Tracey Bianchi wrote a book every mom needs to read, I had a hard time putting the book down at the end of a chapter and found myself writing so many notes with all of the topics she covered in Mom Connection - I truly could relate to almost everything she was talking about and found myself wanting to share with others and completely could put myself in the situations she has talked about as a mom. Each chapter is a quick read and includes five points to sum up the chapter, questions and resources at the end of each chapter.
It is ultimately our choice how we go about our relationships as moms, but mom connections are around us every day. We just need to open up our lives and step into them!
Mom Connection gives us moms something that other books i've read do not: an unformulated guidance to creating a balance between being mom, being you, and becoming a better you. Bianchi offers this guidance through easy-read stories of humor, love, and grief_and binds each chapter with five tips to move you forward from the overwhelmedness and negative feelings we sometimes (secretly or not) hoard as mothers. Offering practical ideas, prayer steps, and no-guilt journaling assignments-Bianchi gives each mom reader the freedom to be herself, take tips she can use, discard the ones she can't and learn to care for yourself through GRACE in this stage of life.
Pour yourself a coffee and sit at the table while you read this ... why? Because that is exactly what it feels like, sitting down connecting with a friend over a cup of coffee.
This book is written in such a way that any mom is going to relate at some point throughout the journey from front cover to back. If you are like me this read will stir tips, tricks and ideas of ways that you can connect with all of your mom friends - digital and IRL (in real life).
The author is able to meet every mom where they are. You will get something wonderful out of this book whether you are a single mom, first time mom, an "experienced" mom, a new Christian, or a life long church goer.
The theme for MOPS 2012-2013 year is Plunge: Love as if your life depended on it. The theme book for the year is Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi. The theme and this book is all about relationships. Relationships - we need them, we crave them_even though sometimes they are tough. Even introverts like me need relationships_even though most of the time I would love to just hide out in my room and read! :p
Mom Connection is broken up into 3 sections:
1. Why We Need Rhythm in Our Lives
2. Creating a Rhythm for Relationships
3. Sharing Your Rhythm
Here's what Tracey has to say about a relationship with our husband:
Early on, my husband would joke that we lived man-to-man defense and then, as our pediatrician put it, "switched to zone" once our third child was born. Whatever defense you are playing, you will lose if you are out of sync with the only other teammate you have. Our children also stumble when we are out of whack with our spouse.
She also talks about relationships with relatives, friends, neighbors, and others in our community. In each chapter, Tracey shares with us her wisdom about relationships, gives us FIVE Mom-Tested Tips (3 practical ideas to try, a prayer/blessing, and an idea to journal or write about), asks two review questions, and lists a few more resources regarding the chapter's topic.