Tightropes and Teeter-Totters by Lisa Pennington

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Tightropes and Teeter-Totters Book Review

March is going to be full of great books and reviews here on My Table of Three. So far I have 4 book posts lined up to share with you guys beginning with this non-fiction book Tightropes and Teeter-Totters. Isn’t that a fun title? I love it and feel like it describes my life so well some weeks? How about you? If you think you are up there trying to balance and hang on then please take a look at my review of this book by Lisa Pennington, but first, let’s get the legal bits over before we jump in.

*Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary copy of this book to read and share here with you. All opinions in this review are 100 percent my own honest thoughts. 

Tightropes and Teeter-Totters:

A book review of Tightropes and Teeter-Totters, an encouraging book for moms trying to find a balance in the midst of life.

About the Book:

Lisa Pennington knows how to get up after losing her balance, even with a full house, a not-so-full bank account, and never enough energy. In her latest book, she offers readers:

  • Strategies for finding balance in marriage, motherhood, and bad moods
  • Playful yet biblically based tips for turning hard days around
  • Inspiration for shaping obstacles into opportunities
  • Ways to respond to irritations with gratitude
  • Enthusiastic encouragement for living out God’s purpose.
For every woman who wonders if her satisfaction in life will ever match her dreams, Pennington has real-life answers full of hope and humor.

My Person Thoughts and Review:


Life can sure feel like a circus act sometimes, right? I know trying to balance taking care of myself and family, homeschooling and work my days can often feel overwhelming and definitely lend themselves to a tightrope act. So the title of this book fits not only the author’s message but it also reflects mine, or many of our, lives today.

Lisa Pennington is funny, charismatic and her writing style reminds me of having a conversation with a good friend. I felt like this made the book enjoyable and easy to read. I love her humor, seriously I can totally see myself being friends with her. As she shares her personal stories and struggles she incorporates ways for us to work through the parts of life that can sometimes cause us to feel overwhelmed or “out of balance”. I really enjoyed the chapters on Motherhood, Marriage, and Home. Three areas that I do find myself struggling to stay balanced in. Lisa uses the acronym B.A.L.A.N.C.E ( Begin, Access, Learn, Account, Notify, Change, Endure) in the chapters to help us process daily scenarios that many come our way. Each chapter’s end also includes an “Assignment” related to the topic of the Chapter. I especially loved taking on the assignments and I plan on using them along with the Balance steps going forward to work on some of my areas needing improvement.

Don’t you wish there was some magic button or pill that we could use to give us more patience or strength to balance all the trails and daily activities that come our way? Man, that would be amazing! But unfortunately there isn’t but in this book, Tightropes and Teeter-Totters, the author does share some great tips with us that we can take away and apply day-to-day as we work our way through finding our life balance. We all know that there is not a “one size fits all” method but I have really enjoyed reading through the chapters and gleaming tips from her advice and personal experiences. If you have areas in your life that you need a little encouragement or boost toward balancing, then this book would be a fun read for you.

About the Author, Lisa Pennington:

A book review of Tightropes and Teeter-Totters, an encouraging book for moms trying to find a balance in the midst of life.

Lisa Pennington is a homeschooling mom of nine who shares her life-one laundry load at a time on her blog, The Pennington Point. She is a sought-after speaker at conferences and women’s groups and is the author of “Mama Needs a Do-Over.” Lisa and her family live near San Antonio.
Find out more about Lisa at thepenningtonpoint.com.
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