Saturday, January 31, 2015

Review and Giveaway: 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family

I had the opportunity to receive a review copy of 52 Weeks to Fortify your Family: 5 Minute Messages by Nicole Carpenter of This book is exactly what I have spent years looking for. When we began homeschooling several years ago, I wanted a Latter-Day Saint based devotional to share with my children every morning as we gathered for school.  Something short and sweet and yet powerful enough to spark conversation. At the time nothing meeting that criteria was on the market. Nicole saw that need and filled it; and she did a remarkable job!

The book is divided into four sections: Value Lessons, Life Lessons, Gospel Lessons and Holiday Lessons. It is further divided into 52 gospel topics, one topic per week for a year. For example: Kindness, Charity, Honesty, Humility, Courage, Talents, The Sacrament, Love and Valentine's Day, and so on. It includes a scripture to read for each day, as well as discussion questions and additional resources for more in-depth study of the topic.

We have been using this book for three weeks or so and have developed a routine that has added so much to our home.  Each morning I read the verse and lead a very short discussion based on the topic we are covering.

I then write the verse (sometimes an abridged version) on the chalkboard in our kitchen and my school-aged kids use it as their copywork for the day.  We include our gratitude journaling in the same books, so they also write 1-3 things they are thankful for each day.

I am so grateful for these bite-sized lessons! It can be overwhelming to think of putting together a daily family devotional, but Nicole has laid out a simple, meaningful plan that would work well for even the busiest families. 

One of my main goals as a mother is to strengthen my children, to teach them about the gospel in a way they can understand and that will sink into their hearts. I'm a firm believer that daily time in the scriptures is the best way to learn truth and remember it. The mini lessons in 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family are the perfect jumping-off point to establish the habit of a daily study of God's Word.

This book has filled a hole in our curriculum and will be something we use for years to come, as the topics can be adapted to many ages.

I am thrilled to offer my readers the chance to win a copy of 52 Weeks to Fortify Your Family! It's been such a great fit for our family, I'm certain that yours would love it, too!  

Enter to win by leaving a comment below sharing how you strengthen your family. Winner will be randomly selected on February 5th.


  1. This would be fun to have. Hope I win 😊

    1. Congratulations! You're the winner!! Please send me an email using the link above.

  2. I like to memorize scriptures, so I teach my children very small verses so that they always have them wherever they go!