Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom

In Balanced, author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom.

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Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom 

How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. Balancing is a process and a journey, one that Tricia herself has yet to perfect. But between writing more than forty books, raising and homeschooling six kids, being a wife, and being active in her community, she has amassed valuable tips she shares in “Balanced.”

The book includes tips on:
—how to create focus themes for your family
—how to prioritize your schedule
—how to utilize your job so it also benefits your kids
—how to keep yourself out of the comparison game
—how to make working at home work for you
—and much more!

Purchase a copy, get a free downloadable workbook, and learn more at Tricia’s website.

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USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and “Lead Your Family Like Jesus,” (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children. You can find out more about Tricia at www.TriciaGoyer.com.

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Faithful Acres Books says:

February 28, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I must say that when I heard of this wonderful book, I was seeking to find a way to have many things.

More Time to spend with my family, More time with God, More time to help others and More time to Write, Read and Feel whole. So what is a mom to do right ? I prayed and spend time reading Bible, Reading books on parenting and how to have a great marriage. While I still didn’t feel like I had the answers and I surely didnt’ feel like i had it all together. Yes I know Mom’s at age 50 should have it all together, but I don’t.

 

 

WordSmith says:

March 1, 2014 at 6:42 am

Even with my toddler son bouncing all over me, I was able to read this ebook within a couple hours. It was an easy, enjoyable read. As someone who often finds herself overwhelmed at her schedule, just reading the reviews at the beginning of the book gave me hope for a little direction. Tricia Goyer’s primary career is writing, so for me, this book was a perfect fit. However, as she mentions several times, any work-at-home mom could benefit from reading this book.

Several things in particular spoke to me. One was the quote, “My outward goals are only reachable if I submit my inward soul to God.” (This was also a theme throughout the book.) Something else I found relevant was an idea I’ve been practicing already, but reading about it reinforced it: if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed, pick two or three important things to get done each day and forget the rest.

 

 

ElizabethGoddard.com says:

March 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

The truth is that at the end of the day, we can’t do it all. No one can. So we have to figure out what our priorities are and go with what’s at the top. For me, the biggest encouragement from Balanced was learning that I’m not alone in my struggle to balance my dreams with giving my all to my family.

 

 

Faithful Acres Books says:

March 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I must say that when I heard of this wonderful book, I was seeking to find a way to have many things.

More Time to spend with my family, More time with God, More time to help others and More time to Write, Read and Feel whole. So what is a mom to do right ? I prayed and spend time reading Bible, Reading books on parenting and how to have a great marriage. While I still didn’t feel like I had the answers and I surely didnt’ feel like i had it all together. Yes I know Mom’s at age 50 should have it all together, but I don’t. I am not the perfect Wife, Not the perfect mom and I don’t get time to go out and be with others alot of times.

 

 

J.C.s BookShelf says:

March 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm

As a homeschooling mom, I am encouraged by Tricia’s story and it also tells me I am doing something RIGHT! As a single mom, I am excited to see that Tricia gives so much of her time to help out other mothers – single and married alike. As a struggling writer, I am inspired by Tricia’s journey through writing and publishing and I can tell you there is a lot of information in this book that benefits me greatly. Tricia talks about homeschool, faith, writing, family life and social media – and how to weave each one into your life without de-railing everything else.

And through it all is woven – a tale of faith so heartwarming, it renews my love for God all over again!

I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Sunnie Reviews says:

March 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm

The author draws from many of her own life experiences, both good and not so good, to help us through the things she has learned in trying to balance her own life. Through trial and error, she has explained the steps she has taken to get her through the busiest times. Times with deadlines, times with crisis and how to balance them all to our best end.

I have received a free copy of this book from the publisher to give my honest review.

 

 

The IE Mommy says:

March 3, 2014 at 7:37 am

After reading Balanced, I’m really eager to re-prioritize my life and get it together. Things don’t always get done but finding the balance is what’s important.

 

 

The Hope Journey Through Christ says:

March 3, 2014 at 8:46 am

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer is filled to the brim with information with God in the center of finding the balance as a work from home Mother. As Wives and mothers we try to balance many things from everyone’s schedules, to our posts schedules and yes our Bible Study Schedules. Sometimes it is easy and other times it isn’t easy at all. We have a home to run, and children to care for. Yet What if we could find balance in it?

