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Today’s the Day | LWSL Book | Life Goals | Life Management | Self Improvement Early one morning, a little more than two years ago, as I was driving to Fort Myers to do my regular segment on WINK News, I was more or less at the end of my rope. It had been a particularly frustrating week of feeling like a complete failure. My husband was completely stressed out by a job he hated, while I felt like I was falling behind on all fronts–as a wife and a mom and a blogger. I couldn’t keep up. I wasn’t doing anything right. Truth be told, I was ready to quit all three jobs.

Taking advantage of that rare moment of peace and quiet on that 30 minute drive, I prayed for direction.

Just tell me what you want me to do, Lord, and I’ll do it.

I didn’t really expect an answer, but it came anyway, with more clarity than anything I’ve ever heard in my life.

Just write. Write, and I’ll take care of the rest.

I’ll spare you the details of all the ways every single detail just miraculously seemed to fall into place (I’ve already written about it a little here), but suffice to say that over and over again, God proved that he is faithful. I won’t pretend that it was an easy road, or that many tears weren’t shed, or that this whole crazy book publishing process didn’t almost break me more than once. But knowing that writing a book—this book—was what I was called to do?

That belief has never wavered.

And now Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life, releases today and is available in bookstores everywhere. It is terribly exciting and incredibly terrifying all at the same time.

This book contains a message that is near and dear to my heart, and it has so much to offer any woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed out with a life–and budget–that seems out of control.  It speaks to the mom who is struggling to juggle all the demands of a busy life with the pressure to keep up with her friends.  It is a practical guide for those of us who long to pull ourselves together but sometimes feel unsure of how to keep the chaos at bay.  It is for anyone simply needing to find the courage to make small but powerful changes to our homes, goals, or finances this year.  In it I share many of my own struggles and mistakes, as well as both the biblical truth and the very practical solutions that have helped me along the way.

It’s real and very honest, and speaks right to the heart of the matter—how can we live the Good Life we’ve always wanted?

But I know that it is out of my hands. I’ve done my job. I’ve run this particular race and seen it through to completion. How God decides to use it is up to him, not me.

And you, my friends, have been faithful with me!  You’ve cheered me on and prayed along with me that this message of hope and encouragement will be heard by those who need it most. You’ve sent emails, you’ve left comments, you’ve tweeted and shared on Facebook. You are all rockstars, and I am completely and utterly humbled and so, so incredibly grateful.

Today’s the Day | LWSL Book | Life Goals | Life Management | Self Improvement


  1. December 30 at 09:50AM

    Im a new subscirber to your blog and I must say that I LOVE this blog. It has everything that I am working towards. Thank you so much for putting your life out there to help other people. It truly has been helping me strive to be better. I am a mother, not yet a wife, a full time employee and a new blogger. So far this is my favorite blog. Keep doing great things. I simply just wanted to comment and say that your hard work is EXTREMELY appreciated. God bless!

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 30 at 04:02PM

      Thank you Ray! That means so much to me, and I am so glad to hear my blog has been helpful for you!!

  2. Nicole Jones
    December 30 at 09:52AM

    Your story resonates with me so much. Exactly 3 years ago today, I got on my knees and prayed to God to show me the path that I need to walk. My husband and I were living in Southern California and had to short sale our home and were barely keeping up living in such an expensive place. Wouldn’t you know that 3 days later my husband got an amazing job offer in Colorado (where all of my family lives)? He spoke to me and I listened and my life has completely turned around (we were able to buy a home this past year). Anyway, I wanted you to know that I follow your blog, watch your videos, work your plans and am anxiously waiting for your book to be delivered to my mailbox. What you do and say on here helps so many of us and I am so thankful that you listened when God spoke to you. Enjoy your day today and be proud of what you have accomplished! 🙂

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 30 at 04:04PM

      Wow Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your story! I am so glad to hear this blog has been a place of encouragement for you. I hope you love the book! Thank you for your sweet words–it means so much to me!! xoxo

  3. December 30 at 10:51AM

    Ruth, I’m just so excited for you! It’s wonderful to hear how firmly God placed this calling on your heart. It shows! Thank you for writing, putting yourself out there, and allowing yourself to be used as an encourager and supporter of so many women. Best wishes for today and the coming days. Like you said, “I know that it is out of my hands. I’ve done my job. I’ve run this particular race and seen it through to completion. How God decides to use it is up to him, not me.” True words!

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 30 at 04:02PM

      Thank you so much Beth Anne!

  4. December 30 at 11:06AM

    I am so excited for you, Ruth!! This book is going to bless so many and it is evident that you poured your heart and soul into writing it. Congrats!

    • Ruth Soukup
      December 30 at 04:05PM

      Thank you Kalyn!! xoxo

  5. December 30 at 08:25PM

    I am so excited for you and for this book launch, Ruth! It is such a wonderful and inspiring read and I can only imagine how many more lives will be touched by reading it.
    Congrats on a job well done and Happy New Year, my friend!

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 2 at 05:44AM

      Thank you Claire! Happy New Year to you as well! xoxo

  6. Amy
    December 30 at 11:23PM

    This would be great for my new years plan

  7. December 30 at 11:30PM

    Just bought it for my Kindle. What a perfect time to launch a book like this. I’m looking forward to lots of positive changes this year, especially regarding our budget, and I just know this will help. Hope you have an amazing launch week!

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 2 at 05:44AM

      Thanks so much Donella! I hope you love the book!

  8. December 31 at 12:39PM

    Ruth, I just ordered my book from Amazon last night, and I’m super excited to get it in the mail! Really looking forward to reading it! Happy New Years!

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 2 at 05:45AM

      Happy New Year to you as well Sally! I hope you love the book!

  9. Meagan R
    January 3 at 05:25PM

    You know what’s funny? I purchased this book two days ago and didn’t even realize it was JUST released 2 days before! I came across it somehow (I can’t remember at the moment. I think maybe on amazon.) on Dec 30th and decided to wait on purchasing it. The next day clicked on a random pin for getting kids to clean their room and loved the post. The same book cover I had seen before and several more interesting posts caught my eye on the left side of the screen but I had to leave the house so I left the browser open that way I would remember to go back to them. Jan 1 I sat down and started to read through the posts that had grabbed my interest. Within 30 minutes, I decided I didn’t even need to read a kindle sample of your book to know that I wanted to read it! I just hit buy-now and had it sent to my kindle. I’ve just gotten around to reading this afternoon and ohmygosh… I don’t think I could’ve purchased a more perfect book for where I am in life at the moment!! Seriously, I think you wrote this book for me! I was tearing up after just 15 minutes. I look forward to letting go of a LOT of junk in my life. Thank you for deciding to follow God and write it. It’s perfect. 🙂

  10. Christine
    January 4 at 08:42PM

    Hi, I purchased the book on the 1st of January and submitted the online form for the free planner. I sent a facebook message and have not received a reply. Not sure what to do? It said the planned would be sent out within minuets of submitting the form so I’m not sure what to do. Thanks

    • Meagan R
      January 4 at 11:33PM

      I received an email that gave me a link to verify my email address before the planner was sent out.

      • Anonymous
        January 4 at 11:36PM

        I’ve been checking my email and have reeves nothing. I’ve even made sure to check my spam folder.

        • Anonymous
          January 4 at 11:38PM

          Oops I meant recieved*

        • Meagan R
          January 4 at 11:45PM

          That’s strange. I got mine within a minute. Maybe try to submit the form again?

    • Ruth Soukup
      January 5 at 11:21AM

      I just sent you an email with the link to the 2015 Homeplanning Workbook 🙂

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