Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Book Review: Tightropes and Teeter-Totters by Lisa Pennington
We, especially moms, seem to struggle with finding balance. Too many things to juggle! Lisa Pennington has been there and done that. She is a homeschooling mom of 9 children. Lisa shares stories from her own experiences and offers practical ideas for finding and keeping balance in our lives. How do you define what balance is? It's easier to tell when we are out of balance. Symptoms may include stress, anxieties, depression, discouragement, guilt, sleepless nights, feeling overwhelmed, etc. There are different areas in a woman's life that can get out of balance. The author covers all the important areas such as marriage, motherhood, home management, ministry and work, friendship, finance, speech, moods, and more. Causes vary. The recent death of my mother-in-law really knocked me of balance. This book came to me at an opportune time. I find this quote in the book ministering to my heart: "Balance is the result of an intentional reaction to an extreme situation. We are not slaves to our emotions and attitudes. We can actually be large and in charge of both our external responses and our internal responses. Balance is looking at areas in your life that are not working and finding measurable, specific actions to change them." (p. 22) Each chapter starts with a Bible verse and ends with an assignment. The author uses an acronym: B(egin) A(ssess) L(earn) A(ccount) N(otify) C(hange) E(ndure) to help navigate through a difficult situation or a problem that leads to imbalance. I can relate to her pretty well since she is an introvert, list-maker, and homeschooling mom like me :). I appreciate her transparency, humor, insights, and Biblically-based advice. Live intentionally; find balance and beauty in your lives. Check out this encouraging read!
Lisa Pennington is a homeschooling mom of nine who shares her life-one laundry load at a time-on her blog, The Pennington Point. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and women's groups and is the author of "Mama Needs a Do-Over." Lisa and her family live near San Antonio.