 

 

New Every Morning says:

March 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

Tricia Goyer ‘gets’ the desire to be a supermom, and the reality of feeling like a failure. This book is a blessed combination of “you are doing a lot of things right”, and inspiration (instead of guilt) to tackle some things that you could do better. I finished the book and felt like I had a cheerleader on my side helping me be a better mom, worker, wife, and child of God.

This book is a must read for any mom who feels overwhelmed and needs some Godly encouragement!

 

 

Harvest Lane Cottage says:

March 4, 2014 at 11:59 am

I have been following Mrs. Goyer on Facebook for a few months. I have been impressed with how “real” she is. She’s crazy busy with husband, children, community commitments, and writing, an don’t forget housework, we all have plenty of that. When I saw that she’d written a book about balancing it all, I knew I had to read it. This book is absolutely packed with wisdom for stay-at-home moms and work-at-home moms. The focus is on working from home, but it’s super for those of us who write, sell on ebay or etsy, sell crafts or whatever.

Hands-down, Balanced is my most highlighted book in months.

 

 

Lindsey Bell: Faith and Family says:

March 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I am so incredibly thankful for Tricia Goyer’s new book called Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom.

This book takes an honest look at the life of a work-at-home mother. Tricia doesn’t pretend to have it all together (which I am so thankful for!) but instead shares openly about her own struggles as a work-at-home mom. She also shares practical tips she has learned over the years.

 

 

NOVA Frugal Family says:

March 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

The most valuable part of the book was the last few pages which gives a list of 38 different things that you can do to make the balance better from using the crock pot to making list and setting goals. I thought that it was a little bit to general up until that point in the book. There were some ideas like putting post it notes by areas that you are in case you get any ideas but the rest of it was putting the ideas in God’s hands. While I believe in God, I don’t think that God is making decisions for us everyday but that we should make good decisions to be the best person that we can be. There were too many quotes from the Bible and other locations and not enough of the authors actual thoughts for me to gain the best way to work towards balance but overall, I am glad that I read it.

 

 

beckydanielson.com says:

March 5, 2014 at 7:00 am

Balanced is a blend of Tricia’s life as a wife, mom, and writer, modeling how to use the gifts God has given her to glorify the Lord in her work. Her approach to life is realistic, practical, warm, and prayerful. The balanced life is achieved only by leaning into God, realizing our dependence on Him. Tricia’s analogy is for all women, working to honor the Lord in the many ways we are called.

 

 

My Book Addiction and More says:

March 5, 2014 at 8:18 am

Any Mom rather working or not, should really pick up their copy of this title. If you are a Work-at-Home Mom, you really need to read this title. Ms. Goyer has written a much needed resource for work-at-home Moms. From chaos to practical advice, pick up Ms. Goyer’s latest title, Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-At-Home Mom, you will be blessed and so glad you did.

 

 

A Spirited Mind says:

March 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

I appreciated Goyer’s decision to keep this book open and applicable by focusing on principles rather than too many techniques. Each family situation is different, and if you’re a working mom your schedule and priorities are probably even more unique. I loved how Goyer returned again and again to the need to offer our lives, our gifts, and our schedules to God. The ideas of cutting out things we only do for other people’s approval, prioritizing gifts and opportunities, and relying on God’s strength rather than our own make this book applicable to all moms, whether you self-identify as WAHM or SAHM or PTHSJOATMONM (What? You haven’t heard of Part-Time, Home Schooling, Jack Of All Trades Master Of None Mom? I’m pretty sure it’s a thing). I’d recommend Goyer’s book to all thoughtful moms.

 

 

Batch of Books says:

March 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

This book is about finding balance as a work at home mother. It’s geared toward Christian mothers, especially those that write. Religion and faith are a big part of Tricia’s message.

I really liked her advice on finding ways to wear the many hats that moms do. At just over 100 pages, it’s a quick read. It has a wonderful message of faith and hope, which is something that every mother needs! This is a great book most Christian moms that work from home will find useful.

 

 

Lighthouse Academy says:

March 7, 2014 at 6:54 am

Read BALANCED – which is friendly and personable. Discussion questions are included, along with advice from the trenches. This is a book for any busy mom who wonders how those of us who seemingly do it all, do it.

