Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Stepping on Cheerios Tour and Giveaway

Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain't no picnic!Being a mother isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just "doing family".

Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.

Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of
work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It's a comical story of one woman's realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

About the author:

Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of Stepping on Cheerios, is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8). Visit her online at WomenadeStand.com.

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My Take:
This book was a collection of stories about Betsy's life, with some thrown in encouragement for moms. Betsy become a mother late in life and ended up with triplets! Her life is a bit on the crazy side. Being a mom is hard enough, I can't imagine what it was like for her. She has some interesting tales to tell. 

Some of her stories made me laugh and others left me pondering. She shares Jesus in the messy every day life challenges. For me what I took from this book was the importance of relaxing and playing more, as well as, letting people help. My children are no longer toddlers, but asking for help has never been easy for me and neither is taking time to play, especially at home. I tend to be a bit of a work-a-holic, and it is hard for me to just stop and play when there is always work to do. It's a little easier when I am away from the house.  I am still working on finding grace in the midst of it all.

Although there were some parts of this book I liked, there were also some I wasn't in total accord with. Maybe it is because we come from differing religious backgrounds, but I couldn't agree with all her theological assumptions. I cannot honestly say I would recommend this book to my friends, although I did appreciate learning more about Betsy, her life, and her take on motherhood. I also agree that it is important to find God in the midst of our clutter and chaos when we are raising young children.

I was blessed with a free copy of this book courtesy of Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity. I was not asked to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. 

Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Stepping on Cheerios
  • A $75 Visa cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon above, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy's blog.

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