Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom  -     By: Lisa-Jo Baker
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Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom

Tyndale House / 2014 / Paperback

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An international lawyer with a budding career, Lisa-Jo Baker never dreamed of being a mother. But then she had kids - and everything changed! After discovering that "how to" books can't prepare a woman for the sheer joy and love that comes with parenting, she shares her dawning realization that being a mom isn't about being perfect - it's about being present. A testament to how much God loves and cherishes mothers and to the extraordinary and indescribable blessings of motherhood!

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414387857
ISBN-13: 9781414387857
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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.

Endorsements

This is a book that is straight-from-the-hip honest, straight-out-hilarious, and straight-from-God holy...that I will turn to again and again.
---Ann Voskamp, Author of the New York Times Best Sellers, One Thousand Gifts and The Greatest Gift

Lisa-Jo inspires me to look for God in every moment of my own beautiful but imperfect motherhood journey.
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

Allow these pages to sink into your own story, blessing you with a lot of laughs, a deep sense of camaraderie, and above all else, a wild sense of hope.
Angie Smith, Women of Faith speaker and bestselling author of several books including What Women Fear and Chasing God

Whether you are a mother, know a mother, or have a mother…you need to read the words on these pages.
Holley Gerth, Best-selling Author of You're Already Amazing

Motherhood is one of the great surprises of life and Lisa-Jo has captured the essence of that with her exquisite words.
Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings and The Antelope in the Living Room

Surprised by Motherhood is filled with grace, comfort, encouragement, sympathy, and laughter for...moms in the trenches of motherhood.
Sally Clarkson, Best selling author of The Mission of Motherhood and Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

Hands down, this is one of the best mothering books I’ve read. Highly recommended!
Crystal Paine, Founder of MoneySavingMom.com and author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

This book is rocket fuel for weary mamas. I am recommending this book to every mom I know.
Jennifer Dukes Lee, Author of Love Idol: Letting Go of Your Need for Approval and Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes

About the Author

Lisa-Jo Baker

Lisa-Jo is the social media manager for DaySpring, and the Community Manager of the company's website, incourage.me, an online home for millions of women the world over. She shares her every day life lived in between kids and chaos at LisaJoBaker.com, is a contributor to HuffPost Parents, and her writings on motherhood are syndicated from New Zealand to New York. Born and raised in South Africa, Lisa-Jo currently lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and their three very loud kids.

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