- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780735291393
- ISBN-13: 978-0735291393
- ASIN: 073529139X
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again Paperback – October 9, 2018
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RACHEL MARIE MARTIN, having pulled herself up from poverty to being named one of Inc. magazine's top 40 entrepreneurs, has been writing Finding Joy full time for several years and writing online for over a decade. She has always had a passion for a daring, adventure-filled life and is often requested to speak and motivate others with her vivacious energy and deep belief that life is a gift. Rachel is also a partner in Blogging Concentrated, the world's largest training and development company for bloggers, vloggers, and podcasters. She travels worldwide teaching marketing, voice, messaging, social media strategy and more. Rachel is a single mom of seven and lives in Tennessee.
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The Brave Art of Motherhood presents a lot of ideas for getting "unstuck." Rachel uses her own stories to illustrate her ideas and to motivate and inspire the reader to move past the places where they feel stuck in life. It really does feel like a message from a motivational speaker, and if you feel stuck in life as Rachel did, you'll likely get excited at the opportunity to move past those places in your own life. It's a lot of "pull up your bootstraps and just do it" instruction, but in an empowering sort of way. While I haven’t personally dealt with some of the situations Rachel struggled to escape, still, I could see how her instruction could be applied to many areas of life.
Rachel has come through a lot of difficult things, and my heart was touched on many occasions while I read. This book seems like an offering written out of compassion and understanding.
Some other reviewers have mentioned their disappointment in a lack of faith-based encouragement and instruction, since Rachel is a Christian and the publisher sells Christian material. It is true, this book does not mention God's working as much as it does perseverance and personal striving, but it seemed to be a deliberate choice by the author. She made it clear that she was a Christian, but perhaps, she was hoping that writing in this format would allow women who don't share her faith to benefit from the instruction.
This book was written and put together well, and I believe it will empower women to make those changes necessary to bring deliverance from unnecessary trials, stresses, burdens and other seemingly impossible situations.
Rachel’s raw look into her life and exposing herself on how she overcame many obstacles encouraged me to take a look at my life through a different lens…an angle I had never considered. Her vulnerability allowed me to soften and really contemplate the layers I hide behind. I’m grateful that Rachel is no longer allowing fear to drive her life so that her experience could be shared. Her perspective allows readers an opportunity to consider looking deeper at their own circumstances, to embrace life, to move forward without excuses, and to build a new reality of hope. This is a book that I will read through again and again as it has much depth to the soul. While reading her book, I felt like Rachel was by my side holding my hand, cheering me on, encouraging me to step forward in bravery, and to find my “Awesome you” when I didn’t even know it was lost amidst the busyness of motherhood.
*I received an advanced copy of this book as a participant in the book’s launch team.*
Being the mom is not always an easy job. And being a great mom can sometimes seem like a competition, especially in the world of social media. Other moms post the cutest pictures of their kids in home made smocked dresses, with matching everything...while you feel like you are doing well if the stains from breakfast are not too noticeable on your kids' clothes as you head out the door, and that no one will notice that your toddler's socks do not match.
Author Rachel Marie Martin shares a deeply personal story of her journey into motherhood. This 18 chapter book is full of examples of people who have found joy in the journey of motherhood. But the journey is not always joyful, it is actually kinda tough. But the rewards are work the fight.
This book is one that I suggest you read slowly, not in a sitting or two. It is meant to promote thought and self examination, then action. It is meant to encourage and empower moms to be yourself in the midst of being a mom to the little people in our life. I think it would be a nice book to read with other moms and talk about the issues and come up with creative solutions that work in the real world, your home.
Disclaimer: I was provided with an advanced reader's copy of the book from the publisher, Waterbrook Press. All opinions expressed are my own.
I received a galley copy of this book from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah, for an honest review. I definitely recommend this book to everyone.