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Author Interview: Lindsey Bell "Why I Wrote Searching For Sanity"

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Today, it is my honor to host my friend, Lindsey Bell, on her blog tour. She just released a book called, Searching for Sanity.

I read the whole book and did a Searching for Sanity review post. (<== click to read) It is the best parenting book I’ve read, to take you by the hand and create a foundation or plan for your parenting. Going at something so important as raising children shouldn’t be by the seat of your pants, willy-nilly style.

Now, join us in a fun Q&A session and then she has an exciting giveaway you can enter! You could win a gift card to the store of your choosing!

Why did you write Searching for Sanity?
Lindsey: I wrote Searching for Sanity in the months after my first child was born because I (like so many other new mothers) was overwhelmed by my new responsibilities. I felt inadequate and needed guidance so I wanted to see what the Bible had to say about parenting. Honestly…I wrote the book to help myself and moms like me find peace in the midst of chaos.
What is the most important thing you learned as you wrote about the parents of the Bible?
Lindsey: That God didn’t give us a formula to follow. When I first started writing the book, I wanted a formula to guarantee parenting success. As I dug into His Word, though, I realized He didn’t give us a formula or step-by-step instructions. Instead He gave us principles to follow and grace in the way in which we applied these principles. It has given me a lot of freedom as I parent my boys.
Who is your favorite parent of the Bible?
Lindsey: Wow, tough question. I have several favorites…Job because of his example of being a praying parent. The Bible says he made prayer “his regular custom,” and that’s something I would love to say about myself someday. I also like Hannah (Samuel’s mom) and Jochebed (Moses’ mom) because these two women trusted God with their children in amazing ways. 
Who is the one parent in the Bible you DON’T want to be like?
Lindsey: This is another tough question because many of the parents in the Bible made some pretty big mistakes. The parent who stands out the most, though, is Jephthah. He actually made a promise to sacrifice whatever walked through the front door of his home (which, as you may know, turned out to be his only daughter). As I studied this story, I thought a lot about my own words and how important it is to think before I speak.
Where can someone go to find out more about your book?
Lindsey: You can find the book on Amazon or find more information at my website: www.lindseymbell.comor my blog: www.lindsey-bell.com. I’m also on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. You can find the links to these below in my bio.
How can I enter to win your blog tour giveaway?
Lindsey: All you have to do is leave a comment on this post answering the following question …Why would you like to read my new book? 
This post is part of Lindsey’s blog tour for Searching for Sanity, her new parenting devotional. You can read other posts in this tour by going to her blog: www.lindsey-bell.com.
About Lindsey Bell:
Lindsey Bell is the author of Searching for Sanity, a new parenting devotional. She’s also a stay-at-home mother of two, minister’s wife, avid reader, and chocolate lover. You can find Lindsey online at any of the following locations:
Her website: www.lindseymbell.com
Have you ever looked at your beloved children and wondered, what in the world am I doing? Why did God trust me—of all people—to raise them?

Motherhood is the most difficult job many of us will ever take. Searching for Sanity offers moms an opportunity to take a breath, dig into the Word, and learn from parents of the past. In short devotions designed for busy moms, this book uses the parents of the Bible—both the good and the bad—to inspire today’s mothers.

Here’s an awesome video put together about the book:

Thanks for writing such a helpful and insightful book, Lindsey! And thank you for being a guest here!

Answer this question in the comments if you want to be entered in the giveaway for a gift card to the store of your choosing:  Why would you like to read my new book? 

 
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Searching for Sanity

I am so excited for my friend, Lindsey Bell! Her new parenting book, Searching for Sanity is about to launch on January 31st!

I am on her launch team, so I was able to read this book already. Wow! It. is. brilliant.

Friends, I know many of us have read several parenting books before. I haven’t read a truck load of specificly parenting books because they always seemed about the same, hoping to pull out a good tip or two between the rest of the blah, blah, blah that may or may not apply to you and your kid(s).

This book isn’t like that.

Lindsey has this ability to write very profound things in minimal words. 

Searching for Sanity‘s subtitle is 52 Insights from the Parents of the Bible. Now, don’t go thinking this will be another retelling of Bible stories you have already heard numerous times so you won’t learn anything new there.

Lindsey also has the ability to discuss what we may have already read before in our Bible and view it from another angle, bringing to life the stories through today’s parenting lens.

Using this framework, Lindsey has done a fantastic job compiling this book. She is right, the Bible does contain the blueprint and model for our parenting issues. They aren’t outdated. They’re still relevant today.

She has creatively picked 52 parents from the Bible and written a short chapter (good for moms with little time to sit and read in-depth books) on each one. The chapters are jam packed with Biblical wisdom and her own experiences. 

This book can be read in a couple of days, 52 days, or even one year, taking one chapter a week.

At the end of each chapter, Lindsey has thoughtfully put in questions that will challenge and grow you as a parent. They can be used as guides for group discussion, to do a private journal, or to help you make your own parenting blueprint.

All put together, this book will guide you through creating your own parenting model to follow. It makes you think. But each chapter builds on the next to come up with something to really use.

This is unlike any other parenting book I’ve read or seen available. It is truly a remarkable book.

In fact, I go so far as to say that you don’t even have to be a parent yet to use it. I would give this book to ladies who are expecting, so they can think through these things and have a foundation and direction already made for parenting. 

On the other end, I also think that parents of older kids, like myself, will still be able to use this book to tweak parenting and perhaps give new directions and purpose to the midst of our parenting.

It’s a must read in my humble opinion. Invaluable!

