Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Momology: A Book Review

About The Book:

Mothering is part art, part science, and always a work in progress! Backed by more than thirty years of research-based ministry at MOPS International, Momology is designed to help you be the unique mother God created you to be--because better moms make a better world.

About The Author:

Shelly Radic is Chief of Staff at MOPS International, author of The Birthday Book, and a regular contributor to MOPS publications. Her writing is informed by her education, mothering her four children, and twenty years of MOPS experience. She lives in Colorado.''

You can read an excerpt here (in PDF Format)

My Review:

I have seen this book in stores and advertised on various mediums, and its been on my "reading wish list" for a while now. So when the opportunity came up to read it, I jumped at it. The author, Shelly Radic, has written a book that will be a welcome resource for moms everywhere. So much so, that MOPS International (Mothers Of Preschoolers) has used this book for the theme for the year!

Momology is not your typical parenting advice book. Sure it helps you with the raising of your children in a real and practical manner, but it is so much more than than. Momology is for you moms, to help you become the complete mom, that God designed you to be.

In Momology, Radic surveyed over 1800 women to develop four areas that "contribute to shaping great kids":

1. Knowing who we are: building a healthy, resilient mom CORE
2. Knowing what we're capable of: developing FINESSE in the ways we daily interact with our kids
3. Knowing who we can count on: interacting within a CIRCLE of relationships that support us and our kids
4. Knowing who God is: engaging with Him in His GRANSCAPE

Each chapter is full of information to develop you into the best you can be. There are Field Study (stories from a variety of moms), Mom Stats & Voices (survey results), research information, and finally, Practicum (a place for your own thoughts).

You will get advice and information about developing a daily schedule that works for you, how to meet your neighbors, how to keep your marriage strong when children come, make God a priority in the midst of raising children, and so much more.

One other part of Momology that I love is that you can head over to mom-ology.org and interact with other moms. The site will be up and running July 1st, 2010

The one area of the book that I loved the most was her emphasis on the importance on developing our spiritual life before we can do the same for our children. If our spiritual life is lacking, it is going to be very difficult to teach our children about having a relationship with God.

There is a chart on page 217 of Momology that I LOVE!!! It's entitled, Engaging Your Kids Spiritually, and includes activities that you can do with your children to teach them different Spiritual Disciplines. For example:

1. Prayer - make prayer for each other a part of meal and bedtime routines
                Pray a scripture promise or blessing over your child each day
                Pray for another family - keep pictures of the family on the fridge and
                locate them on a world map

2. Bibly Study - Share what you learn about God as you study the Bible
                       Read a Bible Storybook together
                       Act out Bible Stories together
                       Frame a favorite Bible Verse and place near your child's bed. "Read" 
                       it together everyday

3. Giving - Redeem recyclables and use the money to support a child in another country
                Give your child "coins" and encourage them to participate in giving at church
4. Serving - Make a meal together and deliver it to a new mom
                  Collect canned goods from neighbors and donate to the local food bank
                  Pull weeds, plant flowers or rake a neighbor's front yard
                  Shovel snow off a neighbors walk

The thing that encouraged me the most from Momology is found at the very end of the book.  On page 231, Radic states this:

"So we explore what it takes to raise a healthy, resilient child and we creatively incorporate those things into our mothering. We work toward building a healthy, resilient mom core. We develop finesse through daily living with our kids in a way we believe helps them become incredible big people. We interact in a circle of relationships that support and encourage us and our kids. We engage with God, seeking a deeper relatioship with him and and understanding of our purpose in his grandscape.

But even with all that, most of us still worry, at least a little bit. Come on, haven't you ever asked yourself, "Am I doing it right? Am I ruining my child? Moms can't see into the future, but God can. The last four lines of Psalm 139 guide us moms to take our worries to the everlasting Guide for shaping great kids.

                             Search me, O God and know my heart,
                             Try me and know my anxious thoughts,
                             And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
                             And lead me in the everlasting way (vv23-24)

I have been very encouraged by this book. I have been struggling a bit in this sometimes difficult time of raising toddlers and preschoolers, so this book arrived at the perfect time. God knew I needed to read this book and I am so glad I did.

This book would be a perfect gift for any new mom! A wonderful baby shower gift or Christmas gift or just a gift to encourage a mom you know today!

I highly recommend Momology by Shelly Radic and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Momology by Shelly Radic online here, directly through Revell Books, a divison of Baker Publishing House. It is also available through your local bookseller, as of June 2010

***This book was provided courtesy of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing and Graf-Martian Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog***

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