Monday, March 03, 2014


Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-home Mom
Tricia Goyer

Without a doubt, every single mom works from home should read this book. Tricia Goyer has been recognized by women all over the country as someone who appears to be THE superwoman among women. She has six children (three under age 6) and homeschools them. In her 'spare' time, she has run a home for unwed mothers, started at least two Teen MOPS groups, moved across the country, done missions work internationally, hosted a radio show, and has given numerous presentations all across the country. Oh, and by the way, she has also written over 35 books! Whew!

In this book, Tricia gets real about the difficulties of working from home, the impact it has on her life and her family, and the realities of combining tight deadlines with potty training. She doesn't sugar coat it, but instead gives terrific examples of the things she has done to make it work for her and her family.

The book addresses family priorities and goals, themes for family life, getting kids involved in work, setting up an effective workplace, doing what you can with the time you have, and finding ways to relax and center your life with God.

This book comes with a great 'disclaimer':
"Disclaimer. This book may not be for you if: You are looking for a simple how-to manual with only schedules, outlines, and agendas. You don't think your spiritual life impacts your work and home life. You think the whole balance issue depends on you and not on your dependence on God.

In this book, there is as much inner work I'm going to talk about as there are ideas, helps, and tips for balancing. Because as someone who's been working at home nearly all of my twenty-four years as a parent, I've discovered three main things:
1.What I do isn't as important as who I am.
2.What God can do in my life and what He's capable of doing can be two very different things--I don't want to limit Him.
3.My outward goals are only reachable if I submit my inward soul to God.

If this sounds like a book you need, good. If not, I understand! We moms only have so much time. You need to spend your time, energy, and hard-earned money on a book that will meet your expectations.

Know that I'm praying God will speak to your heart through my story. I hope you'll discover good advice to help you follow the dreams God has placed in your heart and be the wife and mom you've always wanted to be." - Quoted from Tricia Goyer - Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom

Tricia 'gets' the desire to be a supermom, and the reality of feeling like a failure. This book is a blessed combination of "you are doing a lot of things right", and inspiration (instead of guilt) to tackle some things that you could do better. I finished the book and felt like I had a cheerleader on my side helping me be a better mom, worker, wife, and child of God. 

Join in  Tricia's Balanced author chat party on March 10 ( Tricia will be chatting about her tips for attaining balance and juggling the many hats moms wear. There will also be some giveaways, and Tricia will announce the start of an eleven-day Balanced challenge that begins on March 11. You're invited to take part in the challenge, and everyone who participates will receive a downloadable package of freebies from Tricia and her friends!

How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. Balancing is a process and a journey, one that Tricia herself has yet to perfect. But between writing more than forty books, raising and homeschooling six kids, being a wife, and being active in her community, she has amassed valuable tips she shares in "Balanced."

The book includes tips on:
—how to create focus themes for your family
—how to prioritize your schedule
—how to utilize your job so it also benefits your kids
—how to keep yourself out of the comparison game
—how to make working at home work for you
—and much more!

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like and She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at
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