 

 

pamela black says:

March 7, 2014 at 7:21 am

Trica did a amazing job writing a book to help all moms gain balance in their lives. I will be reading this one over and over again.

 

 

Melissa’s Musings says:

March 7, 2014 at 7:37 am

Balance Finding Center is full of information that places God in the very center of us finding balance in our life. Another plus in my book. Too often we become exhausted, defeated and discouraged in our walk through life and turn away from the very One who can help us. Our schedules according to Tricia need to seek first to honor God, then our family. Sweet, simple advice that is practical and helpful.

 

 

jessica lynn writes says:

March 7, 2014 at 9:01 am

I read Balanced on a much needed vacation and felt inspired by the end of it. As a SAHM who’s trying to start working again, and is sometimes a solo parent (husband is in the military), I was both green with envy for how balanced the author had her life and a little bit in disbelief. The last several pages were my favorite since there were actual key steps into how to make your life more manageable, and I wish those points were talked about earlier on. All in all it was an uplifting quick read.

 

 

Tea Time with Annie Kate says:

March 8, 2014 at 4:02 am

In Balanced Tricia has given me a lot to think about as well as some practical tools to seek balance in a particularly busy season of my life. She has reminded me of my focus and priorities and of God’s goodness and providence, and I am grateful for all of that.

 

 

Four Seasons of Blessings says:

March 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-home Mom. First and for most Mrs. Goyers encourages her readers to seek God’s will in all areas of their lives. Realize no one can do it all and we don’t have to. Establish a list of priorities for their family and only partake in the activities that align with these priorities. Make a schedule, pray over it, allow room for margin–interruptions, God moments–and be flexible. It’s obvious from Mrs. Goyer’s writings that she’s a woman walking with the Lord. She listens to what the Lord whispers in her ear and pours it out for her readers.

 

 

Naomi M says:

March 8, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I like Tricia’s down-to-earth approach and her honesty as she says that she doesn’t have perfect balance either. I love how she says that if you look at the next family over that seems to have everything in place; they probably have help. When you think about it, that is probably true.

It’s as if we are all working together to find the balance that works for our family with wonderful words of wisdom from Tricia Goyer.

 

 

Priscilla and her Books says:

March 9, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I’m not a mum, but I managed to learn some tricks from Tricia Goyer’s Balanced. It’s one thing when it comes to struggling in the freelance industry; it’s another when you have a kid and you’re needed to earn money and put food on the table.

Reading Balanced made me realised that it’s hard being a mum. It’s a full-time job and while it counts as a blessing, you gotta admit that it gets really overwhelming at certain times.

The freelance business can get pretty lonely at certain times; it’s a huge relief to read about this self-help book as I know that I’m not alone. Whether you’re looking for tips or reassurance, give Tricia Goyer’s Balance a go. Every work-at-home mum should have this book on her shelf.

 

 

Homeschooling4Boyz says:

March 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I am so glad Tricia wrote this book. I wish it were in print form, so I could buy 100 copies to give away that is how good it is! Right now, instead, I am wracking my brain trying to figure out how to get it to my friends that don’t have an eReader! If you have an eReader, go and buy a copy! If you work at home, you will be blessed, but if you are just a mom that is juggling the many stresses of all you do on a regular basis, you will be blessed as well. This book is a must read for all mothers!

 

 

My Devotional Thoughts says:

March 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

This is the first non-fiction book I have read by Tricia Goyer, and it was exactly what I needed to read. I was not aware of much of Tricia’s story, and I found myself completely immersed in every aspect of this short but profound book. At times, I found myself crying tears of joy and saying within my spirit that God had given me exactly what I needed to read. I was encouraged as I read that this award-winning author has struggles, and she is not the perfect mom and wife 24/7.

I could say much about this book, but the main thing I can say is that this is real. Every woman can benefit from this. I am a single mother, a part-time substitute teacher, a part-time blogger, and a daughter helping out my parents. I wear a variety of hats, and Tricia gave real life examples and help for all women.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

 

 

Sarah E. Brooks says:

March 10, 2014 at 11:43 am

I think the most beneficial thing I took away from reading Tricia Goyer’s book is to involve God in all aspects of your work-at-home life. As a writer, I have to trust God’s leadership and timing. I don’t necessarily have to wait until the kids are grown to begin fulfilling a calling. The book isn’t necessarily a how-to guide on working from home, it’s more of an inspirational “You can do it!”

