“Changing Zip Codes” by Carol G. Stratton

Blossoming Where You are Planted!

Carol’s first book, Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You Are is now available on Amazon.com for Kindle or paperback!!

When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it’s easy for doubts to flood your mind.  Will I ever be organized again?  Carol has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a sea of change.  In Changing Zip Codes,  Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts,  with humorous stories and Biblical insight, Carol reminds us that God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.

This devotional book will encourage anyone looking for community, movers and non-movers alike.

Bio:  As a frequent mover (and Boy Oh Boy don’t I wish moving companies offered frequent miles), I am here to help you navigate through one of the most difficult and challenging situations of life: relocation. So, if you are tired of family members joking about your address changes, or you’re planning that first move out of your parents’ home, I am here to help. I will have tips and articles on everything from making new friends, to getting your house “showing ready”. Moving is hard but change is exhilarating. There are great things in your future. Be of good cheer.

Endorsements:

“Carol Stratton has chosen to write on a topic that is addressed in few other places:  clinging to faith during times of change.  The fresh daily format and encouraging, Biblical insights will encourage anyone who is struggling through the idea of moving to a new location, as well as uplifting those who are joyfully anticipating a move.” –Darla Knoth, Leadership Development/Content Coordinator, National Women’s Department, Assemblies of God

“After twenty-two moves, Carol Stratton is a relocation expert with a heart for the newcomer.  Carol’s warm and witty stories, based on personal experiences, offer hope and encouragement to anyone faced with a move.” –Florence Littauer, International Author and Speaker, Found of CLASSeminars

“Having moved fourteen times, I find Carol’s devotional book both encouraging and inspiring for anyone relocating.  Filled with Biblical principles, it keeps the reader focused on Christ during the upheaval of change that comes with moving.  Her hands-on experience with relocating adds humor and warmth that will capture the heart of anyone who goes through the transition and adjustment of a move.” –Susan Miller, Founder and President of Just Moved Ministry and author of After the Boxes are Unpacked

An Important Note:  A portion of this book’s proceeds will go to the Art of Marriage Ops (www.theartofmarriageops.org), an organization that strengthens military marriages for those returning home from service to our country.

My Review:

Carol G. Stratton, in her book, Changing Zip Codes, adds a new dimension to the meaning of moving.  Her book addresses the wives of families who do more than their fair share of moving (22 times for the author).

I’ve always been the adventuresome type, so moving sounds more like an adventure for me.  There are those women who, after moving more times than they ever imagined, need additional encouragement as they pack and move once again.  Carol’s devotional gives new, insightful ways to strengthen women and give them a hope and future.  Her humor and empathy ooze from the page, helping to make a move more meaningful when Christ is kept at the center of each move.  She reminds us that God is with us during every move.

I liked the fact that Carol also included a second section that helps you focus on meeting the needs of new neighbors that don’t fit in–thinking of others as well as our self. She encourages you to develop a ministry to ‘outsiders.’  Thus her book isn’t just one-sided, which is a blessing to me.

The only drawback to the book was the lack of addressing introverted wives or their introverted children to the extent I would like to see.  They seem to have the most difficult challenge with moving.  I know families where an introverted wife or some of the children don’t adjust–my child included, regardless of how much encouragement was given.  Maybe a subject for a future book?

For the long haul (pun intended), Carol’s book has great insights to help you lighten your load in the midst of moving.  The key is to remember that God knows every detail and is there with you.  Reach out for His strength as well as the women He puts in your path to encourage you.  Carol’s inclusion of Scripture helps to solidify God’s involvement in your life.

This book was provided free by the author, Carol G. Stratton, in exchange for my honest review.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.

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