away.

  130. Jenn in a Rush June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I live in a busy and comparitive city in the US and often find myself falling into the “I need to do this” syndrome. This weekend our family found we were doing too much and as a lesson learned are taking a step back from our busyness to enjoy moments together. Thanks for the devotion. I look forward to reading the book as well.

  131. TJ June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book and great giveaway.

  132. Sherri Smith June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Oh how I need to spend the summer getting organized….and remembering to slow down and enjoy my family this summer while I have a little time off work and not spend it checking off my to do list and stressing about the events to come. Great devotional!

  133. Beth Cooper June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    As always, God’s timing is perfect and this time it was through your Proverbs 31 message. I am ending a job (not by choice) in about a week and a half. I am so busy trying to make plans for what will be next that I am having a hard time waiting on God to help me discern the next step. Because I am trying to take things into my own hands I am getting too busy to be focusing on what I can be doing TODAY in the jon that I have now. So, as I sign off I will go be blessed by some preeemie babies and their moms:-)

  134. Jennifer Ammerman June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    One of my favorite scriptures. Fun to have a Christian novel focused on cooking. Looks like a great summer read!

  135. Johnna June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love using my slow cooker and need some new recipes..Thank you for the wonderful devotions I receive every day to my email! What a blessing..they always seem to be something that I’m dealing with right then!

  136. Dawn Haithcock June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful message today. It reminds me that we need to take time out and not to be so focused on the end result that you miss the blessings along the way. Thank you for the much needed message.

  137. mrskraft June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for this ministry!
    I read Proverbs 31 devotions each morning, and I just stumbled onto She Cooks! How fun!!

  138. Laura Moore June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love reading the devotionals and this is a great giveaway.

  139. Janice June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved your devotional today..I would love to read your book and use it as one of our books for our book club….

  140. Angie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Again I thank you for encouraging your fellow women every day! Can’t wait to read your books!

  141. Jen M June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway!! Can never have too much kitchen stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ And I can’t wait to read this new book!

  142. Gail June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I soo struggle with getting organized so I need all the knowledge I can gain. I enjoy reading Proverbs 31 devotionals and look forward to what changes God has in store for me.

  143. Anne-Marie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you souch for the devotional. I enjoy reading and being lifted up br the encouraging words. Today’s was especially encouraging because it is so easy to get caught up in the world and not slow down to see what God has to offer or even to just stop what you are doing and enjoy time with the kids. I tend to get busy doing stuff around the house that I forget to just stop and play with them.

  144. Kelly Filipowicz June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m looking forward to reading the new book! Such a great topic for all women today! So often we focus our prayer time on the future as well instead of giving God the credit and thanks for TODAY! God Bless!
    Kelly

  145. Beth Holt June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the great word today. I am going to try to enjoy every minute of this day, celebrating our 41st wedding anniversary with my husband!

  146. Megan Wakkuri June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for your devotion today! Like many others it spoke straight to my heart. To be honest I am not much of a “fiction” reader; however, this book seems to be “speaking” to me ๐Ÿ˜‰ Would love a chance to read it!

    I will do my best today to slooooooow dowwwwwn :0)

  147. Suzanne June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I hopped over from Encouragement
    for Today, where Marybeth’s post
    seemed to be speaking directly to
    me : ) I would love to win this delightful
    basket and am looking forward to
    reading the book!
    Thank you for the chance.

  148. Terri Suwwan June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Loved your devotional today. My favorite part was where you talked about creating a “to enjoy” list rather than a “to do” list. Thank you for sharing.

  149. Karen Sheppard June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I cant wait to get this book and read it…I would love to win the kitchen giveaway. God Bless…

  150. Sherrie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Look forward to reading the book & could DESPERATELY use some help organizing my crazy life, dinner time seems to be the bane of my existence. I would love to win the giveaway!

  151. Bridget Turner June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love the reminder to slow down and enjoy every moment. I tend to spend the summers rushing around and then wonder where the time went!

  152. Savannah Hutchinson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a fabulous giveaway!!! No wonder Marybeth was tempted to enter;) haha!. What a blessing today’s devotion was I really needed to hear that message.

  153. April June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I used to read “paranormal” books and never thought there was anything wrong with it, until God opened my eyes and convicted my heart. He has shown me that I have to be very careful about “opening doors” and what I allow in my home and mind. I read constantly. I must admit it has been hard to find fiction that is appropriate, but also “exciting”/”interesting” enough to keep my attention. I have not been this interested in getting to read a book since giving up my old habits. Give away looks fantastic! I am always trying to simplify,organize and improve and falling a lil short. Trying to realize the grass is not always greener and not to compare myself to others. Can’t wait to read your book!

  154. Nanci June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Oh, what a fun giveaway. Can’t wait to read the book. Thanks for the devotional. Nanci

  155. teri June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Just signed up for your newsletter…I’ve been a follower of p31 for years so I’m not sure how I missed “She Reads.” ^_^ Love it. Thanks for allowing us to see your heart and soul and find encouragement and kinship! <3 Oh, and thanks for the chance at the really cool kitchen package!!! =)

  156. Tammy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I really appreciate the encouragement and devotionals that the Proverbs 31 ministry ladies share with all of us. I have shared many of them with different friends when applicable to their situations and take many of them to heart for myself…even passed several along to my hubbie!

    Thanks for your giveaway offer and it would be fun to win such goodies and good read.

    Keep challenging, motivating, and encouraging others to draw closer to Him and to imitate Him. Thanks again, Tammy

  157. Elizabeth June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to try the books. Thank you for the devotional today. I am glad I didn’t have to get a speeding ticket to remind me to slow down – just had to open my emails and take the time to read one through to the end!!

  158. Kimmie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I needed this reminder to slow down my mind and doings and focus more on what the 2 year old twins I have running around under foot are wanting me to do. I stay at home with my 3 girls and am blessed for being able to do so. We might struggle paycheck to paycheck but it is soooo worth knowing they are with me and we enjoy our time together. Thank you for this opportunity to win such a wonderful prize. I look forward to reading the book if I win or not. I enjoy all the P31 devotions and make copies most days and put them in my prayer journal. Thanks for all you do.

  159. michelle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I so needed this reminded to slow down! I work full time and have 3 kids 7 and under. lots of fun but it’s so easy to wish these hectic times away. i have to constantly remind myself they will only be this little once!

  160. Stephanie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This online book club looks pretty neat. I have been looking for a bookclub locally and haven’t found anything that works for me.
    Looking forward to reading – she makes it look easy.

  161. Caroline June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your devotion today. Those Matthew 6 verses on worrying about tomorrow where one of the first I held in my heart.

    Thank you for this kind opportunity here, too! I so look forward to reading your new novel when I can get a copy! (I greatly enjoyed The Mailbox!)

  162. Maria Taylor June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the reminder of slowing down and enjoying God’s gifts He gives to us daily. Just this morning I was thinking of what a blur this weekend was and that I had spent most of the weekend scolding my younger ones instead of enjoying them. Thanks again!

  163. Mimi Taylor June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Love the devotion today. Trying to slow down is not something that comes easily to me. I have so much to get done and only 24 hours to do it in……. If I could just make time to sit and read for longer than thirty minutes, I would love it. I do devotions first thing in the morning these days, and had to go to the website, rather than wait for today’s email to come in. Hmmmmmm, I see a habit starting so I guess I need to rethink my schedule and work to get simplified, organized and slower. Well,,,,, gotta run!!!! ;0)

  164. Holly Harrell June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Slow Down? What is that? We live so hectic that we need to slow and take time!

  165. Elosia June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks Marybeth for your encouraging words.
    I seem to focus on a better tomorrow instead of just enjoying today.

  166. Charlotte June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The devotion for today was great, and now I am really looking forward to reading the novel too!

  167. Cindy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wonderful devotional!! Thank you!

  168. Regina June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Enjoyed the devotional. Would love to win the prize package. Some day I hope to slow down and sit on the porch drinking ice tea and reading. Thanks for all you do. God Bless you.

  169. Denise June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am looking forward to reading this book. It sounds great. I need to remember to take time to read. Things get so busy around my house that I often don’t take time to read books for me. I have always loved reading and always try to encourage my kids to read. I have 8 children and try to make time to read to them. The older children like to read to the younger children some of their old favorites. Between working full time, homeschooling, and being awife & mother, it is hard to find time to read books I want to read. I need to slow down and enjoy good books and life in general more often. Thank you for that reminder.

  170. Trudy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I thank God that He put on my sister-in-law Liz’s heart to tell me about the P31 website. It has encouraged my friends and I to start “2 O’clock Tuesdays” to spread God’s Word. People want to know about God and how joy is His gift to us.

  171. Denise June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotional! Slow down and enjoy our time of grace on planet earth.

  172. Melissa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to enter to win this! Your books ounds great and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! What a fun contest! Thanks for the entry. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Melissa
    lissieinthesky@gmail.com

  173. Debra June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotional. Sometimes I fret and worry about what may happen and don’t enjoy the here and now. Thanks for that reminder.

  174. Peggy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love to read the devos and am always amazed how God uses them in my life… take time for relationships. Looking forwad to reading this book over the summer when life slows down to enjoy the little things more often.

  175. Sandy K June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the wonderful devotion today. It was exactly what I needed to read at this moment in my life!

  176. Andrea Bowers June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I just purchased your new book. Can’t wait to read and relate. Sometimes we need reminders to stop and just listen. To turn off tv at home and radio in car and reflect.
    Thanks for your reminder. Good Luck in future.

  177. Ruth June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the devotional. I am presenting today at a conference and rushed this morning, rushed to the plane, rushed to the hotel – focused on the presentation logistics. I almost rushed past this devotional in my haste to quickly check e-mail….Thank you for reminding me that nothing will change if I just slow down and take a moment with God – as a matter of fact, I will get things done with a clearer head!

  178. Renea H June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win this awesome prize. The book sounds so good and I plan on purchasing it if I dont win it….It describes me to a T most days. We all need to slow down and enjoy each & every day!!! Thanks for the opportunity and all that you do!

  179. Arian Allen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for your devotion and I would love to read the book. There are many times I have looked at others and wish that my life could be as neatly packaged as theirs, but then it is usually in the messyness of life that the greatest blessings come – IF we can take a moment to see them. I too often fail to stop to see them, but oh how sweet they are when I do. Blessings to you for your encouragement to all of us out here!

  180. Carol June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a great book to read – coupled with a great reminder to “stop and smell the roses” which I need to do so much right now. Thanks!

