January 7, 2015

Mothering From Scratch

We’re wise to maximize the short window we have to guide and influence our children before it closes. (Page 90)

What initially drew me to the book, Mothering From Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family, was the gorgeous cover art. A mother’s hands holding a heart she made from scratch. It tells so much without ever turning a page. Mothering is messy and imperfect, but greatly rewarded when we find an approach to parenting that works for us.

This may sound strange, but The Acknowledgements section also pulled me in. The gratefulness and sincerity of these two authors is evident in the opening appetizer:

Thank you, God, for making Little League baseball boring enough for two moms to become lifelong friends.

That opening prayer says a lot, don’t you think?

Then we get to the meat of the book, emphasizing the need to find a practical approach that works for us as individuals.

Mothering From Scratch is comprised of fourteen chapters divided into four sections. The chapter titles give a good impression of the book’s concentration:

1.         New Motherhood Starts With a New Plan
2.         All Mothers Can Start From Scratch
3.         What Happens When You Feel Like You’re Not a Good Mom?
4.         Mothering The Way You’re Made
5.         Claiming Your Identity and Aligning Your Priorities
6.         Good News: Your Future Won’t Spoil
7.         Working With What Your Mama Gave You
8.         Tasting and Seeing What is Good
9.         Mom Mentors: Turning Rivals into Resources
10.         Satisfying Self-Care
11.         Valuing Your Role
12.         Creating Home
13.         Feeding Your Soul
14.         Depending On God’s Power

I enjoyed the theme of creating from scratch, as well as the added tasty bit sections of each chapter:

     Lovin’ Spoonfuls (pertinent suggestions and statements)
     Stirring Your Thoughts (study-type questions) 
     Let’s Get Cookin’ (application steps.)

If you’re a new mother, experienced mother, or a soon-to-be or want-to-be mother, this book will speak to your heart. It’s Biblical principles and reinforcing views will help you embrace the gift of motherhood in the way God intended.

4 Stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pages: 208
First Lines (Introduction): We’re not perfect mothers. We don’t have perfect children.

About the Authors
Melinda Means is a writer, speaker, and mom blogger at Mothering From Scratch (motheringfromscratch.com), as well as women's ministry director at First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte, Florida. Her work has appeared in Focus on Your Child newsletters, CBN.com, In Touch magazine, and Lifeway's Journey magazine. She is mother to two teenage children, a daughter and a son. She and her family live in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Kathy Helgemo started out as an English teacher after graduating from Florida State University, moved through various other jobs, and landed in her current one as a freelance writer from home. She blogs with Melinda at motheringfromscratch.com. Her blog posts have been featured on thesitsgirls.com, the Women of Faith website, and Parent Society's Mommy Blog Hot List. She and her husband, Ben, have four children and live in Port Charlotte, Florida.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a Review Copy from Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The options I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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