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Living, Learning, Loving: Lessons of Insight and Encouragement on the path of Motherhood Paperback – May 29, 2015
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this book is full of wisdom for all women- we all have "children" either in the natural or extended family.
heart warming at it's best!!!
While reading Chapter 2, “Living with Boundaries,” I learned several new strategies that have already made my life easier, such as discovering where I fall in the four personality types. Based upon the description chart in the book, I am a choleric and my daughter is a phlegmatic, which explains A LOT about the root of our conflicts. Simply put, this means I am constantly trying to do and be more, and because of that, I tend to push my daughter too much when her personality requires more peace at home. Discovering this helps both of us to have much more harmony at home. Thank you for that insight and many others, Gail!
The other concepts Gail takes time to clarify in each chapter, like courage, morality, and priorities, serve as challenges for mothers to incorporate in their own lives as they become their best selves. Acronyms like P.E.A.C.E. (Personal Effortless Acceptance of Circumstances Every day) also help busy moms to recall strategies from the book that will assist them with their spiritual growth. Finally, journal questions at the end of each chapter reinforce the book’s concepts so readers can begin integrating positive changes into their lives and move along paths of self-discovery. In fact, this book would be the perfect centerpiece for a single mom's support group.
Currently, as a pseudo taxi driver for my teenage daughter and homeowner with many responsibilities, I do not have the time to be involved in a single parent group like I used to, so reading Gail’s book provided that support I so desperately need. Moreover, her blog posts from her SMORE for Women Website (Single Moms:: Overjoyed, Rejuvinated, & Empowered) also give me the consistent encouragement I need on this challenging journey. Through _Living, Learning, Loving_, Gail calls single mothers to maturity—and gives us the tools to get there! Let us not forget how important our influence is in our children’s lives, as Gail establishes with these words: “As a single mother, you may be the single biggest influence in your children’s lives. I’ve heard it said that our children will do as we do, not what we tell them to do.”
She doesn't gloss over the dark times but shows the deep grief of divorce. There are many messages of practical and spiritual application. Many heartfelt real life stories shared.
Living, Learning, Loving is truly a great book for anyone struggling with life as parent. I hope you will allow Gail to take
your hand and lift you up and walk with you on the next part of your journey.
Keller, Texas, 76262