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Changing Zip Codes - Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted (Christian Devotionals for Women and Men) [Kindle Edition]

Carol Stratton
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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? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture 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 insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.

Perfect for the unemployed, uprooted, cast off, deployed, transferred, and outsourced.

Carol Stratton has written for several publications, including InTouch magazine and Kyria. She is a contributing writer for Forsyth Woman magazine and has been published in two anthologies, Writing so Heaven Will be Different and Extraordinary Answers to Prayers. She speaks to women's groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), and at national writers’ conferences. She attended Capenwray Bible School in New Zealand. Carol and her husband live in North Carolina and have four children and two grandchildren.

Editorial Reviews


Carol G. Stratton shows how God cares about the trivialities of life. There are some amazing miracles recorded in this book. Through moving the author realized the importance of community and shares her warm memories and how she has learned to look at the bigger picture.

~The Rebecca Review

"Carol Stratton holds your hand and places it in the hands of God as she walks you through the moving process." Elaine Miller

"Changing Zip Codes tackles the gamut of emotions we experience during a move, from the first moments of preparing for a move to settling into a community and finally feeling "at home," --anticipation, uncertainty, disappointment in leaving a place we love, concern over making friends or easing the transition for children," Momdance4

Carol's take on moving and finding a new community from city to city or state to state is a humorous, comforting and encouraging devotional." News Man


“Carol Stratton has chosen to write to 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, Founder of
CLASSeminar ministry.

“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

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  • File Size: 245 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (October 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says July 25, 2012
I haven't, fortunately, moved in fifteen years, but when I have friends who do, I will buy them Changing Zip Codes. Stratton writes in a style that lets you know she's been in whatever situation you may find yourself in and she has found the positive in it. For anyone worrying about a new neighborhood, selling a house, or changing schools, this book can help put those worries into perspective. Short chapters in a devotional style help the reader to get a little bit of help every day in preparing for change. I love her emphasis on finding community, as the title says. She is absolutely right in her tips and ideas for getting out and finding community rather than waiting for it to find you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for new or old neighbors August 14, 2012
This is a wonderful book that's applicable to any relocating situation, whether it be a new home, a new job, or a new anything. Stratton's book helps keep you grounded with fun stories and applicable points for maintaining focus in a changing situation.

I highly recommend it for yourself or to give as a gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blooming Where You are Planted! June 20, 2012
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Starting Over July 3, 2012
By Mollie
Starting over. Moving, being single again, graduating, changing churches...many situations cause a person to start over. This book speaks to more than just changing locations. It helps the reader to settle into a community without the awkward pauses and polite laughter that lingers for years. It's the manual to building lasting relationships.

Carol brings a sense of understanding without being preachy that allows the reader to admit, "She gets it." Community becomes harder to find, and deep relationships are difficult to find outside the computer monitor. Developing connections in the midst of moving can be overwhelming, but not impossible.

Changing Zip Codes changes perspective. Taking a walk out the front door will go a long way, and Carol shows you the next step after leaving your front door. Are you in a time of transition? Then don't forget your manual.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Find Your Place September 23, 2012
By Betti
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If you are moving, have moved or ever consider this book! The author blends humor with down to earth suggestions on how to overcome the obstacles of a new/different environment. She does all of this with spiritual encouragement and a few laughs. There are many suggestions of how to find community, not waiting for community to find you. Very well written and well worth the read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, poignant and uplifting August 28, 2012
Carol's take on moving and finding a new community from city to city or state to state is a humorous, comforting and encouraging devotional during a time when many or facing some upheaval in their lives. Great for finding new friends in a new community or for a friend or family that is planning to uproot their current lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars U-Need if U-Move June 20, 2012
As our world becomes smaller and more mobile, Changing Zip Codes by Carol Stratton will find its way into more hands as a must-read. The encouraging stories drawn from the author's own 22 moves and Biblical examples will help you adjust with grace to your new community.

Although it's a slim book and a fast read, it brims with practical suggestions, as well as resources to make moving easier:
40 Tips for Transitioning to a New Zip Code,
a page of Helpful Websites, even a
Zip Code Trivia list!

