I Need Your Help

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You will probably hear me say the above title a lot in the coming days. Right now I am trying to choose a subtitle for the book. I am going to show you the table of contents and the back cover copy. Then click on the link at the bottom to tell me what subtitle would most make you want to pick up the book. The title, One Mom Can Change the World, can sound intimidating, when some of us are just trying to get by. Help us make this book seem approachable and doable!

Thanks for your feedback!


Contents

Can One Mom Really Change the World?

Part 1       What Are You Wearing?

  1. What Lie Is Written on Your Shirt?
  2. Do You Need a What Not To Wear Nomination?
  3. Have You Looked in the Mirror Lately?

Part 2       What Clothes Need to Be Trashed?

  1. Is Your Shirt Moth Eaten?
  2. Is Your Shirt Stained?
  3. Is Your Closet Too Full?

Part 3       Is It Time for Some Power Shopping?

  1. Does One Size Really Fit All?
  2. Do You Have the Proper Work Attire?
  3. Are You a Trendsetter?
  4. Are You Ready for your “Dynamite” Makeover?

Back Cover:

Are you tired of feeling inadequate as a mom? Do you look at amazing crafts on Pinterest, pictures of blissful families on Instagram, enthusiastic status updates on Facebook from other moms and feel like you’re getting this “thing” called parenting all wrong? Do you desire to discover your unique purpose and make a difference in the world, but you just don’t know where to start? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this book is for you.

Prepare yourself for a mini spiritual makeover. Claudia (a seasoned nana) and Amy (mom to two lively young boys) will provide you with strategies to help you get rid of the shirts labeled with “Lazy,” “Impatient,” “Less Than,” and “Anxiety-ridden,” and assist you in replacing them with a wardrobe far more powerful.

One Mom Can Change the World will allow you to:

  • Relate to stories of other moms in the trenches just like you.
  • Learn techniques for positive thinking.
  • Identify your strengths as a mom and learn how you fit in the bigger picture.
  • Discover how to clean up your “insides” in order to present a better “outside.”
  • Recognize and avoid dangerous comparison traps.
  • Celebrate your ability to be a world changer through small, deliberate steps.

Go ahead. Dive inside and learn how you can make a difference one thought, one step, one child at a time.


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Thanks to Stuart Miles for the graphic. freedigialphotos.net

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Big News: A Dream in the Making

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Six years. Six long years in the making. And soon it will be a reality.

Six years ago, my friends Claudia Mitchell, Annette Stonger, and I decided to make our own curriculum for the moms who attended our Friday morning group. We called it “Take Off the Stinky Mom Shirt.” We had over 50 women in attendance and the content was well received. In fact, we had people ask us to teach it again.

Claudia commented afterwards, “We should make this into a book!”

I laughed and said, “I have two small boys. There’s no way I can do that.”ideainside

Once they both entered school, an idea started to nag in the back of my brain. The more I worked with women, the more I wanted to encourage them. I heard over and over how inadequate they felt as moms. My heart broke a little more each time. I decided the time had come.

There is a children’s book called What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobe Yamada about a boy who gets an idea and isn’t sure what to do with it. He fears sharing it with anyone, but eventually he feeds it and it grows. My favorite part is the end where it says:

“Then one day something amazing happened. My idea changed right before my eyes. It spread its wings, took flight, and burst into the sky….And then, I realized what you do with an idea…You change the world.”

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And that is exactly what is happening. Together with Claudia, and quite a bit of help from Annette, a book began to take shape. Originally, for 18 months in fact (with the help of an agent), Claudia and I tried to find a publisher. Our book transformed into One Mom Can Change the World, a spin-off of Claudia Mitchell’s and Kim Goad’s One Girl Can Change the World. We got rejection after rejection. All of the feedback was positive, but no one had a place for our book. We could have kept trying, but we decided to take it back into our own hands, not knowing what we wanted to do exactly.

Then, through what I feel is a divine set of circumstances, everything fell into place. Claudia met the director of Monroe County United Ministries (MCUM) and learned of the needs there. They run a sliding scale daycare/preschool and a food pantry, among other services.We learned of someone who was looking for a project to invest in, and this person had ties with MCUM. This individual agreed to cover the initial costs of printing our book so that 100% of the sale of the first printing will go to MCUM to support their efforts to create lasting solutions to economic, educational, and social injustice in our community. The initial investment will return to MCUM nearly tripled!

This is not what I envisioned in the beginning. I had visions of book signings, radio appearances, and my book sitting on the shelf at Barnes and Noble. While that would have been awesome, I feel like doing it this way will make far more of a lasting impact. Our words on a page will quite literally have the opportunity of changing the world, at least in our own little community. What a blessing to live out the message of the book through the sales it generates! Waiting on God to show up in a big way is one of the best things that could have happened.

A friend and former student donated her talent to create graphics for the book. My husband’s co-worker donated her time to edit the book…a huge savings! My husband is going to put the final touches on the design of the book, including the cover and fancy fonts. It took a village, but within the next month or so, it will all be done!

What could be better than a book that feeds the soul, while at the same time helps feed hungry bellies?

This book will be easy for me to sell, because I don’t get a dime. I will unashamedly ask for you to buy a copy, and buy one for your friends, too!


An Overview:

In 2009, Claudia Mitchell and Kim Goad published One Girl Can Change the World, which sold over 25,000 copies and started a movement among young women across the country. One Girl is a marvelous leadership book for tweens and teens to read, but what if these girls could be influenced even earlier? What if during the formative years girls could be raised to make a positive impact on the world due to the example and encouragement of their moms? What if moms felt empowered themselves, and in turn impacted their children?

One Mom Can Change the World encourages moms to lose the label too many women give themselves these days: inadequate. Using wisdom from the Bible and real life examples of ordinary mom world changers, the book provides illustrations to help moms see their unique role as individuals, and includes strategies they can use to become someone worth following. Women are motivated to see that changing the world is accomplished through small, deliberate steps.

With the prevalence of social media, many moms look online at polished up images, enthusiastic status updates, and long lists of items a “good mom” should do, and begin to feel as if they are failing miserably in comparison to other moms. Women who read this book can learn to identify their strengths and discover tips for positive thinking.

The book takes the reader through a mini spiritual makeover. Too often women wear their inadequacies like a shirt that has gone out of style. Using a wardrobe theme throughout the book the authors present practical strategies for obtaining a brand new wardrobe indicative of the powerful women all moms truly are: world changers.


Friends, we will need your help in the coming days to spread the word. Will you partner with Claudia and me to help get this book into as many hands as possible so children in our community can reap the benefits? Please be watching for opportunities to become a part of this endeavor. Together let’s change the world!

Blessings,

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