 

 

In a Minute says:

March 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Guilt Be Gone! Every mom has that overbearing guilt of doing “it all”. Tricia Goyer’s book “Balanced: Finding Center as a Work at Home Mom” tells all moms that there just ain’t no such thang. Goyer not only reassures the reader that she can’t do it all, but that there is a way to do as much as you can well and that’s really all you can do. She gives personal advice from experience and lets the reader know how to keep from reliving the same experience. She gives areas to focus on, tips to get organized, and how to prioritize.

 

 

A More Organized Life says:

March 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Tricia did a great job in such a short book to share tips and reminders on how we can achieve a balanced life. I learned how important it is to write down our priorities so that we can make sure we are being intentional with our time. This is one book that I’ll be referring back to many times. I’m looking forward to participating in the Balanced Challenge so I can put what I’ve learned into practice.

 

 

Blogging With Carol says:

March 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

This was a very important read that I think I will find myself referring to again, and do plan to share with others!

 

 

Creative Management Fundamentails says:

March 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm

If anyone knows about being balanced, it’s Tricia! She’s managed (key word!) to blend a large and extended family into her home where she writes as a best selling author, meets with teens, reaches out to others, and yet keeps all the plates spinning – because she knows her priorities – and she’s lovingly let us in to learn!

As one who enjoys balance and order in my own life, I’ve gleaned from Tricia the importance of having those right priorities….each of us as individuals. We can’t do things just like her, or just like our neighbor but she’s shown us how to do things just for ourselves. Having a teacher who’s “doing it well” is one from which we can all learn! And indeed I have!

 

 

Margaret McLaughlin says:

March 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I homeschooled my older boys about ten years ago and I sure could have used this ebook back then. I am so happy to have it now that I am thinking about homeschooling my youngest son in the next school year or two, I am definitely doing it for his middle school and high school years. This book is going to be such a help to keep me balanced and better focused this time around. If you are feeling a little unbalanced give this book a try, you just might some useful tips.

 

 

Special Needs Homeschooling says:

March 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Seeking a balanced productive work at home life?? Aren’t we all! My problem is there are too many balls to keep in the air. How do I parent young kids, homeschool them, care for my husband, and try to write a book in my down time? Tricia Goyer understands. She wrote Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom to help us all create a life that deals with a full enriched life while maintaining sanity and a home life balance.

 

 

A Bed of Roses…Thorns Included says:

March 11, 2014 at 5:42 am

Ms. Goyer has definitely given me something to think about. My schedule is out of balance, and not in a good way. This is one book that I’ll be reading over and over as a reminder that my husband and my children are far more important than clean windows or a little dust. God and I have a lot to discuss. *smile*

I highly recommend this book if you are a mom/dad and work from your house (or attempt to). While Ms. Goyer applies her theories to being a writer, the basic premise works for anyone.

 

 

Women’s Ministry Toolbox says:

March 11, 2014 at 6:59 am

Any mom who’s struggled to work (full-time, part-time, paid or unpaid) with young children under foot will find practical and spiritual advice for their current season of life in Balanced.

Tricia continually refocuses the reader’s eyes off of the laundry piles and onto God and His plans for their work and their family. “Vision is knowing where you want to head and having an idea of how to get there. Prayerful vision is asking God to show you what He sees since He has a much higher, better view than we do, and adjusting your heart to His desires for your work, your family, and His world.”

Thought provoking questions coupled with how-to advice, Balanced will leave readers feeling just that – more balanced.

 

 

Quiet Quilter says:

March 11, 2014 at 8:50 am

The best little book I have read for a long time!! Moms shouldn’t feel guilty about what they are not doing, but feeling great about what they are getting done!
Try Tricia’s challenge! Get involved!! Make your life easier!

 

 

Knits Reads and Reviews says:

March 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Tricia is amazing….as a person and as a writer, and this book gives you an idea of how she does it all! Absolutely incredible, well written, full of great advice, tips and extremely uplifting.

This book should be on everyone’s list….a perfect gift idea as well!

