October 24, 2012

Hope for the Weary Mom {book review & a giveway}

Moms, I want to share something with you. Something I think many of us know well...a feeling, a posture, an exhaustion, even a jadedness that we may not want to admit. It's called weariness. Do you know it? Are you familiar with these feelings? If you are and you're looking for some light in the darkness...a ray of HOPE to fill your heart...please keep reading.

I am a mom to four very active and adventurous boys who break my heart and fill me with joy all at the same time, every single day. I am weary. And this mom's heart is in need of God's tenderness and loving care...the kind that only He can give when no one else understands what I need.

This care that I need and long for isn't new. It's not something I suddenly felt this morning or last year. I've always felt it. But, the kind of care I need changed the day I found out I was pregnant with my first born son and then again the second I held him for the very first time. As I breathed him in, a scent that only comes straight from the arms of Heaven, I knew right then that parenting this little one would require so much more than I could give him. My walk with God changed that day.

And with each new son God blessed my husband and I with, came more heart change, new vulnerabilities and a deeper need for more of Him. As the years pass and I am continually brought back to places of vulnerability, I am reminded by God of how much I need to be in those places so I will rely on His strength where I am weak and weary.

Earlier this year, I was so thankful to read a little ebook that addressed my weary heart condition. I loved it so much, I hosted a week long series for other moms hoping they, too, would be blessed by this book. What a hope-filled week that was. Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, by authors Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker now has an expanded edition that just released this week. The original version of this book was incredible. But, the new version? The one that has more chapters, even more depth, more stories of struggle, suffering, perseverance, grace and hope? Well, it's AMAZING!


I've had the privilege and blessing of being a part of the launch team for this new and expanded book: Hope for the Weary Mom. I've read the book. And I'm reading it again because in all of it's raw truth and honesty about the condition of a mother's heart when she is weary....there is HOPE. I need this. We all do. This book doesn't just "touch" on a few areas that make a mama tired. No, these authors speak about circumstances and matters of the heart that I find myself nodding in complete and utter agreement about. I've said outloud, "YES, someone else gets it!" more than a few times when reading what these sweet moms have to say about the real things of motherhood.

This book has helped me see more clearly, pray more deeply and know more intimately the Truth of who our God is. Our loving Father loves us with a love so deep, we can't fathom it. He wants us to know and experience the kind of Hope that Brooke and Stacey offer to all of us in their newly expanded book, Hope for the Weary Mom.

Friends, I pray you go out and get this book today. Here is the Kindle version.   Or you can get a paperback book to hold in your hands.

And guess what! If you missed your opportunity to get this book for free earlier in the week...Brooke and Stacey are graciously letting me give away ONE FREE PDF COPY to one of you sweet moms! To enter for your chance to win, leave me a comment below along with your email address. If you're already one my faithful followers, THANK YOU! Let me know you are already following for a second chance to win and if you aren't, I'd love it if you'd join my circle here by subscribing to this blog and/or our Facebook page. I'll announce the winner on Monday, October 29th.

...and if you're a boy mom, like myself, join me for the blog series I hosted especially for you based on the original little ebook Brooke and Stacey wrote last year!

~A Blog Series~
 7 Days of Hope for the Weary {Boy} Mom
{from the original ebook: Hope for the Weary Mom. Hosted earlier this year.}

If you're still reading this, I hope and pray you'll grab something warm to drink and stay a while. This is the blog series I hosted here earlier this year: 7 Days of Hope and is based on the ebook, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, by authors Brooke McGlothlin and Stacey Thacker. I can't wait for all of you brave boy moms to join with me in setting our eyes on the One who created us, who sees where we are, knows the longings of our hearts and our deepest desires to be the moms He created us to be for the sons He so lovingly blessed us with.

7 Days of Hope for the Weary BOY Mom...on it's way...
7 Days of Hope....preparing our hearts
7 Days of Hope: Welcome!
Day 1: When the Gentle Words Won't Come
Day 2: When you Don't Measure Up
Day 3: Beer and Cigarettes?
Day 4: Why you Can't Live at the Spa
Guest Post: Response to Day 1
It's all about YOU!
Day 5: When you Just Want to Give Up 
Day 6: Sometimes it Takes an Altar
Day 7: "When Life Hurts Too Much"

Linking up with: 
Hip Homeschool Moms

(I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. Affiliate links included.) 
 

2 comments:

  1. I'm SO glad you did this review…I am about to get the book (Just got an ipad so need to figure out how to put books on it! :)) But your review makes me want to read it all the more!
    I love your heart. Your family is indeed blessed. Now I will go back to read over your series. Thank you!!

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    1. Thanks so much Monica. Did you already get your copy of Hope? I have one PDF copy available. You are the only one who commented on my review this time and I would LOVE to send you this copy. If you've already purchased it, I can still send it to you if you'd like to bless another mom with this book. Just let me know.

      Hope you're enjoying your Hawaiian Fall. The rain certainly has set in here in WA. The timing of your visit here was PERFECT. :)

      Blessings,
      Megan

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