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Feathers from My Nest: A Mother's Reflections Hardcover – April 1, 2005
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Facing the metaphorical empty nest, Beth Moore writes, "The first morning I awakened to a house with no children, my home was quiet, but to my surprise it wasn't empty. Suddenly it felt full. Full of memories. Full of anticipation. Full of love that can somehow go with them to college and beyond, yet stay back home with us. A love that has a name. Jesus." From here, Moore reflects upon all those memories, or feathers, from her nest, showing readers how a smattering of humor and a heavy dose of faith in Jesus helped to shape and guide her mothering. At times the mood is jovial, as she recalls the divine patience it takes to negotiate who rides in the front seat during the after-school carpool. At other times, her tone is tearjerking, as in the time she discovers a wadded tissue in her daughter's bed weeks after she'd left for college. "I had no idea how long it had been there, but I knew instinctively what it meant," writes Moore. "She had been crying ...I held the Kleenex in my hand and wondered what had broken her tender heart." Written as a series of heartfelt vignettes, this sentimental and highly personal book speaks to the lasting gifts of motherhood and why it helps to raise a family within the context of Christian faith. --Gail Hudson --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
G.T.B. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
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The moment you become a Mom, your life changes. So when the kids are gone, do you revert back to being just you? Then, you realize that you will never stop being a mother even when the nest is empty. That's the bigger challenge - and the author reminds everyone that there is life after the kids are gone. No regrets. You have done your best and God will reward you with peace, acceptance and more love than your heart can contain.
Women can use a dose of mentoring from an older (not that she's old) woman who has been there. We need to hear about being devoted Christians, wives and mothers. We need to hear about how there are ups and down in every woman's life and how you can come through them stronger. While respecting the privacy of her loved ones, she does share many stories that we can all relate to, and she doesn't pretend everything has always been perfect - far from it.
Beth is very real about her life, she shares thoughts that many wouldn't. We should all be so kind. It is really helpful to hear. Of course, she is Beth Moore so there is plenty that points back to the goodness of God.
The analogy of the mama and papa sparrow fit so beautifully into the telling of moments of sheer joy and those of sorrow and anxiety. I could relate to the "looking back", once our children left for college and then marrying and starting to be a family in their own right. I still worry over "mistakes" we made, but Beth assures us that it is not God who gives us those fears.
I recommend this book for moms, dads and, yes, grandmas and grandpas, too. Be prepared to experience some encouraging smiles (and keep the tissues handy).
This book has been a precious treasure. I am a mother of 3 boys who are now grown and out on their own. This book hit home in so many ways, thinking back to the little boys that I miss so very much, and so appreciating all God has done in their lives to make them the young men they are today. God is so loving and gracious, I have also seen so many miracles and everyday blessings.
I have laughed, cried and thoroughly enjoyed Feathers from My Nest.