Thursday, March 4, 2010

# book review and giveaway

Dancing with my Father - Mother Daughter Duet Giveaway

Blog Tour and Giveaway

How God Leads Us into a Life of Grace and Joy
Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN: 978-0-307-45706-6 (0-307-45706-0)



Let Your Soul Dance with Delight in God

Do you sometimes feel victimized by circumstances? Are you overwhelmed by weariness, fear, or discouragement? Do you wonder, Where can I go to claim the promise of Jesus that my joy could be made full?

When trusted author and mentor Sally Clarkson noticed a lack of joy in her own life, she realized how easy it can be, especially for women with overloaded to-do lists, to feel weighed down by drudgery and disappointment. But rather than slogging through her days, Sally wanted to know the delight of God's presence. She began prayerfully exploring how to cultivate deep-rooted joy even in the midst of difficult seasons.

In this warm and wise book, she invites you to experience for yourself what happens when you trust God to lead you into a life of anticipation, passion, and purpose.

Weaving biblical insights with real-life stories that reflect every Christian woman's deepest longings, Dancing with My Father reveals how any woman, in any circumstance, can daily live in beauty and grace, joy and peace.

My thoughts:

Oh MY Word, that is about all I can say about this book. Remember the saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade"?

Well this book is all about that, it's about finding the goodness in everything you do, about learning to appreciate what is around you and seeing the Lord in every aspect of your life.

It is filled with scripture and discussion questions, personal stories and is thought provoking, the perfect book for all us women out there who are trudging through the daily life, the ups and downs, the to do lists and the juggle of kids and family.

I've so often struggled with the fact that what I may want for myself and my family right now, may not be what is right or what the Lord thinks is needed at this point and time in my life. It's so easy to sit back and complain and whine and cry out.

This book is absolutely amazing, it will make you go "Oh WOW!". It's that good!

Click here to read more about this book and/or to purchase it.


Getting to the Relationship You Want With Your Adult Daughter

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60142-162-3 (1-60142-162-1)


A harmonious relationship is possible

When your daughter was born, you had a thousand hopes and dreams for her. . .including that one day you'd be best friends.

But as life unfolds, even the best intentions go awry. There are so many challenges on the journey to adult friendship that the reality is fraught with friction and frustration. Thankfully, a harmonious relationship with your daughter is possible.

Written by a mother and daughter who have successfully navigated the minefield from distance and tension to acceptance and friendship, Mother-Daughter Duet helps moms open wide the door of communication so that daughters want to walk through it. Filled with personal anecdotes and based on proven principles, each chapter offers timeless wisdom as well as a daughter’s perspective. Often these principles apply to daughters-in-law as well.

The relationship between mothers and daughters is intense, personal, complex, and unique. But you can have the loving, authentic bond you always dreamed of—when you learn the mother-daughter duet.

My thoughts:

Don't let the title discourage you or make you think it's only for adult daughters, because it's not. A lot of the issues talked about in the book can be applied to your daughters in general, whether adults or teenagers.

Having an almost 11 year old girl of my own, I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. The part about "letting go" hit home real hard, I think as a mother and a parent in general it is one of the hardest battles we will ever face when it comes to our children.

Another wonderful book, I'm almost through with it and have not only thoroughly enjoyed it but am learning so many things that I will be able to apply to my and my daughters relationship now and in the future.

Click here to find out more about this book and to purchase it!


Now here's the good news, I have a copy of each of the books to giveaway and I'm opening this contest to not only the US but overseas as well.

All you have to do is leave me your name, an email contact and tell me which of the books you would like if your name is picked.

The contest will end March 11th at midnight and I will use to determine two winners.

Good Luck!

Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah who provided the book for review.


  1. Amber8:32 PM

    I'm not a mother but I love reading your blog and want to say what a great job I think your doing. I would also like to enter myself in your contest you can reach me at and if I win I would like Dancing With My Father. Have a wonderful day.

  2. My e-mail is I would love the book Dancing with My Father.

  3. I would love Dancing With My Father!

  4. Sandra- I'd like to recommend the book The Mother Daughter Book Club. It is what the title suggests and I can honestly say its one of the best things I've done with my daughter. You learn so much about them with the questions/books you pick. Email me if you have any questions...but I think it would be a wonderful fit for your and J.

  5. Sandra,
    Please enter me in the drawing for the Mother-Daughter Duet. My daughter's only 8 but because of the differences between our personalities and then the changes in her every time she comes back from visitation - boy, do I need suggestions on a better relationship with her.

    Thanks for the reviews and hosting the drawing!

  6. Dear Sandra
    I can't tell you how happy I am that I can finally be a part of your giveaways!!! If I could be the lucky person who wins something, I would like the "Dancing with my father" book. (sbgsales(at)gmail(dot)com)Thank you so much for remembering us!

  7. Morning,

    I'd like a chance to read Dancing with My Father. My e-mail addy is


  8. They both sound so wonderful! I would like Dancing with My Father if I had to choose one.

  9. Leanne7:24 AM

    Hi Sandra, I check your blog every day. If I am selected I would like Dancing With My Father.

  10. I would love the book Dancing With My Father

  11. I would love Dancing with My Father, Sandra - both books sound wonderful! Linds

  12. I would love to read Dancing With My Father...i could use a little inspiration to find the good in everything.

    Lori bookstorylori[at}gmail{dot}com

  13. I have only sons but my mother and I are very close, I'd love nothing more than to share in reading this book with her! Please! OH! I hope I win!

  14. I think Dancing with My Father sounds like it was an amazing book as you've said. Definitely one I would enjoy.

  15. Anonymous1:06 PM

    I would love to win Dancing With My Father.
    monk5 at charter dot net

  16. Anonymous1:16 PM

    I would love either book
    webberj07 at comcast dot net

  17. I would love to win: Dancing with My Father by Sally Clarkson

    Count me in!

  18. Gloria10:50 AM

    I would love the book Dancing with My Father by Sally Clarkson. Praying for God's provision! God bless you Sandra! :)


  19. I have read a couple books by Sally Clarkson - they were phenomenal - I was so excited to see here that she ahs a new one out. I would love either book equally, really. saralynnsantos(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. Dancing with my Father sounds awesome. I am in a new Bible Study group that met for the first time last week. We are all moms of small children and several of us are stay-at-home moms. I can't wait to suggest this book for one of our next studies! Thank you for the review!

  21. Oh how fun. I love reading books and so I would love to win. If I won I think I would pick the Mother and Daughter book. I only have one daughter and want to make sure that our relationship is always close.

  22. your review sold me on the Mother Daughter book. My daughter is 8 and my step daughter is 16. This sound like a good read!

  23. My email address is and I am interested in Dancing with my Father.

  24. I would be thrilled to win "Dancing with My Father"! Please enter me into your contest. My email is as follows:

    Thank you!
    Nicole Lyons

  25. "Dancing With my Father" is the book I think my family and I would best benefit from. taxchyk (@)gamil (d0t) com

  26. Dancing With My Father sounds wonderful. I really enjoy your blog! Marie

  27. After just having my first daughter (I have two boys already) I'd love to win the Mother Daughter Duet book... Thanks for giving us a chance! tsnlveal at


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