  181. Jeanette June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the reminder to slow down!!

  182. Noelle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    For the first time in a long time I allowed myself to take my time getting around this morning. I spent an exorbitant amount of time reading my devotions, talking with my husband, and prepping for my day. I was beating myself up for taking that time and not caring for all the other things I need to get done until I read your devotional. Thank you for reminding me that time was well spent.

  183. Jan Blackburn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have just started reading the Bible Gateway emails that I signed up for and
    I’m sure glad I am now reading and aware of how wonderful these email are.
    I am learning and finding wonderful authors and it is just great. You talk
    about things and I feel you are talking just to me. Thank you.

  184. Natalie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It is amazing how one topic is exactly what so many people needed to hear today…God is good! And yes, today’s devotion is exactly what I needed to hear today too. Thank you for the reminder to enjoy today and to live in the now. I love the p31 devotions!

  185. Toni June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotion!! I was just blessed with a wonderful vacation in Alaska and a chance to slow way down!!! Now this morning back at work, busy catching up, I was reminded to stop and slow down. No need to rush through the day just pushing paper to get things done. Slow down, give each item the attention it deserves and visit with co-workers about what’s going on in their lives. Slowing down is great for the soul and the heart!! Thanks for that reminder!!! Can’t wait to read the new book!!!

  186. Nancy Reynolds June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to be entered to win the “kitchen package” – but even more important, I want to get your book and read “She Makes It Look Easy.” It sounds great. And I’ve just realized that you (MaryBeth Whalen) are also the creator of the She Reads site. A new discovery in two ways. I’m having a great day just by “following” the connections to your book. What fun. Now I can keep my fingers crossed that I might actually win the contest. Best of luck to you! Nancy

  187. Leidys June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    A great devotional… Thank you for the reminder to slow down. God is good!

  188. Kim Cleveland June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    As always, I loved today’s devotion. Each day, it seems that the day’s devotion is written specifically for me. I can’t wait to read She Makes It look Easy!

  189. Julie Dobrinska June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the chance to win this great prize package – “She Makes It Look Easy” sounds like a book I would love to read.

  190. Jennifer Roach June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for the devotional, it really hit home. As a new mom if twins, I have seen that life can get all hurried with the many new adventures 2 little ones bring. I am looking forward to picking up this novel to have some slow down, me time during thier naps this summer. At least that is a start to taking lifes pleasures a little slower.

  191. Julie Martin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Needed this reminder to slow down. As a teacher summer has just started
    for me. I love to read & look forward to doing a lot of reading this summer
    Also looking forward to spending precious time with my daughter, son-in-law,
    & 9 month old grandson visiting on leave from the Air Force from England.
    I will treasure this time with them. All of this amidst a possible move & job
    change. I need to stop & spend time with my Savior.’thanks for the encouragement.

  192. Brenda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved the book “The Mailbox” and look forward to reading “She Make It Look Easy”. Isn’t that the truth? is our busy lifes we assume everyone is having an easier time than we are?

  193. Sabrina June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Perfect timing!! It seems like as soon as summer begins, the plans take over!! Thanks for the reminder to enjoy all that God has blessed us with, big or small :))

  194. Debi June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    In this fast paced world, we all need the reminder to slow down and enjoy God’s blessings. Thank you for today’s devotion and for the opportunity to win such a wonderful price pack!! God bless!

  195. Erin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    thank you for sending me the devotional. what a pleasure it was to read about slowing down I need to do that too. Hope to read the book! ๐Ÿ™‚

  196. Edwina Cowgill June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Honestly, I think Mary Beth and I are twins! So often I feel like the hamster on the proverbial wheel – going round and round and round but never gettting anywhere.

    My familys says I need all the help in the kitchen I can get, so I could definitely put the “kitchen package” to good use! And I’d love to read your book!

    Blessings!!
    Edwina

  197. Crystal June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    looks like it’s gonna be a great book!

  198. Carol June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds interesting and I would love to read it. And, what woman couldn’t use a little more kitchen stuff!

  199. Elise Davenport June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Really enjoyed the devotion this morning! Thanks for the encouragement!

  200. debbie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Dear MaryBeth,

    Thanks for the timely reminder in your devotional. It is so easy to get swept into the tide of working for what’s ahead and forgetting to enjoy all the blessings surrounding me right now, even when I am trying to be intentional about doing so. Your new book has me really interested. Everything I have read about it sounds so good! I hope to read it soon and pass it on to others. I put a copy of your first novel in our town library last summer. Thanks for putting your blog and all your writing out there for us to learn from and enjoy!

  201. Linda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have been enjoying your Proverbs 31 devotions so much. One was sent to me by a friend and I subscribed. It is a good way to start each day. The books reviewed sound interesting. Thank you for the daily devotionals.

  202. shawn-marie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank-you for the devotional this morning:)
    I feel as though this book was written about me:) look forward to reading this by the pool, and stop and smell the roses!
    God Bless!!

  203. Dori Cox June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    sounds like a great book!!! I would love to win the kitchen set & book!!
    God Bless!!

  204. Teresa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds interesting. I enjoyed your devotional. We all need to slow down.

  205. Nel June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Just ordered your new book and can’t wait to receive it. Thank you, sounds like just what I needed this month.

  206. Sandy Fletcher June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I really enjoy Proverbs 31 Ministries and the daily e-mails I receive. The devotionals are so helpful. I am an avid reader and freelancer. Even though I write non-fiction, I enjoy good fiction books and am looking forward to reading Jennifer Whalen’s new book. It is so easy to hide in a good book!

  207. Marisha June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    thank you for today’s devotional. What a great timing…just yesterday my friend and I were discussing ‘not knowing the future’, and when I opened today’s devotional and the first thing I saw was the verse…I was like ‘wow!! hmm…’ :)) And thank you for yet another reminder to stop and enjoy today. So easy to wish away the present and rush the future, especially in the office envirnoment of living from deadline to deadline to yet another deadline, instead of enjoying seasons and God’s seasons of our lives that cannot be rewinded and re-lived. SO THANK YOU! I will try to keep your main points in mind and make it my daily exercise- their application.

  208. Marlene June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Slow down?!?! And who would pick up the slack?? I have found myself waking up early, without an alarm clock or a sound, to spend time with God, sometimes it is enough time to actually pray, sometimes it is lying there in bed just focusing on God’s goodness. God wakes me up, to spend time with me, and I have begun to hear Him, and enjoy His company. I would really like to win this, but if I don’t I have a new website to visit and read about real life women like me. Thanks!

  209. Angel June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! This will be such a blessing for someone!! I will have to check out the book!!

  210. Faye Worrell June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can so relate to today’s devotional. I myself am the mother of 7 with 14 grandchilren. I still work full-time and have to teenagers still at home. One graduates this weekend and will be leaving to serve in the Marines in July so I will be down to one daughter still home, age 15 1/2. I find myself looks at the weeks’ calendar and trying to plan ahead for the weeks’ unfolding of event.

    The devotions today reminds me to focus on one day at a time. The fast pace life is the way of life these days but thanks for the reminder to “slow down and enjoy what God’s gives us daily”.

  211. Stacy Fortenberry June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Marybeth,
    So inspired by your devotional today! Have a rare summer day to myself and I have a to-do list that could rival the Santa list! Praying God will show me what He desires,
    Thanks so much for your word today!
    Love ya’ll in Jesus Sweet Name,
    Stacy Fortenberry

  212. Pat N Fl June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am glad to see she has a new book out as I enjoyed “The Mailbox”. I haven’t read the devotion as I get the emails from she reads but looking at the comments I need to go do that.

  213. Susan June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this devotional. I have a tendency to have a lot on my plate and sometimes don’t know what to do when I have free time. But I have learned to cherish free time by spending time with God and finding ways to serve him. I look forward to reading this book!

  214. Wendy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! Looks like a fabulous summer cooking give a way. I would love to win that… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Your books look fantastic, I am going to check them out on line to buy! If I dont’ win the one! Thanks! Wendy

  215. Tameron June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This devo was so timely. I’ve been very focused on following Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace book with plans to pay off my house in 10 years, be debt free, be able to take dream vacations to foreign lands, etc. that I’ve been living my life 10 years from now. Just this morning as I was driving to work I was thinking that I needed to concentrate more on the blessings I have right now or I’m going to get 10 years down the road and wonder where all the time went.

  216. Sarah H. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like a great book (and a great giveaway) !!!

  217. Carol June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read Marybeth’s new book.
    I loved her last one.

  218. RUTH MOORE June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am a “new” Christian, as my Hubby likes to say, so I am just learning what GOD and HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST can bless me with in my life. This website is a wonderful start and what a great giveaway for summer and for book lovers. Have a blessed day!
    Ruth

  219. Jen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read She Makes it Look Easy! I loved the devotion today. I don’t always get to read them but I think God wanted me to read todays!

  220. Laura June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Your books sound great! I’m glad I stumbled across this page. I hope to win the cooking set!

  221. Rochelle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotional today. And I love a good giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  222. lyndsey June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    what a great giveaway! can’t wait to pick it up~!

  223. Michelle Love June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read it!!

  224. Amy Brown June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    How appropriate for what I’m feeling right now. We set up certain expectations for how we think life should be rather than finding contentment and purpose with the gifts and talents and seasons of life God has blessed us with.

  225. Eve Dickinson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks – it’s hard to slow down in our gogogo world!

  226. Katie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looks like a great giveaway and book. LOVED the Mailbox I read it while on vacation at the beach ๐Ÿ™‚

  227. sarah birmingham June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hi MaryBeth~

    I can so relate to you! I am also the mom of 6 with the same questions you are constantly hearing! I have also been asked on a few occasions, ” Do all of your babies have the same last name”? I think that is code for ,”is there a man crazy enough to have 6 children with the same woman???? “Anyway, I love following your blog, I hopped over from the proverbs 31 blog which I look forward to every week day.
    Keep up the great work! Your life is a shining example of God’s love.

    Sarah

  228. Melissa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This devotional was exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you for the great reminder to slow down…

  229. Lynda K June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotional today. As a mom of five, life is pretty busy. God has been showing me lately, that I spend too much time planning so everything runs smoothly and don’t take the time to enjoy the people around me that he has blessed me with.

  230. Becci C June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win the giveaway!

    This spoke to my heart. It is so hard for me to slow down and take the time with God that I need so desperately.