 

 

Created for Home says:

March 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm

This is a must read for those women who feel called to work out of their homes yet struggle to find the time to do so. Helping you to set your priorities and realizing that you don’t have to do it all, Tricia Goyer helps you to grasp that your dreams can be within your reach if you rely on God to sustain you.

 

 

Super Mom the Illusion says:

March 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Balanced: Finding Center As a Work at Home Mom by Tricia Goyer brings a revelation for all of us trying to balance our lives and work as we stay home to raise our children. I really enjoyed the Pause and Reflect sections as well as the Tips from the Trenches. In these glimpses into her own life experiences, Tricia shows other homeschooling work at home mothers like me that we are not abnormal! She’s been where I was…feeling guility about choosing to write and follow the call the Lord put on my life. And she’s found balance through prioritizing and identifying themes for her family, something I plan to implement in my own family before my younger children grow up!
Where Tricia brings us to is reality is that it’s not just about the work we are doing at home to add to our family income and perhaps follwoing our dreams. But rather it is finding what the Lord would have us do for our families in this calling He has given us that will create balance in our work-at-home lives.

 

 

Prey Species says:

March 11, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Unlike many work-at-home mom books that focus only on the how-to of getting through the day and getting the laundry done, Goyer openly admits that there are days it doesn’t ALL get done and that’s OK. She encourages us to “Just do what you can.” She goes beyond the overly simplest and overused suggestions for keeping a schedule and making meal plans to encouraging moms to put their trust and love in the Lord. Filled with inspirational quotes from Goyer and other work-at-home Moms, Balanced is an enjoyable and quality read. Seriously, I’m highlighting like crazy and several of the authors and books she has referenced are now on my “must read list.” Moms, pick up a copy! This one is worth your time

 

 

Jen’s Journey says:

March 12, 2014 at 7:52 am

I really loved this book. Tricia has always been an inspiration to me — she does what I long to do — write and homeschool her kids, be a mom, and work from home.

I learned a lot about myself while reading this book — one thing is that I cannot do it all. There are some things that you just cannot do, some things you have to let go of, and then, as a writer, there are times I am just going to have to buckle down and get it done.

I love how she shares tons of tips that work for her with us — her readers. Those tips really helped me to put some ideas and plans in place for myself.

This book is a quick read and is chocked full of inspiration as a mom, WAHM mom, homeschool mom, and wife  Get a copy. You will be glad you did.

 

 

Reading, Writing & Ruckus says:

March 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Goyer encourages mothers to follow their dreams while still emphasizing the importance of mothering children and realistically acknowledging that time isn’t free. It may mean paying someone else to watch the children and relinquishing that time with them. But it can also instill dreams and aspirations as the children watch you pursue your God-given calling. Goyer’s ultimate point in this book is the value of knowing God and doing His will.

This is a book I could see myself reading annually around New Year’s to realign personal priorities and dreams. I highly recommend Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer to any mom who struggles complete the daily to-do list, needs to streamline her day, or just needs some encouragement and direction about priorities.

 

 

The Loose Screw says:

March 12, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Balanced was a quick read, and I learned a lot. It is full of practical tips, but even more importantly, it covers the emotions we often feel as work-at-home Moms. Tricia Goyer writes about the guilt we feel when we don’t think we are doing enough in any one area of our lives. It feels good to know that other Moms feel the same way, and there are ideas on how to find that balance, and how to give yourself grace.

 

 

Julie @ More Of Him says:

March 12, 2014 at 6:05 pm

The greatest thing I came away with in this book is that I can’t limit God – He is limitless and He will use me and the talents He gave me. I also learned that it’s okay to be me! My talents and dreams were put there by God and, if He’s called me to do it, it’s okay! I don’t need the approval of everyone on the street to do what He has called me to do.

 

 

247moms.com says:

March 12, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Pour yourself a cup of coffee, and sit down with Tricia. In this book, you’ll find tools, ideas, encouragement, and many reminders that God is with you on this journey. Discover what your “Eight Themes & Family Focuses” are, and you’ll be on your way to identifying where your time & talent are best used. At whatever stage your family is at, or you are at with goals, gifts, and dreams — “Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom” is your guidebook to creating the best life, where you are at and where God wants to take you.

