Sunday, June 6, 2010

Momology--A Book Review

About the book:
Mothering is part art, part science, and always a work in progress! Backed by more than thirty years of research-based ministry at MOPS International, Momology is designed to help you be the unique mother God created you to be--because better moms make a better world.

The book is broken into 4 key parts: Core, Finesse, Circle, and Grandscape. In core, the author discusses making sure that you are a resilient, healthy parent. In the finesse section, she talks about doing mothering well--with finesse. Circle refers to the circles of support and friendship in our lives. Finally, in the grandscape section she discusses how our lives as mothers fit into God's grand design.

About the Author:

Shelly Radic is the chief of staff at Mothers of Preschoolers, Intl. As an author, teacher, and speaker, Shelly's passion is inspiring women to respond to God's call for their lives and encouraging and developing women as leaders in their homes, churches, and communities. Shelly graduated from Point Loma Nazarene College in San Diego, CA, with a degree in Home Economics/Family Studies. She lives in Aurora, CO with her husband and four children.

My Review:
First and foremost, this book is practical. It was designed to be read in very short "naptime" segments. I appreciated that I could put it down at a moment's notice without having to stop in the middle of a long chapter. It kept my (often divided) attention also because it is peppered with anecdotes from real-life mothers, as well as questions for thoughtful review, opportunities to go online and discuss my thoughts with other moms, and practical steps for putting theories into practice.

I also appreciated the author's stance on finesse. She makes a point to say that mothering is an experiment and you do what works best for you and your child. This book does not offer specific advice on things like co-sleeping, breast vs. bottle, etc, etc, but it gives you the freedom to decide what you would like to do.

I think my favorite part about this book is how encouraging it is. After reading it, I felt empowered to keep on doing this mothering thing and to continue to connect with other moms who can support me in this journey. As the MOPS theme book for this coming year, I believe it will spark some excellent ideas.

Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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