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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

MoMumental ~ Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising A Family Book Review

Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family

One mom’s humorous and candid memoir shows would-be supermoms how to create a realistically balanced family life without losing their minds.
A longtime former writer for the Chicago Sun-Times and now a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Jennifer Grant is no stranger to the common reader. MOMumental is a foray into the enormously amusing, creative, and taxing process of raising a family and a starkly honest memoir that mothers everywhere can identify with. With narrative that is chock-full of humorous, poignant stories drawn from her everyday adventures as a mother and wife, Grant presents an entertaining and inspirational book that will give readers uncommon insights about being an intentional parent.

 Celebrating the joyous art of being a mother, MOMumental offers an inspiring, honest, and infectiously humorous look at the perils and pleasures of raising a family in the real world.

Once a devout believer in the myth of the perfect mother, author Jennifer Grant now has a more realistic yet still upbeat view of parenting and families. Instead of focusing on creating a conflict-free home, raising picture-perfect kids, and being an ideal mother, Grant offers a wiser and more down-to-earth way to love your children that makes room for mistakes and imperfections. She says, "I share stories about family life and how I've come to appreciate the mess of it. I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family." 

is one mother's account of the unpredictable, creative, sometimes hilarious, and always rewarding process of raising a family. It's filled with funny and poignant stories from her everyday life--a life that mothers everywhere can identify with.

About the Author

Jennifer Grant is mother to four children and author of Love You More: The Divine Surprise of Adopting My Daughter (2011). For more than a decade she wrote for papers in the Sun-Times newsgroup. Currently she freelances for the Chicago Tribune and is a regular contributor to her.meneutics, Christianity Today magazine's blog for women. Grant is a Wheaton College graduate who received her master's in English and Creative Writing from Southern Methodist University. She lives outside of Chicago, IL.

My Thoughts

I did not know what to expect when I received this book for review.  I half heartily picked it up one day to read, and I was pleasantly surprised.  The Author writes this book in a way that any new mom, a mom currently raising her kids, or a mom with grown children can relate.  

This book could have been my story.  I also went into motherhood with high expectations of how I would raise my children and how they would turn out.  Sometimes life throws some very unexpected and sometimes funny curves.  Not everything in life can be planned out to a "T" especially when kids are involved.  I found myself by the time I had my second child to throw a lot of the expectations to the way-side.  This made parenting a little more easier and a lot less stressful.  Though we tripped along the way and things were not as magical as I expected them to be, both my boys turned out to be kind caring people.  Though one still goes through his rough patches in life, I know that we did the absolute best we could in raising them.  

Instead of making our expectations of how we want our life and our children to turn out the priority, make life and our children the priority.  Everything else just falls into place.

I think this book should be a MUST read for all new mothers to be!  You can purchase MoMumental at Amazon for $11.99 or Barnes and Noble for 11.18.
I will be offering a giveaway on MoMumental in the next few days.  But until the giveaway starts you can start reading the first chapter here.

I was provided with a free copy of MoMumental to review from Handlebar Marketing.   I was not compensated for a positive review.  All opinions are my own.  For more PR and disclosure please click here.


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