“All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 MSG
By: Jennifer Mullen
My best friend from my childhood called me awhile back to inform me that she was reading our blog. This surprised me until I realized that she was trying to tell me she was expecting her first child. I squealed in excitement. A million things flooded my mind of what I wanted to share with her. Things I wish someone would have told me. I simply could not put into words all my thoughts. Too much to tell with too much distance between us. So, I congratulated her and left it at that. After all she would figure it out sooner or later like we all did.
A few weeks later she posted a link on Facebook to a book that her cousin had written about the process of becoming a mother. I checked it out. It was hysterical and spot on! It was everything I wanted to tell my friend and so much more.
Then I Became a Mother, by Robin Kramer is a must read for every expecting mother, new mom, or any mom of young children. Kramer has an uncanny ability to use the written word to mentor a mother’s heart. Her writing style seemed as intimate and genuine as having coffee with a dear friend.
Kramer used the humor that comes with day-to-day parenting to make her nine pieces of advice relatable and easy to accept.
Her antidotes convinced me that I was not an anomaly. I truly wish that I had read this book years ago when I was in trudging through sleep training and breastfeeding. But there was plenty of advice for me to still benefit from such as avoiding comparisons, redefining accomplishments, and adjusting my standard for a clean house.
I am confident that my dear childhood friend now has received coherent and sound advice that will serve her well in the first few years of parenting.
If you or someone you know would benefit from this book, you can order an e-copy of this book here. Also, you can do a book study with it in your mother’s group or with a few of your friends. Click here to download free discussion guides. If you would like to read more from Robin Kramer, check out her blog: Pink Dyer Lint.
Robin Kramer has graciously offered an e-copy of Then I Became a Mother as a giveaway to Mosaic of Moms. We are going to do a drawing for the winner from our subscribers. If you have not yet subscribed, go ahead and do it now.
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