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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: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 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: #888,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

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 the author of Green Mama and has been an active speaker, writer, and participant with MOPS for over seven years. She has three young children, a fabulous husband, and a goldfish named Stinky Pete. They live in the Chicago area where Tracey serves as a ministry leader at Christ Church of Oak Brook and maintains a freelance career that includes speaking and writing for a wide variety of organizations. She earned her MDiv from Denver Seminary and needs a ton of coffee to make all of this work.

More About the Author

Tracey Bianchi is the author of two books for women and mothers. "Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood" and "Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Children Save the Planet." She has a house full of chaos, a husband and young children, the perfect platform to share her musings on parenthood. Like most American parents she spends a ton of time shuttling children to activities and pretending that chicken nuggets and carrot sticks count as a balanced dinner.

Tracey's writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications ranging from blogs and articles in places like the Washington Post, Sojourners magazine and website, Christianity Today, Today's Christian Woman, MOPS International, Proverbs 31 and more. Outside of her own books she has contributed to several other titles along the way. She is a much sought after speaker who has taught seminars, classes, retreats and camps across the country. Tracey also serves as a member of the pastoral at Christ Church of Oak Brook

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

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In Tracey's book, Mom Connection, she encourages moms to find our rhythms..
Paula Ebert
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.
AustinandMonicaS
This book had me laughing, crying, and nodding my head in agreement all at the same time.
Beth Sanborn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AustinandMonicaS on April 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah JoLo on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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By Anita Gibbon on May 17, 2014
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What a wonderful book to read! It is such a crucial issue for moms, for us all, to be able to create good relationships with each other in the different stages of our lives. Thanks!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Tomorrow is Mother's Day. A day we set aside to honor those who gave us life thanks to Julia Ward Howe (1870) and Anna Jarvis (1914).

Mother's help us connect with the world. They nurture us and they help us grow up into adulthood (and beyond).

So it should be no surprise, that sometimes mom's need to have a deeper connection - with their faith, their selves and even their family.

With her new book, Tracey Bianchi seeks to help mom's connect with the rhythm of life.

Divided into three sections, the book focuses on why mom's need to have a healthy rhythm in their life, good rhythms in their relationships (with family, friends and others), and developing a rhythm in their faith journey.

Each chapter ends with "five tested tips" that are designed to be "guilt-free" ideas mom's can use to apply the information to their lives. Three of the tips are "practical," one focuses on a prayer or blessing, and the fifth serves as a journal or writing prompt.

The book is written in a friend, easy to read style. I think it would appeal to a variety of moms - newbies and veterans alike.

On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid three. If you are looking for an easy to read treat for mom, this might provide just what you need.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
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By S Jarrell on November 26, 2012
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My MOPS group is using this book for our meetings. We all love it and laugh along with Tracey Bianchi! She is funny and honest in the book. We can't wait to finish it!
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Many of think we don't have time for real relationships. In this book, Tracey Bianchi teaches us just the opposite--it is actually these kind of relationships that refuel, encourage, and uplift us. Tracey talks about finding our "rhythm" as a mom. She says, "If we find the right balance and cadence, which is so very doable for us moms, we just may thrive during motherhood." She addresses topics such as asking for help, discovering our passion (everyone has "one big thing" as she puts it), making time for hobbies, balancing extended family, making our marriage a priority, volunteering, and living out our relationship with Christ in a way that makes a difference in our world. She shares from her heart without dishing up any guilt.
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