Thursday, February 24, 2011

Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood

So... it's coming! The release date is April 1, and if you click on the link you'll get to Amazon, where you can pre-order if you're so inclined. 

Here's the skinny:
Motherhood is a devotional book is designed for first-time moms. The daily pieces are short (who has time to read when you have a newborn?) and very, very real. We have 20 fabulous and diverse writers, each of whom shares the struggles and joys, frustrations and insights of that first year.

It's not fluffy or precious -- it's real. The 365 devotions cover the whole range of first-year experiences: functioning through sleep deprivation, feeling like your baby is interfering with the 'real you', the need to find new ways to connect with God/husband/mother/friends, staring down loneliness and insecurity.There are devotions that express the joy of motherhood, and some that make you laugh out loud.

It's a book that's accessible to both the strong believer and the mom who hasn't been to church in... well, who remembers? In the words of a Jewish friend who looked over the manuscript, "Wow, I'd give this to anyone! This is helpful!" It's like having a group of honest and open friends who aren't afraid to say, "Yeah, I've felt that -- and here's what helped me. Here's how I grew, personally and spiritually."

The writers include a mom of twins, an adoptive mom, a mother who has a baby with Down Syndrome. There are city moms and small-town moms, lonely moms, insecure moms, and moms who figure out how to connect with others and relish this new and different stage of life. There's one dad, just for a different perspective. There are tips and prayers and a fabulous index that lets you quickly find the pieces that deal with whatever crisis you're experiencing at the moment.

It's a beautiful book, if I do say so myself. I hope you enjoy it.