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10 Reasons Why You Should Buy My New Book

Here are 10 reasons why you really should buy my new book, How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You (a mom's guide to overcoming) in no particular order: a mom's guide to overcoming

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1. You blew up at your kids yesterday and hated the way it felt.

2. You can look back over your life and see clear examples of how your uncontrolled emotions have affected relationships negatively.

3. When you do, and you email me your receipt to emotionsebook@gmail.com, you'll be entered to win this AMAZING art piece from Red Letter Words (giveaway ends 9/19/13 at 9PM EST).

Enter to win this beautiful art piece from Red Letter Words when you purchase a copy of the new How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You ebook by Brooke McGlothlin!4. You like me, and you think it's pretty awesome that this book is only $3.99. Pretty much every mom can afford that!

5. You think I'm a cool boy mom (seriously, I am...sometimes).

6. You know God wants to work on you in this area.

7. You've been fighting this battle for a long time and need something to put you over the edge toward victory.

8. You read the title and immediately thought, "I'm not the only one who struggles with this?"

9. Your kids run and hide when they see your "emoto-meter" start to rise ("Run! Mama's gonna blow!").

10. You really want a copy of the FREE 25 Scriptures to Help Fight off the Lies printable that you can only get when you buy and read the book (the link is tucked in there).

Bonus: You like my dogs and want to help me continue to buy them dog food.

Pick a number! Any number!

And then grab the book ;)

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Here's a fun link-up of what others are saying about the book. If you decide to review it, come link up your post too!

Are Your Emotions Out of Control?

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Just a quick note to let you know that my latest eBook, How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You (a mom's guide to overcoming) is releasing TOMORROW (that's 9/17/13)! Here's the cover! (SOOOO beautiful! Thank you Finding Eden Media!)

A practical, highly usable, biblical model for bringing emotions under the authority of the Word of God from the co-author of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, Brooke McGlothlin

How to Control Your Emotions So They Don't Control You is a practical, highly useable, biblical model for submitting your emotions to the authority of the Word of God. After you read it, you'll be equipped with information you can put into place immediately to start seeing a difference in your heart. Here's what a few people are saying about it:

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“You will end this book feeling like you just had coffee with a dear friend, one who makes you feel understood, hope-filled, and ready to re-embrace your calling as a mom with a few more tools under your belt.”

~Katie Tevis, blogger at KatieTevis.com

“Brooke McGlothlin is a writer who “gets” moms. She knows our struggles, understands our frustrations, and is fully aware of that mommy-guilt we’re all plagued with. Even better? She’s always got just the right words to say in order to ease tension(s), calm emotions, and help stressed-out mamas focus on the bigger picture. ”

-Jenny Lee Sulpizio, author of Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe

“I love how Brooke bravely shows us the place she has struggled and found victory through the application of Truth. I am grateful for her transparency. In How to Control Your Emotions So They Don’t Control You she uses practical tools I can easily apply to my own life. This is a timely message and I’m grateful.”

~Stacey Thacker, Mothers of Daughters Editor, author of Being OK With Where You Are

To answer just a few of your questions:

1. How much will it cost?

$3.99 (skip your mocha this week and boom! You've got it!)

2. Will it be available for Kindle?

Yes, as soon as possible. But for now, it will only be available as a PDF. The good news is that I've tried to make the PDF version very readable for your Kindles. All you need to know to read it on your Kindle is your Kindle email address. Find that, and it's a super simple transfer!

3. How is it different from other books on the topic?

Man, there are some good ones out there, right? How to Control Your Emotions is specifically for moms who find themselves struggling to maintain control, and while the underlying message is one that applies to any believer, it's really a book for mamas. Also? I share lots of personal stories about my own journey toward emotional wholeness in this area, including many of my flops as a mom of boys. (Yep...there are some pretty funny boy mom stories).

4. Is this a book just for boy moms?

Nope. But I live in an all-male home (well...except for one of the dogs...and who knows what the fish is...) so a lot of my examples reflect that. I'll make you this promise—there's something in the book for everyone.

That's it for today friends! I hope you'll come back tomorrow and join me for launch day! I have one really fun surprise giveaway coming your way, so don't miss it!

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six years ago today {remembering the Virginia Tech shootings}

Six years ago today, nine months pregnant, stomach contracting from stress, and heart beating wildly in fear, I listened as my husband told me the news: Thirty-two students, faculty and teachers were dead at the hand of a crazed gunman on the campus of Virginia Tech.

My school. My Hokies. A friend of my family...dead that day.

And I know I talk about it every year, but six years isn't enough time to heal completely from that kind of loss. I wonder sometimes if our community will ever completely heal from it, but then I remember the God I serve and how He's completely capable of making something beautiful from the ashes of great loss, and I know...

We will.

Remembering the victims of the Virginia Tech Massacre of 2007

Tucked quietly inside of the book I co-authored, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, is a chapter that was born on that same fateful day in 2007. It tells the story of a mama who lost her only son to that gunman, and how the God and the town she loved met her in the mess and nursed her back to health.

