Friday, July 15, 2016

Surprised by Motherhood

I love reading. There have been so many nights that I have stayed up until the wee early morning hours to finish a good story. I read the entire Laura Ingalls Wilder series by the soft glow of my lava lamp in elementary school. Totally convinced that my mum was ignorant of it... I know better now (thanks mum for letting me read). When I was punished, I wasn't spanked, or grounded... I had my books taken away. I LOVE to read.

All this to say that I have consumed countless books, but I can count on one hand, the books that have changed my heart, my mind, and at the risk of sounding like a dramatic teenager, my life.

Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker is one of those books.

The best way that this mama of three can explain it, is reading this book was like putting neosporin on my heart. Justin and I have been raising these man-cubs hundreds of miles away from family. It's lonely. It's scary. It's hard. Lisa-Jo was able to put into words what my heart screams daily, and then wrap it all up with scripture and experience. She points the way for tired, Christ-loving mamas. She writes it in a way full of grace, and love. 
A spot on quote from the book.

I wish this book was around for me to read when I was pregnant with my first. I would have been so much more prepared. Less naive, more ready.
Possibly my favorite quote.

If you are a mama, or soon to be a mama. Read this book. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll probably want to hug Lisa-Jo. But most of all, you will be changed.

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