Motherhood doesn't come with instructions. Some moms read all kinds of manuals and take classes, some have the benefit of being an older sister or an aunt and some moms just fly by the seat of their pants from the very beginning. To complicate things, there are several different stereotypes floating around in cyberspace, telling moms how to parent, or how not to parent. Which one is right? In Mothering From Scratch, by Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo, the beauty and joy of motherhood are explored from a different angle - you. Emphasizing the strengths that you, as a mom, bring to the table, and showing how to take condemnation out of areas of weakness, Means and Helgemo walk through ways to embrace who you are - as a person and a mom.
I really enjoyed Mothering From Scratch. Means and Helgemo gently remove the pressure from today's mothering by exploring ways to highlight what I'm good at as a mom. The most encouraging chapter for me was the chapter about dreams not spoiling. Sometimes as moms we have to put our dreams on hold, and that's okay, they aren't going anywhere, and in the meantime, precious time, energy and resources are being invested in our offspring - who will grow up and go somewhere. Peppered with encouragement and wisdom, this book is definitely at the top of my list of recommended books for moms.
This book can also be used as a small group study. At the end of each chapter are questions for reflection and application. I would definitely recommend this book to be used for a group study. The questions could bring about some great discussion and personal growth as a mom and a woman in Christ.
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