It's free today. That book. Free, in honor of those who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. Free, in honor of the God who redeems even the deepest, most difficult messes. Free, because it's a small way this mama can give back to the people and university I love, help us continue to heal, and keep the story alive in our hearts.

Get your copy of Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess free for Amazon Kindle today only (4/16/13).

Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You In Your Mess (FREE for Amazon Kindle TODAY only 4/16/13)

when God calls you to share hope in strange places

Sometimes God calls us to be the ones to share His hope with the world when we least expect it, and in places we never thought hope was possible. We have to be ready, because the truth is that we might be all they've got in that moment...the only person God has called to share hope. Are you ready?

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Read the rest of this post about bars, Toby Keith, and hope over at Faithlife Women.

where will you be called on to offer hope?

Saying Goodbye to my Grandparents

(My mom and aunt ask me to tell my grandparents love story yesterday at my grandmother's funeral. This is what I shared.)

For as long as I can remember, my grandparents, Jewel and Herbert McDonald, have told the story of how they met and fell in love. When my mom and aunt asked me to share a few words at my grandmother's funeral about the people I called Duel and Grandaddy, we all agreed that this story needed to be a part of it. We live in a world where not many things are dependable, sure and true, but this story proves that some things are just meant to be.

As a pretty young newcomer at the local schoolhouse, Jewel Hines quickly caught the older, wiser eye of the dashing bachelor, Herbert McDonald. He watched her at the top of the stairs one day while she chatted with her friends between class, nudged his buddies and said, “hand’s off fellas, that one’s mine.”

Duel

 

And just like that, she was.

They married when she was just 17, and their lives together spanned over 68 years, separated only by duty for country, hospital stays, and death. 68 years is a long time to live and love one person. But their marriage is a testimony to the fact that love can stand the test of time.

My Grandaddy was a proud Navy sailor, and the early years of their marriage would find them moving from the farms of West Virginia all the way to Florida, from Navy base to base, always meeting new friends and putting their strong Christian faith into action by serving in a local church. During their time away, they produced two beautiful daughters, who made their lives full, and plenty interesting.

Duel and Grandaddy loved many parts of our country because they travelled so much with the Navy, but they always missed their beloved mountains of West Virginia and the families they still had here, so after retiring from the Navy, they returned and dug their roots in deep and strong. Here, they continued lives of service at First Baptist Church of Narrows, where they watched two of their grandchildren be baptized and make a profession of faith in Christ.

Grandaddy was a faithful Deacon and Duel a Sunday School Teacher there for well over 30 years. Later, they moved their membership to First Baptist Church of Rich Creek, and always spoke very highly of the love and concern they received as a part of that congregation. Their strong faith influenced and impacted many including their children, grandchildren, and now several great-grandchildren.

All of Duel and Grandaddy’s five grandchildren have wonderful memories of time spent at their little house in Peterstown, WV. My brother remembers Duel giving him baths in their kitchen sink, and learned the art of trading from our Grandaddy. Grandaddy was a master trader, and my brother remembers wondering to himself more than once when he would finally get around to trading Duel in for a new model. He figures the only reason he didn’t was because he knew they’d eventually trade her back.

When we were little girls, my cousins and I planned formal dances in their family room. Dressed up in our Sunday church slips, we turned on their old fashioned juke box, and danced with imaginary boys into the wee hours of the morning...well...until our moms made us go to bed anyways. We wrote and directed plays in their living room, searched for Easter eggs in their front yard, and played cards on their coffee table. We even got a little lost in our imaginations pretending their back porch was a ship surrounded by the ocean, and held on for dear life in their hammock in the back yard as it was rocked by the waves of a storm at sea. We sang at the top of our lungs in their blue bedroom and whispered too late into the night about our prince charmings. Duel and Grandaddy’s house was a wonderland for us, and by allowing us to play with each other, no matter how much we drove them crazy, they gave us something special to look back on, something I know I’ll treasure for a lifetime.

If I could only pick one word to describe my grandparents it would be “servants.” They never had a lot of money, but they were generous with what they did have, giving of both their time and resources to those in need. Never in the limelight, always serving behind-the-scenes, they snuck money and groceries here and there where it was needed, taking care of other people’s needs above their own...that’s who my grandparents were, and that’s the legacy they leave behind.

A few years ago, my grandmother was in a serious car wreck. For weeks she was separated from Grandaddy recovering from injuries that nearly took her life. When she was finally released from the hospital and moved into the nursing home in Rich Creek, Grandaddy insisted on being with her as much as possible, even though his own health was worsening day-by-day. One was simply lost without the other. Just days before he left this life, Grandaddy was able to embrace his wife, kiss her fully on the lips and I’m sure, in his heart, tell her goodbye.

Theirs was a life faithfully lived in service for their Savior. And I’m sure that when Duel arrived in heaven last Wednesday with her new mind and new body, Grandaddy watched his girl coming to him from afar, then leaned in close to our other loved ones there with him and said, “hands off fellas, that one’s mine.”