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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9780310331049
ISBN-13: 9780310331049
UPC: 025986331047

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Order-loving Rachel Randolph and her laid-back mother Becky Johnson might be opposites in some ways, but there’s one thing they both want to figure out: why is life so hectic and draining? Through interviews with friends and lots of research, they determine the most common stressors that mess with a woman’s mind. Together, they cook up a plan to live a less depleted and more nourished life.

The wise and witty co-authors of the heartwarming We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook, Becky and Rachel share their successes and failures as they make peace with their imperfect bodies, create living spaces they love, get wiser in their relationships, tame jam-packed schedules, settle into God’s love, and more. In short, they stumble and journey together toward a life that better nourishes them—body, mind, soul, and spirit.

With humor, honesty, and faith, this mother-daughter duo offers a breath of fresh air for readers of all generations and life-stages who find themselves drained, discontent, or discouraged—and know there has to be a healthier alternative.

Author Bio

Becky Johnson is the author, co-author or collaborator of more than forty books.  Her most recent titles are We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook and Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness and a Full Night’s Sleep.

Rachel Randolph writes and speaks about parenting a toddler, young married life, and her and her husband’s unlikely journey to a plant-based diet with humor and honesty. She co-authored We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook (Zondervan 2013) with her mom Becky Johnson. Rachel is married to Jared, a high school football and baseball coach. They live near Dallas, Texas with their son Jackson.

 

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  1. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Share laughter and listening, enjoy who you are; specially-made.
    February 13, 2015
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Night's Sleep by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, 2014

    When I saw the title, "Nourished," I knew I wanted to read their joy. We all can learn a pick-me-up from each other. Let's begin.

    A Well-Nourished Life

    To be nourished, as you suspect, is about balance; daily balance in our lives. Our body, our outlook, our giving our cares over to God for a restful, peaceful mind to relax and begin again. I love laughter, refreshment!

    Tidbits

    Search for the funny in frustrating! J~O~Y endorphins burst forth! "Think, chuckle, before reacting."

    A good laugh is sunshine in the house. --William Makepeace Thackeray

    At home in your surroundings ~ I liked reading both aspects of these authors as they share what has been helpful for them, and what motivated them from each other. You will find good ideas to try yourself, "being at home" in your home.

    If you don't like something, change it;

    if you can't change it,

    change the way you think about it.

    Mary Engelbreit

    Find that you are not alone; be encouraged and add joy in your day. What I liked was the section about making your home comfortable for you; bringing friends in to share a cup of tea, and having a basketful of books you have been wanting to find time to read. While your family settles in, you can be together with your interests alongside. Stress-less and love-more by slowing down and realizing today has enough for itself and tomorrow is brand new. Share laughter and listening, enjoy who you are; specially-made. Try the sharing in this book; whatever season you are in, experience joy in little things, maybe you hadn't thought of that could give you a boost to enjoy each day and those around you with a new perspective; real time-sharing. Recognition of common stressors and hope will guide you in woman-to-woman sitting together, smiling and saying, "Thanks for the gathering with encouraging, helpful, uplifting ideas together." A life lived well.

    Becky's blog

    What I love most about Nourishing Compromises vs. New Year Resolutions is that once you get the hang of it, you never have to put happiness on hold until some future goal is accomplished.

    Rachel's blog

    nourish {verb} 1. to sustain with food or nutriment; supply with what is necessary for life, health, and growth. 2. to cherish, foster, keep alive, etc.. 3. to strengthen, build up, or promote.

    ***Thank you to Linked-to-Lit for sending me an Advance Reading Copy to review Nourished. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great advice for all women
    February 10, 2015
    PennyMindingMom
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I trained in Martial Arts for years and one of the standout lessons I learned from our Sensei was that in order to take care of others you need to first take care of yourself. Easy right? It sure is when you are singlebut then you get married and it gets a little more difficult. Then kids arrive on the scene and you suddenly realize that your parents are getting old. It gets more and more difficult to think of taking care of yourself first when everyone else needs just a little help. Finally when you decide that little bit of me time is in order you start to feel guilty because there is still so much to do!

    Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Nights Sleep co-authored by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, a dynamic mother and daughter writing team, is a book about how to find ways to nourish yourself both inside and out.

    The authors offer a variety of realistic ways to create those nourishing body, mind and soul moments and living areas that we all crave and need, in a way that suits your personality. Becky is a grandmother and doesnt mind a bit of clutter in her life, while Rachel is a mom of a toddler and very much prefers things to be just so. Since authors are in very different stages of life, each author has some very valuable lessons on the importance of having a nourished life, both inside and out.

    The book made me realize that I need to work on creating a more Nourishing home environment for my family. While I dont mind chaos and disorder it stresses out my husband and my children. So while it is important to create an environment that I can live in, I need to make some compromises to make a home that is liveable for us all!

    One of my favourite parts of the book is where they discuss Making Peace with Your Jiggly Bits. With Leggings being all the rage in my area I jumped on the band wagon and purchased a few pairs for myself. Always self conscience when I wear them, Im learning to dress them up with clothing that suits my body type and my sense of style (or lack thereof!). The best part in the book for me, as insignificant to others as it may seem is the lineYou want some pink pants? Go getem girl! I was shopping online and ordered a pair of hot pink cheshire cat print legging and now I wear them with pride (and much to my husbands displeasure, in public, but not too often).

