Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Exciting Announcement!!!

I have just published my first ebook (yea!) called A Recipe For Christmas JOY ($9.95). It is literally every bit of Christmas wisdom I have gained through my years of being a mom striving to keep Christ at the center of our celebration and having fun while doing so.
Here is the introduction:

Are you searching for some Christmas JOY? Do you long to find peace and happiness in the midst of the crazy busyness that is the Christmas season? This book is meant to help you do just that! It is filled with ideas for
  • balancing your commitments

  • organizing your holidays

  • creating memories with your family

  • celebrating with great food

  • not blowing your budget

  • (most importantly) keeping your focus on Jesus

JOY: A Simple Recipe

You have probably heard it said that JOY means Jesus, Others, and Yourself—in that order. But what does that look like at Christmas? This book is filled with thoughts on how to include all three components— including making time for yourself! I hope that by using this “recipe” throughout the Christmas season, you will find true JOY and your family will reap the benefits.

For years, I thought that if I just did enough and strived hard enough, my family’s Christmas would be that picture-perfect, Norman Rockwell Christmas I desired. But then reality inserted itself in the form of illnesses and bills, bad attitudes and exhaustion. I realized that I needed to lay down my ideal Christmas and allow Jesus to reveal what He had for me through the season. And so, I am including amidst all the recipes and ideas some thoughts, some scriptures, some things to ponder. I hope that this will be a book you come back to year after year to enjoy and learn from.

Here is an overview of what you will find in this book:

  • how to make Jesus the center of your Christmas

  • a complete menu for Christmas dinner and a traditional New Year's Day meal (with recipe's!)

  • a week by week checklist for organizing your Christmas

  • helpful websites

  • suggestions for easy meals on those busy nights

  • how to observe advent in a way that will work for your situation

  • ideas for decorating for Christmas and instructions for gifts you can make

  • many tried and true recipes for Christmas goodies

  • 25 ways to make the holidays holy days

  • fun and creative ways to reach out to others at the holidays

  • list of great Christmas read alouds for you and your children

  • a week of devotions for the week between Christmas and New Year's

Click on the "JOY" button on my sidebar to order the book (I'm using Paypal, a secure site that will process the payment.) Once your order is processed, you will receive the book via your email address as a pdf file. (So make sure you give the correct email address.) Just think-- no waiting for the book! You get it right away so you can start dreaming and planning your Christmas celebration.

I have poured my heart into this book and to know that people are buying it will be beyond thrilling-- and it will help us put presents under the tree this year, too. Let's just be honest.

But don't just take my word for it. Lindsey just posted a review here.

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picketfencemom said...

I just ordered your ebook, and I'm so excited! I know it will be great. Also, I emailed you last week about purchasing your 'Creativity in the Home' CD, but I don't know if you got it. I just need to know what to do!
I'll be posting a review on my blog real soon! Yay for Marybeth and your new ebook! Good job!

Sarah said...

Just purchased the book and have been quickly looking through it! I love it already! Can't wait until I have some time tonight to read it all!

Valerie said...

Wow! Congrats on getting a book out there and the whole concept of an e-book is so cool! I posted a link over here on my blog with a few encouraging words to buy the a copy. Or two. Or maybe 20.

Lysa TerKeurst said...

I read this e-book last night and give it my highest endorsement!'s the deal. Marybeth has been giving out free encouragement, ideas, recipes, scripture perspectives, and much more via her blog for years. Now it's our turn to give some encouragment to her! Let's flood her inbox with orders. Not only will this bring a smile to her face but it will help deliver Christmas presents to her six kiddos! So, like the famous Christmas poem tweaked just a bit says--order away, order away, order away all--then post about it on the top our blog, to the top of my christmas list no need to go to the mall, order away, order away, order away ALL!

Alice Gunther said...

This is great news! Congratulations!

Lisa said...

Hey, I just wanted to say "hi". I found your blog the other day & have been reading and visiting here ever since. You are a great writer and very inspirational. I know that you will become a regular read for me.


Suzanne said...

I just ordered a copy...I can't wait to read it! I just discovered your blog today!!! Thank you!

Julie aka Gigi... said...

Your blog looks wonderful! I can't wait to take a few monutes and look around. Your e-book also looks great. I am a mom of 7 (13 and under) and I think your wisdom would help me a lot. Our Decembers always look like this: Flu, Pneumonia, Strep throat, Tight finances, Stressed Mom Wishing Christmas would hurry up and be over with.
Sound familiar? : )
I think I'm going to order that e-book right now!