Mar 21, 2009

'Mommy Grace' Book Review & Giveaway


Ok, I have to admit, it doesn't matter how many times I hear "that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover." I still do it. It's not intentional, but it happens. And when I opened the package and found this book, I was immediately convinced I'd love it. First of all I love the photo, then I spotted it, "Mommy Grace; Erasing Your Mommy Guilt." Yup, that sealed the deal.

And I have to say I was not disappointed. If you read my blog very regularly, you know how I have so much free time to watch Oprah, eat BonBon's and...read. (That's sarcasm in case you missed it.) A book really has to have something to keep me reading. I think the key to this book is the relate-ability. If you're a mom, you have mommy guilt. Or at least all the mom's I know do. If you don't either, you're perfect and should write your own book or you're probably doing things WAY wrong. Mommy guilt seems to simply be part of the deal. Whether you deal with daily guilt from having to be a working mom or whether you are only struck by occasional mommy guilt because you let your guard down for a quick second and now you're on your way to get your child stitches, it touches us all. But the key to this book is to help us mommies feel a little better. Sound good? Yeah I thought so. If you're anything like me, one thing that makes you feel better about your imperfections, is hearing about other mom's imperfections. And this book is chucked full of that. But more importantly are the parts about how are imperfections are OK. We might not be perfect parents, but luckily if we raise our children in faith, they WILL have one perfect parent!!

Publisher's Description:

Universally, mothers tend to feel they are not good enough at parenting and fear they are harming their children by not being perfect. In Mommy Grace: Erasing Mommy Guilt, Sheila Schuller Coleman offers overwhelmed moms short but emotive stories of authentic motherhood from her own and others' experiences-foibles and all-and offers comfort by showing how God makes up for human weakness with His own strength.
Because Sheila shares lessons learned the hard way by real moms rather than giving difficult instructions for better mothering, readers will leave the book feeling encouraged rather than lectured.
For every mom who feels she's not quite up to the colossal job of parenting, MOMMY GRACE is full of hope and compassion.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sheila Schuller Coleman has a doctorate in educational leadership and administration. For over a decade she has worked in both the public and private school arenas, mentoring schoolteachers, principals, and preschool directors. Sheila is currently the director of family ministries at the Crystal Cathedral and superintendent of Crystal Cathedrals Schools. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Jim. You can contact Sheila and read her column at www.crystalcathedral.org/Sheila.

Sounds like something you'd make time to read? Lucky for you, I have FIVE copies of this great book to give away to five of my great readers!!!

If you don't want to wait, you can pick up a copy at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes & Noble or check for other retailers here.


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##Winnner wil be picked Saturday 3/28/09!!

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ETA I have another giveaway this week HERE!!

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38 comments:

  1. I definitely have mommy guilt about letting my kids watch TV when I hear about other moms who let their kids have like 5 minutes of screen time a day...I mean, I know what they're watching, but I do let them watch a couple of shows a day. Am I doing permanent damage? Is my sanity important? Aaaah!

    I'd love to win a copy! Thanks!

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  2. I have mommy guilt about sending Jalena to day care sometimes, when I hear about these other mommies that are SAHM and how they love it, and they spend so much time with their kids. But then I dont feel so bad, because she has fun there, and enjoys going, But I dont have a choice, I have to work full time.

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  3. I think as mothers we feel all kinds of guilt. I know I feel guilt when my daughter doesn't eat. Am I doing something wrong? Why is she refusing? I also feel guilt about plunking her in front of the TV so I can have 15 minutes to get something done. We aren't perfect and I think we hold ourselves to such a high standard...feeling we need to be perfect...thanks for the great giveaway! sallyanne03@gmail.com

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  4. I feel guilty about being so tired and worn out at night that I often just hug them pray and tell them goodnight. I really should read with them or lay with them and chat, but some nights I just don't have it in me.

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  5. I always have some sort of mom guilt. The only thing that varies is which kid I'm feeling guilty about. Right now, I feel that guilt because I need to go with my oldest on her field trip Thursday, which means leaving the baby all day. I know, working moms do that every day, and I am sooo thankful I don't have to do that!

