March 30, 2006

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Today's issue is a special edition to introduce you to one of our favorite authors (and contributor to Family Tymes), Mary Byers.  Mary has a brand new book out that is perfect for busy parents.  How to Say No and Live to Tell About It is a wonderful resource.  See the review below.  You can purchase this book with FREE SHIPPING from our bookstore.

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Turning Nonsense into No-Sense
By Mary Byers

Regardless of who you are, where you live, or what roles you play, I’m willing to bet that there have been times in your life when competing demands have overwhelmed you. Maybe you’re feeling that way right now, even as you read these words. If so, you’re experiencing the nonsense of life: trying to keep up with today’s hectic pace while simultaneously making sure that you’re living a life of meaning and purpose. It’s not easy.

Somewhere along the way, each of us must figure out how we can meet our immediate family’s needs, contribute to our communities, meet our work commitments, be active and engaged in the lives of our extended family members, be helpful to neighbors, supportive of friends, make a contribution to our church families, grow personally, find time for rest and relaxation, and most importantly, find time to deepen our relationship with Christ.

Just thinking about all that gives me a headache!



First Moon Chicken Stir-Fry

3 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, divided

2 tablespoons cornstarch, divided

2-1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided

1 clove garlic, pressed

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch squares

1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

1/2 pound fresh broccoli

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

1 medium onion, chunked

1 small carrot, cut diagonally into thin slices

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 pound fresh snow peas, trimmed and cut in half

Combine 1 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. corn- starch, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and garlic; stir in chicken. Let stand 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, blend remaining 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. cornstarch, 2 teaspoons sugar and vinegar with 3/4 cup water; set aside. Remove flowerets from broccoli; cut into bite-size pieces. Peel stalks; cut diagonally into thin slices.

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in hot wok or large skillet over high heat. Add chicken and stir-fry 3 minutes; remove. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in same pan. Add broccoli, onion, carrot and red pepper; stir-fry 3 minutes. Add snow peas; stir-fry 2 minutes longer. Stir in chicken and soy sauce mixture. Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens.

Makes 4 servings

This recipe created by Kikkoman.




  Parenting the Heart of Your Child


How to Say No and Live
to Tell About It
 By Mary Byers

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Life is best when it's lived purposefully and passionately. When you try to be all things to all people, you run the risk of being nothing to anyone and missing out on God's special plan for your life. Each chapter in How to Say No... will bring you a little closer to learning how to say "no" without guilt or anxiety by focusing on key self-discovery and questions and providing easy-to-follow action steps.

How to Say No ... and Live to Tell About It:  A Woman's Guide to Guilt-Free Decisions tackles the challenges of overwhelmed and overworked women, teaching them strategies for saying no in order to protect limited resources of time, talent, and finances. A former “yes-aholic,” Byers discusses how to say no graciously and without feelings of guilt as she offers tips women can use to evaluate commitments, priorities, and energy levels so they can realistically decide what to take on.


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By now I'm sure you've figured out that  don't usually review a book in Family Tymes unless I like it.  This book is no exception.  Written in a crisp, clean style, Mary's writing keeps you focused on this very interesting topic of saying "No" so you can give yourself to your "Yes".  I highly recommend this book for anyone who struggles at all with over-commitment or guilt feelings when they do say no to any opportunity.  I heard Mary at a conference a few years back on this topic before she wrote this book.  She shared many motivational ideas in that seminar and she's added to those ideas in this book from shared experiences of other moms just like you & I.

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