  231. Meaghan June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hope I win some awesome treats! For me I’m most excited about those spatulas!

  232. Adrianne June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotion today!! I crave the time to slow down but never give myself permission to do it! Thank you for showing me that it’s a neccessity!

  233. Chris June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I always feel like I’m not doing enough, being enough as a mother, wife, etc. I look forward to this book and hopefully being able to stop comparing myself to other moms whose outsides look so much better than mine!

  234. Crystal McIntire June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This devotional couldn’t have come at a better time for me! I just recently realized how much I’m alway looking to the next thing that’s going to be going on in my life instead of just enjoying where I’m at and the moments I’m in. This was another great reminder to me to slow down. And it’s a huge encouragement knowing I’m not the only one who struggles with this! Thank you!

  235. Rashele June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Excited about the new book and the possibility to win the gift pack ๐Ÿ™‚ God bless and may He continue to inspire you to share your creativity with others!

  236. JoAnne June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It would be wonderful to read this book. I think all women at some time in their life look at another woman and want what she has: life, children, house, etc. It is a struggle, but one that we can all overcome. I have just finished reading One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I can tell when I am not writing down my lists of gifts for the day. Oh! To be content right where we are!

  237. Jennifer June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am so excited that Marybeth has another book out and can’t wait to read it! I just started working at a small Christian bookstore in my town and told them to definitely order this book for their shelves and will add it to our reader’s favorites section!

    Thanks Marybeth for sharing yourself with us through your writings and your blog!

    Jennifer

  238. Amy J June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hard for me to slow down too– always in a rush everywhere. Thank you for the reminder to slow down!

  239. Amy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great devotional today. Would love to read your new book!

  240. Lisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this devotion! I love receiving them every morning! Its so encouraging to see how God works in different peoples lives! Amazing how he helps us learn to make the change we need to make in our own! Have a great day!

  241. Kathy M June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I so loved The Mailbox, and am excited about the new book. The kitchen giveaway looks fabulous by the way, what a great giveaway! Marybeth, you are just such an inspiration to so many people. Thanks for sharing your many gifts with all of us!!!

  242. Sarah June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway! Reading is one of the ways I have been making the time to take time and slow down and notice and participate in the moment.

    I hope I win!

  243. Evelyn Noweder June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great concept for a book! Christian women are SO bad about looking at one another and thinking other women have it together when they themselves don’t. Those who are introverts, I believe, deal even more profoundly with this issue as it is so much more difficult for us to live up to the image of the loving, outgoing, leading, Christian woman than our extroverted sisters.

  244. Debbi June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I enjoyed this devotional and smiled at how the kitchen goodies will bless some reader ๐Ÿ™‚

  245. Amanda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds excellent, I really want to read it! Being content is my goal lately!

  246. Lesley June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this gift pack! Thanks so much!

  247. Tracy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book looks good, I can’t wait to get it on my E-Reader. Unless of course I win a hard copy first!!!! I love Marybeth’s books! We are almost finished remodeling our kitchen also, the giveway would be a wonderful suprise!!

  248. Amy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can totally relate to today’s devotion. Sometimes we work so hard at achieving our dreams that we forget to be thankful for what we already have. Just yesterday, some friends and I were discussing the prediction that the world will end on October 21, and how my friends don’t want the world to end before they get married in November. Reading this devotion reminds me that we don’t know the future, but we can still live each day to the fullest, and are called to do so.

  249. Shasta Campbell June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What an amazing reminder to slow down and savor the gifts I have been given in today’s challenges and joys.

  250. Shannon June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I cannot wait to read this book!

  251. Carole Huck June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to your new book. Enjoyed recently “The mailbox”. Appreciate the daily devotionals are encouraging and share them with others!

  252. Sue June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have not read the devotional yet today but did read Mary Beth’s first book and loved it! I can’t wait to read her latest! I would also love to win this prize!

  253. Erma June 6, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you so much for this devotional. My sisters, my brother and I live in different parts of one state and one of us lives in another state. Every couple of months we each drive halfway and meet for lunch. It is a 3 hour drive each way but we love each other and love to get together. I always write a poem to celebrate our get together’s and the one I wrote this morning (we are getting together next week) is all about taking the time to enjoy every moment we are blessed with in this life. Too often we are in such a hurry we miss out on the important things going on around us. Your devotional certainly hit the nail on the head. Thanks.
    Erma

  254. Christy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read the book, it sounds wonderful! I am also very excited about joining this site and getting the monthly newsletter. I love hearing another person’s view of a book before reading it. Thank you for a great devotional today. It really made me think about some things in my own life.

  255. Marie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed your devotion today; didn’t get around to reading it until this afternoon. I should have read it first thing this morning because it sure would have saved me from some stress today. Today I have been “running around like a maniac” trying to get too many things done. This is the first time I’ve really sat down today and rested and finally got something to eat (bowl of cereal at 3:00)! Even as I read your devotion and am writing this post I have a timer going off to get the clothes out of the washer and start dinner for tonight. From your devotion I will try to remember to sloooow down and smell the roses and listen for God’s voice and look for the little gifts he gives me throughout the day. Thank you so much for your ministry!

  256. amy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    so excited for marybeth and her 2nd novel! loved the mailbox and so looking forward to reading SMILE (she makes it look easy) trying to decide if i can save it until my beach trip the end of June!

  257. bp June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the giveaway! Now going to read the devotional. Thanks.

    Bethany
    preciousmoments2004 AT gmail DOT com

  258. Caroline Grossman June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Marybeth, I wish you every success on your second novel. How exciting! I would be over the moon to win this prize pack and would do a little dance ๐Ÿ™‚

    Blessings to you, Caroline

  259. Kristin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the great devo! The book sounds wonderful. It has now been added to my “Must Read” list….

  260. Lacie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for your devo today. I am having a hard time remember to be blessed by today. I am in a job I don’t like and I want to be a stay at home mom but my husband is still looking for work and I am the only provider right now. I keep wanting to skip ahead to when I can be home again, but I am sure God has me here for a reason.

  261. Alma Martinez June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am really struggling with this topic and all the encouragement I can get makes a difference! I realize God has been trying to teach me something along these lines for a while now…but it’s so hard to try to enjoy the present when there is seemingly so much more in the “next stage”…I realize I fight feelings of discontent on a daily basis and haven’t been enjoying the present for a long time now. I’d love to win this book and of course who wouldnt want all this fun kitchen stuff as well!! Thank you Marybeth!

  262. Sarah Zigouras June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotional today! I am really looking forward to reading your new novel and checking out some of your others. God is teaching me to slow down and enjoy each moment!!

  263. Lacey June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This would be great! I can’t wait to read this book!

  264. Jackurlyn Sutton June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi Marybeth, it has been a long time since i read a christain fiction novel, i would love to get back to reading a good one and your novel seems to fit that description just from the previews I have read. I would love to win your novel, but even if I don’t I know you are telling me and every woman; pray and give God thanks for who and what we have.

    Jackie

  265. Sarah June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Just discovered this blog as I just signed up for the Prov 31 daily emails! Love to read great Christian novels and excited to see what this blog has to offer.
    Signed up for the newsletter and leaving a comment to win the prize ๐Ÿ™‚

  266. Elaine June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve just started receiving the Proverbs 31 daily devotions and am really enjoying them. Forwarding to my email buddies. Thanks so much !!

  267. Jean June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Your devotional today really spoke to me and your prayer touched me so much that I
    added to my morning prayer.
    Blessings
    jean

  268. Lyn June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! What a great giveaway. I enjoyed your novel (both of them!)! I hope you keep writing…

    ~Lyn

  269. mav June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What an awesome devotion!! Thank you! I so need to “focus on the main feature” and to “quit speeding towards the coming attractions”! I really loved the idea of the “to enjoy” list! I will try that.

  270. Lisa Thompson June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What a blessing this would be! I am enjoying this site and learning how to just be the woman that God has intended for me. I love sharing “little tidbits” of encouragement on my facebook account for my friends and family, sharing the love that God has shown for us! Thank you for all that you do!

  271. Dana June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hey MaryBeth,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway. I can’t wait to check your new book, “She Makes It Look Easy.” I sure would learn a couple of tips in slowing down, stop to smell the roses, and just breathe… *crossing my fingers here* ๐Ÿ™‚

  272. Priscilla June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I enjoy reading the devotionals that i recieve they are a blessing !

  273. Angela June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Heaven knows I need all the help I can get! Would love help in the kitchen so I can have more time to read books like this one. Looks like a great one.
    Thanks for the blessings you provide.

  274. Lillian Gimmelli June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the giveaway and for today’s devotional. Looking forward to reading MaryBeth’s new book. Love receiving posts from your blog. God bless. Lillian
    vlgimmelli@gmail.com

  275. Marge Michulsky June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Proverbs 31 is something I read each morning. what a wonderful way to start the day!!!
    and , WOW, what a great give a way package you have put together. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am anxious to read this new book!!! thanks for the opportunity.

  276. Holly Reid June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Cannot wait to “sink my teeth” into this book! What an awesome giveaway!

  277. Raelene June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotional today. I am putting this book on my reading list!!

  278. Maggie Rowe June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    If Marybeth Whalen wrote it, I want to read it!

  279. Bonni B June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hmmmm . . . slowing down to enjoy what God has put in front of me today? That’s my goal too! Thanks for the reminder! Would love to read the book and cook!

  280. Andea June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading the new novel! Thanks for the drawing.

  281. Shandra June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to getting a copy of your book. I will enjoy it slowly and not skip straight to the ending:)

  282. angie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotion!!!! I’ve been struggling with this very topic- I went to the beach
    this past weekend, and really watched people…. its amazing how many people-even on vacation
    have that stressed out look and can not relax and enjoy today for what it’s worth.
    I have a 5 year old that helps remind me everyday the reason I’m here!!!!!! He has so much wisdom and confidence at such a young age- and I Thank God for the lessons in life being taught by him….. Your book sounds wonderful and I will add to my list!!

  283. heather June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck to all.

  284. Anna June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read your novels, Marybeth. I hope She Makes It Look Easy becomes a great success.

    Anna

  285. Kay Tatum June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Nice reminder to slow down & to take time to stop and smell the roses along the way. Enjoyed the devotion and would love to have the kitchen package. Your book sounds wonderful. Thanks.

  286. Nicole T June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am loving this book. And the package is a great idea for many of us trying to make our lives as simple and focused as possible. Thanks!

