- File Size: 5150 KB
- Print Length: 106 pages
- Publisher: GoyerInk (December 17, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HHDF788
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,454 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom Kindle Edition
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I don’t do a lot of book reviews. However, I felt compelled to comment on this book. Any book that has me in tears, makes me laugh and lets me realize exactly how much God loves me (and you) to place dreams inside of us, is worth me taking a few minutes to review.
Balanced:Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom is a conversation. Throughout the entire book I felt like I was Tricia’s little sister sitting beside her, each of us cuddled up in favorite fuzzy blankets, with a warm drink and chatting – her talking, me listening while walls were broken. When I needed to cry it was as if she paused just for me. The underlying cheer from Tricia throughout this book is one of “When are you going to stop making excuses? Stop demanding perfection and optimal conditions? Just do what you can when you can. It will come together. God’s got this. You were born for this.”
Although there are many tips that are writer-focused, the cross-application to other professions is an easy leap. I sincerely hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
Some of her lessons include prioritizing, knowing what you are doing right and wrong, scheduling while being flexible, and seeking help from others as needed. Children benefit from seeing working mom as a role model. Accepting that we cannot control all things allows us to become masters of a busy yet flexible schedule. Doing this helps one to learn not to stress when things don't go as planned. Being creative and flexible permits one to be an inspiration for success and a model for others.
Recommended for any woman who feels as if she is juggling several roles in her life. Readers who are put off by strong religious views may not enjoy the strong Biblical emphasis.
In her book, Tricia relates her story, imperfections and all. Then she goes on to offer encouragement for others to find balance in their lives. She gives practical advice and ideas. She advises that a person find what God wants them to focus on and then to let go of the guilt from not doing everything else. I found her advice to make a list of priorities very helpful. She even includes tips from other writers.
This book cuts straight to the heart of finding balance, and it all starts exactly where it should, with your relationship with Jesus. In order to do the "homework" sections at the end of each chapter, I've paced myself at a few chapters an evening. I cry every single time. Because every single time, God uses her words to convict my heart.
I find myself putting into practice her advice. I snapped at my daughter and found myself immediately apologizing, remembering the most important story we write is the one at home.