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Monday, May 2, 2011

Surrendered Balance Guest Post and Giveaway

Giveaway Contest – Win a Copy of Surrendered Balance, by Krista Pettiford

Today we are starting the month with a book contest. Our guest author is Krista Pettiford, author of Surrendered Balance and she is on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book. Krista will be visiting today and tomorrow. We will be giving away a copy of her book at the end of her book tour.

To become eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment either today or tomorrow. One lucky reader who comments with their email address is put in a pot to win the book.

To recap:

Leave a comment on either Monday or Tuesday

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A winner will be picked on May 16, and will be notified by email

The winner of the contest will be announced on this blog

You will receive a copy of Surrendered Balance 1 – 2 weeks after the winner is announced

About Surrendered Balance

Do you live a fast paced and hectic life? Is your relationship with God suffering because of it? Imagine living a life of balance, in the flow of God’s will even while you’re always on the go. It is possible to flourish and have fulfillment in both your spiritual life and natural life without feeling as if you are neglecting either one. It comes by way of surrendered balance.

Hermina Krista Pettiford, in her first book connects with modern the Christian woman, giving fresh ideas and insight for balancing the responsibilities of modern-life while maintain an intimate relationship with God. In her personable style she gives practical solutions and applicable tools for women to make a life of surrendered balance no longer just a dream but a reality!

A modern Christian woman is someone who balances all of her responsibilities - family, career, friendship, ministry to others, and caring for herself all while keeping the Lord at the center of her life. If you are a modern Christian woman this book was written for you.

Proverbs 31:16 (AMP) says, “She considers a [new] field before she buys or accepts it [expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties]; with her savings [of time and strength] she plants fruitful vines in her vineyard.”

As modern Christian women we balance so much: time with the Lord, family, friends, work, staying fit and healthy, making time for ourselves without feeling too guilty, church and ministry.

God has a plan for each one of us that will bring about a proper balance between our spiritual and natural life. It is through the path of surrender and making time for Him that we find this plan. As we allow God to order our lives, not taking on more than we can handle or are called by Him to do, but rather, like wise women considering all of our choices in the presence of God before we proceed, our lives are bound to come into a state of surrendered balance and make room for all the needed things.

However, because of modern-day busyness, living a surrendered life and creating a constant balance is not always easy, even for those who have lived the Christian life for many years. The disciplines and principles in this book may not be new to you, but I believe the strategies and ideas will give you a fresh way of looking at how to balance your daily living as a modern Christian woman.

This book has two parts. The first part lists and discusses seven disciplines of a balanced life for the modern Christian woman. The second part is designed to help you implement these disciplines into your life without boxing you into just another system that will never work because it doesn’t fit your life. This book was written to help you keep track of your time, so that you will have time for all the needed things without getting overwhelmed.

The strategies and ideas I will share are those that God gave me when I was in a stressful time of life with more work and responsibilities than time and energy in a day. They still work for me and they will work for you if you apply them.

About Hermina Krista Pettiford

Hermina Krista Pettiford is the women’s ministry leader in her local church - New Covenant Tabernacle located San Diego, CA where she lives with her family. She has a B. A. in Biblical Studies from Southern California Seminary. Her belief is that the Spirit of God and the Word of God work together to create dynamic power for living the Christian life, thus, she ministers with a solid Biblical message and with the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Her desire is to see women and families strengthened through God’s Word and their relationship with God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. She has written out of her own life experiences, and her gift and love of writing to and for the Lord.

You can find Krista Pettiford at her website;

Follow Krista’s tour at Pump Up Your Book.


In writing your book, Surrendered Balance how did you come up with the inspiration from your book? Was it through daily struggle, an idea, another’s struggle and/or family struggle? Was there a person (s), event or anything else that became your inspiration for the book?

Going through the series of events that led me to surrender my path and plan to God and find balance in the midst of the busyness of my daily life I realized that other women could benefit from what the Lord taught me. When I became a Christian my life changed in more ways than one. I became a single parent of four young children, with a full-time job, and all responsibilities of raising a family on my own soon after my conversion. Before that time I was a stay at home mother and wife with not many cares or responsibilities. It was going through that time in my life of being a new Christian who was hungry for the things of God and being thrust into a world of work and responsibility that I cried out to God for help in handling it all in a way that I wouldn’t lose my intimacy with Him.

I actually started writing the book back in 2006 and put it down several times. I was trying to write a Christian book that would be accepted by everyone. Not only that but I wasn’t sure how to make that work. Finally after submitting the project to the Lord and truly being willing to let Him have total control of the book by giving up my desire to write what I thought would be acceptable, the book and the title came together, and then I could see it forming into something special. In the end I came away with something that is very true to who I am in Christ, and is also very well suited to bring those that may know about Christ but don’t know Him intimately a more genuine view of Him. I shared Christ in my experiences very openly, yet I think that anyone can relate and find answers and help for balancing all the busyness of modern-life in a way that brings peace and rest to the soul.

Join me tomorrow for my personal review on Surrendered Balance and don't forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for Krista's book!


  1. I hope your readers have a chance to enter the contest for this book. It's a great read. Good luck to everyone.

  2. I'm a member of Pump Up and not eligible to win, but I wanted to wish Hermina luck on her tour.

  3. Thanks so much Cheryl for your comment and support.

  4. You are right about God has a plan for each of us and my philosophy is prioritize your life.It sometimes takes a life altering situation to start the process and it's obvious Krista got it!
    Congratulations on finding a way to get it out to others.Best of Luck on your book tour..weed by choice.. kjforce

  5. I think everyone should read this book. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Sounds like a really good read. Everyone needs to know God.

  6. great giveaway!!!

  7. Balance ~ what do women in this day and age need more than balance? I think this would be a fantastic book to read, as we all need balance in our lives. Please enter me. I'd love to read it!

  8. On behalf of the author Krista Pettiford she would like to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments. She went on to say "I wrote this book as a tool for busy women. It works for women married, singled, with or without children. I believe there are things that most of us have in common and those things are the focus of Surrendered Balance. I pray that everyone who reads SB is blessed by it and finds something useful in it that will help bring more balance to a busy life. If you’ve read Surrendered Balance please go to or and leave a rating.

  9. a wonderful posting...thanks for the opportunity to read this inspirational book

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. I think this is an important book that every busy women should read. Some of the things written about are so simple yet they are the very things we tend to slack of in.

  11. Thank you Karen for the wonderful review I'm glad you find the book helpful.

  12. I would LOVE the opportunity to win this book! It sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance.

    I am an e-mail subscriber

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  13. Krista,

    God knows that a book of this caliber is much needed, especially among Christians. Often times we don't learn until it's too late, if we ever do the importance of balance in our lives. I look forward to reading this book. And, I hope you come and feature "Surrendered Balance" while joining the Diamond Literary Festival on June 3, 2011 aboard the William D. Evans, in our Celebrating Authors Dinner Cruise. May God continue to Bless and Keep you.

    Alice Jefferson

    Executive Director

    Diamond Literary Festival Association

    (sent to me, (Krista) by someone that that had trouble posting)

  14. I am sorry if I missed this one! I find myself living such a better life when I hang out with other Christians and read lots of wonderful books written by Christians. But God has put me with many non believers in the workplace so I am learning some life lessons along the way! Thank you Kat. You are a gem. Anne

  15. I forgot about the captcha and went to read another page and lost my post.

    Following on gfc

  16. would love to read this! ssmith10101 atgmail dotcom

  17. This looks like a wonderful book. Thanks!

  18. This sounds like a wonderful book & guidance. Would love to be entered.

    Have a lovely week ~
    TTFN ~


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