I love to read, I admit it. And, you’ve probably noticed I like to write too. Sometimes I read a new book and want to collar the first person I meet and tell them to Go Read That Book! I get a little passionate but I think it’s just my nerdy appreciation for words and my admiration for those who can put them together well. And, make me think.
So in the spirit of word nerdiness, I’m adding a new section to my blog just for books I love and recommend and for book reviews.
I’ve come across a wonderful book releasing today that I’m eager to share with you. It’s called Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin. Does that sound like you? Are you worn out, tired, feeling overwhelmed, stressed and guilty that you’re not doing it all, perfectly, every day? Can you readily admit your life is not only messy but a mess?
Here’s my favorite, raw, honest excerpt that every single overwhelmed mom can relate too:
“Honey, I need you to come home now. The two-year-old is screaming because he wants to sit on my lap while I’m nursing the baby. The baby is screaming because the two-year-old keeps trying to sit on his head. When the two-year-old tries to sit on the baby’s head he can’t nurse. Now he won’t nurse at all and is screaming his head off. The bulldog has started crying because he wants to be fed (doesn’t everybody!!) and I’m going to explode within the next ten minutes if you don’t COME HOME AND BRING ME BEER AND CIGARETTES RIGHT NOW!”
He brought me a Coke and dark chocolate.
Don’t you just love it! I know exactly how she felt and I bet you do too. I’m right there with you mama. My daughter is grown and married with children of her own but reading these funny but raw words reminded me of so many moments in my own child-rearing journey. The moments when I felt like I had nothing left to give, clean out of patience and a skewed perspective on this parenting thing.
Sometimes guilt threatened to drown me as I wallowed in self-pity. I even remember yelling at God and telling Him He wasn’t a very good parent to me because He wasn’t giving me what I deeply believed I was so desperate for. Can you even imagine? But I was desperate for answers and I was a bit of a brat in those years. Still am to some degree I suppose:)
Oh, to have had this precious resource when my daughter was young. There’s something so encouraging when you realize you’re not the only one dealing with overwhelm, depression and guilt. To know there are women out there in the same place with the same needs. And most of all, the same God.
There is meat in here mama. Good stuff that will nourish you and give you joy in your mothering journey. Here’s a small sample to give you an idea of the beautiful truth you’re going to find:
It was during a phone call with a friend when I finally decided my life was pretty normal. We’d been chatting about church this and that for just a few seconds when she interrupted the conversation to tell the little voice in her home to stop what he was doing. When that same little voice turned a bit nasty and screamed, “NO I WON’T!” to his mama on the phone, a light bulb went off in my heart, and I knew I’d met a kindred spirit . . . or at least another human being who knew what I was going through.
In what was one of the most profound moments of my life, I was inspired to step out from behind the curtains I’d been hiding behind and into the light. One phone call empowered me to connect with other mothers of boys and tell my ugly truth, because I suddenly knew that if I felt alone and desperate in my mothering, there had to be other moms who did too. Soon after that simple phone conversation, the Lord placed a dream in my heart for what would eventually become the MOB Society—an online, Christian community for mothers of boys. FOR moms of boys, BY moms of boys. A place where boy moms can feel safe, let it all hang out, and find community and help around raising these wild and crazy, beautiful and boisterous, overwhelming but amazing boys.
I chose truth.
I chose to lay down the shame, and open the blinds, letting God shine the light of His Word in my heart. I came clean, and agreed with God that I could no more raise these boys to be godly men by myself than I could walk to the moon.
I stopped listening to the voices that lied to me, and started filling my heart with the voice of truth. It made all the difference.
Beautiful. Honest. Real. That’s what I love most about these two authors, two moms who aren’t afraid to show your their faults and failings, their scars and skeletons. They get real with their lives but offer a dose of hope that’s powerful and convincing. And you will be blessed no matter where you are in your mothering journey. Each chapter ends with some very thoughtful study questions. And each chapter is full of practical wisdom that only comes from living life in the trenches. There are wonderful resources included in the book and scriptures to read and ponder and refresh your weary heart.
Here’s the best part. Until October 24th at midnight, you can download it for free on your Kindle!
If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry. Download Amazon’s free Kindle app on your computer or smart phone, or have your neighbor or friend do it if you don’t have that either. Then purchase the Kindle version on Amazon for free. It will transfer directly to whatever device you use.
Let me know if you love it as much as I do!