I have taken a bit of a break from my Back to the Classics Challenge to read a few great mothering books.
I’m a sucker for books written about parenting, but motherhood is my favorite. I love that I can completely relate (most of the time) and that they have me laughing and crying throughout. There is something special about the bond of motherhood.
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, here are some fun books for the moms in your life. Especially those in the trenches.
Books – Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
Getting Past Perfect – Kate Wicker
I bought this book to go along with the book group on Catholic Mom. I had intentions of staying with the pace of the group, but I could not put the book down. So I read on ahead and did the discussions as they were available (the beauty of blogs).
Getting Past Perfect was well written and touched my heart. It was a great eye-opening read for my perfectionist self. Looking past the things that we think have to be a certain way and see that we can only guide our children and know that God has a plan for them. We are not in control and their actions do not mean we are a good or bad parent.
There was a great connection to the Catholic Church’s teachings which made it even more enjoyable. This book would be a great read for a mother’s group at your local church or for that mom in your life that just needs a good pick-me-up while she’s living life with young kids.
As I read I keep a commonplace book to store those parts that touchedme most. Here are a few of the quotes from my commonplace notebook:
But God does not call the equipped. He equipped the called.
We put too much pressure on children and ourselves if being their mother is what fills us up.
Prayer time as a mother is rarely going to be of the contemplative variety. Accept that and pray on. This is your daily bread: interrupted prayer, unfinished sentences, cold coffee. But don’t give up, dear mother. God wants any prayer you can offer. He wants you, He desires a relationship with you.
A person who has this true freedom will leave her prayer unruffled, gracious toward the person who has unexpectedly disturbed her, for to her it’s all the same – serving God by meditating or serving him by responding to her neighbor.
I love a mother who loves her children and selflessly gives, but I really, really love an authentic mother who accepts heartache, frustration, and a need for a glass of wine at the end of the day often accompany the joy and laughter even raising the easiest of children brings.
Lord Have Mercy – Ellen Miller
This book was sent to me from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Lord Have Mercy is a daily devotion type book. I am working through it day by day. While I think it is cute, it has not provided the emotional attachment that the other mothering books I’ve read have had in my life. The daily readings are short, but they are not as deeply moving as I had hoped.
There have been a few moments when I laughed and some things that caught my attention, but for the most part this is not my favorite book on motherhood.
If you are looking for a quick, easy, daily reading to lift your spirits, this book would do that. But if you are looking for a book that reels you in and keeps you wanting more, this is probably not the book for you.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the book, but I just have not had the attachment to the author and the stories as I had in the others.
Nevertheless, there have been some takeaways from this book as well. Here are some of the quotes from my commonplace journal:
Identifying what comes between your being a good mom and your being a great mom requires reflection and discipline. Say no to those things that encroach on your brain cells. Being over scheduled is more of a mental stressor than a physical one. Show me a mom with a quiet mind, and I’ll show you a mom with self control.
Sweet sister we need to get control of our family schedule by saying no. We must invest in our spiritual bank account. And we need some time off. That investment will lesson our physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion, leaving us with “only” our emotional investment (water) and a precious little sinner (baking soda). When these two mix, we might get a little fizz, but nothing that will blow.
We hate to admit it, but we often become kinder, gentler, more thoughtful people as the result of our trials. And praise God, our kids will be better because of the fire they’ve walked through too.
The Magic Of Motherhood – Ashlee Gadd
This book was sent to my from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
I have been a longtime follower of the blog Coffee + Crumbs so I was excited to have the opportunity to read their new book, The Magic of Motherhood. Similar to the blog, this book is a collaboration of stories written by moms in the trenches.
The book did not disappoint.
I have been reading it daily and loving it. The book has me laughing and crying and many times just shaking my head saying “Yes!” If you are looking for a fun read about the many ups and downs of motherhood this book is great for that. The chapters are short and actually have great stopping points so it is easy to read in those short breaks we have throughout the day.
The Magic of Motherhood is a great book for moms who have littles around the house. It is funny and uplifting and will have you hooked from the moment you start.
And of course a few of the quotes from my commonplace journal:
Moms always use that word – season – when they talk about their children… But that word feels wrong because seasons are circular, and childhood is a line. When this tree is sitting under has dropped all of it’s leaves, it’ll shiver for a few months, and then it’ll sprout new ones. It gets to start over. If we didn’t savor the warmer months enough, we can take solace in the fact that we’ll get another chance – but when my son has sat on my lap for the last time, that’ll be it, it won’t come around again.
I guess childhood only looks like a straight line when you’re close to it, but when you pull back far enough, you see that it’s cyclical too. The leaves falling from the tree are beautiful, but they’re not the tree. Each new season and year brings it’s own beauty.
The emotional aspect of motherhood is pretty simple in this stage. Because even on our worst days, nobody forgives like a three year old.
And yet these scars on my body also serve as a not-so-beautiful reminder of my own humanity, evidence that I am made of flesh – flawed, imperfect, and breakable. When I put that into perspecitve, it makes my Creator’s love for me that much greater.
Moms deserve a good laugh, cry and emotional moment to know they are not alone in the craziness of motherhood. Give the moms in your life a book that will make them smile through the moments and just know they are not alone.
Happy almost Mother’s Day!