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Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches Paperback – November 26, 2010
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Insightful, encouraging, honest and practical and a great deal of fun to read. Rachel is a blessing to her husband and her little ones. Now she is also a blessing to me and mine. May this book bless you and yours as well. --R.C. Sproul, Jr.
Mothers of little people have one of the most challenging and important jobs on earth. But it is a humble job. Rachel Jankovic is a woman who lives out her story with humility, grace, and a houseful of humor. And with five exuberant children, ages five and under, you can be sure she knows what she is talking about. -- --Nancy Wilson, author of Praise Her in the Gates and The Fruit of Her Hands
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Loving the Little Years is not a book to make you feel good about how long it's been since you cleaned your bathroom. This book won't tell you to hire a babysitter so you can have a day off with your girlfriends and keep in touch with the real you. This book doesn't say that the answer to all your stress is to spend two hours with the Lord at four in the morning. There are no suggested schedules, no spanking formulas, no pity parties. This book is real.
With wisdom and humor, and in 20 short, punchy chapters, Rachel Jankovic reminds us mothers that we are sinners too. Sometimes when the attitudes are bad and everyone is crying the first person who needs to repent is Mommy. As mothers we pour everything we've got into "training them up in the way they should go" but we have to remember that our own journey to sanctification isn't over. God is using these mischievous little imps to make us more like Him.
When all they seem to do is make messes and all that seems to come out of their mouths is mostly unintelligible gibberish, we can tend to see our children as little bothers. But throughout this book Rachel encourages us to remember that they are little people, eternal souls, personalities in the making.Read more ›
You might be consider this book and decide that because it is so very short it is not substantive, I would encourage you to reconsider. It's brevity is part of its power. There are far too many long-winded books that do not have the depth and texture of "Loving the Little Years".
Appreciate how far your child has come from where they were yesterday, a week ago, a month ago, etc. I was dealing with #6 who has some developmental problems and I was having a hard time getting through the days. When I looked back at how far he had come, it made me realize every day he is progressing. It is just harder for me to see because I am with him 24/7. I started focusing on the things he is doing today that he wasn't doing last week and not focusing on what he is not doing.
That's it...so I guess that it was worth buying for that one little piece of advice because it did change my outlook and made me appreciate his little self more than I was.
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This book is the encouragement I desperately need when I bring home a newborn and/or get overwhelmed by the demands of staying home with young children! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Joy
If any book could pull a mom out of a true "funk", this one is the winner. One or two short chapters on a rough morning can put you right back on the track of love, joy, and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by David Aragon
Every mama should read plus the writer being a mom makes it simple to ingest and read. short chapters.Published 1 month ago by Lauren Porter
This book was highly recommended to me by a friend. I have a 2 year old, 1 year old, and one on the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Drew E. Black
My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed this book. Clever, short, trenchant, Christian. Just what we needed.Published 1 month ago by Mark L Ward Jr
Some books on motherhood leave you feeling defeated before you begin but this one motivated me by making me laugh, nod my head in agreement, and then ask God for strength and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Honest and humble, yet very encouraging, one parent to another. Rachel Jankovic shares some thoughts and examples of how she has chosen to put a positive spin on the everyday work... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wendy
This is a very quick read and definitely worth it. She has helpful thoughts on raising kids in a way that is filled with repentance and joy rather than... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cassandra Schumacher