Sunday, April 13, 2014

Author Giveaway-Featured Author-Michelle Wilson

Does This Insecurity-cover smallToday’s Multi-author Giveaway Spotlight:

Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?

by Michelle Wilson

I picked up Michelle's book the first day it hit the store!  Loved the cover!  Loved the title!  She writes honest to goodness, real woman insights, always gospel related.  She certainly has a strong sense of herself  Her humor proves it (like when she admits not wanting to sit on the hard chairs at church because her backside will show :) )  Her relateable personal stories are kin to my "sideburn moments", and if you've read my book,  Precious in His Sight, you'll know what I'm talking about.  Hee. Hee.  Can't wait to meet this girl!    

 Michelle:  When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.”  
Review: “I highly recommend Does This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?. It is worth every one of the five stars I’m giving it.” LDS Women’s Book Review
me smallerBio: Michelle Wilson is a native of California. Through serving a full-time mission, teaching seminary, Sunday School classes, and speaking at various firesides and conferences, Michelle has developed a love of the power and simplicity of the gospel. She believes in the healing power of laughter and chocolate. She and her husband, Jerey, are the parents of three children and live in Washington State.
Visit Michelle’s website! Click HERE
Purchase her book! Click HERE

[You can win Michelle's book! Prepare for Easter with our multi-author Easter Book Giveaway! Throughout the week, from April 8 through April 16thenter to win by using Rafflecopter. Click HERE]

Featured Author Giveaway -- Lori Nawyn and Jodi Robinson (that's me)

One of Today’s Multi-author Giveaway Spotlights:

Simple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories, and Inspiration to Live Life More Fully

by Lori Nawyn

Simple ThingsWho doesn't like to keep things simple?

Love this simple, daily thought book of self-discovery.

It's absolutely stuffed full of delightful daily thoughts, quotes, recipes, personal experiences and more.  --Connie E. Sokol, Author
Recipes included range from Chocolate Trifle to Fiesta Guacamole!
Enter to WIN ONE BOOK of your very own! Simply use our Rafflecopter and you will be notified after April 16th. Click HERE
 If you would like to purchase, click HERE
Reviews: “This is not just a book to read, it’s a book to experience.”–Michele Ashman Bell, author A Candle in the Window and The Butterfly Box Series
 “Simple Things is filled with wisdom for women of all ages; This book is a delightful combination of the very things busy women need to enrich their lives.” –Joy Lundberg, lyricist and co-author of I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better
LoriNawynheadshotBio: Lori Nawyn is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and graphic designer whose key passion in life is to help others discover their own unique inner strengths. Her short stories, which touch on surviving grief and thriving with joy, have been included in six anthologies. Her essays and articles have been featured in numerous print and online publications including the Deseret News, Outside Bozeman, Segullah, and The SCBWI Bulletin. She is the author of one novel My Gift to You (2010), two inspirational books Fill Your Day With Hope (2013) and Simple Things (2014), the cookbook Peachy: A Harvest of Fruity Goodness (2013), and the forthcoming The Great American Family Reunion Cookbook (2014) and The Pear Connoisseur (2014). She is also the illustrator of Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen (2013) and the forthcoming children’s travel series Jack & Lilly(2015).
Wife of a fireman, mother of four, grandmother of four, and mentor to three opinionated dogs she’s training for urban mushing, Lori enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, reading, and growing tomatoes, peppers, and herbs for her fresh salsa.

One of Today’s Multi-author Giveaway Spotlights:

Precious in His Sight–Seeing yourself as God sees you

Book Cover Precious in His Sightby Jodi Marie Robinson (it's me :) ) 

Connie Sokol put this fantastic GIVEAWAY together!  She gets a double (no, quadruple) THANKS for including me  :)  Here is what she has to say about my book:  "Jodi is a natural storyteller (maybe it's her Italian heritage?) and brings each chapter alive with wonderful, perfectly chosen stories to share the principles for feeling true self-worth. With poignant scriptures as well as hilarious experiences (especially "Sideburn Moments"--we all have them!) you come away feeling uplifted and assured of His love for you. Enter to win this book below!  --Connie Sokol, Author, mother of 7 extraordinaire (I added that part, but it's really true.:) )