 

 

My Blessings From Above says:

March 12, 2014 at 6:28 pm

I have gleaned some wonderful insight from reading Tricia’s book! It is ok to follow my dreams while teaching my children. It is ok for my kids to see me working on a review or spending time reading my Bible. My home does not need to be child centered, but I do need to be sure my children feel that they are a vital part of our family. Contributing to the family as a whole and as individuals.

 

 

Sara (Shoopette’s Book Reviews) says:

March 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Balanced is a great book for work-at-home parents or anyone who needs a little bit of direction on setting goals that are realistic and God-honoring.

 

 

Perfect Chaos says:

March 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I received the book in exchange for honest review from Litfuse. I wanted to review the book because I am a work at home mom. I am a blogger, author, and grad student. I also have two SPED boys. As much as I try to stay organized, I still feel disorganized and forgetful at times. I also like how the book is Christian-based.

Throughout the book, Goyer offers chances to pause and reflect on topics.

Goyer discusses scheduling and prioritizing, but most importantly she discussed submitting to God’s will for your life. In the midst of screaming kids, we still have to find time to serve and praise God.

 

 

Perfectly Me says:

March 12, 2014 at 10:04 pm

“Balanced” is such a good book for moms who work at home and want some advice and encouragement. I knew I was going to relate to this book when I read this in the introduction: “I haven’t been able to figure out the perfect balance.I don’t always have my act together or even behave nicely….Yet even in the midst of my imperfection God uses me.”

What great inspiration for someone who struggles with idealistic thoughts and procrastination. Tricia’s book is giving me great ideas for how to use my time more wisely so that I can make a difference in this world. Putting God first, being deliberate about time with my family, and listening to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom about my work-at-home are some ideas that I soaked up as I read “Balanced.”

I highly recommend it for moms who want more balance.

 

 

Our Family Porch says:

March 13, 2014 at 12:14 am

Although Balanced is non-fiction, I did not have a hard time connecting with the book. If fact, I can unreservedly say that I loved this book. I saw myself reflected right from the beginning when I read the endorsements and Table of Contents. Tricia’s transparency and willingness to share from her life experiences drew me in, and I found a great many tips and ideas that I want to try in the coming days.

 

 

All Grown Up? says:

March 13, 2014 at 9:55 pm

From the start Tricia Goyer let’s you know Balance isn’t a be all to end all kind of book. It isn’t a strict do this, this, and this and wind up here type of book. What it is, is one mom, sitting down over a cup of coffee, talking to another. That is how I felt while reading this book. Like I was sitting with my BFF discussing all the hardships and things that feel impossible to deal with being a mom. After learning more of Tricia’s story and that of her family, I wonder how on earth she does it. After reading Balanced, I know how she does it. Her immense faith in God.

I’ve decided when I grow up, I want to be just like her! Oh wait, I’m a grown up already. Guess that means I need to get on the ball and make some changes!

 

 

The Deliberate Reader says:

March 14, 2014 at 11:34 am

Balanced is an excellent guide to working from home while still balancing the demands of family. There is a Christian perspective woven throughout the book, and I appreciated the emphasis on using the skills and desires God has given you as you do the work he has called and equipped you to do.

Her tone throughout the work is encouraging, inspiring, and extremely motivating. Recommended for all work-from-home moms, and highly recommended if your specific work-from-home career is as a writer.

 

 

A Mom After God’s Own Heart says:

March 16, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Balanced is a book that must be read by all mom’s, especially those that work in the home.
It is full of amazing nuggets that you can use to make your life more balanced. It is a small book, but so full of information!
Tricia does not hide the fact that being a work-at-home-mom is hard, some days almost impossible, but she is so encouraging because she knows what she is writing about. She has been in the trenches that many of us moms find ourselves.

 

 

Jami’s Words says:

March 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

This book will help you organize your busy schedule and keep you grounded on what’s important and what’s not. Interspersed in this book are tips for how to “get ‘er done”, keeping a relationship with God, and keeping your sanity amid a chaotic schedule.

I truly appreciated this book. It has come at a timely moment for me. I’m seriously struggling to keep my head above water, and with Tricia’s advice, I hope to get more organized!

 

 

This Sweet Life says:

March 19, 2014 at 7:54 am

Whether you are a work-at-home mom or just a mom trying to balance everything that comes your way in your day-to-day life, I highly recommend this book. This one is a must read for all the mommas!

