The winner of our August book giveaway has been randomly selected and contacted via email! I'm looking forward to getting Miss Mary: A Tale of Old County Clare on its way to them.
And our September giveaway book? It's an "I Can Read!" book called The Princess Twins and the Tea Party by Mona Hodgson. If you've read Miss Mary: A Tale of Old County Clare, you know that tea parties are special to Miss Mary. That's one reason she would have this book on her bookshelf.
Another reason is that this book teaches - albeit very simply - how to handle things when they don't go perfectly. Princess Emma wants the tea party to be perfect. What happens when it's not?
Any perfectionists out there? I like to think of myself as a recovering perfectionist. As this book says, "Only God is perfect." I think it can be tricky to figure out this perfectionism business because having high standards for ourselves, wanting to do our best and doing things really well are all good things, but it's when we fall over the cliff into perfectionism that we can get in big trouble. If we aren't happy unless we ourselves or our accomplishments or things around us are perfect, we can lose a lot of joy and patience and peace and kindness - things our Heavenly Father wants us to have and live. But, again, wanting things to be done well and beautifully is good...Like I said, it's tricky!
Anyway, I think this book could be helpful to some little perfectionists - and big ones, too! - out there when it comes to dealing with when things don't go perfectly. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can at Christianbook.com or on Amazon.
To be eligible to win the giveaway, subscribe to the Miss Mary newsletter by 11:59pm CDT on September 30, 2021 and have an address within the United States to which the book can be mailed. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on October 1, 2021. If the winner has not responded to the notification email by 11:59pm CDT on October 15, 2021, a new winner may be randomly selected.
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And maybe in heaven we'll get to have truly perfect tea parties! Now wouldn't that be fun?
Mrs. Kristen Hardin