If you or anyone you know is moving in the next century, Changing Zip Codes should be the first book you read and the last one you pack--besides your Bible!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comforting Stories in a Devotional Style Book April 30, 2012
"Let's make it a point to become the neighbor we've always wanted." ~ Pg. 96

Carol G. Stratton has moved twenty-two times! In my life I've moved about that many times too. At one point my parents were moving us every six months. Moving as a child was much more difficult than moving as an adult.

Carol G. Stratton explains all the joys and sorrows of moving your family around the country on a regular basis. She tries to look at new situations with a more spiritual perspective. She believes moving can be a chance to spread God's love around the world.

This book is really a collection of short stories organized as devotionals. You can read them all at once or spend 40 days reading each entry. Some of the stories involve things like the stress of foreclosure while other stories speak of courage.

Carol G. Stratton shows how God cares about the trivialities of life. There are some amazing miracles recorded in this book. Through moving the author realized the importance of community and shares her warm memories and how she has learned to look at the bigger picture.

~The Rebecca Review

I received a free copy of this book for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my life!!!
I discovered this book recently during a difficult move. I often felt like the author was speaking to me directly as she addressed my situation to a t. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mom of Two
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for someone moving
I bought this book for my daughter-in-law who is facing a big move. I sat down and read through it myself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mary heaton
5.0 out of 5 stars Changing Zip Codes by Carol Stratton
Wonderful book!I am a preacher's kid and a missionary kid. I've also been the pastors wife and missionary. Now I am entering a totally foreign field. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leigh Ann Self
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping your spiritual grounding no matter what your zip code
Carol Stratton has written a 40 day devotional from the perspective of a FM (frequent mover). I enjoyed this insightful, uplifting book—and I’m not moving. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book!
You know a book is going to be GREAT when you're crying on the first page! I love how relate-able her stories are and especially how she connects scripture to her thoughts about... Read more
Published 10 months ago by KHam0704
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Gives you good advice on moving. It has quotes from the Bible which I like. I wold recommend this to
Published 10 months ago by stacy Nix
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, godly advice for everyone
Changing Zip Codes is not just for people who are moving from one place to another. Stratton's insights are good reminders for everyone that we have a faithful, all-powerful,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Denise K. Loock
5.0 out of 5 stars re: changing Zip Codes
We just bought a condo on a South Texas beach and this really helped to put things into perspective. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for who are in a period of transition or about to enter one
This book is a very easy read because of its short chapters. It is divided into 40 readings, although I read them all in one sitting. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mark A Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Reassuring Words of Advice for All You Serial Movers Out There!
Change can leave us feeling as if our lives are chaotic and unstable; we long for the comfort of the familiar. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kendra
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More About the Author

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived in the Midwest most of my married life.

In my first novel, Lake Surrender, I use my love of Michigan lakes to tell a story of a woman struggling with abrupt change and difficult circumstances to see a greater hand at work.

With slices of humor, I write of hardships many face as a single mom, a parent of a disabled child, a displaced employee, a lonely widow and a once homeless young man.

My characters, flawed, live through unnerving stress, like a barefoot water-skier hanging on to the boat connected with one strand of yarn to life. While hanging onto the boat for dear life they find the unwavering patience of God in the most unusual places.

Using my degree in Recreational Therapy I have worked with autistic children, In this novel I wanted a story that would lift their value in the world while at the same time highlight the difficulty raising such a special child.

My first book, Changing Zip Codes: Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted is a devotional for movers, anecdotes pulled from 22 moves. I have a passion to help families move reminding them they will have a life and community at the other end.

A foot loose and fancy-free freelancer for fourteen years I've now settled down to a regular gig as a reporter for the Mooresville Weekly in Davidson, North Carolina.

Words define me....I love to speak to women's groups such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and at national writers' conferences.

Family defines me more. I have a great husband, four grown children and five grandchildren. As far as hobbies I love music and favor bluegrass. If prodded, I will produce a mandolin.

My secret dream was to become a lounge singer. But realizing that dream is a little late to happen, I've found great contentment writing stories to encourage and inspire women. So actually I've chosen the better path.

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