 

 

Under God’s Mighty Hand says:

March 20, 2014 at 5:45 am

In eleven chapters, she discusses stories of her own unbalanced times, as well as her more balanced times. But she’s quick to remind us that we can never be completely balanced. Not even for one day. Something always needs to give.

Tricia offers practical tips on how she’s done that within these chapters. Each chapter also includes a “tips from the trenches” section with quotes from other work-at-home moms. These moms are mainly writers and many of Tricia’s tips focus on writing, but she explains (and I agree) that these tips can be applied to most at-home jobs. Each chapter also includes “think on this” quotes from various books, related Scripture, and “pause and reflect” questions to help you put these ideas in practice. All these components combine to show that work-at-home moms (with

 

 

Barb Shelton says:

March 28, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Balanced might not be a large novel in size, it doesn’t take long to read. Like that old adage of good things come in small packages, Ms. Goyer has certainly proven what a groovy gift she is to her family and her readers. She is a beautiful encourager, as it is written in the Bible – “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things.” (Rom 10:15) I’m glad now that I did not overlook this book – it could become a family heirloom to be handed down for generations. Hopefully my words will inspire you to read the good news Tricia Goyer shares.

 

 

Heidi Reads… says:

April 1, 2014 at 11:14 am

This was a book I really needed to read! I’ve been feeling frustrated that even though I work at home, I never seem to be able to stay on top of things. I participated in the eleven-day Balanced Challenge the author led on her blog, and it helped me implement the advice I read in her book (instead of just reading it and thinking, “hey, that’s a good idea,” but then forgetting to actually try it out). The perspective, advice, and spiritual guidance she shares is invaluable, and can apply to women and mothers working in most any industry from their homes that find themselves in need of becoming a little (or a lot) more balanced.

 

 

Embracing Destiny says:

April 8, 2014 at 2:32 am

Tricia Goyer has been one of my favorite writers for several years now. I’ve always wondered how she managed to be so prolific in both fiction and non-fiction while still homeschooling and being a wife/mom. This book is very timely for me and I appreciate the information that is geared especially for a Christian, homeschooling, stay-at-home, writer mama like me.

 

 

Sophie and Momma’s Family Blog says:

April 14, 2014 at 9:57 am

“Balance is not possible—at least not in the form of a perfect schedule or a perfect routine. Even if we find balance one day, it most likely will slip between our fingers the next.”

This impacted me for too often I feel the need to reach a perfect schedule where things fall in step to the beat of the clock. Too often I feel the frustration and stress of keeping that “balance” that is not even possible as Goyer stated. And is it not so true that many times we hold ourselves to a state of perfection that cannot be attained?

These are one of the many tips that I have gleaned from this book. I tell you that I found Balanced an encouraging read.

 

 

Jnut1- I love books says:

April 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

This was a great book for mom’s who need support to balance life and being a mom. She tries to make sure God is center of all. The encouragement she offers is something a lot of moms need and don’t get and I think this book can be used for moms of children of any age.

 

 

Ginger Riggins says:

April 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

From the first chapter to the last, I felt a connection to the author. Being a mom of 4, working full time as a school nurse, and being a pastors wife, life can be unbalanced! Tricia gives amazing suggestions and practical help in the area of motherhood and raising the next generation of leaders! Balanced is a great guide to prioritize life during any season of motherhood! Thanks for validating and inspiring me to become a better wife, mom and follower of Jesus!!

 

 

Carla Burke says:

April 14, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I have read Tricia Goyer’s books for years and this one did not disappoint me. It is to the point of how to balance your life. And she should with all the kids she has. I highly recommend this book for any mom balancing life, work, family and children.

 

 

Laundry Queen says:

April 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

What I liked best about BALANCED is that it was written to me by someone who is like me. Tricia writes in a down to earth way that you can relate to what she says and you can envision sitting down with her and talking about the book and about being balanced in our lives. It is the real stuff. It is valuable not only to those who work at home or are thinking about it but for us that homeschool our kids as well. Excellent and well worth the read.

 

 

When life gets you down…read a book says:

April 14, 2014 at 9:30 pm

I don’t know a woman I have talked to lately who has not mentioned that their life needs more balance. I feel like that is a common thing I’m striving for in my household constantly!

