From reading Tracey Bianchi's written words, I have felt encouraged, supported, challenged, and reminded that I am not alone in this motherhood thing. Throughout this book, she shares personal stories about her life, her friendships, and how she shares God with others through her relationships. She encourages and strengthens us, the reader, to find the rhythm in our lives and to make meaningful, vibrant relationships with other mothers/friends, our spouses, our families, and our extended families (while setting and keeping boundaries!). She challenges and encourages us to pursue these relationships not only for our benefit and because God made us to have relationships, but to help, encourage, support, and share our rhythm and faith with others. She reminds us that we, as mothers, need to take time for ourselves so that we can explore and discover our gifts and talents. She believes that connecting and creating deep relationships with others, while making time for ourselves to pursue our gifts and talents, will help and strengthen us to become better mothers.
Motherhood can feel like "twirling 100 hula hoops" and moving in "endless circles" (p.17). I think all mothers can relate to that visual! The goal of being at peace with motherhood, according to the author, is to embrace our own personal rhythm and that of our families; find the balance in our lives that will allow us to be the mothers and women we need to be.
Tracey, a mother of three, who is also a writer, takes us through a great process of self-discovery to recognize that we are not alone in facing challenges in this motherhood role. She sheds light on her life as a busy mom with intimate details about her experiences as a woman, mother, wife and daughter. You will laugh while reading this book!
Mom Connection can be more than a casual read, it can be a workbook for self-reflection. You can respond to two short questions at the end of each chapter to further dive into finding your rhythm, but if you don't have time for that, then just read it! One of the BEST parts of the book is the section at the end of each chapter with resources for further exploration on all topics related to being a mom.
I recommend reading it if you are looking to find your rhythm and balance as a mother. For more on this selection, visit http://www.thestay-at-home-momsurvivalguide.blogspot.com
This book was a very easy, quick read. Each chapter had short sections that helped with the flow of the book. This was helpful because as I stated before I was reading while nursing, so I didn't feel like I had to finish a whole long chapter, I could just read a few sections at a time. Also, the author writes in a way that I feel like I am listening to a friend talk instead of reading a book. The author seems very "real," in a book about connections, I truly felt I could connect with the author and the ideas in each section.
for more of my review: http://whatyousee-dunford.blogspot.com/2012/05/connect.html
I read this book with pen in hand because quite a few things jumped out at me and I want to hold onto them and then find them again easily. I would highly reccomend this book to mothers and women of all ages and stages of life. Tracey opens our eyes to the real needs of women everywhere, locally and globally and at the same time reveals the personal needs that you as a reader has. If you follow her suggestions, take the time to read and pray, to journal and go do, I have no doubt that you will discover the restorative power of our Lord and Savior,thus changing the face of your family and heart in the process.
*for full review visit www.aplace2gather.blogspot.com
Relationships. Motherhood. Connection with others. All of these things go together. However, in the midst of certain seasons in motherhood (namely those tender little years), what gets left out the most? Relationships with others. I have been known to say to myself, "I really need to call so-and-so, but I have so much to tell them so I have to wait until I have more time." That's wonderful and all, but I don't know when I will ever think that I will have MORE time! So far, that hasn't happened. In fact, in those cases where my kids go to stay at grandma's, I swear I have LESS time because I'm making up for all that I don't get done with the kids home and then some more. Who knew I owned scrapbooking supplies!
This book was both an encouragement to me, but also convicted me a little. It made me realize just how much I neglect certain relationships. I don't mean to. In fact, I long to be the friend that's always there for everyone. And that's my problem. Tracey writes to pick a few friends to pour yourself into, but start slow and let the friendship grow. She also helped me realize that I'm not alone in how I feel alone sometimes and at how awkward I am when it comes to approaching a potentially new friend. I could relate to her in her example of moving and just wanting to talk to a friend because when I moved after marriage, I longed to have a local friend to confide in and talk to and do things with. My husband agrees that was the worst year for us, simply because I had to rely on him much more when he would have rather I'd talk to a girl. I think his ears wore out! All of this was an encouragement--to know that I'm not alone and that making friends, even at this stage of the game, isn't easy for many people.
After having just moved to our new house, this book came at the perfect time for me because I was focused on unpacking boxes. This week, as I was reading this, I realized that I need to stop being so focused on that and make sure I'm connecting with my children. So we'd walk to the duck pond, play outside, go run and bike and just make memories with those little kiddos who are growing so fast. "This too will pass."
Moms everywhere will enjoy and relate to this book. If you are looking for a perfect Mother's Day gift or are a mom and just needs a little bit of encouragement that how you feel is normal and you haven't fallen off the deep end, PLEASE get this book! I don't recommend mommy books often because many are about "finding yourself" or "taking lots of breaks from kids", etc. But this one reminds us of our purpose here, the seasons we're in depend on how much we take on, and even saying "no" to things that don't fit into the rhythm of our families.
The book layout is nice. It has "thumbs up, thumbs down" page that is filled with application to what you just read about. Then there is a resources page with each chapter so you can read/learn more about what you just read, if you so desire. I really liked this layout because it would be perfect for mom's groups, if you're looking for an encouragement discussion.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.