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Deliberate Motherhood: 12 Key Powers of Peace, Purpose, Order & Joy
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
I ended up not finishing this book. My children are a bit older and many of the lessons I have learned along the way already. I think if I was still at home with a lot of little ones trying to find my place as a mother I might have found more value in it. I also felt like the women who they chose to write the chapters were a bit "too much". I felt that one of the themes of this book was trying to say how important it is to be a mother and not beat yourself up if you are not your idea of a perfect mother and to enjoy the journey, don't compare etc. Yet, the bios of the mothers at the end of the book were almost comical at times at all the things they were doing BESIDES being a mother. The women ran charities and famous blogs and were authors etc. etc. Most of us are average we help with homework, clean, pay bills, volunteer in the classroom, go to church and love our family simply. So if we don't want to beat ourselves up that that is not enough then really we shouldn't be reading this book especially the bios at the end of each chapter!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
What I loved most about this book is that as I turned each page I felt an overwhelming sense of encouragement from women I had never even met. Women who were mothers, just like me, uniting from different stages and places in life but all unified in the common goal of valuing this important role we all play. Women who were open and honest about both the joys and hardships of motherhood. Women who it seemed sometimes to be living parallels of my own life. It gave me the boost I needed to say to myself that my struggles as a parent are universal. But with encouraging words and the determination to be more deliberate in one of my greatest roles, I can find joy and feel success in the journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
This book will change your perspective on Motherhood. So many times we define motherhood by the sleepless nights, mounds of laundry and numbers of diapers changed for the day. This book will help you focus on the pure joy that motherhood brings in spite of the mundane, hard things.

I have bought 2 copies and given both of them away to people. This book, the power of Moms website and their retreat I attended have forever changed me as Mom.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
There isn't anything not to love about this book. A wonderful boost of encouragement to any mother no matter the stage of motherhood they are in. Insightful, humorous, tender and real stories make this a must-have for every mother to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
This book was very inspiring because it was written by mothers who recognize the important role that they have to teach and love their children. I felt uplifted and strengthened by their experiences and stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2013
I have loved this book so far! It's a super easy and fast read, and it's filled with inspiring thoughts from normal mothers who are in the trenches of this difficult AND wonderful time of life. It has uplifting thoughts and practical ideas to help all moms enjoy being a mom more than they already do. There is a different "power" to focus on each month, and I have felt a difference in my mothering as a result of what I have read and focused on. It makes it easy to make goals to improve your attitude and practices towards and involving motherhood. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2013
Love this book. It is filled with short essays from real moms that share their tips and personal experiences. It is heart-warming, inspiring, and filled with great insight. It really makes you want to refocus and be the best mother you can be, and it has lots of ways to help you do that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 3, 2013
I love this book. The authors in this book keep it real, and remind me how important motherhood is. They share their crazy motherhood stories and some of the great moments of motherhood. Whenever I read a chapter out of this book, I am inspired to be a little bit better mom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2013
I'm not much of a reader but found this to be a quick and easy ready with great topics any mom can relate to. It's broken into 12 chapters so you can take one chapter a month and work on one topic at a time or you can read it all at once. It's written by numerous moms instead of one author. I love that this book made me feel normal! I realized that all of the frustrations/joys/lack of patience, etc was something every mom feels.

I've heard some ladies say they were going to buy a copy to give as gifts at baby showers but I disagree. I don't think it can be fully appreciated until you have a child for a little while and start experiencing some of the typical things that come with motherhood. I think back to the days before I had kids and don't think I would have understood. Having said that, it would be a wonderful gift for ladies after they have been a mom for a little while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2014
I thought this was a great read. It had a good flow and was intriguing and I had a hard time putting down. Each chapter had a different main author and that it made it interesting as you are not getting subjected to the same mom the whole book. I liked that the authors for each chapter had multiple kids too. I am a mom of three and sometimes when I read about organizing or finding joy in your life when you are a mother of one, I find it hard to identify with them. I feel that one kid is much different than having three or more. It introduces a whole new perspective and I like that the authors all had multiple kids and that really helped. Granted all of mothering is tough and each stage and child has their own challenges. I just identified more and was able to see that I can cultivate the particular power if someone with a whole lot of kids can.
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