Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Review: 52 weeks to fortify your family

52 Weeks to Fortify blog tour
About the book:
Arm your children against the fiery darts of the adversary. These small and simple daily devotionals will help them make good decisions and strengthen their testimonies. Designed to get your family studying the scriptures, this book includes a new theme for each week and new scriptures, quotes, and questions for each day so you can discuss the gospel together. Quick and easy, this book will help keep your family close to the Spirit.

About the author:
Nicole Carpenter is an advocate for strong families. She believes in focusing first on strengthening mothers so they can fortify their children. Nicole is a mentor, speaker and founder of, a blog and online community for mothers, reaching out to moms in over 7 different countries. She is the creator of the Define Your Time™ time-management e-course and the Mothers of Magnitude Academy. Nicole’s parenting column publishes regularly on and has been syndicated in several other online news sources. Nicole graduated with a B.A. degree in Public Relations from Weber State University, where she also met her husband, Marty. They reside in Syracuse, Utah and are raising four incredible children, including a set of identical twins. And — to make it all happen — she may or may not rely on Diet Dr Pepper and chocolate-covered toffee hidden in the fridge.

From Reidhead Randomness:
The book is broken into four sections: value lessons, life lessons, gospel lessons and holiday lessons.  Each lesson starts with 'daily scripture discussions' where each day of the week starts with a short sentence or two and then has some scriptures to read and discuss. At the end of each chapter/week there is a 'quote', 'thoughtful questions', and a 'supporting conference address'.

Its nice that each week is one topic, and then you move on to another topic the next week.  (This keeps things interesting!)  You can jump around as your family needs, or just go cover to cover.  (If you do jump around, there are little boxes in the front table of contents that you can check off as you complete them).  If your kids are young, there might not be much "discussing" going on.  If that is the case, you could just read an extra day of the thought/ scripture.  If your kids are older and you want to stretch out the devotional time each day, you could always just read the whole weeks worth of scriptures and do a daily "TOPIC" study...instead of doing it over a week. 
We already do daily scripture study with our kids each morning, but this was a great addition to our mornings.  I think if you are looking to just get started, this would be a great resource to you.

Thanks to Cedar Fort for providing me a copy of this book to review.  All opinions expressed are my own. 


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