Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Better Mom by Ruth Schwenk

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It doesn't take long for a mother to end up with a heaping helping of guilt and regret. In The Better Mom, author Ruth Schwenk, guides readers on a path of grace. Grace to face those times and moments when women are all too aware of their personal flaws and failings.

The subtitle "Growing in Grace between Perfection and the Mess" is a wonderful description. Oh how strong, that battle between the perfection we envision: obedient children, tidy home, healthy meals, a constantly cheerful disposition and the too-often-reality: misbehaving children, toys strewn everywhere, too many meals on the run and a deeply furrowed scowl that shows up with greater frequency. Ruth has been in those places of despair,  exhaustion and disappointment that so many mothers experience.

I liked that the title isn't, The Best Mom but rather The Better Mom. We can all strive to be better in those areas we are weak. Ruth offers a sympathetic ear as well as an abundance of wisdom to help along the way.

A quick glance over the table of contents and the reader knows immediately that Ruth is in touch with mom struggles:

  • I Have No Idea What I'm Doing! 
  • Everything Depends on Me
  • I Want the Perfect Home
  • Who Am I, Anyway?
  • I Miss My Friends!
  • I Have to be on the Top of My Game
  • No One Appreciates All That I Do!
  • I Hate This Stage of Life
  • It's Time for Me!
  • I Hate to Fail
  • I Worry Constantly
  • Motherhood is Robbing Me of (fill in the blank)
  • I Don't Know Who to Listen To!
  • I Can't See Where I'm Going:
  • I Need Some Alone Time
  • I Don't Have Enough Time Left
  • I Want to Make a Difference
  • I Want to Enjoy the Journey
Whether you are just bringing home your first baby or you are planning your youngest's graduation, you will find a message that gently points you to Christ. He uses imperfect women to carry out the mission of motherhood and to help draw our children to Himself.

The Better Mom would be a wonderful choice for a Christian Women's Book Club, a neighborhood Bible Study or for a women's parenting group. You can read more of Ruth's thoughts on her blog. Pick up copies of this encouraging book for any mother who needs some encouragement along the way.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Better Mom from Handlebar Publishing for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Key of All Unknown by K. A. Hitchins

Imagine the horror of being trapped within a body considered vegetative by medical standards but very much alive and aware. Having the ability to think, feel, and experience pain but no way to communicate with the friends and loved ones who have come to visit.

Tilda has no recollection of the circumstances that preceded her arrival at the hospital. Spending hours and days coming in and out of consciousness, readers experience the entirety of the book through her thoughts. While authorities are treating her injuries with suspicion, her brother and father are fighting over her future medical care.

Childhood memories, projects for work, the progression of a dating relationship, all flit through Tilda's mind like a crazy quilt of experiences. And while Tilda feels very much alive, no on knows she can her them. She is left to question every person in her life and whether a colleague, boyfriend, or roommate tried to kill her.

Will Tilda find a way to make her presence known?   Why hasn't her boyfriend come to visit? Who will decide whether she lives or dies? The questions keep piling up and the answers seem to slip further and further away.

The Key to All Unknown was a brooding mystery filled with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers turning page after page. Make sure to include this on your summer reading list!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of The Key of All Unknown from Instant Apostle Reader Reviews for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.