Our Father in Heaven, in His infinite wisdom, sees not the outward appearance but perceives the beauty of the heart and the worth of a soul. Through meaningful stories, scriptures, and examples, motivational speaker Jodi Marie Robinson lovingly reminds daughters of God of all ages, shapes, and sizes that the only true path to happiness is to measure your value as the Lord does. After all, you are more precious than rubies.
Jodi headshot for gmailBio: Jodi Marie Robinson is a wife, mother, author, and inspirational speaker. For 13 years, she has taught motivational classes to women recovering from drug addiction, at House of Hope, in Salt Lake. Her books teach timeless principles of self-worth.  She is the author of Women of Virtue (2009), A Royal Guardian (2013), with published essays in The Art of Motherhood (2013), and A Mother's Prayer (2014).  She is a featured SERVICE NEEDS NOW guest on KSL's Studio 5.   She likes to be thought of as the neighbor next door who always has a cup of sugar to lend, and who always needs of stick of butter to borrow (and it's usually on a Sunday!)  :)

heart shaped ruby from amazonEnter to WIN ONE print BOOK and this keepsake ruby necklace of your very own! Simply use our Rafflecopter and you will be notified after April 16th. Click HERE
Purchase print copies directly from the author at

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So you're not ENOUGH? -- the new book Power to Become by Elder Bednar can help

Ever struggle with feeling like you don't measure up to Christ's standards of PERFECTION? 

The scripture in Matthew 5:48, "be ye therefore perfect", can be a daunting commandment.  

But, the word PERFECT originally meant WHOLE and COMPLETE.  And guess what?  You can do WHOLE!  And you can do COMPLETE!  Because Jesus Christ makes us whole and complete, through His EVERLASTING ATONEMENT. :)   Yay! 

Holding yourself accountable to impeccably, high standards is a good thing.  But knowing you’re going to fall short—in some way—each and every day--that can be discouraging.  But Christ is about motivation.  Not about discouragement.

If the doctrine behind the call to BE PERFECT is understood correctly, new ways of being can be achieved.  That’s why I love Elder Bendnar’s new book.  

First, it’s not a book about BEING perfect.
It’s about BECOMING perfect.
And there’s a difference.  Thank goodness J

In it, he defines BECOMING PERFECT as losing the desire for sin (page 2);  compares BECOMING to climbing UP a ladder, one rung at a time (page 2); and teaches that perfection WILL COME "line up line, and precept upon precept" (page 3).  His message is BECOMING PERFECT is a "process to be pursued" (page 8). 

So breathe J

Looking at the scripture "be ye therefore perfect" as an INVITATION to BECOME perfect allows us to develop our CONFIDENCE, so we can become like the Savior.  Because, eventually, with His help, we can become anything we put our heart and mind to.

There are commandments we CAN BE PERFECT in keeping.  Paying 100% tithing.  Not stealing.  Not lying.  Among others.  The commandment to Not Bear False Witness is one we don't think of very often, but recently, I did.  I had a sad and heart-wrenching experience, where I felt false witness was being born against me.  In my sorrow and heartache, I sought the Savior's healing.  I turned to Him and the scriptures, pleading for His tutelage.  I could feel, through the spirit, Him reminding me, “I'm here to help you BECOME like me, as often as you need me to."
I could do nothing about what was said about me, or the course that those words would ensue.  I was reminded that through the Atonement of a Savior—who loves me AND my accusers--I could feel whole and complete, again.

At my core, I could feel Christ was not my accuser, as so often we think Him to be.  He is not that at all!  He is our ADVOCATE.  And, in this circumstance, that title gave me the most comfort  Digging deep, I found comfort in him leading to me to Elder Holland’s teaching:  "The race is NOT against each other.  The race is against SIN." 

Too, often, mortal beings want to compare, compete, and correct.  None of us should be on the receiving end of those judgments.  Although, I felt, I was wrongly accused, I could learn from the experience.  Because I certainly wasn't perfect reacting to the accusations of my accusers.  But, in Christ--eventually--I will BE. :))  Because, in this life, with Christ's help, I AM BECOMING.

