Monday, January 26, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family by Nicole Carpenter

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52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family, by Nicole Carpenter
2015, 112p, Non-fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

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.

I'm really excited because this is a book I was able to start using before my review! I started this with my children the first week of January. There are four sections: value lessons, life lessons, gospel lessons and holiday lessons. You can go in order or pick a topic each week that suits your family's needs. There are boxes in front of each lesson in the Table of Contents so you can mark off the lessons as you finish them. In reading through all of them, I couldn't pick one topic over the other so decided to just start with week one.

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. There is a Quote, Thoughtful Questions and a Supporting Conference Address at the end of each chapter as well. I especially love the questions. They don't correspond to any particular day but some of them seem to fit the scriptures you read on certain days better than others. Asking those questions has already prompted some great discussions. The first three weeks are Kindness, Charity and Happiness and I especially loved the discussion where my 11-year-old got the light bulb moment that these three values are linked together and we're happier when we are kind and show charity (or give service) to others and think outside ourselves.

I did already have a daily scripture study in place with my children and have found this to be a great addition to what we were doing. If you don't have anything in place, this is a great resource to get you started. I'm excited to keep using this book throughout the year and look forward to the great discussions to come!

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.


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