The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
First of all, I have to admit to some bias in this review: not only is Jamie C. Martin a friend of mine, she is also a mother I admire and look up to. My copy of her first book, Steady Days, is a well worn and rarely makes it back to the bookshelf. I am encouraged by her writing on Steady Mom and Simple Homeschool as well.
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Not only that, there have been moments in my life where it was Jamie’s kindness and wisdom, either through a sentiment written on her blog Steady Mom or a through a word of encouragement exactly when I needed to hear it, that have buoyed my spirits or helped to turn a bad day around.
So, when Jamie announced that she had a new project in the works, something that expressed her heart for moms, I knew that it was going to be good.
I was wrong.
It is fantastic! (Judging by the reviews the book has been getting, I’m not the only one who thinks so.)
Mindset for Moms: From Mundane to Marvelous Thinking in Just 30 Days
Mindset for Moms begins with Jamie sharing about her own journey as a mom and how her personal evolution took her from wondering if motherhood and life with young children was to be endured to firmly believing it is her dream job and calling.
Her circumstances didn’t change, but her attitude did.
Personally, I have had seasons of motherhood where it feels light, beautiful, and almost easy. I have also been through seasons of motherhood where it feels like I am living just to get from one challenging moment to the next. Those times are lonely, hard, and discouraging, to say the least.
I am not a super hero, I am a human. And this human mother admits that there are those very bad days when I wake up and count the hours until I can go back to sleep again. It is all too easy to feel drained and even depressed.
Life shouldn’t be about merely existing or getting through the day. This time in my life as a mother to young children is a blessing, but my attitude doesn’t always reflect the gift that this season is.
Not a Quick Fix, but Long-Term Change
Jamie’s writing offers a message of hope for those of us who find ourselves struggling, wanting motherhood to be something more than merely getting through the day with our kids.
It is not about putting on rose-colored glasses or never having a bad day or a negative thought. Mindset for Moms is about changing your thinking so that you know what to do when, as Jamie says, “negativity comes knocking.”
Not only is Jamie’s advice encouraging, it is practical. She knows first-hand how the resources of a mother are limited, especially when it comes to time. Her words are simple to read and easily applied to real life.
This isn’t about a quick fix, this is about a long-term change.
In the ebook’s short, easy to read chapters, Jamie provides a 30 day road map that has the potential to be perspective changing, even life changing.
I have been reading a little bit each day and more than once I have found myself thinking over an idea Jamie writes about as I go about my day, the words lingering within me, and yes, even altering my thinking.
Mindset for Moms, for me personally, has come at a time when I really needed it.
Perhaps some of you are in the same place in your lives?
From the book:
“How would you like to find yourself thinking and feeling differently about your family, your self, and your future in just 30 days? A better life awaits – let’s go after it together!”
Jamie is generously offering FOUR Simple Kids readers a copy of her ebook Mindset for Moms! I’m excited about this because I know this book is going to have an impact and I’m thankful to get to share it with you.
The book is available in four formats: for the Kindle, the Nook, through iTunes, or as a printable PDF.
How to Enter:
- Simply leave a comment on this post telling me you’d like to win a copy
(note: if you’re reading this in a blog reader or via email, you’ll need to visit the Simple Kids blog to leave a comment)
This giveaway ends at midnight EST Saturday February 11, 2012. Winners will be announced on Sunday during my Weekend Links on February 12. Good luck! This giveaway is now closed. Thank you!
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