Category Motherhood

Global Mom

Global Mom
By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
Familius
Retail Price $17.95
Amazon Price: $13.73

Book Description: 

After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

Review

The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
~Reviewed by Allie B.

~Reviewed by Edith E.

 

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    Surprised by motherhood

    Surprised by Motherhood
    By Lisa-Jo Baker
    Tyndale
    Retail Price $15.99
    Amazon Price: $10.11

    Book Description: 

    A lawyer with a well-stamped passport and a passion for human rights, Lisa-Jo Baker never wanted to be a mom. And then she had kids. Having lost her own mother to cancer as a teenager, Lisa-Jo felt lost on her journey to womanhood and wholly unprepared to raise children.

    Surprised by Motherhood is Lisa-Jo’s story of becoming and being a mom, and in the process, discovering that all the “what to expect” and “how to” books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.

    Set partly in South Africa and partly in the US (with a slight detour to Ukraine along the way), Surprised by Motherhood is a poignant memoir of one woman’s dawning realization that being a mom isn’t about being perfect—it’s about being present.

    Review

     

    In this book the author shares her own journey through motherhood. You may think that everything has been said about motherhood, but the delightful thing is that the author is one-of-a-kind and gives a perspective that is uniquely her own. So many times we define motherhood by the sleepless nights, mounds of laundry and numbers of diapers changed for the day. Giglio will help you focus on the pure joy that motherhood brings in spite of the mundane, hard things and will change your perspective on motherhood.  A great read for all moms and moms-to-be.

    ~Reviewed by Beth L.

     

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      Found

      Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer

      Found
      By Micha Boyett
      Worthy
      Retail Price $14.99
      Amazon Price: $11.01

      Book Description: 

      “My first year of motherhood I lost prayer…”

      I lost early mornings of quiet, mornings in my pajamas with a Bible in my lap, mornings when I spoke my mind’s chaos into God’s ear and let the chaos come back ordered, holy sealed. I lost peace. I lost clarity and certitude. My faith was never perfect before my son was born, but somewhere in that first year, somewhere in my distraction and exhaustion, I lost the Spirit-life I had known. I blamed myself.

      Review

      I have read Brother Lawrence’s Practicing the Presence of God and have enjoyed it, but it never really hit home the way this book did!  California-based mom-blogger Boyett explains that she “lost prayer” when her first child was born and she went looking to get it back by taking a sabbatical at a Benedictine monastery where she quickly sees the similarities in lifestyle and a way to bring balance to her own life. She found her way back to God and a balanced life by studying the  Benedictine Rule, and in this book she shares the insights she has gleaned from her journey.  It is an enlightening, insightful read and I found much to apply to my own life.

      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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