Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mothering from Scratch: A Book Review

About The Book:

Find Your Own Mothering Style 

Trying to follow someone else's rules for mothering can take the joy out of being a parent. ButMothering From Scratch shows you how to develop your own style that helps you be the best mom for your kids.

Full of solid biblical truth, this book will help you
· explore your personality and examine your strengths and weaknesses in order to find what works for you
· tap into the resources surrounding you and get mentoring and support from other moms
· push past the fear of change or doing it wrong and allow room for grace in your mothering

Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo provide a flexible, customizable approach to help you discover your optimal parenting style.

You can read an excerpt of this book, here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Melinda Means is a writer, speaker, and mom blogger at Mothering From Scratch (, as well as women's ministry director at First Alliance Church in Port Charlotte, Florida. She has been a freelance writer since her daughter was an infant, writing primarily for healthcare publications up until several years ago, when her writing focus took a decidedly maternal turn. Her children were simply providing too much humbling and hilarious material to let it go to waste. Her work has appeared in Focus on Your Child newsletters,, In Touchmagazine, and Lifeway's Journey magazine.

Her husband, a high school teacher, has been a long-suffering and enthusiastic supporter of Melinda's journalistic endeavors. She is mother to two highly entertaining 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 Her blog posts have been featured on, the Women of Faith website, and Parent Society's Mommy Blog Hot List.

Her husband, Ben, is a pediatrician who can't stop wearing paisley shirts and playing around like a kid all day. He faithfully brings her coffee every morning to kickstart her creativity. Kathy mothers four kids ranging in age from early twenties to middle school. Some would rather she stop. With three boys and one girl, she has tackled many issues confronting moms--from breastfeeding to prom. She lives with her family in Port Charlotte, Florida.

My Review:

Mothering From Scratch was a breath of fresh air for me to read. At this point in my journey as a mom, I am mom of two early and mid elementary aged children. This is a whole new adventure from being a mom of a preschooler and early elementary child. It has definitely not been without it's own trials but we are slowly getting the hang of things as a family. This book came to me at the perfect time and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to review it. Definitely a God-moment and it was absolutely his timing that I received it when I did.

The book covered way more than your typical parenting/mothering book. The authors where very honest, almost raw, in sharing their own mothering journey's, giving many tips and ideas throughout the book, and used both serious moments and light-hearted ones to remind us that we are all different women, in different ages and stages, so we need different ways of being moms. When we know this about children and discipline, why would we think that we, as moms, should all be cookie-cutter moms. We should not! The book has wonderful reflection questions with each chapter, making it perfect for MOPS groups, small groups, and book clubs. It is the perfect reminder that God designed you and your children the way HE wants, not what we think society wants us to be. A very refreshing and encouraging read throughout the book. In fact, it is one book that I think would be perfect for a baby shower gift or new mom gift.

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

BUY IT: You can purchase Mothering from Scratch at your favorite retailer from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., 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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