  287. Donna Bell June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Your devotional today was great!! The book sounds great, also!

  288. Kathy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book is certainly one I would enjoy as I have a tendency to try to make my life and home “perfect” which is way short of my expectations. It all comes back to being content with what God has given and accept the shortcomings while enjoying the Lord’s presence.

  289. Gertrude June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to have the kitchen package. With some good slow cooker meals, I could use the time to read. Your book sounds perfect for my early morning reads. Thank you!

  290. Amber June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed the devotional for today and can’t wait to read your book. It sounds like a book that will really hit home. Thanks for allowing God to use you to touch the lives of others through your writing.

  291. Wendy June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the give away! Marybeth devotional of today was a great one too!

  292. Ann June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you for the devotional today. I look forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy.

  293. RAHAHN June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the great post today. I often fall into the what’s next and not really enjoying the moment pit too. This sounds like a great book and the cooking give away looks really fun too!

    Rebecca Ann

  294. Lisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I understand all too well the making the lists and considering it success to mark all the items off the list! Sometimes I have to attach a “racing parachute” to myself so I can go to bed at night.

  295. Terry June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Our pastor did a message on stewardship of our time yesterday. This is something I struggle with so much. Where does all my time go?? I feel it slipping quickly away! Lord, teach me to number my days!!

  296. jennifer June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    i also enjoyed this devotional. i have found myself saying “so and so makes it look easy” a number of times and wishing i was as “together” as that person. i need to stop scampering after someone else and start minding my own time rather than try to keep up.

  297. Cheryl June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I imagine every woman would benefit from your new book. Women just don’t seem to be able to find a stopping place in our every day lives. Our self-imposed duties, obligations and deadlines must make God very sad at times – even He found time to get away and rest for awihle. Thank you for the much-needed reminder and the wonderful devotional.

  298. Maria June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    As a teacher, reading is a pure joy for me, especially during the summer! I love checking in at She Reads for books that encourage, but also deal with topics from a Christian viewpoint, in both fiction and non-fiction. Thank you!

  299. Robin June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the giveaway. The devotional looks great.

  300. Aimee June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks for the great devotional too, it was just what I needed today. Can’t wait to start making “to enjoy” lists rather than so many to do lists:) Great reminder as we begin a busy summer schedule. Thanks!

  301. Rebecca June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh my! I can’t wait to read this book! Would love to win the giveaway!

    The devotional was right on target for me, too. Why is it so hard to slow down?

    Prayers and blessings,
    Rebecca

  302. Dennoe June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! i just started reading proverbs 31 devotionals and love them so far ๐Ÿ™‚

  303. Karey June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh, what a great giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚ (I hope I win – hehe!)

  304. Linda Kish June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just found you and signed up for your newsletters.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  305. Lisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What a great giveaway! The book sounds intriguing – can’t wait to read it!

  306. Sunny McMurry June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this one! Sounds like what I need to hear!

  307. Danielle June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    intriguing title… I have marveled at those women who have it all together. Meanwhile, their kids look great, too.

  308. Terri June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    How bad is this: I have lists to remind me of my lists! I even draw little boxes next to each task so I can check them off. Today I abandoned my desk where the multiple lists lay in their various piles to take care of an unexpected problem. How freeing to walk in the beautiful sunny dry weather with a blank notebook in hand! Truth be told I did jot down what needs to followed up tomorrow but I gave that list to someone else! I need to slow down and breathe! Winning your novel would be just the incentive ๐Ÿ™‚

  309. Nancy H. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Books sounds great!

  310. Tessa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds really interesting – and looks to tackle a very commen issue. Its good to have honest friends and relationships to find out that people are often struggling with the same things that I’m struggling with. I would love to win this giveaway, but I don’t know if you will post to NZ?!!

  311. Joyce O June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for today’s encouragement. I look forward to your new book.

  312. Penney June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved the devotional and would love to read the book.

  313. Sheri C June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am so looking forward to reading your second book.

    Great devotional, it hit close to home for me.

    Blessings.

  314. Lauren June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win and for your always-great devotionals and blog posts. Blessings to you!

  315. cheryl June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    i recently decided I’m going to make time to read (like I used to) & this will be my book of choice to start with! I recently subscribed to this devo site & I love it. Looking forward to reading what I know will be a great book….winning the kitchen package would be a bonus!

    In Him,
    Cheryl

  316. Shanna andrew June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this…for one it will help cure the perfectionism that I try for and end up feeling inadequate.

  317. karenk June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    would love to read marybeth’s latest novel…

  318. Marisa June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m thinking I can relate to this book! Would love to read it!

  319. Yolanda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I could really use that cookware to make my life easier!

  320. Marie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like Ariel has the same problem almost every woman struggles to solve. So many tasks – so little time. But I have heard it said that we all have the exact same 24 hours. It is how we use them. Since my children are grown with children of their own, it is amazing how really unimportant it is that I sweep everyday or eat cereal instead of cooking. Tonight I was at the kitchen window fixing dinner and a hummingbird stopped outside to sip the syrup that I had provided. His green breast and ruby throat hypnotized me and I almost burned my pasta, but I could not help but smile and think “Good job God. What a beautiful, amazing creature.”

  321. Teresa Carns June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book looks great, and the giveaway a definite winner… do include me please…
    thanks bunches,
    in Christ,
    tere ๐Ÿ™‚
    รขโ„ขยฅ

  322. Beth M. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have been hoping to buy the book The Mailbox to read this summer; but I have not had the time to slow down enough to read! I guess I should maybe read She makes it look easy-first! I really am looking forward to both books!
    Sorry about your speeding ticket-we all need to slow down both on and off the highway!

  323. Joellen June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am going to recommend this to our book club. The women will absolutely love it!

  324. kristie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    You are an amazing writer! I am very thankful for Proverbs 31 Ministries! and the words that are spoken to my heart! I look forward to reading your blog daily!

  325. Claudia June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’ve been hearing that message quite a bit lately – slow down! From health issues that are slowing me down, Scripture, on to these blogs. Time to be obedient! Thanks for sharing your insights.

  326. Rhonda June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    After reading this I find myself thinking. ” she makes it look easy”. You have six children I have one step daughter, my husband and my job… My children are grown…and have lost every part of any organization I have ever had! I must not be living right! ๐Ÿ™‚

  327. Melody June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I once read a book called “Little House on the Freeway” ! From that book I learned to slow down and embrace the moment. Thanks for the reminder to slow down!

  328. Julie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read this book! I have read the mailbox on my nook and I read it in about two days!

  329. Heather June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wait to read this book – I have often felt that life is a race, and I so want to stop and enjoy it!

  330. Melanie June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can relate! Would love to read this ๐Ÿ™‚

  331. JULIA June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to be entered as the kitchen gadgets and all look exceptionally lovely.
    How I need spatulas and the towels!
    My sister is the head of a Book Club, I am going to suggest MaryBeth’s book for this Aug.-Sept.
    “She Makes it Look Easy” sounds like something we all could glean wisdom from.

    Thank you and may God Bless all your efforts to glorify and magnify Him!~
    Luke 18: 29-30.

  332. Jessica June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I don’t have (or choose to spend, I guess) a lot of time on fiction reading. But this sounds like the kind of place that would help me make sure my fiction reading time was well-spent. I am definitely going to recommend it to fiction lovers I know that need some good recommendations and conversations!

  333. Carla Stewart June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Your book just came today, and I dove right in! Loving it, Marybeth . . . as I knew I would! Can’t wait to follow your posts as the featured author with your fun new book this month. Blessings, my friend.

  334. Dana June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I could totally relate to your devotional in Proverbs 31 ministries today. I challenge myself to take time and smell the roses, especially with my children. The books sounds great. I think that as women we do tend to compare ourselves to others and to only see the good qualities. The kitchen pack sounds great as well. I love to cook!

  335. Renee C. June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    My goodness, this could be a book about my life, too! When I keep my sights on God and allow myself to slow down and think through the events of each day, I find that I’m happier and always blessed. Can’t wait to read the book!!

  336. Mandi June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds awesome! I can’t wait to read it.

  337. Candace June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I think I need to read this book!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  338. Joanna Warren June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Yes, she may make it LOOK easy, but I, for one have never discovered the secret of easy with toddlers! I am looking forward to reading this book… whenever I can find a few quiet moments!

  339. Karen HL June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love to win the prize. I love reading Mary Beth’s blog & books!
    Blessings, Karen

  340. Jana June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love to read this book. Our bible study just discussed this very topic!

  341. Renee June 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’d love to win the kitchen supplies and the book also. You know how it is when you are over 50 – seems you get used to all the old junk in your kitchen and don’t think about how nice it would be to get into the 21st century . ๐Ÿ™‚ I often compare myself to what other women can do and come up short – the book sounds like it would be a great encouragement.

  342. Debbie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a timely book; some of us have been pondering why we are all so busy. The flattening of the world and the social networking it has brought seems like it should help, but I think it hinders our time management. Thanks for writing to contemporary issues!

  343. Rachael June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Oh, I’d definitely love a little help in the kitchen. Cooking all the time for 1.5 isn’t easy!!

  344. Julia Cress June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you Mary Beth. Reading your devotional and blog was a much needed reminder to pause and enjoy the moments of this day. As a mother of 8- 3 still @ home- it echoed the message I’ve been trying to learn.
    Blessings Sister!
    Julia

  345. CAmmi Hevener June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    So excited about this book and prize! I’m so glad you have a book club and I can’t wait to get started reading!

  346. Nina June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Oh my! That is so me! I am definitely a list person! I will even add something to my list that I have done just to have something to mark off. My friends laugh at me, but it keeps me motivated. I am looking forward to reading your book and the prize looks awesome!

  347. Lisa Marie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am so glad I found you via P31! I don’t have a local book club and I look forward to joining in!

  348. Margo June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m not a list person but this was such an on-time word! I was just telling my friend yesterday about always wanting to rush through trying to get to the next level to fulfill God’s calling on my life instead of just realizing He has a timeline (not mine) and He will move me into His calling on my life when He has me fully prepared.

  349. Jennifer June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    There’s much comfort in realizing you don’t have to have it all together. This book sounds great.

  350. Janet Reinhart June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Who can’t relate to this book? I can’t wait to read it! (And I LOVE to cook!)