IMPERFECT people.  That's who we are.  And we are trying to BECOME better.  And, guess what?   God sees beauty in it . . . He sees beauty in our imperfection because He sees beauty for ashes.  Perfection is going to take a while and Christ knows that.  And He's actually okay with it.  :)) 

We need to be okay with it, too. :))  
And understand that in our striving and yearning to do all we can do we are BECOMING MORE, and to Him, we are already enough.  

With love and friendship,

If you are interested, President Bednar, along with his lovely wife, teach how to think about becoming like Christ while struggling to be enough.  Definitely worth watching.  More videos can be found on Youtube. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Easter Giveaway--6 Authors--Books You'll LOVE! FREE GIVEAWAY

Can I just say I'm so happy to be a part of this 6 Author/BOOK GIVEAWAY?!!!

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Connie Sokol, of Faithful, Fit and Fabulous, has put it together.  
And YOU may WIN!
Throughout the week, from April 8 through April 16thenter to win by using Rafflecopter.  Click HERE
Win a copy of my book + a ruby heart necklace

Our Father in Heaven, in His infinite wisdom, sees not the outward appearance but perceives the beauty of the heart and the worth of a soul. Through meaningful stories, scriptures, and examples, motivational speaker Jodi Marie Robinson lovingly reminds daughters of God of all ages, shapes, and sizes that the only true path to happiness is to measure your value as the Lord does.  After all, you are more precious than rubies. 

WIN the necklace, plus my book, and one of EACH book from these fabulous 5 guest authors, so simple!!
Why-do-we-celebrate-Easter-cover-Why Do We Celebrate Easter?, Shannon Foster
Win an ebook!
This is a print-your-own book about why we celebrate Easter.  It is great for kids and adults!  This book covers the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, why understanding the resurrection is important and what the Easter symbols mean.

Does This Insecurity-cover smallDoes This Insecurity Make Me Look Fat?, Michelle Wilson
Win an ebook!
 ”When we see ourselves with God’s eternal perspective, we can feel confident and whole—even in our imperfection. Just think what we might accomplish if we truly believe that we are more important than we know, stronger than we realize, and extraordinary in every way.”

Simple ThingsSimple Things: Daily Thoughts, Stories & Inspiration to Live Life More Fully, Lori Nawyn
Win an ebook!
Within the pages of Simple Things, women will gain the necessary tools to confront self-limiting beliefs that prevent daughters of God from fully realizing their noble heritage. By embracing the gentle lessons shared by the author, even the most aching of spirits can emerge from the shadows to celebrate the glory of life with peace, joy, and hope.

Front-cover-We-Are-StrongWe Are Strong!, Fay Klingler
Win an ebook!
Every girl needs a mentor, someone she can trust to show her the way home to Heavenly Father. The stakes are high—as women of influence, how we live and how we teach Heavenly Father’s daughters will change the course of their lives forever. Using compelling real-life stories from women of all ages, award winning author Fay A. Klingler clearly defines how and why we must continue to live and teach the Young Women values.
40-DAYS-Front-Cover-for-Amazon-and-SmashwordsPLUS YOU GET CONNIE'S  Book Bundle!!!!   
40 Days was exactly the little push I needed to feel the Savior's presence in my daily life, especially during the weeks leading up to Easter.  Just today a wonderful friend reminded me of one Connie's daily messages:  Christ was misunderstood.  It spoke volumes as to how I was feeling and a difficult trial I had just passed through.  Immediately, I was able to feel some peace.  And feel the Savior's love, with no holding back.  

Enter today!  And GOOD LUCK!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Free Downloads

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Or, email me at

Meaningful Gifts

How do we teach our girls to guard their values?

We teach them the doctrine behind them

In a way they can understand.

I have written this parable, A Royal Guardian, to teach the meaning of the eight young women values.

"This story has layers of meaning and teaches, 
in a way that can be easily understood by all,
the role that Jesus Christ plays in our lives." --BYU Science Professor

If you want your girls to cherish their values,
teach them the why's and how's.  

Use this story to teach.

Pair my book with a bracelet.  And wallah!

A gift they' will love. :))

My book can be purchased on-line on Amazon, Seagull, or Deseret Book.  

