Moms have been hoodwinked—tricked 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 child’s 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 “we’ve 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.
About the Authors:
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 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.comRuth 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.
I was blessed with this book by Zondervan and iconmediagroup in exchange for my honest review.
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 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.
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