  351. Ashley Johnson June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book looks great, and I too can relate to always looking ahead rather than enjoying my present circumstances. Now, I find myself six weeks pregnant (insert giddy smile here), and I’m forcing myself to slow down and enjoy each day of these next 7 1/2 months. Thanks for sharing this book-I can’t wait to read it ๐Ÿ™‚

  352. Mary B June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am very excited about reading this book. I read the Encouragement for Today and decided to stop by your website. God Bless you in all you do!!

  353. SandyN June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway! Looking forward to reading your books!

  354. dana June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    what perfect timing to your msg! It’s a great reminder with summer starting…i am guilty of getting so caught up in the to dos of life that I miss the blessings that are in the present! Today, I will apply this principle as I spend time with my two children! Thank you!

  355. Amber Ford June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read your book Marybeth! You inspire me to believe that even though these years with my children young are busy and I put off doing much of what I’d like to do, if I focus on where God is, my dreams can come true. ๐Ÿ™‚

  356. Jen Robinson June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I came here from the Proverbs31 site, and I am SUPER EXCITED to pick up a copy of this book and read it~ as it is something that I need to read along with probably every woman in America! SO NEEDED!!!!!!!! The Proverbs31 devo yesterday was PERFECTLY needed in my life and must be a continual reminder!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

  357. Peggy Clement June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have recently subscribe to Proverbs 31 Ministries, I have twin 11 year old girls andI am looking for intresting things for them instead of tv. I have enjoyed your site so for. Thank you and God bless you .

  358. Emily June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved Marybeth’s first book and I am looking forward to read this one too!
    Thank you,
    Emily

  359. Joanne June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Would love to win this prize! I definitely don’t make anything look easy but maybe some of this stuff would at least help in the kitchen. god Bless!

  360. Suzie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great giveaway! And I can’t wait to read this book!

  361. Janny Niemyjski June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The devotional really hit home. I’d love the opportunity to be entered to win a book!

  362. Kelly Willie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Read The Mailbox and loved it!! Just got your new book in the mail Saturday! Can’t wait to start reading it! Would also love to win the giveaway. What a great gift! Thank you for all you do to bring up all closer to Jesus>

  363. melissa June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to own this book…it seems like such a great read…..I would also love the kitchen goodies ๐Ÿ™‚

  364. Denise June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    As a busy mom of a Cinema/Television Major, I could totally identify with the devotion on ‘ Coming Attractions’. Thank you for the reminder to slow down.

  365. Carrie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am very eager to start reading your new book. I love reading your comments on Proverbs 31. I usually don’t win anything, but you can’t win unless you try. Thank you for your kind and inspirational words. Bless you.

  366. Sarah June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! So true.. I fly through the day trying to keep the baby happy so I can work and then realize… just stop and enjoy today with her. You will never have this day again and once it is gone it is gone! Loved this devotional!

  367. Wanda June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Please add my name to the drawing. I love being in the kitchen, trying new things, but too often cooking the same ole things. Would love this.

  368. Mary Beth June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  369. MaryBeth June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thank you for the devotion on Proverbs31 today. What a great reminder that we can easily miss God in the small moments of today because we are looking towards the next.

  370. Tonia June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to get the book. For too many years I’ve looked to other women and compared myself to them…this is wrong in so many ways and I know it but it’s a struggle for me not to. So each time I find myself doing it I say to myself..”she’s not your measuring stick…God and His Word are!” Then I go to Proverbs 31 and marvel in the beauty of the women God is fashioning me to be!

  371. Stephanie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I could use the coffee bistro set and the slow cooker recipes. I’ve always wanted multiple recipes in the slow cooker.

  372. Kylie June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What an adorable giveaway–can’t wait to read MaryBeth’s book!

  373. Cindy June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy. The kitchen goodies look pretty good too.
    Thanks.

  374. Mendy June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Mary Beth,

    Absolutely loved The Mailbox (side note…found a mailbox at the end of Wrightsville Beach this year and yes there was a notebook, pen and paper in there) and so glad your next book, She Makes It Look Easy is here!

  375. Melody Carpenter June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a great prize pack! I would love to win it!

  376. Jewels June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Loved the article you wrote in the P31 magazine as well. I wholeheartedly join you in grabbing some M&M’s for this wild ride of a life that the Lord has for me!

  377. Lina Hill June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have to say that anyone who can start an online book club, has six children AND manages to write a novel really does “make it look easy” whether she thinks so or not. I find that mind boggling. I am anxious to read the new book as I am sure I could relate.

    My daughter just started French Pastry Culinary school and her bday is the end of June so it would be very cool to win that kitchen pack.

    Thanks for keeping us all sane and spiritual!
    Lina

  378. "Amy S June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I am almost done with She Makes It Look Easy and it’s a great read!

  379. Norine Merrow June 7, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This is my first time on this site and what I have seen, I love it. I love to read and many books can make a life change in my life. I have not read She Makes It Look Easy book yet, but I am going to. I also am glad to have a chance to win the kitchen pack which is awesome. I am looking forward to visiting and participating on this site more often.
    Thanks,
    Norine

  380. Danica June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I recently read The Mailbox and I can’t wait to read this one too.

  381. Jennie W June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Exactly what I need I feel I have friends that make it look so easy, though I know there can be struggles behind close doors that are unknown and I have to remember that and not compare.

  382. Laura Ann Adams June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I haven’t read the book yet but am hoping to soon. I think this is an amazing prize giveaway. Thanks.

    Laura.Adams@ky.gov

  383. Elizabeth Chadwick June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am going to sign up for the newsletter, add you to my Google Reader, and SLOW DOWN like Marybeth encourages us to do. Oh yeah ~ hope I win the prize, too!!! Elizabeth ๐Ÿ™‚

  384. Beckie B. June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great book for a book club discussion. Thanks also for the giveaway.

  385. Melissa June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am a new subscriber, and I am looking forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy! I recently had to go back to work after being a stay at home mom for 18 years…I have not yet figured out how to balance it all! Love the site. Thanks so much

  386. KAY June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I HAVE BEEN READING AND SHARING PROVERBS 31 DEVOTIONALS FOR OVER A YEAR AND SHARE THEM WITH MY FRIENDS. I HAVE REALLY BEEN BLESSED . I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS PACKAGE. I BELIEVE GOD WILL GIVE IT TO THE RIGHT PERSON. HAVE A BLESSED EVENING KAY

  387. Terry June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This is a great site!. I too love to read and study the Bible. Please include me in this chance to win the kitchen pack.

  388. Jen June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I love that I read this devotional today! I had a huge “to do” list as this is my only day off this week, and blew off almost everything to just hang out with my boys (4 & 2) We had a blast… hugs, kisses and giggles are way better than a clean house!

  389. Mari Rusk June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Love your inspiration and your “happy family” . Darling children and you enthusiasm
    shows thru.

  390. Colleen June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This is a fabulous giveaway! I would love to win. I recently read Marybeth’s first book, and I am looking forward to reading her next novel. Thanks for the chance to win the fun prizes!

  391. Teresa T. June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Love your devotionals on proverbs31. I can really connect to the words of wisdom that you have to share. Thank you for your honesty. I would love to read your new book! The kitchen gift set looks great and will make a swell prize! Blessings! : )

  392. Annette June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished “She Makes It Look Easy” such a good book ~ not only was it an ‘entertaining read’ {I laughed so hard I cried}, but it made me think about priorities with God, our families and church and home. Also, what’s behind our motives? Are they pure and for the glory of God….or to look good, and feel good.

  393. Annette June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    PS. With 4 of my children behing boys…I SO related to Ariel…..

  394. Traci June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This devotional really hit home for me! Can’t wait to read more!

  395. Jodie McLagan June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What an awesome, fabulous giveaway! Thank you for this opportunity! Can’t wait to pick up your book to read.

    Blessings on your day!
    Jodie

  396. Kathy Bradley June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just found this site and I am excited to check everything out. I am also excited to have my name put in the drawing for the great giveaway. Have a blessed day, Kathy

  397. erin anderson June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    this devotional is just what i needed today! looking forward to reading your novel!

  398. Sue June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I related to the devotional I read thus morning. I always seem
    To be rushing from one thing to the next. I remember
    Recently seeing how beautiful the sun looked as it was setting and the rays
    Were coming through the clouds, and realized then that God was trying
    To speak to me then….slow down and enjoy what God has done for
    You and what he continues to do for you. Thank you for the reminder!

  399. melissa June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m really excited about this month’s selection and would love to win a copy or the kitchen giveaway would look great in my new house!!
    Thanks for your ministry
    Melissa

  400. michelle June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win this beautiful prize package. And I really want to read this book.
    Thanks for the chance.

  401. Sally June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I loved Marybeths first book. I am looking forward to reading this next book.

  402. Eve M. June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    My children and I were driving to the library last night and as we passed through the very posh neighborhood on the way, I found myself thinking how much I’d love to live in that area. I must have said something out loud because my daughter said “But mom, our house is ours. And what would we do without our firefly back yard?” I realized then that I was really blessed already and didn’t need a big house to prove to people that I was. Plus, then I would have to clean it, and who has time for that? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the reminders in both the devotions and the books that we don’t have to have it all to have blessings!

  403. Laurie Miranda June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    What a awesome prize for this month! Would ove to win it. Boy, do I wish I could make things look easy! lol Our current family challenge is to see every inconvenience as an adventure. Helps your attitude and outlook on the situation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Cannot wait to read the book.

  404. Beth June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to winning! I hope

  405. Joenie Remsing June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    It is about time a book like this comes around. Can’t wait to share it with my friends!

  406. Vicki June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I just purchased The Mailbox yesterday! It has been on my list of books-I’ve-just-got-to-read since I first read about it on this blog. I would love to win a copy of Marybeth’s second novel also!

  407. zibilee June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read this book, and to turn others on to it as well. It sounds like it’s going to be a perfect read for me.

  408. Wendy June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    A enjoyed hearing how the author comes up with her book ideas. Both books sound like books I will read.

  409. Karen June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  410. apple blossom June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    oh, I’d love to be entered in this giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  411. Lynn W. June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I just ordered the book for this months selection and am eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. I would love to win the prize package too!

  412. Anne June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds great! The basket looks like fun…..

  413. Traci Rabon June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking outside in my life may seem easy and smooth flowing but to me I see others who “make it look so easy”. My kids are growing older allowing me to be able to read more. This book sounds so refreshing and I would love to win the cooking basket to spice up my kitchen and “make it look so easy” also.
    Thank you for all your words of wisdom!