Bracelets, too. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Mother's Day Inspiration--A Gift Mom Will Love

A gift for Mothers.

All true stories.

(My story is included. :)   It was a hard one to write, but is needed. :))


Covenant Communications did a beautiful job with this book, full of essays.  
Available at Deseret Book, Seagull Book, and Amazon.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Today Is My Stephanie Nielsen Day

Today is the day I'm going to do some hard things.

It might hurt a little.

It might be a little scary.  

I might not feel strong enough to fight the fight.

But, because I met Stephanie Nielsen, over the weekend,
I'm starting a new tradition.  

Today is my Stephanie Nielsen Day.

She gave me the little push to find more courage within.
Have you read Stephanie Nielsen's blog or book?
You know her as the plane crash survivor and mother of five
who blogs at  

She was so inspiring at the Healthy Woman Conference,
in Evanston, Wyoming, where I was invited to speak in a breakout session (can you believe it?!!!).  
Stephanie was the Keynote speaker, and I met her and her husband (such a wonderful couple!!!)

Stephanie witnessed of miracles, courage, and the importance of choosing your destiny.  And, to top it off, her love story with husband Christian (hmmm how I love that name because that's my hubby's name, too) . . . well, it's the THE BEST ROMANCE YOU'LL FIND!

I am loving her New York Times Bestselling book . . .

 She is truly an Esther of our day!  

She reminded me that
 loving ourselves and the life God has given us is a 
CHOICE we make every day.
So today, I will make the choice to have courage 
and do hard things.  

Because she made the choice to do something incredibly hard things for the good of others--her family--she is now blessing millions.  She made a choice to live and love again, and as she puts it, "I wanted my job back as mother.  Nobody could do it like I could.  I knew my children would suffer without me.  
They needed me."

Surgeries, too many to count.  Unbearable pain and suffering.  A face and body, forever changed by burn scars, making her unrecognizable even to herself.  And yet, she chose to overcome.  She is definitely ONE OF THE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMEN I HAVE EVER MET.  
I always say, "True beauty is felt more than it is seen." 
I could FEEL her beauty.  It is definitely SOUL DEEP BEAUTY.  

So, today, there are some hard things I have to tackle.
And I pledge to find the courage to triumph over things 
that seem hard, even impossible.

I'm calling it my STEPHANIE NIELSEN day.  

And it's about time.  :))

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dress the Part--A Success Story from House of Hope (my home away from home)

Studio 5 Segment

My House of Hope friend, Jenn, received a makeover and 
new "digs" from Utah Woolen Mills, recently.
She received the red carpet treatment.  
She even had her own professional stylist!  
Meth.  Heroine. Crack cocaine and living in a Flying J parking lot with her husband and kids.

For Jenn, those days, six years ago, seem like a lifetime ago.  It's a far cry from the woman, I know today, who now spearheads a weekly Coffee and Recovery group, to help women recovering heroine addiction. She also volunteers at House of Hope, where she received a new start, six years ago, and returns often to help other like herself to stay in treatment an get sober.

A couple of weeks ago, Jenn received a makeover, from a friend of mine, and new "digs" from Utah Woolen Mills and Studio 5.  It's the perfect celebration for her recent admission to the U of U.  

For 13 years, I have taught motivational classes at House of Hope, a drug treatment center in Salt Lake, and I've seen thousands of women, like Jenn, work to overcome their challenges of addiction and create a new life for themselves and their children.

Succcess.  Hope.  And new beginnings.

It inspires me every time I see a woman shatter the stereotypes of addiction that plague those trying to walk out of their past.  I've witnessed transformations.  And it's awe-inspiring.

MIRACLES really.  The kind God uses when he awakens a woman to her true potential and identity.

The House of Hope philosophy is if you save a mother, you save the children.  

This is why I teach at House of Hope.

These women are not strangers to me.

They are my students.

But more than that, they are my FRIENDS.

They are my HEROES.

I tell them that I've never walked in their shoes.  Never tasted beer, had a cigarette or done drugs. Yet, I ask them to love and accept me for who I am.  Because I, too, have weaknesses.  In return, I do the same for them.

We learn and laugh together.

Cry, craft, and cook together.

