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Hoodwinked equips mothers of all ages and stages to stop believing the destructive and divisive lies our current culture feeds them and start living the life-changing truths of Scripture.
Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2015
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Moms have been hoodwinkedtricked into believing lies that keep them from not only enjoying motherhood, but forging friendships with other moms who might tackle the tasks of motherhood differently. Myths such as "Mothering is natural, easy, and instinctive" cause moms to feel like failures if they have questions or apprehensions in raising their kids. Operating from the premise that "The way I mother is the right (and only) way" puts up fences between moms instead of building bridges of encouragement between them. Lies such as "I am my childs choices" tempt moms to mistakenly believe that if their child makes a wrong choice then they, in turn, must be a bad mom.
In their encouraging "weve been there" style, Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk enable mothers to:
- Identify the ten myths of motherhood our current culture perpetuates
- Replace the lies with the truth of what God says in the Bible about mothering
- Acquire practical tools to help them form new and improved thought patterns and healthy behaviors
- Forge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stages
- Confidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way
A six-session video Bible study for group or individual use is also available.
Karen Ehman is a Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, and a writer for Encouragement For Today, an online devotional that reaches over one million women daily. She has written seven nine books including KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All and LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, and the mother of three, she enjoys antique hunting, cheering for the Detroit Tigers, and feeding the many teens who gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen's cooking. Connect with her at www.karenehman.com.
Ruth Schwenk is the creator of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, Patrick, FortheFamily.org. She is a pastor's wife with four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Ruth and her husband have been full-time ministry for over fifteen years.
Hoodwinked reads like an encouraging letter from a friend. It is full of grace, biblical wisdom, and inspiration. Many books on motherhood leave me wondering if Im doing it all wrong. Karen and Ruth are bravely transparent and meet us moms right where we are. This book gives us the hope and encouragement we need in the midst of weary days.
Karen and Ruth understand what it is to battle the voices of guilt, anxiety, and inadequacy that plague many mothers who want to give their best to their children. In this book they share life changing truths that all mothers can grab hold of, not just to survive the journey of motherhood but to thrive in confidence and joy.
Motherhood is not a trick or trap---its a calling. In our culture, moms are constantly sent mixed messages. This powerful book will help mothers walk in the truth of the gospel!
Hoodwinked is a clever, insightful, and much-needed resource for moms of every age! Debunking the common myths about motherhood touched the deep insecurities I have wrestled with as a new mom. It is a beautiful book all moms should read.
If youve ever wondered if you are doing this mom thing right, pick up Hoodwinked for wise guidance, laughs, and assurance. Youll learn how to tell the difference between whats important---and whats not---in this loving guide from two moms who have been there.
Moms of all seasons will find compassion for the demands of the journey as well as hope and inspiration for living faithfully as a mother. Heartwarming stories, soul-filled inspiration, and generous wisdom fill each page so that mothers will feel understood, validated, and uplifted. I love the ministry hearts of Ruth and Karen and know their stories will encourage every mom who reads this book.
Hoodwinked is an excellent source of encouragement for moms. It dispels the myths that confuse us and the lies that bring us down. I cant even begin to tell you the many times I felt like a failure or how often I compared myself to other moms. If only this book had been around twenty years ago when I started raising children, I would have done things differently.
Hoodwinked is for every mother who has ever questioned her parenting ability. Ruth and Karen, a dynamic duo, have teamed up to equip women to silence the destructive motherhood myths with the freeing truth of Gods Word!
Oh, how I wish Id had this book when I first became a mom! Karen and Ruth have pulled back the curtain on the lies we tend to believe about motherhood. Even more importantly, though, they have revealed the truth that will set us free. Soak in these words, recalibrate your thinking, and be hoodwinked no more!
Millie5 Stars Out Of 5Hoodwinked reviewFebruary 6, 2017MillieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are using both the book & workbook for our ladies Bible study. Our ladies are really enjoying the study and find it very helpful.
Fria5 Stars Out Of 5So liberating and encouraging for Moms!September 21, 2016FriaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A must read for all Moms! So liberating and encouraging! It shows how we as Moms are believing so many myths of Motherhood & are so hard on ourselves and other Moms. We are encouraged & shown what healthy Motherhood looks like and to seek God's guidance.
Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Book!December 1, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The myths of motherhood... how many of us as moms struggle with the ideal image of motherhood? What actually depicts the perfect mom? Do we trust the TV shows, social media, a peek into our friends lives, or that Proverbs 31 woman in Scripture? How can we know if we are doing this thing right, or failing miserably? Where is the line between myth and reality?
Karen and Ruth have co-written this book to help enlighten us. At least, those of us who are willing to admit, in spite of the outward image we portray, we really don't have a clue, much less have it all together. The first key is to pursue a relationship with Jesus, and then to follow up by discerning the lies of our enemy the devil. As long as he keeps us beat down and discouraged on this motherhood journey, we will fail, but we don't have to.
The author's have shared ten myths. Some myths that hit home for me were:
Mothering comes naturally,
I am "just" a mom
Motherhood is all consuming and all fulfilling
Everything depends on me
I have to do it all right or my child will turn out wrong
Motherhood is a rat race
I believe I have struggled a little with all that these myths. I always wanted to be a mom, and God created us for motherhood so it would seem women would have a natural bent. In reality, motherhood is hard work, and it is necessary to train ourselves for the task, and cut ourselves some slack. Have you ever felt like being "just" a mom isn't enough? Sometimes others seem to imply that. I was also impacted by the chapter Motherhood is a Rat Race. It especially focused on living with purpose. Recognizing the value of our time and the short amount of time we really have to impact our children's lives. Evaluating our priorities and setting goals is very important. There is a special section in the back of the book that has a yearly evaluation and questions to help us take inventory of our lives. The book also includes lots of other valuable information to help you in this mothering game. Motherhood is hard work, but doesn't have to be faced alone.
I could go on and on with all the valuable information in this book, but I will spare you my words and I am sure you will enjoy it much more when you read it for yourself. This book would be an asset to any home and any mother would be blessed to have one. I plan on keeping mine around for a while.
Blessed3mom5 Stars Out Of 5So encouragingNovember 3, 2015Blessed3momQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is such an encouragement! This book really helped me see that as a mom there were Myths that I had been hoodwinked into believing. I loved that I was able to learn how to let go of these myths and to give myself grace as well as how important it is to give grace to other moms. This book really encouraged me to be who God wants me to be and not focus so much on the expectations others may have for me or that I may place on myself. This is a great read for moms of all ages and stages!
beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Reminder I Needed!November 3, 2015beloved569Sterling, COAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I think a part of me actually believed that some of these myths I had already figured out. I though this would be a good read but I didn't realize how much it would really speak to where I was as a mom. There was a great deal of underlining, starring, and circling for me in this book! None of us is "perfect" and many times we can be hoodwinked before we even realize it. The messages in this book are not just for moms starting out, although I do think I will be using it as a gift for newbies often, but also for the mom who, like me, thought she already new most of the myths of motherhood. We all have that much needed reminder to knock it off when it comes to believing the myths of motherhood. This is that reminder I needed!