  414. Carol June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  415. Melissa Buhl June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    How often do we compare our lives to others and think we fall so short. However in God’s eyes we are truly loved where we are. A saying I like is when I compare then I despair.

  416. Susie June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read this book!! Thank you!! Praise God!

  417. Marla Y June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you for the awesome giveaway. God bless!

    koinonia572001@yahoo.com

  418. Erma June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hi Marybeth,
    You’re new books sounds intriguing. I would love to read it. I love to read and am always looking for good books that are wholesome and not full of vulgar language that adds nothing to what could be a good story. I would love to be entered in your contest. My husband deals with health related problems and we do not use any processed or prepackaged foods so I would love to win this exciting prize.
    Erma

  419. Paige Blankenship June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to read this book – it sounds very interesting. It is always easier when someone else is doing it. But try walking in their shoes, may not be quite as easy as you think. My daughter is 8 and just taken her first of many cooking camps. The cooking basket would be a wonderful addition to her kitchen essentials.

  420. Jennifer Kittredge June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to be entered into the drawing. Thanks!

  421. Alice June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Please enter me into the drawing. Thank you!

  422. Michele Woodman June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This sounds like a great book to take on our summer vacation! Can’t wait! Love the basket too!!

  423. Mary June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read She Makes It Look Easy! I would love to be entered for this fun gift set.

  424. DeerOKC June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Can’t wait to get my hands & eyes on this book. Contest is fun too.

  425. Kathy Scott June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This month’s giveaway is such a tempting prize I’d enjoy winning. I am very intrigued by the book, “She Makes It Look Easy” and hope to read it soon. Too much of life has been spent trying to live up to other’s expectations. It is all a mirage and the only way to live is to focus on the path that the Lord has for each one of us.

  426. Mary Jones June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you so very much for sharing your heart to help me grow.. I have been blessed to read daily from Proverb31 Ministry.. Looking forward to reading your new book and hope I’m chosen to win your lovely gift!
    Blessings to you..
    Maryjo ~

  427. Susie Finkbeiner June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for this glimpse into your writing process. When people ask me where I come up with ideas I never know the best answer to give!

  428. shanyn1 June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am reading this book on my kindle for the June book club selection….if you’re not reading it-you need to! What a fantastic book so far!

  429. Diane Burke June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am so excited to get to read another book by Marybeth Whalen. I “LOVED” the “Mailbox” and am looking forward to reading “She Makes it Look Easy”! I enjoy the way Marybeth bases her fiction on reality, which helps create an emotional connection. We are all tempted daily with what this world throws at us…as long as we look to God for our strength & guidance, we can overcome.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a wonderful basket!

    Blessings~
    Diane

  430. Charity June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like another great giveaway! As a mother of two small boys, and one who also works full time, I can relate to the title of this novel…I always feel stressed and always wonder how other women do it. Especially when they have more than two kids!

  431. Judy June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like another good pick! I can’t wait to read it!!!

  432. Cathy June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished reading this book. I couldn’t put it down!!! I’d LOVE to win this wonderful prize.

  433. Alicia Farage June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am so glad that authorbuzz directed me this way!

  434. Katie June 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh, I do love kitchen goodies! I can’t wait to read this book =)

  435. Monica June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  436. Chastity Ray June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book reminds me if me. I can’t wait to read the book!

  437. Cindye Foster June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This will be my new “Summer Read”. Thanks for the information!

  438. Marti Pieper June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book intrigues me. And I love the cute gift set.

    Pretty fond of the protagonist’s name, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  439. cc June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    cookin , cleanin, and readin thats my life : ) and the greatest blessing , wife and mom

  440. Lisa Buchanan June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Very excited about this book and the giveaway – thanks for the oppurtunity!

  441. Kim June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read this book! I loved reading The Mailbox last summer and have She Makes it look easy on this summer’s reading list!

  442. Carol June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love to read & cook!

  443. Heather Flynn June 9, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This books sounds to be both refreshing and honest. Sometimes it is hard to admit our struggles. I can’t wait to read this book.

  444. Ada June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m excited at the chance to read this book.
    I just recently been able to read again without
    Special lighting due to a brain tumor.
    Praise God it’s gone!

  445. Connie June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have enjoyed reading Marybeth’s blog and look forward to reading her book, too! So glad a friend made me aware of her blog!

  446. Kandra June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a great new book! Please enter me in the drawing, too!

  447. Michelle Tye June 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can wait to read this book. The contest is fun to.

  448. Emily June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hope it’s not too late to enter! ๐Ÿ™‚

  449. Kathleen McNerney June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win the ktichen prize pack inspired by Marybeth’s novel. Being a mother, employee, dog foster and housekeeper, I often feel frazzeled. It’s easy to look at someone else and think they have it all figured out. However, at closer inspection, you realize that they are struggled just like you.

  450. Vivian June 10, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have always thought this same thing when seeing how easily some of my friends seem to get things done so efficiently. The book sounds very interesting. I look forward to reading it, and would like to be entered in the drawing, also. I’m recommending this web-site and this book to my daughter, who loves to read, and who also struggles with trying to just get things done like “She” does.

  451. cmzakowski June 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am so excited to read this book!

  452. Brandy Austin June 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to get some encouraging words from this book! I think it would help me from stop comparing myself to other people in my life! The kitchen package looks awesome as well!

  453. Joyce Franks June 11, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book! I loved The Mailbox.

  454. Beth Ann Reinert June 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Just finished The Mailbox. Can’t wait to read this Whalen novel!

  455. Sheri Freeland June 12, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I really enjoyed “The Mailbox” and look forward to reading this book too!
    My 22 year old daughter loved “The Mailbox” and passed it on to her friends.
    I love books that cross the generational lines. Please sign me up for the drawing, I love to cook!

  456. Lisa June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like a book I NEED to read. On a budget, all I have are borrowed Nora Roberts novels. Encouragement in tough situations would be a Godsend.

  457. Birdy June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read on! This book grabbed my attention. I wonder why?

  458. Diana Crim June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love for you all to draw my name out of the hat! That would be awesome!

  459. Lisa June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This looks like a wonderful book that will be a great tool to minister to hurting women. Thank you!

  460. Wanda Bowen June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can not wait to read this book. It sounds great. Winning the kitchen prize pack would be as added bonus! Thanks!

  461. Lisa Worley June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m almost afraid to read this book because it may be about ME! I am willing to give it a try! ๐Ÿ™‚

  462. Lillian Gimmelli June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    She Makes It Look Easy sounds like a great book, looking forward to reading it. From reading a bit about it, sounds like me. I would be blessed to win the kitchen set, since I started homeschooling my two kids and need to make meals healthy and quicker. Thank you for the opportunity.

  463. Sherri Whitney June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking for a new summer read. Ran right into this and cant wait to delve in! Thanks!

  464. tguthery June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read this book – it sounds like the story of my life!

  465. Sharon Edmonds June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This book sounds incredibly relevant! We all have been guilty of looking at other women and wanting what it “seems” like they have… would love to read it (AND would love a chance to win the prize package)!

  466. DeerOKC June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    You mean it can be easy???

  467. Carrol Craft June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Sounds like my thought so many times….. She Makes it look so Easy

  468. Elizabeth Jackson-Barlow June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks to my sister, I have started reading Christian novels, which I am really enjoying. Marybeth Whalen is a new author to me. Her books sound like they will be a blessing to all who read them. I was also interested to learn the names of other Christian authors from this website.

  469. Maggie Rowe June 13, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    This is a must-read on my summer list. Thanks Marybeth. You are a wonderful writer!

  470. Melissa Smith June 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have actually said the words ” She is who I want to be” about someone. I would love to read this book.

  471. Terri Cross June 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Mary Beth,
    I always love to read your devotions.. so inspiring! I would love to get your new book, “She Makes it look Easy”. I think you touched a common thread in all of us ladies.. God Bless you for writing..what a talent, and blessing to each of us who are privileged to read!

  472. Amanda F June 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book. It is exactly what I need.

  473. Julie Spearing June 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I LOVE kitchen stuff and am very excited about this book! Man, you are right on about how we women compare ourselves to others. That is SO hard not to do! Thank you for your ministry and this AWESOME give away!!!!! Julie ๐Ÿ™‚
    Proverbs 3:5-6

  474. Andea June 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book! I’m certain that I will enjoy it and it will apply to my life. Thanks for trusting God as you wrote it.

  475. Kim S June 16, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Wow! I am looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for your interview!

  476. Shelley June 16, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am excited about finding out about this book! Would love to win the kitchen package also, of course!!

  477. Glenda June 17, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I can’t wait to read “She Makes It Look Easy”. It seems like I look at what others do and think they make it looks so easy. In truth I think everyone struggles and we don’t want others to know it. Keep up the good work!

  478. Denise L June 17, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve just started this novel and I’m really enjoying it!

  479. Stephanie from LA June 17, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Hi! I would love to be entered in the giveaway. I just discovered your book. It looks very inspiring.

  480. Jill June 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I think this will be a perfect book to take to the Lake for the weekend. Hope I don’t stay up all night reading!

  481. Bonnie Reinders June 18, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I operate differently than the author and main character. I am usually quite content with my “plate,” even when it included a craniotomy about a year ago, on June 22, for a brain tumor. I always figure that if I knew EVERYTHING going on in the home, school, church, and friends situations of other women, that I would not trade my plate with them anyway. God has been faithful through all of my circumstances, and I trust Him to give me His best, whether or not it is what I or anyone else would want given the choice.

  482. Angie June 21, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I spent too many years thinking that most every other wife and mother had it all together, based on their organizationally perfect homes. It was sweet freedom to realize that sometimes those clean counters don’t always mean an uncluttered life. We are all human with human brokenness. That is why it is so important to remember WHO we can go to with our cluttered lives and receive grace and mercy.

  483. Dale June 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m hoping to get this book for my daughter and I to read to remind us both to appreciate more the people, places, and things around us, including each other. Between my hectic schedule and hers, we try to grab snippets of time to talk about her newly married life and my empty nesting, raising rambuctious puppies, and taking care of our husbands. But most importantly, we try to stay connected and devoted to God and everything he has to offer. Thanks for all your inspiring devotionals and reading materials, even if we don’t have a lot of time to read! We appreciate you all!

  484. redheadkate June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I keep hearing about this book. It sounds interesting.

  485. Mommahoov June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great gift. I’m anxious to begin reading the book.

  486. Veronica June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I wish I had more time to read. This book definitely looks like a good read. I just might have to make time to read it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  487. Melanie Croy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read it!!!

