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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (February 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802483615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802483614
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing from the life of Christ and illustrated by examples from her own life, Jill shares practical insight for mothers. She reminds us that in both the daily routines and the crises of life, we have a true Friend who has walked in our shoes and enables us by His grace to follow in His steps.
- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, Revive Our Hearts radio host

One word came to me time and time again as I read through the pages of this wonderful book: Complete. Jill Savage has written a spiritually grounded, totally applicable book for the mom who is right now, in the trenches of motherhood. Jill steps in as an honest friend and holds your hand as you make your way through your days. As you read you'll find your soul encouraged and your faith strengthened. Buy the book and make the time to read it. You'll be better for it.
-Susie Larson, author, speaker, frequent radio host

Even on my craziest mom days, I've known Jesus loves me, sustains me, and forgives me. But never once had I realized that he 'got' me--that He understood what a day being tugged at, called for, and clung to was like. So when Jill shows us that Jesus indeed gets how trying our lives as mothers can be, it was news to me. But just like everything else with Jesus, it was Good News! Every mom needs to read this book. Discovering that Jesus is indeed a 'Friend who understands' changed my perspective on mothering and expanded my friendship with Jesus. What a wonderful book!
-Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeniera, mother of three, columnist for Today's Christian Woman, and author of Mama's Got a Fake ID

I laughed. I cried. I was thankful for a 'Real Mom' named Jill who took the time to encourage other moms to find a 'Real Friend' in the 'Real Jesus.' Every chapter was a treat to read! Dive into the pages of this book and revive a friendship you may have had for days, weeks, months, or years...or maybe establish a brand new one.
-Kendra Smiley, conference speaker and author of the PARENTING LIKE A PRO series (parentinglikeapro.com)

Jill Savage has unlocked the secret of sanity for mothers worldwide! I agree with Jill that the Real Jesus is the one vital relationship that makes all other relationships work well. Every mom will find solid practical help and hope on the pages of Real Moms...Real Jesus. If every mother owned this book there would be many more happy moms, kids, and husbands!
-Pam Farrel, bestselling author of Men are like Waffles, Women are like Spaghetti, 10 Best Decisions a Parent Can Make and Got Teens?

From the Back Cover

Tired of feeling like no one understands?  Look no further.

What does Jesus know about the everyday life of a mom? Plenty! Jill Savage, founder and director of Hearts at Home, introduces the real Jesus to real moms. Through chapters that examine key behaviors and decisions Jesus made during His life on earth, Jill brings those lessons right down to the tiring, laundry-filled, sticky-fingered days every mother knows.

Between the chapters are interactive vignettes that provide brief, refreshing glimpses into real, messy, busy lives. In Real Moms . . . Real Jesus, Jill continually reminds the reader that Jesus is not an unattainable deity, but a Friend who truly understands.

 


More About the Author

Jill Savage is an author and speaker who is passionate about encouraging moms.

A graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, Jill's holds a bachelors degree in music education. After teaching piano and voice privately for 15 years, Jill now considers motherhood the most important job she will ever do.

Jill's enthusiasm for the profession of motherhood is contagious. Founding Hearts at Home, in 1994, Jill now speaks to thousands of women each year about their priorities, their passions, and their purpose. Jill's honest, vulnerable, and encouraging style makes her an effective communicator. In fact, readers say reading a Jill Savage book is like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a girlfriend.

Jill lives in Central Illinois with her husband Mark. They are the parents of five children ranging in ages sixteen to twenty-seven, and the grandparents of three.

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Good devitional book - works great for a small group Bible Study.
Tara Dekkers
Jill does a great job at capturing the real life and frustrations of moms, whether you're stay at home or a full time working mom.
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This is the second time I have read this book and the contents is as relative two years ago as it is now.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Zornes on April 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many inspirational books aimed at helping moms survive the chaos of the mothering years give fast-food spiritual answers, like a little Bible verse here and there. Jill gets right to the real answer of surviving and even thriving each day of raising a family, and that's to walk with Jesus through a deliberate intake of consecutive Bible reading. That's the strength of this book: encouraging readers to thoughtfully read the book of Matthew to rediscover the Jesus who can help them through the many deep and sometimes baffling issues of parenting. Jill's transparency in believing God for impossibilities (the adoption and blue car stories need to be shouted from the roof top!) add to the book's strength in helping women see Jesus as part of their lives every day. I admire Jill for juggling leadership of "Hearts at Home" whlie also giving her best to her large family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By rm mom on February 18, 2009
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This book is excellent. It helps you understand more of who Jesus is and how we can all relate to him as a friend. Each chapter provided such a parallel between Jesus' life and mine as a mom. From serving to sacrificing to forgiving to surrendering, Jill highlights how Jesus' life on this earth mirrors so much of what we do everyday. The chapters on prayer and faith, are very inspirational. The story about praying for bread and milk or even a blue car were amazing examples of faith.
I can't wait to get with a group of moms and go deeper with this book as a study. So much more can be taken away from this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Bomboy on May 24, 2011
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I read this book during a time that I was struggling with deep depression. I felt like God was far away and didn't care about me. As I read the book, God was showing me exactly where He was and how He could relate with what was going on in my life. Jesus truly struggled with some of the very same things I dealt with on a daily basis and this book was a true blessing to me when I needed it most. I contacted the author to thank her for writing such an inspirational book thinking that she would read it and toss it onto the pile of fan mail. Surprisingly, she wrote me back asking me all about myself. This author truly cares about the Moms that she writes these books for. She is a blessing!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By citygirlmomwife on November 10, 2009
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I love this book, it provides humor and encouragement for weary moms. Great gift for other moms too. Read just one chapter at a time, to enjoy it most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Haschke on September 18, 2010
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For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

As moms, we sometimes struggle with feeling like no one really understands. We believe Hebrews 4:15 in a general sense, but never really think about how Jesus might be able to relate to some of the specific situations we encounter as moms.

Jill Savage, executive director of Hearts at Home and mom of five herself, sets out to show us that He really does relate to our lives, in very specific ways in her newest book, Real Moms...Real Jesus: Meet the Friend Who Understands. It focuses on the struggles all moms face and offers encouragement that Jesus both understands completely and offers us the perfect example of how to handle each situation.

Real Moms...Real Jesus has a unique format. First comes a short, two to three page "perspective" section, which poses a real-life scenario for a mom and then relates an actual event in the Gospels that illustrates how Jesus' experiences parallel it. For example, the third "perspective" is titled "Can I please go to the bathroom alone?" No explanation needed for most moms on that one, but Ms. Savage points out that, when we read the Gospels, we see that large crowds were constantly following Jesus everywhere He went. When He tried to slip away for a few moments alone to pray, they found Him. He truly does understand the weariness, the need for just a few moments of peace and quiet so we can hear ourselves think...He's been there! This is followed by a prayer with space for journaling, a suggested reading (following these will take you through the entire book of Matthew as you read the book), and a key verse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Song on January 16, 2014
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We are going through this book with my Mommy's Group and it is very relevant to our everyday lives with our little ones. It is encouraging and eye opening to the things we might be blinded to as parents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 26, 2013
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Jill Savage, is a wonderful author that can relate to the nitty gritty of being a mom. This is the second time I have read this book and the contents is as relative two years ago as it is now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Desiree on October 13, 2013
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Great book, I am reading it for a ladies' Bible Study group. Although we haven't finished reading it yet, it has already changed my outlook on motherhood and has helped me to realize that so many stay-at-home moms have the same feelings I have!
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