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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Oh Martha...

I love this book's attention to detail and accurate history. Fascinating. I just finished the Adams series on HBO in April and this book is truly a gift. A glimpse into another one of our founding fathers' life. A treat! I love history...so much so that I took history classes as my electives in high school. History and poetry. Yes, I write poetry. No...I won't be sharing any. LOL

What strikes me spiritually about Washington's Lady is the sense of joy in home and hearth that Martha exudes. I'm nostalgic. I'll be the first to admit it. I'm nostalgic because to me it seems like we need a going back...back to Biblical societal standards. Yes, life then could be (and still can be now) hard and gut wrenching tough, but there is a joy in fulfilling the role you were created to fulfill. That joy is what I see lacking in society. In myself.

I rarely relish my role as woman, wife, mother, homemaker. In my mind, there is a softness and comfort that only a woman can offer. I forget what a privilege I've been given. We are extraordinary creatures. Yet, I'm too busy, too tired, too... I constantly have to remind myself of what I'm truly supposed to be doing. Bright and sparkly things catch my eye and I'm off...down a path I may not necessarily be made for. There is a simplicity in focusing on being a what I am...nurturing, warm, loving, full, wife, lover, mommy, friend. Woman.

Anyway...Nancy Moser has written a superb book...I highly recommend it. I read Nancy's The Good Nearby last year and enjoyed that as well. But, I have to say that this book is in a whole other caliber!

Nancy gives this encouragement at the end of the book: I hope Martha's story will nudge you toward finding your roots and your purpose, reignite your gratitude to God for all His gifts and blessings, and open your eyes to His work in the world beyond your own front door.

And then...I want you to go out and do something amazing and courageous. Under God.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book today. You can order it by clicking here or on the link below!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Washington's Lady

(Bethany House June 1, 2008)


Nancy Moser


Nancy Moser is the author of three inspirational humor books and eighteen novels, including Solemnly Swear, Just Jane, and Time Lottery, a Christy Award winner. She is an inspirational speaker, giving seminars around the country. She has earned a degree in architecture; run a business with her husband; traveled extensively in Europe; and has performed in various theaters, symphonies, and choirs. She and her husband have three grown children and make their home in the Midwest.

It has been said that without George Washington there would be no United States. But without Martha, there would be no George Washington. He called her "my other self."

Who was this woman who captured the heart of our country's founder? She dreams of a quiet life with her beloved George, but war looms...

Though still a young woman, Martha Dandridge Custis was a wealthy, attractive widow and the mother of two small children with no desire to remarry. But when a striking war hero steps into her life, she realizes that she is ready to love again. She is courted by, then marries the French and Indian War hero.

Yet she wonders whether this man, accustomed to courageous military exploits, can settle down to a simple life of farming and being a father to her children. Even as she longs for domestic bliss, Martha soon realizes she will have to risk everything dear to her and find the courage to get behind a dream much larger than her own.

Her new life as Martha Washington took her through blissful times at Mount Vernon, family tragedies, six years of her husband's absence during the Revolutionary War, and her position as a reluctant First Lady.

Known for moving first-person novels of Nannerl Mozart and Jane Austen, in Washington's Lady, Nancy Moser now brings to life the loves and trials of the First First Lady of the United States.

If you would like to read the first chapter, go HERE

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