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Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Parenting young children is an all-consuming task that can make you feel disconnected and, honestly, a bit fragmented. But having kids shouldn't mean you rarely get to complete a conversation with a friend! In this witty, encouraging book, Tracey Bianchi shows us how to
cultivate deeper friendships that challenge us to grow
create healthy, life-giving rhythms for our families
connect and give back to the wider world beyond our doors
If you've ever sat back exasperated and thought, "There has got to be a better way to do this mothering thing," then let this conversation with Tracey on friendship, connection, and the rhythms of our lives begin to shape your heart.
"Tracey Bianchi makes us instantly friends with her. Real. Winsome. Approachable. Tracey convinces us we can connect."--Elisa Morgan, president emerita, MOPS International; publisher, FullFill; author, She Did What She Could
"Tracey Bianchi understands what you are experiencing and provides comfort, candor, counsel, and companionship through the pages of this deeply encouraging book. Every mom I know should read this book!"--Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom; cofounder of Redbud Writers Guild
"This practical and fun read encourages moms everywhere--motherhood may not always be 'peppy bliss,' yet in the midst of it we find our unique groove by connecting with our own hearts, families, friends, and God."--Shayne Moore, activist; author, Global Soccer Mom
"If you've ever felt alone as a mom, you must read this book! Tracey offers specific ways to find friends and thrive as a mom. Her 'mom-tested tips' in each chapter are practical, doable, inspiring. Highly recommended!"--Keri Wyatt Kent, popular MOPS speaker; author of Deeper into the Word and Breathe
Tracey Bianchi is a hyper, overcaffeinated mother of three who is camped out in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Joel and, sometimes, a goldfish. She does freelance writing and speaking for a wide variety of nationally recognized organizations. She also serves as the Pastor for Women at Christ Church of Oak Brook. You can catch her musings and find out more about her other books and projects at www.traceybianchi.com.
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When I first read the title, I expected Mom Connections to be about making mommy friends, joining mommy groups, and maybe signing up for a zumba class with other ready-to-get-fit mommies. To be truthful, I expected the book to be pretty fluffy, and I imagined little more than the light banter of most mommy magazines. I was pleasantly surprised. Bianchi touches upon the many crucial connections in a woman's life, not only friendships. She gracefully moves from self, to family, to extended family, to marriage, to friendship, and finally, to the larger community. She points to the delicate complexities of in-law relationships and the essential communication in marriage. She does all of this with an eye toward identifying and creating "rhythms" in various areas of life...
I enjoyed Mom Connections. I would absolutely share it with other moms, especially new moms. I applaud Tracey Bianchi's candor and humor. I love her attention to the difficulties that come with all relationships. I think she is at her very best when she discusses the challenge of navigating the pressures as a husband and wife seeking to carve out a family culture of their own...
Mom Connection is encouraging, gentle, and challenging all at the same time. If you're feeling a little lost and alone, like you need a friend, but don't know where to start, Mom Connection will be a great first step.
Mother's help us connect with the world. They nurture us and they help us grow up into adulthood (and beyond).
So it should be no surprise, that sometimes mom's need to have a deeper connection - with their faith, their selves and even their family.
With her new book, Tracey Bianchi seeks to help mom's connect with the rhythm of life.
Divided into three sections, the book focuses on why mom's need to have a healthy rhythm in their life, good rhythms in their relationships (with family, friends and others), and developing a rhythm in their faith journey.
Each chapter ends with "five tested tips" that are designed to be "guilt-free" ideas mom's can use to apply the information to their lives. Three of the tips are "practical," one focuses on a prayer or blessing, and the fifth serves as a journal or writing prompt.
The book is written in a friend, easy to read style. I think it would appeal to a variety of moms - newbies and veterans alike.
On the scale of one to five, I give it a solid three. If you are looking for an easy to read treat for mom, this might provide just what you need.
Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.
I love how real Tracey is, how she shares everything - even the messy parts of being a mom. The lonely moments in the park when you desperately want to connect with someone, anyone! Hello? I remember those moments like it was yesterday. (It probably was...)
I have never met Tracey Bianchi, but I am pretty sure she stalks my Facebook. She has to. How else would she know about all the craziness that is my life? I know I need to slow down, but do I really have the time? I appreciate that she gets it and offers small ways to find space and margin. She even takes you through how to find, ask and yes, even ACCEPT help. Something that I have struggled with forever.
And the chapter on finding yourself after you have children? Not even my husband gets that I long to be something/someone other than just a mom. (For all you first time, head-over-heels moms, don't leave hate comments. You will understand someday.) Tracey breaks it down in to easy steps to finding what happened to your gifts, talents and hobbies when you gave birth.
This book isn't just about connecting with other moms, but connecting with your kids (yes, we need to do that), your extended family (it is okay to set boundaries!) and even your husband (if you have one) - because adding kids to a marriage opens up a whole new can of worms... I admit, some days I am so craving outside interaction, I forget about those relationships. Yet another reason I loved this book.
Making friends, keeping friends and how to be a friend to the mom who needs one. We are all so different, from the perfect mom to well, um, me.. but we all need connection.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a wonderful book to read! It is such a crucial issue for moms, for us all, to be able to create good relationships with each other in the different stages of our lives. Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Anita Gibbon
I was very disappointed after reading Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi
I find this book random and confusing. Read more
My MOPS group is using this book for our meetings. We all love it and laugh along with Tracey Bianchi! She is funny and honest in the book. We can't wait to finish it!Published on November 26, 2012 by S Jarrell
I truly enjoyed this book! Mom connection is an encouraging book for any mother! Tracey Bianchi does a great job at sharing her stories of motherhood to make you not feel alone. Read morePublished on July 8, 2012 by Mrs.Stacy08
Many of think we don't have time for real relationships. In this book, Tracey Bianchi teaches us just the opposite--it is actually these kind of relationships that refuel,... Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by Gorsch Mommy
Overwhelmed? Out of rhythm? Off course? Lost in the endless cycle of motherhood? Out of touch?
This is the book for you. Read more
i just finished reading Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi, and i've already passed it along to one of my Mom Friends. Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by mamahall
I love this book - Bianchi's clear and practical advice to moms (especially to those who under the influence of "parenting fog" in their kids' early years) is life-giving and will... Read morePublished on May 17, 2012 by Jennifer Grant
Traci Bianchi is a talented author who had me chuckling (okay, guffawing) at least once in every chapter. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by momma mia