Lindsey is hosting a launch party on Facebook on Friday (the 31st)! Everyone is invited to come and hang out on her page. She will be giving away a bunch of cool prizes (books, gift cards, chocolate, and more). It’s at 9PM EST. Head over to her author page <==(click this link to go there) and see what fun is happening!

You can pre-order/order Searching for Sanity here on ==> Amazon! (Affiliate link)

See you at the party!!!

Later in February, Lindsey will be back on my blog doing a Q&A about Searching for Sanity. Looking forward to her being our guest!

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Spontaneous Community

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Our Pastor is currently doing a series about Kingdom Living and has brought up a lot of good points. This past Sunday, the message was basically about spontaneous community. He first reviewed thoughts and Scripture passages about community itself and how we’re called to be in community with one another and how great the need is. The main text was Acts 2:41-47,

“Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls. And they steadfastly persevered, devoting themselves constantly to the instruction and fellowship of the apostles, to the breaking of bread [including the Lord’s Supper] and prayers. And a sense of awe (reverential fear) came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were performed through the apostles (the special messengers). And all who believed (who adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus Christ) were united and [together] they had everything in common; And they sold their possessions (both their landed property and their movable goods) and distributed the price among all, according as any had need. And day after day they regularly assembled in the temple with united purpose, and in their homes they broke bread [including the Lord’s Supper]. They partook of their food with gladness and simplicity and generous hearts, Constantly praising God and being in favor and goodwill with all the people; and the Lord kept adding [to their number] daily those who were being saved [from spiritual death].”

Focusing on this last bit (in bold), our Pastor pointed out how everyone was hospitable to each other, both believers and unbelievers. They (the church) were associating with everyone in gladness and with generous hearts. They were in favor and goodwill with all the people, and more and more people were turning to Jesus.

Pastor D was pointing out how we aren’t supposed to be “separatists” or “elitists”, saying we’re only going to associate with other believers or only do business with believers, etc. Nor should we befriend unbelievers just to be a “pet project” to convert them. Instead, we need to focus on just showing Christ’s love.

One way to do this is by creating “community”. He started talking about spontaneous community. One example was of one of us from the church showing up at the local park with a bunch of hot dogs and start grilling them and serving them up to anyone who happens to be there that day. Another example was of someone deciding to have a cook out at their house and invite their neighbors, co-workers, and church friends alike.

The Pastor’s words were echoing in my mind as I spontaneously decided to take my two youngest daughters to story time at the library on Tuesday. We haven’t been to story time in a very long time because my youngest has been taking a morning nap up until recently. And with the beautiful weather, I didn’t want to stay home all day.

As we were scurrying around getting ready to go, I had a flashback come to mind of a friend of mine in PA, Sara. Several years ago, (I can’t remember if my middle was born yet or not), saw me at story time, and in a moment of what seemed to be “spontaneous community”, invited me and a few other moms to her house afterwards for pancakes. I went and got to know her and the other moms better, and really enjoyed her thoughtfulness, hospitality, community, and yes, her spontaneity. (I’m a planner & organizer, so being spontaneous isn’t really my forte.)

I thought about turning the tables…what would it be like for me to suddenly invite some moms over? Well, I’d be wondering if I had all the necessary ingredients at home, or enough ingredients… or what about the milk supply, like if someone’s child needed a refill? In the rushing around to get ready, the remnants of breakfast were still splashed out over the table and cereal crumbs ground into the carpet… certainly I’d need to wipe the table, vacuum the floors, and somehow squeeze all the dirty dishes into the dishwasher!!! I didn’t think my pantry or my house would be able to handle it… or is that rather, my own ego and pride?!?!

I’m reminded of the classic Bible story of Mary & Martha, out of Luke 10:38-42. Jesus, (and probably some disciples and people that were traveling with Him), happened to come to a village “and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house”. This is clearly a case of unplanned visitor(s).

Martha’s sister, Mary, just sat down and drank in the words of Jesus. The Amplified Bible says,”But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving…” She was upset that Mary wasn’t helping out. Martha told Jesus to tell Mary, “to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!” Then Jesus told Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion [that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her.”

In Sara’s shoes, I would have been “anxious and troubled about many things”. I would have been upset if as soon as we got home, my daughters didn’t start helping to clean up the house. Can you see me at warp speed trying to clean and yell for help from my 4-year-old as I’m tripping over my 1-year-old? Can you hear the kitchen cupboard doors banging around in a frantic assessment of what they contain? It would hardly be an enjoyable experience in that state!!!

But Sara modeled a wonderful “Mary” example that day, as well as the kind of community from the church in Acts. She welcomed us into her home – one that was tidy, but yet I knew she hadn’t necessarily been planning on having company. She dug around in her cupboards for ingredients and bowls. She found enough kid-friendly cups to serve drinks in. The kids played in the playroom and we all gathered around the dining table for pancakes. Sara was serving with gladness and simplicity (just pancakes!) and a generous heart. She chose “the good portion” – the joy of spontaneous community, over any anxieties, tasks, or pride in what her house looked like or if she ran out of milk. (If you’re reading this, Thank You, Sara…you rock!!!)

So did I pull “a Sara” at story time on Tuesday? No. But I was delighted to help a mom who had a sleeping child in her arms who came up to me and asked if I would put her son’s coat on him for her. I don’t know why she chose to ask me. However, one of these days, maybe I’ll even surprise myself and follow Sara’s lead. I know there are many blessings to be found when we engage in spontaneous community!

Have you ever been a hostess to spontaneous community? Was it stressful or joyful?

If you’re a Christ-follower, do you have trouble associating with non-believers? Or do you intermingle and shine your Light?

Ephesians Chapters 1 & 2