    Fun and fashion aside, the book offers ways to deal with theTop 10 Stressors that mess with every womans mind. Nourished: A Search for Health, Happiness, and a Full Nights Sleep is a must read for any women. It stresses the need for those cherished soul refreshing moments that so many of us neglect to give ourselves in the hectic fast paced life we all live.
  3. Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for women
    February 8, 2015
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage
    Carthage, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Thank you FlyBy for this review copy.

    You know, being a mom takes a lot of energy... physical energy... mental energy... and emotional energy. Guess what mom's seem to run out of? That's right. Energy. Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph are a mom and daughter writing team. Although they are at different stages in life, they both feel the drain of energy as they try to balance all the energy pulls on their lives.

    I know that feeling. I'm wife to a restaurant owner, mom to four children, homeschool mom, church member, reviewer and blog writer. I also have a house to keep, a fur baby to care for and dirty laundry that reproduces at a rate that would make a rabbit blush!

    The word that comes to mind in describing this book is sensible. It's just sensible to take care of yourself so that you can take care of others and do what God has called you to do. They don't advocate me me me. They give ideas for nourishing yourself in these areas: spaces and routines, your body (food and exercise), your relationships, and your spirit.

    There was a fresh quality to the writing that at once made me want to read more and to put more time into my friendships and relationships. This is a good book. It's one that I plan to read again.

    I think you'll like their friend to friend style of writing.
  4. Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Nourishment for all women
    February 1, 2015
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In both age and temperament, I am much more like Becky, but I do know I thrive better in a space that has less clutter. Ahh...good intentions. However, I did feel more encouraged as I read through the book and saw things she was doing to corral the chaos to something more manageable and be comfortable in her surroundings. I also have a few Rachel traits, too, though. I have gone past the parenting, and even grandparenting, stage of life that can keep you tied a bit more to home. But, I also work at home, and often feel tied to my computer. So, her efforts to go out and meet others with common interests and receive the nourishment of friendship with others gave me something to think about.

    I truly enjoyed the book and feel that there is going to be something for all women who read it. It make me realize how starved I am for a bit of nourishment, but it is also just a very good read. Their styles blend well together for getting a message across, and I especially loved the humor that often had me laughing. A book that offers practical tips, humor, sage advice, memories, and leaves you with the feeling that you are listening to a couple of your friends gave me a bit of nourishment each evening as I read another couple of chapters. Good book for any woman, no matter what stage of life. We all need to be nourished.

    I did receive a sample of the product from Propeller Consulting, LLC and Flyby Promotions in exchange for this review and post.
  5. Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nourishing the Heart, Mind, and Body
    January 31, 2015
    Heather King
    Gloucester, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    You can't keep filling up and feeding others if you're undernourished and starving yourself. That's what mother-daughter writing team, Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph, say in their new book: Nourished. They've packed their book with humor, honesty, a chatty writing style, and practical tips everywhere.

    A lot of their advice was basic; however, it's nice to have a collection of tips all in one place. I loved some of the word-pictures and metaphors they use to bring their points home. My favorite is the idea that all of us have a favorite pillow style. I like mine soft. You might like yours super-stuffed. The same is true about our schedules---the activity level that is comfortable for me might not be comfortable for you. That's why our lives need to be unique and God-directed, not copycats of what works for someone else. They cover everything from how to dress your body type, to how to organize your schedule, to how to enjoy family meal time, and how to get your home in order. I would have loved to see a little more of an emphasis on nourishing faith and a relationship with God, perhaps, but ultimately the book is an all-around healthy heart, mind and body makeover.

    Usually, I'm the kind of reader who loves to hear the personal stories and perspectives of the author. Not so much in this book. I think part of that was because I loved Becky Johnson's tips and input, but Rachel came across as nice and enthusiastic and 'young.' I'm a mom with four kids living in a house half the size of Rachel's, so her perspective felt a little simplistic. She seemed to send a lot of time trying to justify why she doesn't have a lot of time.....when I think she might have been better off 'fessing up' to the fact that the majority of women reading the book probably have more kids than she does. I remember having one toddler, a ministry, a work-at-home job without any childcare, and a busy husband and thinking my life was crazy then. Now, I really wish I had that much free time again! I'd appreciate it if at least once in the book she said, "I know I only have one child, but this is what works for me right now, and this is what my friends with four kids and a job say works for them....." I get how hard that is to confess. I've had to say it myself----"my life is crazy and it feels like no one else's could be any crazier, but I know I don't understand what it's like to have 9 kids, or home school, or parent a special needs child, or have a husband in the military or be a single mom." When your own experience is limited, maybe getting some ideas from others with more experience would have been a plus and, at the very least, admitting that you don't know what it's like to juggle as much as someone else goes a long way to set a tone of humility. Perhaps that's why I loved that Becky Johnson chimed in with talk about raising four kids in a log cabin.

    This isn't a Bible study and it's really not meant to be. They talk about faith in a cursory kind of way, with a lovely emphasis on how God sees us as His beloved daughters. My personal preference would probably have been for less references to their friends' or fellow bloggers' books and more dependence on Scripture, but the book seemed to be more of a 'blogging community' kind of end-product, which many women will enjoy.

    I loved that they included a chapter at the end of the book on how to be nourished when life is hard. For some women whose lives are taking them through trauma and pain, things like organizing your junk drawers or buying a new outfit aren't going to help much. The authors were wise to meet that head-on and share with love, grace and encouragement on how to pursue hope.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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