O.K. So, perhaps this giveaway appears to be a bit off topic for this blog, but I'll tell you why I'm hosting it:
1. Parents need to be reading role models. So I'm putting a book suggestion out there for all you reading mommies!
2. I was petitioned by a publisher to do my first blogger book review, and I couldn't say "no!" (too exciting)
3. Five of you will win a copy of this great book!
So... I just finished this very refreshing read - Mommy Grace: Erasing Your Mommy Guilt. Boy, it sure did show up right when I needed to read it. Funny how things work out like that.
Mommy Grace is a faith-based book of encouragement for those of us mothers who feel like we're far from having it all together, who worry we might be messing our kids up with our not-so-perfect parenting, and who struggle with mommy guilt regularly. Is there a mom in America that doesn't feel like they fit this description?
The author of Mommy Grace, Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman, formatted this book so perfectly by keeping each section very brief and straightforward. It's perfect for a quick end-of-the-day pick me up before turning out the light, or to read during your morning quiet time (or any quiet time you may be lucky enough to get).
So why do I keep trying to be perfect? Because I want to be loved. And somewhere I mistakenly bought into the lie that my imperfections could keep me from being loved. But in truth, this logic is backward, counterintuitive. I have since learned that I can show I care more by being fallible than I can by setting a standard so high that it intimidates others. Then all I have managed to build is a wall, a moat that holds those I love at arm's distance. Ironically, it is my foibles, my wide hips, my face that not only has wrinkles but zits, my dusty house - in short, all my imperfections that draw people closer to me.
Don't you love that?