Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review - MOMumental

I've had the opportunity - and it has been a delight - to review a new book, MOMumental. I would have benefited from this book in so many ways if I had been able to read it 30 years ago before I became a mom . . . but, sadly for me, it had not yet been written. It is however; available now and I can not recommend it strongly enough for all moms, moms-to-be and moms-who-hope-one-day-to be. It absolutely should be not only on your "must-read" list, but also on your, "I-absolutely-will-read" list! This book would make a perfect baby shower gift!!!!

Author - Jennifer Grant
Publisher - WORTHY Publishing

Favorite Features -
  • this book shares the heartfelt desire of one mom to be a perfect mom . . . and her experiences as she discovered there is no such thing as a "perfect" mom
  • I love how she so freely and honestly shares her "low points" as well as her triumphs as a mom!
  • in the chapter, "Escape to Gordon's House", I discovered my favorite paragraph in this book . . . "I attempt - admittedly with only partial success - to 'prefer the given,' an idea my old professor Father McClatchy introduced to us in college. Coined by British author Charles Williams, the phrase means choosing to appreciate what we have instead of being dissatisfied with the grace and other gifts God gives us. In other words, if winter is a northerner's lot in life for half of the year, what's the point in wishing it were otherwise?" There is a lot of wisdom in this paragraph . . . one this northerner can certainly identify with, even if I'm no longer a new mom!
  • I particularly enjoyed the chapter "On the Bwight Side . . . " and appreciate not only the personal stories - one which left me laughing out loud - but the emphasis on not pre-judging our children or expecting our children to be "little adults". Excellent!
  • I'm so happy to see the chapter on families eating meals together! Thank you Jennifer - I absolutely agree it is essential family meals are a priority for children and families!
  • as a mom and grandma living in this world, I appreciate chapter 10 - "Parenting After an Orange Alert" and found the following sentences very encouraging; "When He appears to humans, our God of love often prefaces His messages with, 'Do not be afraid.' I want them (my children/grandchildren) to be people who know there is a bigger picture, a spiritual promise of hope and redemption, even when life circumstances feel frightening." "I don't want them to lose sight of it or fail to see God's gifts of love around them because they are afraid of what, ultimately, cannot harm them."  We all need to hear these messages!
  • excellent information about beginning a tradition of family meetings . . . this is something I wish I had known to do when my children were young.
  • I absolutely agree . . . young moms need to know and hear, "You're doing great. And it gets easier. I promise."
If you are looking for one book on being a mom to read - or recommend to a young mom, this is the one! MOMumental releases on May 8th and is a honest sharing of one mom's dreams, hopes and heart!

I'm delighted to offer you a link for a free download of the first chapter of MOMumental! Please feel free to read it and share it with the moms you 
know! MOMumental is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and wherever books are sold.

I'm also delighted to announce not only did WORTHY Publishing make one copy of this book available for me to review, but they are also making one available for me to give away on my other blog, grandma's cookie jar! Check grandma's cookie jar out for all the specifics and please share the link with the moms in your ministry!

1 comment:

  1. What is a good parent? We moms often set impossible standards for ourselves, and feel that we can never be “a good mom.” Or at least a good enough mom. Momumental was so encouraging to me as a mom. Jennifer Grant offers solid advice, not just on parenting but on how to be intentional about building a family culture. She writes honestly about her own mistakes, her own perfectionism, and how her own family of origin impacted her. I’m recommending this book who anyone who is raising children—which is a messy but beautiful art. Oh, and the author has a great little blog at www.jennifergrant.com