A 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.
The 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.
This 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!
I 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!