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  6. I feel a lot of "mommy guilt" because although I'm a stay at home mom, I've had to start working from home now. I feel like my work is taking up all of my time and I can't spend enough time with the girls or do enough for them. I also don't get any ME time, so my fuse is even shorter. And I feel guilt about that. Believe me, I NEED a copy of that book.

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  7. My Mommy Guilt: Gaining 15 more minutes in bed in the morning, while letting my 10 year-old daughter get my 15 month-old baby boy out of bed each morning....she plays with him, gets his bottle, takes good care while I listen from my bed! Who's the Mommy here?!

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  8. I put your button on my blog!

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  9. I have mommy guilt when my kids eat anything not all natural or organic!

    God bless-
    Amanda

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  10. Bawhahaha! Guilt should be my middle name. Am I spending too much time with one and not enough with the other. Am I too worried about doing my job well and not taking care of the home front? Am I teaching them to be messy? And on and on...

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  11. I have to fess up?! Isn't it good enough to know I have these moments, and more often than I'd like?

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  12. Oh my where to even start on my guilt!! I let them watch way too much TV, I yell when I get frustrated, I don't read near enough books to them, I am often not nearly patient enough, I send the older 2 to MDO so I can have some me time (with the baby), I retreat to the computer when I should be doing laundry or cleaning or supervising in the backyard.
    Apparently I need this book.

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  13. My Mommy Guilt is that there are never enough hours in the day, and always feel I haven't spend enough time with my Kiddo's.

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  14. I feel guilty when I take a nap...and my boyfriend watches our son. I feel like that I should be with him all the time!

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  15. I have some serious mommy guilt every time I leave the house or try to work at home. I have got it bad!! I so need this book! :)

    Stacie
    The Divine Miss Mommy
    http://www.thedivinemissmommy.com
    http://www.twitter.com/stacieinatlanta

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  16. I still have a bit of mommy guilt over being sick last year and not being 100% during the first year of his life. It is a struggle every day to remind myself that I had to get well for him and his big brother.

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  17. I feel guilty when I lash out at my children in anger. It is my responsibility to be in control of my emotions and I feel like dirt when I yell at them simply because I'm having a bad day or PMS.

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  18. My mommy guilt is counting down until it is naptime and bedtime. Oh, and losing my tempter. And hiding in the bathroom so I can quick check my email. And eating candy but telling my 3 year old that it is only food for mommy. And...and...and...

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  19. Recently I had some mommy guilt over my 3 year old's birthday party. My second son was born just a month and a half before my oldest turned 3. I kind of slacked on the party, it was a month late and a lot of people couldn't come. I felt bad that I had ruined his birthday because I was preoccupied with his little brother. I don't think he even noticed though.

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  20. I put your button on my sidebar.
    http://ninemoremonths.blogspot.com/

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  21. being a single mom of 4 boys not a day goes by that I dont have mommy guilt, too much tv, combining kids bday parties, yelling over nothing, not spending enough time with them, feeding the wrong things gosh i could go on & on & on! I NEED THIS BOOK :D

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  22. I have Mommy guilt because my pregnancy has been so draining I haven't been spending nearly enough time doing crafts, reading, and playing with my boys. I'm praying my energy returns once the baby is born.

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  23. I wish I'd said yes more often and taken more time to play.

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  24. I'm a fulltime work outside the home mom, so yes I'm tired when I come home and I wish this weren't the case.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    kimspam66(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I felt guilty going back to work when my baby was 8 months old.

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  26. I have quite a bit of mommy guilt. I hate the fact that I have to work and leave my daughter in day care. I actually just wrote a post about this on my blog the other day. Next week will mark one year since I returned from my maternity leave. It makes me cry just thinking about it.

    redsonyablade@yahoo.com

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  27. I personally don't feel guilty about daycare. That is just a fact of life for being a single parent. I DO feel guilty about being single and constantly being both mom and dad to 2 young kids! I can never get enough done!

    This book would be a godsend to me Thanks!

    whitten100 @ yahoo dot com

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  28. my mummy guilt..planting the little one infront of TV when I'm feeling overwhelmed and have to meet a work deadline


    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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  29. My mommy guilt moments is loosing track of time and forgetting to pick up my son at school.

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