  488. KathyH June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This is such a timely novel! I think many women in this pressure-cooker day and age look at other women and think she has it all togther – what’s wrong with me? Looking forward to reading this book!

  489. Mary June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m so looking forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy! Thanks for such a great give away contest!

  490. Susan S. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for bringing another good book to us!

  491. Kathy Fuller June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh wow…can’t wait to pick this one up and start reading!!

  492. laura June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to win a copy of Marybeth’s new book! Wonderful choice, great summer reading material!

  493. Jennifer Taylor June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book! The giftset would be the icing on the cake as I need all the help I can get in the kitchen!

  494. Paula June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t go wrong with a Marybeth book!!!

  495. Laura June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I need to win this kitchen gift pack so that maybe I can find time to read this book!

  496. Cindy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Excited about new book!! Loved the Mail Box!!!!!!!

  497. Darlene June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I downloaded the book to my kindle. I haven’t got a chance to start it yet ๐Ÿ™ but soon.

  498. Joyce Elling June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great summer read!

  499. Betty Sharp June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    She Makes It Look Easy sounds very interesting. Can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for promoting a love of reading!

  500. Tracy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Would love the kitchen pack! And looking forward to reading the book, loved her last one :).

  501. Susan Lehr June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds exciting and very realistic. I can’t wait to read it. I would love the gift set. It sounds wonderful, fun and Easy! Susan

  502. JULIE ALLSUP June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am an avid reader and can’t wait to read this new one. Please also enter me in the drawning!!!

  503. Ann June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a good read.

  504. debi tricerri June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    i will be ordering this book today! a friend and i always said, the grass is not always as green as it looks on the otherside…so many hurting people hiding behind their well kept houses and perfect families! just finished “words”….oh my gosh, what a wonderful book…have shared it with two friends already!!!

  505. Karen B June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Very interesting premise of the book. I will be anxious to find out what Justine’s secret is. Is her mystery man someone in her neighborhood or someone from above perhaps?

  506. Kim June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to start the book!

  507. Beverly June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Just when we think we know, we find out how little we really know. The book looks like a great read, and the prize giveaway looks just like what I need!!

  508. Beth June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book sounds good and I would love to win the kitchen stuff!

  509. Beth Dennis June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win. The book looks great, can’t wait to get into it!

  510. Lisa June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a really good read! What woman hasn’t dealt with this at one point in her life?

  511. Shelly Cantrell June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What an awesome privilege it is to be ministered to through a fiction book.

    Marybeth’s novels are not only a joy to read, they are surprisingly inspirational, real and tangible.

    Her characters resemble me and my friends.

    Her stories evoke feelings that challenge the depths of my soul.

    I am honored to know her and to receive inspiration from her: You will be, too!

    Speaking of inspiration… I sure could use the goodies in that kitchen prize pack! The Lord knows I need all the help I can get in the kitchen! Would you consider me to win the prize? I am grateful for your time and efforts.

  512. Angie Rouse June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Your featured books always look so good! And this giveaway is great!

  513. Holly June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hope I win. Can’t wait to read the book. Seems every neighborhood has one of these ladies.

  514. Beth M. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Mary Beth’s new book! I am starting to read “The Mailbox”, my new summer read!

  515. Rosemary Lare June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a very interesting book to read for myself and one that other busy ladies might like to read. Looking forward to getting a copy of it.

  516. Pamela Bowman June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished this wonderful book…such good and fun reading. I have always compared myself to others and seemed to desperately try to be someone I really am not…I also have the Mailbox to read next…enjoy reading and you are correct this Texas heat is hot, hot and did I say hot.

  517. Cindy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read…it’s easy to compare, when we just need to look up & within!

  518. Pam June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m reading She Makes It Look Easy right now and I am so enjoying Marybeth’s funny but compelling style! Great story ~ can’t wait to find out what happens…..

  519. Connie June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great book to read. I would love to win a copy!

  520. Amy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great book and an exciting kitchen gift!

  521. Pam June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This month’s featured selection definetly grabbed my attention. As I strive to find the time for family, and favorite hobbies, and my wish I could do lists, I know as I read “She Makes It Look Easy” that I’ll find kindred spirits between the lines. Thank you for this suggestion, I look forward to reading and learning.

  522. Jen June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read it and learn how Ariel manages to balance living up to the bar set by others with the reality of daily home life. That’s what I’m still trying to figure out!

  523. Margie F June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I love a book that has a “perfect” character that turns out to be more like us that she appears. I would love to win the giftpack or the book. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to try.

  524. Kay June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great book, Marybeth!

  525. Sharon Abercrombie June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    My frist newsletter and a chance to win a great book. I love the She Reads web site, as well as the Proverbs 31 Ministries. Thanks for being there!

  526. Evangeline June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have a copy of The Mailbox and would love a copy of this book, also. Once I have read a book, I donate it to our church library.

  527. Heatherly June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This domestically challenged character could use the kitchen gift pack! {Loved the book.}

  528. Catherine Vlasto June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The title is just perfect. Most women I would say have felt that way at one time or another.. I look forward to reading it!

  529. Abby June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book looks wonderful. Can’t wait to get a copy and read it. I’m going on vacation next month and will take this book for my summer read.
    Abby

  530. Connie June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy. Thank you for offering such a fabulous give away!!!

  531. Cathy H June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to win & I love to read!

  532. theresa Rypstra June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Any chance to read a book about cooking is worth the read! I would love to win the kitchen accessories! Thansk for a chance to win!

  533. Hilda Quintanilla June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I need to pick up a copy if this book!!

  534. soaps June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book so intrigued me that I read the entire thing in one sitting! We, as women, are always projecting what others do to what we should be able to do, forgetting that their lives on the inside may not be all they look to be! i need to remember to look to God for my standard. Thanks MaryBeth! Also, this book title & cover enabled me to pass it on to my neighbor who’s curious! Keep praying!

  535. Stacey June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great summer read! I always appreciate the recommendations.
    The kitchen prize would be a bonus. Thanks!

  536. Carol Newman June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Well this book looks interesting indeed! I can’t wait to get my copy! Love the prize idea for the month.

  537. amy v June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    what a wonderful book….and giveaway!

  538. Christy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful read!
    I’d love to be entered for the kitchen prize-pack

  539. Lynn June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book looks like a great summer read. I was just looking for a book to pick up.Guess I’ve found it!

  540. Laura June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book looks to be a good read. I can’t wait to get a copy and get started. Will make it my summer read!!

  541. AmyJo June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you Marybeth for being God’s vessel in order to reach out to hurting women such as myself! I recently started reading Christian fiction again because I have felt very lonely and delving into a book helps me feel “connected” in a way to the lives of Christian women. To be honest, as wonderful as the kitchen pack would be, I’d much rather win a copy of the book because I just don’t have the money to buy one. I’m going to see if my local library can get a copy for me though so I can add it to my reading list! And if I win a copy of the book I will read it and donate it to my library (if they don’t have a copy) so other women can enjoy it too!

  542. Karen Coffman June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am always looking for good books to read. Thank you for supplying us with titles.

  543. Kristi June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just finished this book and it was great! It really spoke to me with the friendship on the pedestal, which I have recently worked through. Looking forward to Marybeth’s next book….

  544. Sharon Flynn June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks so much for this opportunity. Our Mary/Martha small group is always looking for books to read and share. We’ve been together for years. So you know how we love to read, study, pray and grow in faith.

  545. Dorothy Cowling June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to win this package…and I have already purchased this book for our church library where I am sure it will be enjoyed!

  546. Linda Jackson June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I am looking forward to reading this book. The prize pack would also be nice, especially the slow cooker!

    Thank you

  547. Rhonda June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Good idea to take the book on vacation. It sounds like a good read about a woman we can relate to.

  548. Rebecca June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like such a GREAT book. Definitively next on my nook downloads! ๐Ÿ™‚

  549. Michelle June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read the new book! I love this website as well as the newsletter as it gives me ideas for books to read with an uplifting or christian message. However being on a tight budget, I must rely on my county library to have the books in order to read them. Many of the books are not at our library including this one – I’ve already checked.

    The kitchen supplies would be a welcome bonus. Thank you for this wonderful website!

  550. Anita June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful book. All women envy someone. Can’t wait to read the Christian version of how the green eyed monster is handled in fiction. Thanks.

  551. Voni June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m the one thinking “She makes it look easy,” and I thank God for those women in my life who do make it look easy, and who share their lives and ideas with me.

    Blessings,
    Voni

  552. Brooke June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wait to read this book! It is on my summer must-do list and I think it has a message we all need to hear over and over again. I know I definitely struggle with allowing myself true friendships instead of envious ones. Happy summer and Blessings to you all- Brooke

  553. Kristin June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Awesome. Sounds like a book just for me.

  554. Katherine June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Also domestically challenged!! Looking forward to reading the book, it’s on my summer reading list.

  555. Serene June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I enjoy receiving your newsletter and always appreciate your book club recommendations. I look forward to reading She Makes It Look Easy too!

  556. Andi Graham June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like a fun read! Can’t wait to dig in!

  557. Jagette June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Would sure like to read this book and the Giveaway sounds awesome.

  558. Beth June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a book I would enjoy! It looks like the perfect read for a summer day! The gift package looks like fun also! Thanks for the giveaway!

  559. Marcee June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful Summertime read! I’m always looking for a new book to read.
    marcee dot rodgers at gmail dot com

  560. Lynn Cowell June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Such a great book! Not only is it a terrific read, but a great tool to share truth as well….I already have had the opportunity to do just that!

  561. Randelle June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Already ordered the book, but I’d love to win that kitchen set! And I guess another copy of the book couldn’t hurt… for a friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  562. Tracy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book – it looks like fun. I love the giveaway set too!

  563. DEEROKC June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved The Mailbox, can’t wait to get She makes it look Easy. And would LOVE to get my hands on the Taste of Home Summer Slow cooker meals. Too hot to think, much less cook.

  564. Andrea Sanborn June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I like to discover new authors and the prize pack looks great.

  565. Barbara June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can hardly wait to read this book! I also enjoy the Encouragement for Today Devotions. Thanks!

  566. Phara June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this book this summer… Sounds great.. the give away looks great!

  567. Beth June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This definitely looks like a book I would like to read.

  568. Eileen June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The title says it all! How many time have I admired (ok, it was really more like envied) a woman who made it all look so easy. Looks are deceiving? Can’t wait to find out Marybeth’s take on it.

