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About the Author

Amanda Lamb is a professional television journalist with 23 years of experience. She covers the crime beat for an award-winning CBS affiliate in the southeast. Amanda is also the author of six books, a wife, and the mother of two little girls. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; First Edition edition (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400203910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203918
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #640,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amanda Lamb is a professional television journalist, author, and mother. Amanda writes in two completely different genres: one about her life at home, and one that mirrors her life as a hard news crime reporter. Currently, she has eight books in print.

Her newest title, "The Living Room" is available on Amazon. It chronicles her eighty day journey caring for her mother who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2012. In the midst of the tragedy Amanda learns how to live from her dying mother. The darkness is tinged with light as her mother's departure becomes a celebration of a full life well-lived.

In February 2013, Thomas Nelson published Amanda's first children's book, "I Love You to God and Back." This sweet and beautifully illustrated picture book teaches young children about the joy of bedtime prayers. This book compliments the adult version of the book of the same name published in April 2012. This book takes parents on a yearlong spiritual journey as Amanda documents and reflects upon her daughter's prayers.

Switching gears, "Love Lies" is her most recent true crime book. It was published by the Berkley Group in December 2011. It features the story of a young mother whose husband said she went jogging and never returned home.

By day, Amanda is also a veteran crime reporter for an award-winning CBS television station in the Southeast, WRAL. She also writes a parenting blog for WRAL every Monday called "Go Ask Mom."

In her nearly twenty plus years as a professional journalist, Amanda has developed a reputation as the go-to reporter for networks seeking credible feedback and interviews on high-profile murder cases in the southeast. She makes regular appearances on crime magazine shows on CBS, FOX News, CNN, truTV, Discovery Investigates, Biography and on the Oxygen network.

In January of 2011 she published her fourth book, a parenting humor book titled "Girls Gone Child." This book chronicles her daughters' journey out of babyhood and into parenthood with their mother as their imperfect but loving tour guide.

In April of 2010, Amanda's third book, a true crime called "Evil Next Door" (The Berkley Group, a division of Penguin Putnam) was published. It features the story of a 2002 rape and murder case she covered as a news reporter for WRAL. A young woman who was just starting out her life was stalked and killed by a man many believed was a serial killer.

In June 2008, Amanda published her second book, "Deadly Dose: The Untold Story of a Homicide Investigator's Crusade for Truth and Justice" (The Berkley Group, a division of Penguin Putnam), a true crime about a young, promising scientist who is poisoned with arsenic by his scientist wife.

In August 2007, Amanda published her first book, "Smotherhood: Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years" (Globe Pequot), a collection of irreverent anecdotal humorous essays about being a working mother in the twenty-first century. This book landed her an appearance on The Today Show.

For more on Amanda and her work got to www.alambauthor.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter (links to those addresses are on her website).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kara on May 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
I feel a little torn in writing my review of this book.

As a mother of a young child, I understand how precious this book must be to the author. It is a collection of 100 of her 6-year-old daughter's prayers, followed by the mother's own thoughts and commentaries on what the little girl mentions in her prayers. How absolutely beautiful and wonderful to have this collection for all time. I can't imagine how special it is to the author, and I applaud her in writing this book and putting her heart and experiences with her daughter out there for the world.

At the same time, the book was nothing like what I was expecting. Based on the book description, I was expecting it to provide me with some parenting or theological insight. I found neither. Instead, I felt like I was simply reading the life story of a mother and daughter. Yes, the mother learns things from her daughter's prayers...but the things she learns are more personal and about her family, not things that can pass knowledge and wisdom onto others.

I think the prayers and commentaries in the book would have been very enjoyable to read as a blog. Each chapter could have been a blog post, and the story could have been read slowly over time. However, to sit down and try to read this book all at once was too much for me. I got bored. I honestly stopped reading the book before finishing it because I found it to be too tedious and long.

Again, as I said above, I can see the worth of this book to the author and so I don't want to negate the value of her writing in her life. But as a person who does not know her or her daughter and never will, this wasn't a book that was very enjoyable for me. I simply did not gain anything from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JD on May 21, 2012
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While I freely admit I am not in the target audience for this book, I have read similar books before--even parenting books-- and enjoyed some of them. This book, a cross between parenting guide and spiritual mentor, collects one hundred prayers by the author's kindergarden daughter and includes comments on them.
The first few pages were okay, but by halfway through, I felt like I was being shown too many baby pictures by an overenthuastic mom. They all started to look and sound the same. The book would have benefited immensely from being trimmed down--while the mutiple stories are fine for causal reading, they become tedious in one sitting. And even with the author's disclaimers about her child's behavor, the stories are a little too cutesy and perfect for my tastes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Burton Book Review on April 17, 2012
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This inspirational book by Amanda Lamb captured my interest with the description of a harried mother that is quite similar to myself. Busy, Distracted and Frustrated. Time to sit back and smell the roses and instill some peace into my family life. What better way than to bring God into a young child's routine with prayers, love and compassion. And to some, just doing that might seem like a chore. But taking baby steps, like starting with this book, you can achieve a brighter outlook.

At first glance, I had hoped this was a book I could share with one of my children, but instead it is a more of a self-help book that details the author's journey. And as one that shies away from self-help, I was disappointed. However, the author's non-condescending tone quickly drew me in. She writes simply, as she writes in diary fashion of her youngest daughter's prayer. It is heartwarming, and makes you wish you could hug young Chloe. She is an inspiration...to the reader and to the author, as the author thinks about the words her daughter is saying and spins them into a small lesson learned. She uses this quiet time with her daughter as a glimpse into her daughter's world, seeing the world through her eyes, and sharing with us the encouraging experience. And quite frankly, I feel like Amanda is my new best friend, she writes honestly and without overdoing the finer points on parenting.

As a working mother myself, I know I don't take enough time to fully comprehend the magnitude of the little things that occur in my children's lives. This book is an easy refresher course on how to take it one day at a time and incorporate the love of God into your routine in small ways, and you will be rewarded with a sense of well-being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heart to Heart at Home on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is making me cry - in a good way! A mother's nightly prayers with her daughter touch the heart and stir the soul. We know that being a parent is a journey of love, and that we learn from our children, so this book is like a daily log of that journey. Simple, sweet and deep, all at the same time.

A mother so moved by her young daughter's prayers that she decides to record them, then transcribes them with her own reflections added. The book reads like a diary, each chapter starts with a date heading and the child's prayer supported by her mother. Then the author, Amanda Lamb, expounds on the circumstances leading to this particular prayer as well as family relationships, personal growth and lessons
learned from parenthood.
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