Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook (March 15, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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I read a lot of books, and I must say this is one of my new favorites on motherhood. It's not a "how-to" book that leaves you feeling like there are an endless list of things you need to work on. Instead, it reads like a series of lengthy blog posts that in essence say "Me Too!".....You feel like a failure as a mom sometimes? Me too. You are not alone, and there is hope.Becky writes with an authentic voice that is easy to relate to. She shares many stories from her own experiences and brings in some biblical insights too. We all need to be reminded that God has a plan. He is with us, and sees us, and loves us in our mess. He can strengthen and help us when we allow Him to. Besides finding encouragement for my own journey, I also kept thinking of friends who would benefit from this book. In fact, I know exactly who will be receiving this copy in a few days :)Chapter 6 was one of my favorites. It focused on authenticity. Becky writes "The messy areas of your life do not tell a story of your failures. Those areas tell the story of your humanity, and they are a continual reminder of your need for a Savior." As moms we tend to compare ourselves with others and we want others to see us as having everything put together. We stress when company comes over or when our kids misbehave in public. Why can't we just drop the act and give ourselves and other mommas some grace? She goes on to say that "the minute we decide we're going to stop being defined by what we don't get done and instead take pride in what we ARE able to achieve, grace lets truth win and unnecessary shame gives way to hope." Hope...that maybe we are good moms after all.There are so many issues that we all struggle with, yet we feel alone in our struggles because we don't talk about them.
Chances are, if you are a mom, you have felt like you are drowning in a sea of failure, guilt, and worry (all while pasting a happy smile on your face because, after all, a good mom must "enjoy every moment!"). If this sounds like you, you need this book Now. You will laugh, you will cry, but best of all, you will close the book feeling renewed and refreshed.This book came to me at the perfect time (funny how God works, sometimes)--my third baby is a few months old and my family is still transitioning into our new roles. Every day life is mind-numbingly hard--with the same problems popping up daily with slight variations. (I retyped that about 10 times, deleting it out of worry you will judge me for not being grateful for the ability to be home with my children). I love my children, but most days, I feel overwhelmed and underappreciated. I selected this book desperate for answers of how to be better, how to have more grace with my children. Reading this was the sweetest medicine, showing me I'm NOT the only one on this crazy train of motherhood. It seemed like every page could have been written about MY life:"Maybe you woke up ready for today to be different. Happy attitudes, extra patience, and NO YELLING! And maybe by 8:15a.m. you realized it was going to be another day of cranky babies, demanding toddlers, and guilt from losing your temper when you could have a just taken a deep breath and repeated your request to your five year old...for the hundredth time."I couldn't put this book down (except, you know, when I fell asleep reading it).
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