The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer helps organize our prayer priorities so that we can pray in a practical and effective way and be confident that our petitions are covering people and issues that are important to us. Surely you know someone who is an amazing prayer warrior but finds herself caught in the battle of day-to-day chores...and then winds up feeling like she has short-changed her prayer life because she has been slaying the dragons that cross her path in daily life. She’s one of the busiest people you know, who truly cares about the people in her life...and in her children’s lives...and in her friends’ lives. Lisa Whelchel has now given us (and our prayer warrior friends) a tool that can be used to leverage those rare and treasured moments of free time when we want to pray, but simply don’t know where to begin. The Busy Mom’s Guide to Prayer helps organize our prayer priorities so that we can pray in a practical and effective way and be confident that our petitions are covering people and issues that are important to us. Lisa has provided the framework, you get to provide the content, and the Holy Spirit will provide the power!
Author: Debbie Digiovanni
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
In her second mom-lit adventure, author Debbie DiGiovanni chronicles the unpredictable life of an empty-nest mom named Stephy who finds her hands full when she becomes a production assistant for a television show. Through several twists of fate, her role with the Home Living Channel suddenly changes from behind-the-scenes to before-the camera as she becomes the central figure of a reality show about an average woman whose every move is documented by a camera crew. With an arrogant television executive and a personal staff who are further complicating her once-simple life, her challenges mount until a series of God-directed events bring a real reality check to the mayhem around her.
It's not through well-rehearsed speeches that children are shaped but through the little interactions in everyday life where mothers make an impact. Gigi Schweikert's candid story-telling and tender instructions provide a look at Affection, Love, Contentment, Compassion, Comfort, Forgiveness, and much more. These easy-to-read sections are ideal for the mom who needs encouragement but has little time to spend on herself.
I'm a Good Mother
Author: Gigi Schweikert
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Every mother repeatedly asks herself the age old question, Am I a good mother? This delightful book offers sixty affirmations that she is. But more than that, with each affirmation, Gigi Schweikert shares an encouraging message, an easy-to-do action step for today, a prayer, and a scripture. The perfect gift for a friend of loved one or a pick-me-up book for yourself, this book will inspire and encourage moms of all ages.
Female readers will readily embrace this gentle yet strong exploration of the power of motherhood. Helen Burns confides that "every prayer I prayed, every bedtime story I read, every tear I kissed away, every encouraging word I spoke, every promise I kept, every memory I made -- all of these things truly mattered." Written in what she refers to as the "reward stage" of motherhood -- when all the seeds she has sown are reaping harvest in the lives of her now-grown children -- she rejoices that she can "fully understand the why behind the what in everything we do as mothers." Any mother will be refreshed as she is reminded of the value of the everyday miracles that result from expressing affection, being truly present in conversations, and demonstrating commitment in small ways.
The Mothers' Group
Author: Fiona Higgins
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
'All those things no one ever tells you about motherhood. It's like secret mothers' business. Lots of my friends had babies before me, but not one of them ever told me it would be this hard...It's like a code of silence.' The Mothers' Group tells the story of six very different women who agree to regularly meet soon after the births of their babies. Set during the first crucial year of their babies' lives, The Mothers' Group tracks the women's individual journeys-and the group's collective one-as they navigate birth and motherhood as well as the shifting ground of their relationships with their partners. Each woman strives in her own way to become the mother she wants to be, and finds herself becoming increasingly reliant on the friendship and support of the members of the mothers' group. Until one day an unthinkably shocking event changes everything, testing their bonds and revealing closely held secrets that threaten to shatter their lives. The Mothers' Group is an unflinching and compelling portrait of the modern family in all its complexity and intensity: love, sex and marriage and all the joys and tensions of raising children in an increasingly complicated world. Moving, provocative, tender and utterly gripping, The Mothers' Group will draw you in and never let you go.