  569. Leslie Chestnutt June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Loved The Mailbox and can’t wait to get She Makes It Look Easy. Look forward each month to your newsletter and recommended novels. Thank

  570. Carol June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    After working on my feet all day, it would be great to come home to a slow cooked meal and a great read. What a way to unwind….

  571. Leslie June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I loved the Mailbox and can’t wait to read She Makes It Look Easy! Always look forward to your newsletter and your recommendations ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  572. Shawna Lee June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    What a great asset to my kitchen this would be. Maybe then I could make it look easy….

  573. Teresa T June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book is definitely on my list of must reads. And BTW, I love bonding with others over books!

  574. Beth June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh my goodness, I think every woman can relate to this book on so many levels! I’m looking forward to having some down time this summer to read Marybeth’s book. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  575. Carissa June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m going to a bookstore today. Just informed my husband that this is the book I want. Love the prize.

  576. Teresa June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great book. I can’t wait to read it.

  577. Tina Miszewski June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great summer read and I wouldn’t be able to feed my 4 homeschooled kids at dinner time without my crockpot. I pray I win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  578. Kim A. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book! It looks like a great read.

  579. Betty June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to read this book. I am planning on taking it to the beach for my summer read!

  580. Jill June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to having a chance to read your new book. Thanks for keeping this website going! And offering prizes, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  581. Kathy Smith June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Never been disappointed yet in one book I’ve read from She Reads recommendations. I am sure this too will be a great summer, sunshine read.

  582. Missi Edwards June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I cannot wit to read your new book Marybeth. My dear friend, Pam Cason, is going to let me borrow it when she finishes. She has already told me what a great book it is. Pam and I were just at Sunset Beach together last week and we remembered reading The Mailbox and we stopped by several of the shops. You are such a blessing to so many and God is greatly using you. Thanks for blessing me.

  583. apple blossom June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    love to be included in this giveaway thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  584. Leslie June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a good book. It is so easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Thanks for writing about it in a non-threatening way.

  585. Rhonda B June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have recently told several friends that the only thing I like about food is eating it. I don’t enjoy meal planning, coupon clipping (although I do enjoy the gratification of saving even pennies), I don’t enjoy preparing food, reading recipes, making dinner and I really don’t like cleaning up after a meal. I feel like the whole thing takes way to much time and attention from my day. But this book and give-away have me intrigued. Perhaps there is hope for the non-chef hardly a domestic goddess in me?

  586. Joy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great book….and one that many women can relate to. It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of constantly comparing ourselves to others.

  587. Kathy Scott June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book looks like a winner and I am anxious to read it. This summer is super for reading to beat the heat!

  588. Bethany LeBedz June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Pick me, pick me!!! People are always asking me how I do everything I do, but I shouldn’t be put up on a pedestal, really.

  589. Linda Myers June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to pick this book up. Thanks for the chance to win all of the goodies! Be Blessed! Linda

  590. Carrie Vandehey June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for another great book recommendation. The prize package looks wonderful!

  591. michelle June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I decided recently that I am challenged in being a good friend, am praying about how to be a better one!

  592. Jeannie S June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a delicious book! I agree it’s too hot to do much besides read a good book.
    Thank you and God Bless!

  593. LF June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Awesome give away. Would love to win that or the book. Even if I don’t win, I do intend to read the book:)

  594. Cici June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this book, it sounds like it will be very interesting.
    I think we can all identify with one of the characters in one way or another.
    Thanks for the recommendation!

  595. Anne Rightler June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to enter your contest and maybe win! It is always a fun thing to enter contests. I look forward to reading Marybeths book.

  596. Suzanne June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I just reviewed this book on the CFBA blog tour. Loved it! Was one of those books that was hard to put down and I could SO relate to the main character. I knew when I was reading it, that one of the crazy scenes with her 3 boys had to be a real-life incident. It sounds SO like something that would happen to me. LOL

    A great book and one I will be sharing soon with a friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

  597. kathy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a great book for the beach! I Can’t wait to read it! Love this site – always up-to-date.
    I would love to win the gift package – it has everything I need to help get organized!!!

  598. Sheila June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I appreciate your website. I belong to a local book club and the members look to me for many of the selections. Thank you for filling my arsenal.

  599. LaJuan June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Can’t wait to read this one. Loved the one about the mailbox.

  600. Tonya June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    How neat! I would love to win this! The book sounds awesome!

  601. Karen O June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love this book! It sounds like a great summer read!

  602. Karen Rodriguez June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you so much for this chance to win this prize! It looks awesome! And I’ve added the book to my list of “Books to Read”! Thanks for the recommendation!

  603. C.J.S. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Hi! Yep, she does make it look so easy…I wonder if anyone would ever say that about me…hmmmm…not that confident…. but the prize pack looks like fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  604. Diana Parker June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting read!

  605. Terri Marks June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds so good! Can’t wait to get my hands on it! thank you for all you do.

  606. Kerry June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! Looks great! Can’t wait to read the book…

  607. Rhonda Gibson June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a great book, and a GREAT giveaway for all of us that are “kitchen challenged” ๐Ÿ™‚

  608. Margaret McCarley June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a good summer read and one for my book club.

  609. Diane June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m hooked… Looking forward to reading this one!

  610. Lisa Nagel June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to reading this!

  611. Gini Sellers June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Thanks for the reminder today about this book. It is on my summer reading list…I will head to my Barnes and Noble and pick it up this week! Excited to read it!

  612. Kari June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a GREAT book! Can’t wait to read it! Would love to win all the kitchen gear!

  613. Karen June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Love a good book. Cant wait to read it.

  614. Teresa June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    The book definitely sounds like it will be interesting, I am sure many in our women’s ministry will want to read along and the prize pack looks wonderful!

  615. Shannon June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Yay for new books ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to check this one out!

  616. Madeline Jimenez June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This books looks great, I’ve definitely thought that other women have it together and I lack in so many areas!!

  617. Cynthia June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! Great giveaway. I love my slow cooker. It’s great in the summer for easy meals and less heat in the kitchen.

  618. Alicia Starr June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book has been on my to-read list for a few weeks already, and I just ordered my own copy today. So frequently we as women look at others and believe that they have it all together, aalthough none of us really do. I am intrigued to read how this enfolds. I’d love an extra copy to pass along! ๐Ÿ™‚

  619. Amber McCallister June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wow! That looks like a good book and a cool prize pack!

  620. Sherri June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Wouldn’t we all love to have it all together! I think it is just an illusion! Better to relax and enjoy today!

  621. Diana June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This sounds like a fantastic book, one I would really enjoy reading. I’m going to have to find me a copy to buy.
    It also looks like some nice prizes you are giving away.

  622. Rhoda Marsh June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a book that would really help me out a lot!

  623. Jill Farris June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I would love to read the book and I hope to win the goodies!

    Jill

  624. Yvonne Mosley June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like a great read (we all know those women) and great prizes. Thanks for a great site!

  625. Tarah June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I LOVED The Mailbox. I can’t wait to read your next one Marybeth!!

  626. Vivian June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m looking forward to reading this book. It sounds so interesting.

  627. Heather P June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looks like an easy read. Wish I had time, but have a child home for the summer and time for me is hard to find.

  628. Joyce June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This looks like a WONDERFUL summer read. Thanks MaryBeth!

  629. Christy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    LOVE a great summer read!

  630. Robyn Farber June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I have a friend just like this and was a better person and friend because of her. But there WERE
    flaws that surfaced and I was glad for them, too. I can’t wait to see how this all turns out!

  631. Jenny G. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Sounds awesome!

  632. Nancy Swanson June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I guess I have to be honest and admit I have looked at other women and wondered how they can have such an easy time of things! Or so it seems, I guess. We all have flaws, and we all need God to help us remove the rough spots. I am REALLY looking forward to reading this book. Summer is my time to read since I teach Kindergarten and have no time during the school year!

  633. Rita June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    sounds like a fun book!

  634. Jaimee R. June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    This book sounds amazing!! Can’t wait to read it!!

  635. Tammy June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Looking forward to the book club reading… Maybe I will feel better about my kitchen skills after the book!

  636. Rebecca June 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m putting this book on my ever growing reading list!

  637. Brenda Marsh June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love to read and this sounds like a book I would enjoy. Will be looking for it to read. Thanks for sharing.

  638. Elizabeth Elliott June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks!

  639. Rischa June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I cant wait to read this book! It will definitely be on my list!

  640. Kim June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to win and read this book!

  641. Linda Granato June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Thanks for a chance to win such a great gift basket! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Always loved book clubs but haven’t really been reading as much as i ususally do. Thanks for bringing some of the interest in good books back!

  642. Gramma Sandy June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    The book sounds wonderful – can’t wait to read it. The kitchen pack is an awesome prize pack too! That would be very nice!

  643. Patrice June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    To me, the title alone says “I can relate.” Just not sure about the “easy” part!

  644. Jenn Parker June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to a great summer read! Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

  645. Rosie Perez June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I have ben reading from your recommendations. I feel good reading Christian novels. Looking forward to reading “She makes it look easy”. It would be great to win this prize pack.

  646. Karen June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book. For much of my life, people might have thought the same thing of me, that I make things look easy. But it is only by the grace of God that I am still married to my husband and have three adult children walking with the Lord. All praise and glory go to God!

  647. Cindi Laughlin June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  648. Vicki June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I love your website and look forward to each month’s announcement of the upcoming book.

  649. Nancy N June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I always look forward to your book suggestions! This one is definitely on my list.

  650. Deborah Horne June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Great gift pack. This book sounds really good. Can’t wait to read it. Thanks for all you do.

  651. Sue June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’ve been without my computer for most of June so just learned about this book in the newsletter this morning. Sounds like one I’d really enjoy and possibly learn from as I am always thinking others have it made compared to me!

  652. Lucy June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    Being in the ministry with my husband for 34 years I have seen plenty of people who “make it look easy” but are hurting inside, needing the love of G0d and others to survive. Would love to read this book!..and spruce up my kitchen too :)!!

  653. Diane June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I feel like I’ve found a new friend – doing Made to Crave w/ladies in my community and would enjoy Marybeth’s book as well…. (with or without the great gift basket ๐Ÿ™‚ !! )

  654. Holly June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I just finished the book and LOVE it!

  655. Sharon June 29, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I think this book looks like a great read..who hasn’t thot…I’d love to be her, her life looks so good compared to mine.