Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Passionate Mom: A Book Review

About The Book:

Motherhood is full of uncertainty. What do my children really need? Why are they doing that? Is thisnormal?  What can I do to help them? How can I know for certain that I am doing this right?
The logistics are easy. Anybody can do laundry and carpool. But what makes a mother the best mom she can be? 
It’s not better scheduling. Or more activities. Or less. 
It is passion—the passion to teach, protect, study, and prepare her children for the future.
Great, but how?
Susan Merrill, the mother of five incredibly different children, has asked that question countless times. And she has read countless answers specific to a certain child’s temperament, age, or situation. But nothing she read offered an overall approach to parenting that would enable her to say with confidence, “I am doing this right.” She never guessed she would find a foundational plan—a reliable, universal parenting approach in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.
In The Passionate Mom, Susan takes you on a journey through Nehemiah and into the heart of parenting. Her stories and confessions in every chapter reveal what she has learned: no mom can control her child’s future, but every mom can parent well. There is a plan—a roadmap for how a passionate mom can parent almost any child, confidently.

About The Author:

Susan Merrill is a hybrid of sorts. She majored in finance but loves people more than numbers. She left behind the corporate gray of banking for the colorful world of kids. She had three children and adopted two more. She is the very imperfect Merrill family manager and the director of iMom.com. She loves to analyze life, ponder possibilities, and pray for opportunity, which makes for a very busy and messy house! She lives in Tampa, Florida with her handsome husband - Family First founder and author Mark Merrill - two, or depending on the day, up to five of her children ages seventeen to twenty-two. On those days, she happily forsakes all other responsibilities to run a bed and breakfast and Laundromat for college students.

My Review:

Being a mom is the one thing I wanted for many years, and due to fertility issues, something I never thought would happen to me. However, knowing that God was in control of my life, I gave my desires to him and in 2006 and 2008, my husband and I were blessed beyond measure with two beautiful little girls. Life has not been the same since. While the journey is not always easy, I love my girls with all my heart and have been influenced and encouraged by many wonderful people, and through many amazing books. 

Recently, I had the opportunity to read The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World and it has become one of my favorite parenting books!

I will first admit that I never thought that I would be able to find parenting advise and help through the book of Nehemiah, but Merrill did a fantastic job at introducing the "10 P's" and a pattern that we can follow in our roles as mom's.

The ten P's are:

1. Perception
2. Pondering
3. Passion
4. Prayer
5. Patience
6. Preparation
7. Purpose
8. Planning
9. Problem Solving
10. Perseverance

Each chapter covers each "P", and included raw emotion, life experiences, a ton of encouragement for this journey called motherhood, and a ton of scripture references. She work in a very easy-to-read style, and I felt as though we were conversing over a cup of coffee, which is a style of writing that I love.

Using the book of Nehemiah as her basis, the author shows us how these ten bricks will help us as we both protect and provide for our families, just as Nehemiah strove to rebuild the temple walls with bricks. We will never be perfect mom's this side of Heaven, but through reading this book and applying the principles the author lays out we are reminded that it is okay that we are not perfect. God will use us to be the parent we were always meant to be and I thoroughly enjoyed the authors rawness and transparency as she discussed her journey as a parent.

This book was so inspiring, encouraging and challenged me more than I have in a long time as a mom. And I know I was meant to read it, as I have studied the book of Nehemiah twice already this year! God had his hand on this author, and through Him, she has, and will continue to, reach women right where they are.

This would be an ideal book for a new mom or baby shower gift, or a perfect gift for a mom who is struggling in their journey and need of encouragement. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Passionate Mom at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Nelson

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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