The Joy Luck Club
Author: Amy Tan
In 1949, four Chinese women--drawn together by the shadow of their past--begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks and "say" stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club--and forge a relationship that binds them for more than three decades. A celebrated novel in the tradition of Alice Adams and Margaret Atwood from the bestselling author of The Kitchen God's Wife.
Author: Brit Bennett
It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, 17-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance - and the subsequent cover-up - will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth
Mothers and Daughters
Author: Rae Meadows
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
A rich and luminous novel about three generations of women in one family: the love they share, the dreams they refuse to surrender, and the secrets they hold Samantha is lost in the joys of new motherhood—the softness of her eight-month-old daughter's skin, the lovely weight of her child in her arms—but in trading her artistic dreams to care for her child, Sam worries she's lost something of herself. And she is still mourning another loss: her mother, Iris, died just one year ago. When a box of Iris's belongings arrives on Sam's doorstep, she discovers links to pieces of her family history but is puzzled by much of the information the box contains. She learns that her grandmother Violet left New York City as an eleven-year-old girl, traveling by herself to the Midwest in search of a better life. But what was Violet's real reason for leaving? And how could she have made that trip alone at such a tender age? In confronting secrets from her family's past, Sam comes to terms with deep secrets from her own. Moving back and forth in time between the stories of Sam, Violet, and Iris, Mothers and Daughters is the spellbinding tale of three remarkable women connected across a century by the complex wonder of motherhood. This book was later published under the title Mercy Train.
The Motherhood Club
Author: Shirley Washington, Ann L. Dunnewold
From the sheer exhaustion of multiple middle-of-the-night feedings and diaper changes to the exasperation of a colicky baby, most women are completely unprepared for the reality of life as a new parent. No matter how hard they labored in the delivery room, the real work begins when they take their babies home. In today's mobile society, many women live far from their families and often have no help past the first week or two postpartum. Until now, books read by mothers-to-be focus on the infant not the mother. In this fascinating book, new mothers share their most intimate thoughts on the joys and challenges of one of life's most precious and rewarding roles. The Motherhood Club contains candid, reassuring stories by first-time moms from all walks of life as they adjust to motherhood. Their accounts will inspire, uplift and support new mothers as they learn to find their own way. Included are essays about loneliness, fear of putting baby into daycare, the trials and tribulations of breastfeeding, a changing body image, and the many moods of postpartum depression. At the end of each chapter, coauthors Shirley Washington and Ann Dunnewold, a licensed psychologist specializing in women's reproductive issues, dispel many myths of new motherhood with Dunnewold offering solid clinical analysis and advice.
Author: Katherine Stewart
When her daughter wins a coveted scholarship to the prestigious Metropolitan preschool, Laura thinks she’s struck the educational jackpot. Metropolitan is harder to get into than Harvard! She soon finds herself rubbing elbows with some of New York’s top moms: wealthy socialites, sultry film stars, and driven business tycoons. These women have it all—and they want more. They appreciate the value of a name-brand education, and they’ll do whatever it takes to make sure their kids get the very best. Now Laura must secure Anna’s future among New York’s top-drawer toddlers. Even if it means jumping into the sandbox with some highly competitive mommies and daddies who do not play well with others.
Mitten Strings for God
Author: Katrina Kenison
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Mothers are pulled in a million different directions while trying to give their kids fulfilling, productive, joyful childhoods. They mistake activity for happiness, and fill their kids' heads with information when they ought to be feeding their souls instead. This is a book for mothers who yearn to find a balance in their own and their children's lives. Through stories and suggestions, Katrina Kenison shares her insights into how to celebrate life's quiet moments, softly reminding busy mothers to pause and remember the deep sense of well-being that comes from a listening ear, an open heart, and a quiet little space carved out of time.
- These purse-sized gift editions offer gentle words of wisdom and encouragement. - Easy to-do suggestions offer practical ways to be a positive influence. - This portable gift edition is from the popular Honey, They Shrunk My Hormones. - This purse-sized book offers a quick look at midlife issues aimed at the woman approaching, or in the midst of, this often misunderstood and confusing season.