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Hey, Mom--so when was the last time you had an uninterrupted conversation?

Parenting young children is an all-consuming task that can make you feel disconnected and, honestly, a bit fragmented. But having kids shouldn't mean you rarely get to complete a conversation with a friend! In this witty, encouraging book, Tracey Bianchi shows us how to

cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow
create healthy, life-giving rhythms for our families
connect and give back to the wider world beyond our doors

If you've ever sat back exasperated and thought, "There has got to be a better way to do this mothering thing," then let this conversation with Tracey on friendship, connection, and the rhythms of our lives begin to shape your heart.


"Tracey Bianchi makes us instantly friends with her. Real. Winsome. Approachable. Tracey convinces us we can connect."--Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS International; publisher, FullFill; author, She Did What She Could

"Tracey Bianchi understands what you are experiencing and provides comfort, candor, counsel, and companionship through the pages of this deeply encouraging book. Every mom I know should read this book!"--Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom; cofounder of Redbud Writers Guild

"This practical and fun read encourages moms everywhere--motherhood may not always be 'peppy bliss,' yet in the midst of it we find our unique groove by connecting with our own hearts, families, friends, and God."--Shayne Moore, activist; author, Global Soccer Mom

"If you've ever felt alone as a mom, you must read this book! Tracey offers specific ways to find friends and thrive as a mom. Her 'mom-tested tips' in each chapter are practical, doable, inspiring. Highly recommended!"--Keri Wyatt Kent, popular MOPS speaker; author of Deeper into the Word and Breathe


Tracey Bianchi is a hyper, overcaffeinated mother of three who is camped out in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Joel and, sometimes, a goldfish. She does freelance writing and speaking for a wide variety of nationally recognized organizations. She also serves as the Pastor for Women at Christ Church of Oak Brook. You can catch her musings and find out more about her other books and projects at www.traceybianchi.com.

About the Author

Tracey Bianchi is a hyper, overcaffeinated mother of three who is camped out in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Joel and, sometimes, a goldfish. She does freelance writing and speaking for a wide variety of nationally recognized organizations. She al

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Csm edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721152
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,449,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tracey Bianchi is a freelance writer, speaker and pastor who makes her home in Chicago. She is the Worship & Teaching Pastor at Christ Church of Oak Brook where 2500+ people gather weekly for worship. Her role there is to lead creative teams, volunteer teams, ministry teams as well as regular teaching and preaching. She serves on a variety of boards and enjoys spending time on freelance writing and speaking projects. She has three children, an occasional hamster, and a hockey playing husband.

You can catch her musings at http://traceybianchi.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EricaG on May 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
...In her book Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood, Tracy Bianchi nails the tone of mom-to-mom literature. Her voice is warm and funny-with a bit of been-there-done-that wisdom that made me want to listen up and dog-ear more than a few pages. The book is a nicely balanced mix of information, anecdotes, and opportunities for reflection.

When I first read the title, I expected Mom Connections to be about making mommy friends, joining mommy groups, and maybe signing up for a zumba class with other ready-to-get-fit mommies. To be truthful, I expected the book to be pretty fluffy, and I imagined little more than the light banter of most mommy magazines. I was pleasantly surprised. Bianchi touches upon the many crucial connections in a woman's life, not only friendships. She gracefully moves from self, to family, to extended family, to marriage, to friendship, and finally, to the larger community. She points to the delicate complexities of in-law relationships and the essential communication in marriage. She does all of this with an eye toward identifying and creating "rhythms" in various areas of life...

I enjoyed Mom Connections. I would absolutely share it with other moms, especially new moms. I applaud Tracey Bianchi's candor and humor. I love her attention to the difficulties that come with all relationships. I think she is at her very best when she discusses the challenge of navigating the pressures as a husband and wife seeking to carve out a family culture of their own...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AustinandMonicaS on April 23, 2012
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With Mom Connection, Tracey Bianchi has written a beautiful book that will encourage mothers in every aspect of life. Her honest stories make you breathe a sight of relief (Oh, good! I'm not the only one with sticky floors!); they help you think through the rhythms in your own life; and there are a few tears to shed along the way, too.

Mom Connection is encouraging, gentle, and challenging all at the same time. If you're feeling a little lost and alone, like you need a friend, but don't know where to start, Mom Connection will be a great first step.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah JoLo on May 10, 2012
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Tracey Bianchi, author of Mom Connection, truly understands the lonely place motherhood can be. Early in the book she describes how she felt at the park surrounded by other moms but not knowing how to connect with them. This is something I could relate to, especially during my first few years as a mom. In her book she describes the importance of relationships, how to create them, how to balance them, and it is all packaged in a fun, witty, insightful and honest book. The short chapters make it hard to put down and easy to read during a mom's busy day. I recommend this book to any fellow moms out there.
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Tracey Bianchi does a wonderful job including humor and honesty, enough to make me laugh out loud (and get weird looks from the rest of the family) and then nod my head in total agreement because I TOTALLY struggle with THAT too! But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me tell you what the book is aboutc

gParenting young children is an all-consuming task that can make you feel disconnected and, honestly, a bit fragmented. But having kids shouldnft mean you rarely get to complete a conversation with a friend! In this witty, encouraging book, Tracey Bianchi shows us how to cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow, create healthy, life- giving rhythms for our families and connect and give back to wider world beyond our doors.h

So I totally LOVED the intro to this book because I connected to it on SO many levelsc Here are a couple of my favorite quotes just from page 1~!

gI totally text people while playing hide and seek with my kids. That, or try to sneak a two-minute nap. Lying in the bathtub I hear echoes and shrieks rising through the floor. They are still downstairs. I close my eyes and try to breathe deep while plastic bath toys poke my lower back.h

Bianchi goes on to explain that one of the greatest complaints of our generation is how stressed and busy we are and how we put a lot of that stress on our selves. We are the ones who control the rhythm of our families and as moms we are at the forefront of those controls most of the time. She brings up a lot of good points- how do we want our families and friends to remember us? What legacy are we leaving behind for our kids? She talks about the people we encounter, the relationships we build and how we can ggracefully engageh those around us instead of treating them like items on a checklist.
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Five years ago this month, my entire world was turned upside down. How could that hospital let me take home that bouncin' 9 lb 10 oz baby boy? What did I know? I needed to find help and fast.

That's when someone introduced me to MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. (MOPS.org) This was the best connection I could have ever asked for during this very trying time in my mothering.

So now, when they were asking for mothers to participate in a Mom Blogger Book Tour, I jumped at the chance!

The new book is called Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood by Tracey Bianchi. What a great book to represent MOPS!

Tracey starts right off in the introduction with such a crazy accurate statement:

"It's exhausting to be a parent in our generation."

She goes on to explain that our lives have a rhythm, kind of like spinning multiple hula hoops around our waists. We just keep adding more and more hula hoops until the rhythm starts to fall apart and everything falls. Our kids have such a simple rhythm to them. We need to take some pointers.

Meanwhile, as we try to keep all of our families' hula hoops going, we neglect our own connections outside of the four walls of our home.

The layout of the book is so readable! I love how each chapter ends with "5 Mom Tested Tips" that go along with the chapter. It also ends with a reflection page, a thumbs up and thumbs down journaling opportunity for the reader to add her own notes. Finally, Tracey gives us a list of books, people, and other random stuff that she uses or quotes in the chapter. I personally love this feature, because it puts it all in one spot so I don't have to thumb through the chapter for any particular reference.
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