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Trees Tall as Mountains (The Journey Mama Writings) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 13, 2013
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"If you've wrestled with frustration over the repetitive messiness of motherhood, or been awed by the heart-clutching beauty of your children's faces, or longed to live life better than you seem to be able to, you will appreciate the bumpy, heart-touching journey this book takes." Mary Ostyn
"I had to keep stopping to remind myself that this was memoir and not fiction. And that the writer was a real woman, not just a writer making up a really interesting, well-spoken, funny, make-believe woman." ~ Amazon Reader
From the Author
All of the writing in Trees Tall as Mountains is previously published and available for free on my blog. You can access it by clicking through my archives, if you are so inclined. I compiled Trees Tall as Mountains, the best of Journey Mama from the first years, to make a more convenient and lovely reading experience. Either way, enjoy!
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is not meant to be read by everyone, it would appeal mostly to young mothers with small children. She had three small children under five, she worked part-time, lived in a one room cabin with her husband until they had a new house to move into, of course she had stories to tell.
I read this differently than most things I read. There was no rush. A few entries here and there, often before bed were just the thing. By the time I got to the second year I was definitely hooked. It was like a bud that was blooming, right down to the last entry. I found it refreshing, honest, and many times down-right beautiful.
Did I mention this was a blog? I felt myself move and grow with this wonderful family. They became like good friends, real friends of mine. I feel like the author is someone I KNOW, and not just through the printed page or the internet. There are parts of this that made me laugh out loud. Especially those about her children, so sweet and so poignant. There were parts that made me cry...and parts that nourished my soul.
I now follow the Journey Mama Blog. I love seeing the pictures of her and the family that I have read about. I am ready for the next book!
Rachel, the author of both the blog and this book (which is a compilation of old diary-type blog posts), is a beautiful writer. Her narratives are humorous, inspirational, encouraging, and poignant – sometimes two or three of those at once – and often laced with a poetical cadence. She bars no holds as she writes about her struggles with anxiety and the challenges of a mother of multiple young children…who, along with her husband, feel a call to minister to the lonely and hurting.
I enjoyed this book so much that I subscribed to her blog, and subsequently purchased the next book in this series (there are three). Sometimes, real life is better than fiction, and this memoir is a perfect example.