Motherhood is definitely messy! Being on the Wheww.. side of the younger years I can relate to much of what Jennifer Grant talks about in her book MOMumental.
As soon as we hear that first little blessing's heart beat we are striving to be the 'perfect mom', creating the 'perfect family'. We set up high standards from the start of how we are going to raise him/her and what our family dynamics is going to look like. Doesn't take too long after that first little blessing lets out a cry in the night that we notice our perfectness slipping away.
Often times we feel that is just us not able to be perfect, to not live up to these expectations and we seek out a perfect mom model to shadow and learn from. We learn later on, that they too struggle and that we all have good intentions, but things can get a little bit messy.
Life is messy, raising kids is messy and Jennifer Grant shows through the book an open look at how messy things can get, and how we can bond together in a way to realize that none of us are the perfect mom. God's grace is what is going to keep these kids from floundering.
Jennifer shares her ups and downs, her 'bad mommy' stories in the hopes of us realizing that we are not alone in this journey. That there is a bond between moms as we all struggle with not having it all together.
Funny, witty and thought provoking, this book does indeed help a mom not feel so all alone!
We need Real Friends on this journey, and Jennifer helps encourage us to find those, but she also is able to help the younger moms feel as if there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Super book for young moms as well as seasoned, been there done that. We all read and nod our heads in understanding and agreement as Jennifer takes us through what looks much like our own life.
About the Author
Jennifer Grant is mother to four children and author of Love You More: The Divine
Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (2011). For more than a decade she wrote for papers in
the Sun-Times newsgroup. Currently she freelances for the Chicago Tribune and is a
regular contributor to hermeneutics, Christianity Today magazine's blog for women. Grant
is a Wheaton College graduate who received her master's in English and Creative Writing
from Southern Methodist University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL.
I received a copy of this book from Handlebar Marketing in exchange for an honest review.