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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  1. HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprised by this Book! Refreshing, Hilarious, Touching and Hopeful
    August 20, 2014
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    When I first saw this book, I didn't want to read it b/c I assumed it would be another one of those fluffy motherhood books--you know, the kind written by this perfect mom who makes you feel like motherhood is supposed to be a bed of roses and all that jazz. However, I read The Antelope in the Living Room (which had me literally rolling on the floor laughing) and at the end of that book was a suggestion that if the reader like the Antelope book, she's also like the Surprised by Motherhood book. So I had to give it a try. I'm glad I did! Lisa-Jo Baker is refreshingly honest, pokes fun at herself in a charming way, and often has me giggling softly to myself. Not only that, but after I laugh, she can say something so poignant that I can completely relate and it brings tears to my eyes. For example, when she's talking about having her first child, she's overwhelmed, doing everything, there's throw-up and crying all night, he doesn't eat on schedule like he's "supposed to", and she says she would hold him and "keep waiting to fall in love with him." I felt like that with my first babies. I struggled with PPD and did not at all feel "in love with them" like I thought I was supposed to. But who talks about that? Who shares those thoughts and real struggles new moms have? Lisa-Jo is refreshingly honest and real, and she offers hope. I cannot recommend this book high enough--throw out all the ridiculous how-to books and grab this one! Or gift it to a friend for a baby shower gift. It's guaranteed to touch any new mothers heart, and any experienced mother's, too, I'd venture to say.
  2. Leeann
    CdA, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    wonderful book on motherhood
    August 12, 2014
    Leeann
    CdA, ID
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Normally, I wouldn't pick up a mothering book to read. I think I've read plenty of those through the years. This book, however, was a wonderfully written book on motherhood. I have four children and found her book so encouraging as she shared her mothering story and truths about motherhood. I will buy this as a gift for some new mothers I know. This isn't a "how to be a good mother" book. It is a book about the heart and soul of mothering and what God wants do in your life through the adventure/pain/joy of motherhood. A mom pregnant with her first baby probably isn't ready to fully appreciate this book. But as soon as she births and begins her journey with that baby, this book will be so encouraging.
  3. Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Surprised By Motherhood
    June 9, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Surprised By Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being A Mom was not what I had thought it was going to be like. It is somewhat the author's memoir. In the first chapter one there are so many points that are oh so true about motherhood. The chapter, also, reminds me that everyone, including experts, do not always have all of the answers with being a mother. After this chapter, the next few chapters were about the author's personal life and not much about her life as a mother. Personally, I wanted to read more stories about her raising her own children, not how she was raised and where she lived. When she does start discussing the joyful (or not so joyful) of being a mother later in the book, I was cracking up. I had some of those "Aha! I know exactly what she means right there" moments.

    Though, I was slightly disappointed that the book was not solely about the author being a mother, I did enjoy most of the book. Especially, the touching letter she wrote to her own mother.

    I think this a 4 star read.
  4. Holly Barrett
    Spruce Pine, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Best book on motherhood ever!
    April 16, 2014
    Holly Barrett
    Spruce Pine, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In her new book, Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom, Lisa-Jo Baker writes about her own journey to motherhood. Having lost her own mother, Lisa-Jo's path brought her home again and brought her healing she wasn't expecting. Lisa-Jo writes, "Always God remakes. Always He knits together what is separated, fractured, to create wholeness." (p. 162).

    I've taken this book everywhere with me recently. Although I had pre-ordered mine, it ran out of stock quickly and it was about 2 weeks after the release date before I finally got it! Once received though, I devoured it. And I believe you will too.

    Lisa-Jo's words will make you laugh and cry. They touch the soul of a mother in a way that only another mother can. Her story made me remember days long forgotten. She will encourage you to hang tough on the days you think won't end. She will put a name on all the feelings you have about motherhood. This book is not for just for new moms or for moms of young children...or for moms at all for that matter. Even those of us who don't have children have a mother and we have feelings and experiences in that relationships.

    So if you have a mom, are a mom in the throes of things, hoping to be a mom someday or enjoying your empty nest, this book is for you!
  5. Rachel
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Book for All Moms
    March 17, 2014
    Rachel
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lisa-Jo Baker is a writer, encourager of women, and cheerleader for moms. When I heard that she was writing a memoir of her life and the way motherhood changed her, I knew it would be a delight and encouragement to read. As expected, the book did not disappoint. Lisa-Jo weaves words and writes with a beauty and honesty that will immediately draw you in.

    In Surprisedby Motherhood, Lisa-Jo tells her story of growing up in South Africa and losing her mom at the age of 18. She knew that she never wanted to be a mom herself, but God had different plans! He worked in her heart and healed her. He gave her children who have taught her, challenged her, and helped to change her. Lisa-Jo learned that motherhood is hard, but glorious.

    This isn't a "how-to" book with secrets and formulas for helping babies sleep, potty training little ones, instructing toddlers, or raising teenagers. This is the story of the making of a mother. It is Lisa-Jo's story, and her heart is in these pages. This story is for all of the exhausted and tired moms who think they can't do it. It is for the moms who are searching for happiness and humor in the mundane. This book is for all women who enjoy a good story of motherhood and mess and joy.

    I personally enjoyed reading Lisa-Jo's story very much. Even if you are a regular reader on her blog, there is so much in this book that will be new. It is worth the read!

    Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. provided me with a complimentary review copy of Surprised by Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
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