A while back I mentioned that there is one surefire way to know if I love a book- if I immediately seek out all the other books that the author has written. Today I found another way to tell that I love a book- if I force the next mom that I encounter to take the book home and read it immediately! I finished reading Totally Desperate Mom last night and this morning when a friend (and fellow person with kids who are WAY too close in age for parental sanity) dropped by, I made her put it in her bag and take home to read.
I love this book. To me there is nothing better than a mom who can admit her failings and struggles, share the embarrassing but funny stories of her parenting mishaps, and openly lean on the grace of God, all at the same time. As my friend and I were discussing today, sometimes it's hard to get that from our real life fellow moms, since our lives are so busy and our interactions are often limited to passing in the hallway at church. So I love books by Christian women that offer a glimpse into their "mom life" and are also honest and encouraging. Wendy Hagen offers that much needed honesty and encouragement in this book. Here's some more info on Totally Desperate Mom, from Wendy's website:
I was finishing up this book last night in bed and kept waking my husband up- either to read him passages from the book that really resounded with me, or with my laughter over the funny parts. The book discusses pregnancy, labor and delivery, breastfeeding and all the joys and challenges that go along with those things. Then it has chapters dealing with different ages of kids- I could particularly relate to the "terrible threes" chapter, as my son has decided to arrive in that fun stage a few weeks before his third birthday. My favorite part of the book was definitely part III, which deals with "mental breakdown days" and taking care of mom emotionally, physically, and spiritually, as well as taking care of marriage. It was all very encouraging reading.
KEEPIN' IT REAL IN THE MOTHERHOODStarting from the delusion-filled journey into motherhood and progressing through the various stages that take place in the preschool years, Totally Desperate Mom is a no-holds-barred, comical look at motherhood from a mom in the trenches. Wendy offers biblical encouragement and practical tips for taking care of mom emotionally, physically, spiritually and in the marriage.
If you're the mom of small kids or if you know someone who is, and you could use a laugh and a bit of a reminder that you are not alone, please pick up Wendy's book. It's available on her website.
Good news for you guys- Wendy graciously sent me an extra signed copy to give to one of you! US mailing addresses only, please.
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