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Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You'll Ever Love Paperback – April 8, 2014
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"Motherhood is rarely what we think it will be. But when we gather with other deliberate mothers and share our most powerful perspectives—like the ones in this book—our mothering experiences can become even better than we hoped."—Linda Eyre, New York Times bestselling author
"Whatever your background or current experience with family life, I am confident that the powerful ideas inside this book will resonate with you . . . and all those who are sharing in this beautiful, amazing, fabulously ordinary journey of motherhood. —Cheryl Cardall
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[UPDATE: Changing my rating from 4 to 5 stars. The more I read, the more I realized this is a 5-star book. I'm three-quarters of the way through now and still really enjoying it. Most articles/chapters take about 5 minutes to read. OK, continue with original review...]
I am currently halfway through reading this book but I wanted to take the time to write a quick review to let others know how valuable this book has already been for me. I'm a mom, so it may take me a while to get through reading it all, but I didn't want you all to have to wait until I've finished to hear about it!
Power of Moms, the organization behind this book, is a wonderful online community with uplifting and practical advice and support for "deliberate" mothers--mothers who think critically about how they mother and try to give their best as often as possible (no one is perfect!). This book is a compilation of the best articles the Power of Moms community of mothers has shared online. Each chapter is one article, so they are very easy to read and finish in a short chunk of time (10 min or less). The articles/chapters are grouped into several, meaningful sections so you can jump around from section to section and read what interests you, or read the book from beginning to end.
As valuable as each article is, I think it's the questions and challenges listed at the end of each article that make the messages of this book stand out. So often I'm inspired by something I read...but I'm inspired only for a moment. Sometimes nothing changes in my life, even if change is what I had hoped for after finishing the article.Read more ›
1. Becoming Our Best Selves
2. Getting Through Hard Times
3. Shifting Our Perspectives
4. Savoring Moments
The entire book is a collection of favorite posts that originally appeared on the Power of Moms blog. One thing I absolutely love about the book is that it is easily digestible. Moms are busy people, so it's hard to find time to read a long chapter in a book. Because this particular book is a collection of short (but powerful!) blog posts, the chapters are do-able for even the busiest of moms.
Each chapter concludes with a reflection question and a challenge to help moms apply the theme to their lives.
I have loved the Power of Moms blog for years, but if it's possible, I think I love this book even more. It's provided a one-stop-spot for some of the best posts about motherhood.
*I received this book for review, but all opinions are my own.
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I read from this every few days. It is nice to read that I'm not alone in my struggles with being a mom but have hope from their stories and ideas on how to make simple changes for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by wannabehealthy
A great book. It has help me a lot to get my house and my life organized.Published 6 months ago by Carmen R Gonzalez-Mendez
Fantastic book! Such an inspiring collection of thoughts and advice for any mother. I loved it.Published 9 months ago by Andrea Stratton
I've laughed. I've cried. And oh how I've identified with so many of the mothers in this book. Poignant and uplifting book for moms who are trying to parent consciously and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Northern Virginia Mom
Loved the little inspiring reminders of ways to embrace motherhood even when it's difficult. I appreciated the short stories since reading time is often limited.Published 17 months ago by Jasmine Gambrall
Great book. I didn't like it as much as the first one, but it was still great. I love listening to other people's stories and reflections on life so that I can learn from them.Published 20 months ago by Moulton11