We also celebrate. We celebrate milestones: when a woman graduates from residential to day treatment, earns a sobriety coin, or lands a job.  When children are released back into their care, we hug.
We talk about good parenting.  Prioritizing what matters most.  Improving self-esteem in healthy ways.
We talk of hope and trust in better days of ahead, while appreciating the here and now.  We learn to savor the moment.  It feels good to be sober.  

Thousands of women have attended my classes at House of Hope.  And I have loved every single one of them.  Even those no longer here on this earth.

Me with some of my beautiful House of Hope ladies.
Jenn is on my left and Studio 5 Producer Jane Thomas is on my right.
All the women in this photo, above, are talented, beautiful, courageous, and amazing!  It just so happens Jenn was the one chosen to be highlighted by Utah Woolen Mills to help her in her new adventure as a student at the U.  She has two beautiful children (one in heaven) and a husband, who bravely found a new life in treatment, also.  Sober for 6 years, together they make a lovely little family, because they chose a better way.  A life of sobriety.  Now their children will live in a world far away from the addictions that once robbed their future of hope.  Jenn is an excellent listener, a positive role model, an energetic, kind and insightful soul, and loving, caring, and wonderful mother!  Her dynamic personality has left a mark on my heart.  I am grateful to her for her example.

Thanks to Heavenly Father for placing me at House of Hope.  What an amazing journey it has been.

To see Jenn's STUDIO 5 feature, click here:  Studio 5

Denise giving Jenn a makeover.
My beautiful and talented friend, Denise, gave her makeover for the shoot.  Thanks, Denise!  You're beautiful inside and out.  :))  To the producer, Jane Thomas, you portrayed the women with such grace and dignity, and I thank you for that, because they deserve to be treated like the queens that they are.

To all my ladies at House of Hope, both past and present, STAY HOPEFUL.  You can dress the part of a sober and clean woman, and not only dress like that woman...but BE THAT step at a time. :))

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Calling All Mothers


Listen to Your Mother

I will be joining other UTAH moms for the NATIONAL SERIES
 of live readings shared locally on stage at University of Utah.

You'll laugh and cry and everything in between. :))

Bring your friends for a memorable FREE night out!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
7:00 p.m.
University of Utah
Union Building
Salt Lake City, Utah

Hope to see you there!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Inspiring Video Message

Want to be inspired?

Experiencing something hard?

Find a quiet place and spend the time to watch this video
from a Stake in Herriman, Utah.
These sisters have such a beautiful message.

I spoke at their B-Day Conference where this video was shown. 
It touched everyone. 
Our stories are so powerful. 
So let's be willing to share them with each other.
Because they strengthen us.  
And remind us how much we need each other.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

SHARE Love SERVE-Studio 5 Segment March 4, 2014 GIVEAWAY

Hope you're having a great day!

Enter a comment about my 
Studio 5 Segment

and you'll be entered in a drawing to 
WIN a Ruby Heart necklace.

The ruby goes along with my newest book.  In chapter one, "The Ruby Secret",
is where you'll discover why you're more precious than rubies. :))


Favorite Things Party 

How mine started?  For me, the Favorites tradition started with my friend, Holly.  (Thank you, HOLLY!)
She created a gathering where friends could come and  SHARE their useful tips, helpful advice, and meaningful discoveries.  I loved it so much that I started my own version of Favorites and now she comes to my party, too. :))

What is it?   A party with a purpose.  Gather your best girlfriends (and maybe even gals you want to get to know, new neighbors, church friends, PTA or work friends) for a night out.  But, emphasize the "sharing."  What better way to SERVE your friends than to give them a night away from kids and worries. :))  Listening, caring, and receiving are some of the best ways to serve.

Favorites Parties come in all shapes and sizes, but I love a party with a purpose, so mine is focused on strengthening friendships, families, and faith.  Products and things are a part of it, of course, but they're not the only focus.  I haven't found a real great example on the web of a one size fits all, but that's the beauty of it.  YOU decide how you want to plan your gathering.

Here are a couple of links just to give you some ideas for decor, organization, and food.  ;)

Links to other favorite things parties:
Sample 1
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Have fun thinking about your FAVORITES!

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