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Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Adventures in Motherhood Paperback – August 1, 2009
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The collection of stories is perfect for moms. Joan takes a comical look at family life and at her years raising five children. The book begins with "Intensive Training Course" which includes projects that would really prepare couples for marriage, like wallpapering a room together or hosting a dinner for both sets of in-laws. The next chapter "What's in a Name" gives rules for naming babies that many couples really need to read including 1) Stay clear of weird names that you'll constantly have to explain 2) Avoid peculiar spellings for the same reason and 3) Consider how the name will wear. Rule #3 reminded me of the summer that I worked as a camp counselor and met an adorable little blonde girl who was going to cheer camp with the given name (as in the actual one on her birth certificate) of Kiki.
From buying a "Handyman Special" and getting it fixed up to the joys of life with a twelve year old in the house Joan takes day to day life as a mom and gives it a fun spin, reminding all of us that it's important to have a sense of humor when little feet are scampering through the house.
Every chapter leaves a warm feeling in my heart (and stomach). I'm so glad you reminded me, at the end, that "..., there will be years to get out of debt, to organize the closets, to go on a cruise. But your children will be with you for only a small portion of their lives. See that they remember, more than anything, ..."
I can't stand it, I love it so much!!!! Need more! Thank you so much for the pleasure and privilege of reviewing your fabulously funny book. Gotta go.......busy keeping my kids from playing in traffic.
With heartwarming gratitude to Joan Wester Anderson (and Hickory Street),
Lorelei Greene Lewis
Anderson regales her audience with humorous tales of her own experience of motherhood that will have fellow mothers nodding and laughing in agreement. Anderson tackles such topics as attempting to remodel a house, the stress that is the month of February (how can such a short month cause so much trouble?), sending children to school for the first time, taking children to the doctors only to have them be miraculously healed in the waiting room, and watching a child perform onstage for the first time. Anderson concludes each chapter with a wise quote regarding the topic at hand. One of my favorites was from Father Ron Rolheiser: "A mother rearing children . . . is forced, almost against her will, to constantly stretch her heart. For years, her time is never her own, her own needs have to be kept in second place and every time she turns around a hand is reaching out and demanding something. She hears the monastic bell many times during the day and she has to drop things in midsentence and respond, not because she wants to, but because it is time for that activity and time isn't her time, but God's."
"Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread" is an enjoyable romp through the experience of motherhood. It will both make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings.
And now....I am happy to say I have really enjoyed her newest book, Moms Go Where Angels Fear To Tread. Her and
I have shared some things in common. She had five children, I had seven! Needless to say, I couldn't put her book
down once I started reading it. It brought back memories of when my seven were young. The chapter on Volunteering
hit home! With my first five in grade school all at once found me volunteering a lot. When it came time for
open house, my husband and I had to go from room, to room, to room, to room, to room! The teachers all laughed.
My husband and I were awarded 'life-time memberships' to the PTA.
Any mother who has children, young or grown will enjoy this new book.
Joan has little quotes at the end of each chapter and the one I liked most is: "While we try to teach our childrn all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."(author unknown) And that is the truth. I can say,
I've been there, I've done that and wouldn't have traded life as a full-time mother for anything in the world.
Amidst all the trials and tribulation and hectic multi-tasking of motherhood with a big family, Joan and I share
another thing in common. A SENSE OF HUMOR, every mom needs to see humor in everyday life from two o'clock feedings
to feeding a house full of teenagers! We learn to laugh at the things our children do or did, and most importantly
we learn to laugh at ourselves at times. I think mothers and grandmothers (and even fathers) will get some chuckles
out of Moms Go Where Angels Fear To Tread.
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I JUST LOVED THIS BOOK JOAN SURE CAN WRITE HILARIOUS. STORIES I JUST LOVED HER SECOND BOOK ALSO I HOPE SHE WILL WRITE MORE FUNNY BOOKS.Published 9 months ago by VALERIE TOWNSEND
We all have favorite authors and I'm no different. Joan is a gifted writer that has the ability to inspire the reader with heartfelt stories making us feel all warm and fuzzy, or... Read morePublished on March 21, 2010 by Wendy Bartlett
Joan Wester Anderson, author of other bestsellers, Where Angels Walk ,and The Power of Miracles, takes on a topic that the title implies, a place where angels fear to... Read morePublished on February 26, 2010 by Dawn Edwards
I was given this book and placed it on my bedside table hoping to read it at night before I went to bed - didn't happen. Read morePublished on February 19, 2010 by D. Cornell
Joan has done it again! I have always loved this author's books on angels and I wasn't sure what this book would be like. I quickly grew to love it! Read morePublished on February 3, 2010 by Traci D. Matheu
Joan Wester Anderson is a veteran writer and veteran mother--distinctions which allow her to write with complete authority, and unflinching honesty, in her new book from... Read morePublished on January 12, 2010 by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
This book should be required reading for any young mother feeling bad about not maintaining an orderly household. Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by Anne M. Watson
After reading the other reviews by moms who have read Joan Wester Anderson's book, I can highly agree and second their comments. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Nancee A. Donovan