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The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between Hardcover – April 4, 2017
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“There is no one experience of motherhood, and there is no one right way to be a mother. This truth can terrify you in the beginning, but eventually it becomes a relief. The Magic of Motherhood is one of those exhales of relief for mothers who are ready to embrace freedom. Like any good story, motherhood has the potential to transform us---this book will give you a collective of sisters for your own journey of transformation. These stories of mothering are equal parts laughter and tears, truth and grace, gritty and hopeful. In these writers’ vulnerable words, you will find permission to fully own and to be transformed by your own story of motherhood.” -- Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts
“The Magic of Motherhood is a long, warm hug from sisters---dripping with the beauty of belonging and acceptance, drawing us into the indescribable calling God has put on our lives. Readers will discover so many different, beautiful, incredible ways God walks us through the journey of motherhood. Though we often feel broken, incapable, or doubtful of our abilities to do the most important job on earth, these writers remind us of how whole, equipped, and abundantly capable He made us as mothers traveling unique paths. What refreshment to my mama-soul. Pour a warm cup of tea, and cuddle up in your favorite blanket. The Magic of Motherhood is not to be missed.” -- Emily Ley, author of Grace, Not Perfection and creator of the Simplified Planner
“The Magic of Motherhood is not a parenting book; it is a partnering book. With beautiful prose and poetic hearts, Ashlee and her team come alongside every aching, weary, stretch-marked mother to whisper: You’re not alone in this. We’re here too. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? It’s kind of magical, isn’t it? Both siren song and battle cry, this soulful collection of essays is a life-giving gift to mothers everywhere.” -- Erin Loechner, writer at DesignForMankind.com and author of Chasing Slow
“Becoming a mother changed the very core of my identity. It flipped me upside down, and sometimes it felt like new motherhood smacked me across the face. This book would have been so comforting, just to know I wasn’t alone in the transformation. I hadn’t ‘lost myself’ but instead was finding my footing in a whole new landscape. These bite-sized essays are a gracious gift to moms. If you’re looking for a perfect pick-me-up for a tired momma, The Magic of Motherhood sure fits the bill.” -- Hayley Morgan, co-author of USA Today bestselling book Wild and Free
“There’s nothing better than when a group of moms decide to get honest with each other, to let down the facades that they know what they’re doing and instead allow others in on their doubts, questions, fears, and unanswered prayers. The Magic of Motherhood is this kind of honest gathering in book form. Through candid, poignant essays, this book pulls back the curtain of picture-perfect mothering and puts words to our raw feelings. A beautiful compilation of trusted voices articulates what we know our mama hearts are feeling but often don’t know how to express. These sudden friends remind us of the beauty mothering brings to our lives, no matter how big the mess.” -- Alexandra Kuykendall, author of Loving My Actual Life and The Artist’s Daughter and cohost of The Open Door Sisterhood
“The Magic of Motherhood is a breath of fresh air for every mom who needs to be reminded that our journeys overlap in unexpected and yet predictable ways. When you need to regain a sense of equilibrium, this is the book that will bring you back to life.” -- Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International
“Motherhood is truly one of the best yet hardest jobs ever created. You are a personal assistant, a chef, a cheerleader, a therapist, and a chauffeur all rolled into one person. And there are days when the whole thing can feel like a giant pyramid scheme you were talked into by well-meaning friends who just wanted you to never sleep again. That’s why I love the essays in The Magic of Motherhood. As we walk the road of motherhood, I think the questions on our minds are ‘Am I doing this right?’ and ‘Does everyone feel this way sometimes?’ As you turn the pages of this book, you’ll realize the answer to both of these questions is YES. You will laugh and cry and alternately want to hug your kids a little tighter---and then send them off to play so you can read a few more pages!” -- Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings
“I laughed and cried through this entire book. Mothering is the most difficult adventure I’ve ever been on and one of the most rewarding ones as well. This book is full of stories that could have been written by every mother I know. You see, although mothering can feel lonely at times, this book is proof that we are all in this together. Us mamas need to stick together, and this book is proof that we all have the same issues, struggles, and love in us as everyone else.” -- Jamie Ivey, author and host of The Happy Hour podcast
“Moms don’t want one more thing to do. We need more reminders that all those things we do matter. This book is that reminder. Let yourself sink into it, preferably while sinking into a bath (even if it does resemble the inside of a Toys”R”Us), and let these stories do their work---reminding you that what you do matters, every exhausting, seemingly invisible, and unbelievably hard and beautiful moment.” -- Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood and community manager for (in)courage
About the Author
Ashlee Gadd is a wife, mother, writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. When she’s not dancing in the kitchen with her two boys, Ashlee loves curling up with a good book, lounging in the sunshine, and making friends on the Internet. She loves writing about everything from motherhood and marriage to friendship and faith. Running Coffee + Crumbs is her dream job, x 100.
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1. This book makes a good gift for a new mom, and a better gift for baby #2 or #3.
2. The book is a group of essays by a group of gifted writer young moms.
3. These essays are outrageously honest and all written from the heart.
4. This book is also a good read for grandparents and parents of adult children as a reminder of the challenges and joy of having kids around the house.
For one thing, the book looks and feels like a tangible version of the blog. It's a lovely hardcover, with a ribbon bookmark so you don't even have to dog-ear the pages to save your spot. Accompanying each essay is gorgeous minimalist photographs, just like on the blog. Even the paper it's printed on is great! Truly, this is a book that just looks and feels good to hold.
As for the essays themselves, longtime readers of the blog will find a few familiar stories from the authors (April Hoss' Bad Math and N'tima Preusser's When Love Feels Heavy are two), but most of the 33 essays in the book are as fresh as a newborn. And naturally, they are as beautifully written as you'd expect.
The ones that hit me right in the gut? Lesley Miller's This Time Around, about expecting her third (and probably last) child, although my feelings are probably heavily influenced by my own pregnancy hormones. I also loved Katie Blackburn's It's Their Day Too, on dealing with the frustrations of a day with small children that doesn't go according to your plan.
I don't think there's a mother around who won't find something that resonates in The Magic of Motherhood. Buy 10 copies and make it your go-to baby shower gift.
Reviewed from copy received from the publisher.
And then I stumbled upon a story. It didn’t tell me how to get my baby to sleep. Or what type of baby food I should make in six months (but not a second before then!) But it helped me more than any advice article could.
The Magic of Motherhood is a collection of stories equally beautiful, uplifting, heartbreaking, encouraging and funny. More than that, many of these stories are my story. Or probably will be one day. Or my best friend's story. Or the neighbor down the street. Motherhood truly is magical in its way to connect us.
Plus, this hardcover with ribbon placeholder is absolutely dreamy (and small enough to toss in a diaper bag or purse).
This is not a one and done kind of book-this is a book you will turn back to again and again. You will never regret the time you spend in these pages, in fact you will wonder where it has been all this time.