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Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Adventures in Motherhood Paperback – August 1, 2009

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About the Author

Joan Wester Anderson's numerous books include the New York Times best-seller Where Angels Walk, The Power of Miracles, Guardian Angels, and In the Arms of Angels. She has been a freelance writer and popular speaker for thirty years, and has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. Joan's angel stories have been featured on beliefnet.com, and she has done a video blog on miracles hosted by beliefnet as well. Joan's new online role is the 'angel expert' on guideposts.com. She has contributed articles to Angels on Earth magazine, and her own web site joanwanderson.com has a loyal following. She has five grown children and lives with her husband in Prospect Heights, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: GuidepostsBooks (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824947819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824947811
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,701,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Over the course of the last year I haven't had much time to read. Sadie's little hands are always busy and they keep everyone else in the house busy too. This lack of time has given me a renewed appreciation for short stories. I've managed to steal a little bit of time each evening and have just finished Joan Wester Anderson's new book Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread. Each time I picked up this book I would promise myself that I would just read one story and get back to doing what needed to be done, but most nights I found myself stealing extra time to finish two and sometimes even three chapters.

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.
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This book is a treasure. It might be described as a combination of Erma Bombeck, Christie Mellor (author of "The Three-Martini Playdate"), Our Mother Mary (who gave birth to Jesus) and the comedy routine of "Late Night Catechism."

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
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Joan Wester Anderson, New York Times best-selling author of "Where Angels Walk," has turned her attention to motherhood in "Moms Go Where Angels Fear to Tread: Adventures in Motherhood." Anderson is the mother of five grown children. As such, she has much wisdom and experience to impart to those of us still in the trenches. For example, "If you rely on God's help and second on your own good instincts, you'll be happier for it."

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.
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First let me say that I have been a fan of Joan's books since my oldest daughter gave me a copy of her first book way back in 1974.
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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