Rattled: Surviving Your Baby's First Year Without Losing Your Cool
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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2007
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)|
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Clutter? Chaos? Exhaustion got you down? You must be a mom. And you’re not alone. Perhaps you thought you had it all together…then your baby was born and your world was turned upside down. If new motherhood has you filled with doubt, guilt, and confusion, Trish Berg wants to offer companionship, hope, and help–plus a lot of humor along the way.
With practical advice and scriptural reminders, Berg presents two pillars of motherhood: Keep it simple and keep it biblical. Relax as you learn that every mom shares your stresses, challenges, and “Aagghh!” moments. In the midst of sleep deprivation and Cheerio dust, you’ll learn to savor the simple joy and privilege of mothering.
- Tim Bete, author of In the Beginning...There Were No Diapers and Guide to Pirate Parenting
“Honest, informative, humorous, well-researched, encouraging, and practical are some of the words describing Rattled. We can never have enough high-quality childrearing books and Trish Berg has outdone herself in this modern manual on capable, competent parenting in the first year. I recommend it.”
- Brenda Nixon, speaker and author of Parenting Power in the Early Years
“This precious book comes straight from the heart. It's personal stories, humor and excellent tips and insights kept me reading ... and smiling ... nodding in agreement. Thank you, Trish, for this most wonderful gift to first year mothers.”
- Michele Steinhauser, author and Founder of Club M.A.W. ~ Encouraging, Equipping and Connecting Mothers and Wives
“Rattled is the perfect resource for an overwhelmed new mom. Trish Berg has broken down helpful information into bite-sized portions — perfect for a mom who desperately needs encouragement and practical help but only has moments of time to read. Trish has provided something for everyone — practical tips, humorous stories, and advice from a mom who’s been there.”
- Glynnis Whitwer, Senior Editor Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of work@home: A Practical Guide for Women Who Want to Work at Home
“Trish Berg has crafted the perfect mommy manual-- engaging, informative, encouraging and best of all-- without a hint of intimidation or guilt-producing rhetoric! All first-time mommies in my circle of friends will receive this gem as a gift as soon as they return home from the hospital or adoption agency!”
- Karen Ehman, National speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and Hearts at Home, author of A Life That Says Welcome and The Complete Guide to Getting and Staying Organized
“Baby's first year is amazing, thrilling, sweet--and completely discombobulating! With Trisha Berg's help, though, new and new-again mommies can navigate the ups and downs of their precious one's babyhood with savvy, a sense of humor, and spiritual growth.”
- Lorilee Craker, author of nine mommy books, including We Should Do This More Often and Date Night in a Minivan: Revving Up Your Marriage After the Kids Arrive
“Kind, sweet, and funny–these words describe both this book and its author. Trish Berg knows first-hand both the fun and frustrations of motherhood, and her heart of encouragement shines through these pages. Rattled offers new moms some wise advice tempered with refreshing honesty, and reminds moms to keep their sense of humor while offering practical ways to connect with the God who loves them.”
- Keri Wyatt Kent, author of Breathe: Creating Space for God in a Hectic Life, and God's Whisper in a Mother's Chaos
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Located in: Dalton, Ohio
Submitted: August 25, 2008
Tell us a little about yourself. I am a mom to four, ages 13 to 5. My husband, Mike, and I live on a 200 acre beef cattle farm in Ohio. Mike teaches junior high math and coaches junior high football and high school varsity baseball. I write a newspaper column, and blog from our century old farmhouse. I also speak nationally for MOPS and Hearts at Home.
What was your motivation behind this project? My ministry is helping moms simplify motherhood so they can get back to the joy of being a mom, the way God intended. (Psalm 118:24) I wanted Rattled to be the starting point for moms with a baby on their hip struggling to survive on 2 hours of sleep and still find the missing sock from the dryer. I also want to make moms laugh, and know that they are not alone on their mommy-journey.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Most of all, I want moms to know that we are all in the same boat. No one is perfect, though we fake it in public at times. We all make mommy-mistakes, and many days, only shave one leg during our shower before motherhood calls. I want to be real with moms-share my struggles and blessings, and journey with them. And, I want them to know that God loves them, and He can help you be the mom your children need you to be.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Wow, that is a tough question. I think remembering back over my early mommy years was a fun journey. I actually watched old home movies and re-read my children's baby books to spark those memories. I think writing Rattled helped me realize how fleeting motherhood truly is, and has helped me to enjoy each mommy moment I have, no matter how stressful or silly it may be. And, I also learned that I need cinnamon bun creamer in my coffee at 3 am when I am desperately trying to meet a deadline.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Oh, I love humor writers. I adore Patsy Clairmont and Liz Curtis Higgs. They are true gifts from God. And they inspire me to find the humor in my life and share that with moms everywhere. I also read a lot of fiction, Susan May Warren, Brandilyn Collins. As for parenting authors, I look up to Dr. Kevin Leman, whom I had the joy of meeting when he interviewed me on Focus on the Family sitting in for Dr. Dobson in 2008.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Know that you are the perfect mom for your children. I know that without ever meeting you because God said so the moment He made you their mom. Whether by birth or adoption - God spoke you into motherhood, and He will guide you, love you, and forgive you when you mess up. Be real with your girlfriends. Let your hair down. Share your heart with your children. And know that through it all, you will see God working on your heart and in your life. When I sign books at events, I always put Psalm 118:24, because I want moms to enjoy the journey they are on, wherever they are, whatever today brings. That would be my mission. Helping moms to enjoy their journey. And learn to laugh at their lives. I mean, seriously...when you find a sippy cup that has been missing for 3 months under your couch with solidified milk inside, or your child takes off his diaper and decorates the wall with what was inside, you just have to laugh.....kids can teach you a lot about patience, but they teach you even more about laughing.