Friday, February 22, 2019

Book Review & Giveaway -- Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms

About the Book:


Hang in There, Mama!
For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.
This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you. Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom. As you read the Scripture and prayer that accompany each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to reflect His love to the world.
In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life right now and in every moment.


My Review:


I wish I'd had Grit & Grace when I first became a mother nearly seven years ago. I needed loving, affirming, wise voices of women who'd gone before. That's what Suzanne and Gretta do in this book. Their stories are relatable and inspiring. They often cite Scripture and there is a prayer at the end of each devotion.

It takes me less than five minutes to read a devotion (good for busy moms) and I often read more than one a day. There's a large range of topics and, for the most part, they can be read in any order. I did not notice anything that contradicts the Bible. I do feel the book is best suited for mothers with babies and young children. Not that a mother of a older child wouldn't glean wisdom from the devotions, but I feel like most of the devotions deal with the issues that arise with younger children.

I'll share one of my favorite statements that has altered my perspective: “The reality that your time with your little ones is limited shouldn't depress you, Mama. It should empower you. It should empower you to sit longer snuggled on the couch, reading 'just one more' book. It should empower you to set aside your to-do list to watch your tutu-clad princess perform her original production for you. (Page 12)”  That's just a snippet of one devotional that really hit home for me, but I've underlined statements in nearly each devotion. I can see myself reusing this book over and over again.



About the authors:

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.

Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.



Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.  

Grit & Grace is her first book.



Fellow Grit & Grace Warrior Moms can connect on Facebook (gritandgracemoms), Twitter (@Gritandgracemom) and Instagram (@gritandgracemoms).


Giveaway:


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


4 comments:

  1. I needed my Mom a lot and she passed away in 2012! But I know there was one time in my life I don't know if I would have made with out her. I had been married 3 1/2 years and I was 5 months pregnant. Things was great in my life. And then on February 14, 1991 my Husband died. People said he killed hisself other people thought he was murder. I almost lost my baby.if it was not for my Momma I think I would have died. Mothers are wonderful!!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear about your husband! Glad though that you had your mother to support you through that time. I hope I can always support and help my daughters as they grow. I feel like we always need our mommas, no matter what age we are.

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  2. My mom was always there for me.

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    1. How wonderful! I hope my daughters will one day say the same!

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