I appreciated this book because I think it reminded me that my life isn’t going to look like someone else’s. I like how Tricia is so honest and shares how she does her day with help from babysitters and others. Her reminder that no one can do it all was something I need to hear often.

I also like how she asked how often do you just enjoy being with your children. I sometimes get wrapped up in everything else and don’t get to play a lot with them daily. I get to the end of the day and wonder where the day went.

Another part I liked was how she said that our problem is that we fall before we form. “Balance means forming before filling.”. She then goes on to give an example of how to form your calendar before you fill it. I think that was my favorite section and extremely helpful for me.

I appreciate how this isn’t a self-help book. I think it’s a reminder of living intentionally and being honest with yourself and your activities, as well as those activities that you sign your family up for. There are many good things, but they may not be the best for your family.

Read more reviews on this book by going to http://litfusegroup.com/author/tgoyer.

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I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.

 

 

Resourceful Blogger says:

April 14, 2014 at 9:53 pm

The book is presented in a conversational style that will make you feel as though you are sitting in your living room conversing with a good friend. The book will move you to tears and laughter as you follow along with Tricia as she bares her soul and opens up about our own life as a working mom trying to balance it all.

For me the underlying message is that God’s grace is sufficient to meet my needs even in the midst of the busyness of my life as a working mom. The one message I uncovered from the wealth of wisdom in this book, is that it’s okay to take care of my needs and follow my dreams too.

When I allow God to ordain my day, the rhythm of working, following my God-given dream, and meeting the needs of my family, everything seems to just fall into place.

 

 

Starts At Eight says:

April 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

This book could not have come at a better time! While I am not usually a self-help book kind of girl, I had come to a place in my life where I was looking for some perspective. Between the usual chores of a household and children, and the added pressure of homeschooling three kids, topped with trying to create income from home using my blog, I was at my wits end. Much of what Tricia does is speak of her own life, and suggest more general principles surrounding the act of structuring your life.

Balanced is an inexpensive, universal gem for all mothers. Instead of judgments, find encouragement and a kindred spirit in Trica Goyer. Get tips to help you along your path, read stories about how her life isn’t so different from yours, and find encouragement on your journey.

 

 

Wife Mommy Me says:

April 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

In Balanced, Goyer gives us a peek into her home life (a home schooling mother of 6!) and her struggles as a writer working from the comfort of her home. Regardless of your situation, Tricia’s struggles are the same hiccups and headaches we all go through as Moms, both who work in and out of the home, with paying or non paying gigs like mine. But more than that, ‘Balanced’ inspires and encourages readers to follow your dreams and in doing so, to let a few things go. That might be laundry one day or an afternoon play date the next. Which is hard for a gal like me who is certifiable OCD, with a desire to do it all.

The bottom line it we can’t do it all, not today, not tomorrow. No one can. Ever. So we have to figure out what our priorities are, focusing on what’s most important to us.

 

 

Crazy Stepford Wives says:

April 19, 2014 at 9:55 pm

I am even thinking of having DH read it. We are a team after all and it may help him find some balance in his life too.

 

 

Stories of Faith, Hope and Love says:

April 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

What I liked most about this book was Tricia’s approach — not that she’s got it all together or “arrived,” but that she acknowledges staying balanced is a process. We have to work on it every day and keep at it. And in Tricia’s book, she gives tips on how to do just that. It feels like I have another “sister” in the journey who’s keeping up her own balance and sharing what’s worked for her. We’re not striving for perfection, but trying to be the best stewards possible of our time and talents, as well as having quality time with those we love. Because those days are gone so quickly, when we have little ones around. And some days, it seems like forever as we try to keep up with it all.

 

 

cherylbbookblog says:

April 28, 2014 at 3:44 pm

What I liked most about the book Balanced is it seemed too be written about my life. I love Tricia’s straight forward way of walking you through it.
It touches my life in main ways. I am also a homeschool mom. I feel as though I have been given the opportunity to help organize and balance my life better. This is one book I know that I will be referring too as a guide when I need a refresher. Thank you so much Tricia for writing this book.

 

 

The Crafty Home says:

May 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

In this book Tricia shares with you tips and tricks on making this work at home mom thing work. She will give you the practical nuts and bolts to make your resolve stronger and make you more productive and balanced between personal life and work life.