Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Christian Mama's Guide

An entertaining, practical guide for first-time mamas and those who need a baby refresher course. The new mom initiation ritual involves sleepless nights, an inexplicable obsession with baby booties, and more questions than answers. This take on everything baby offers new moms the Christian girlfriend advice she needs to feel confident in her new role, including:
  • getting into the motherhood groove
  • breastfeeding advice
  • suggestions for losing the baby weight—before your baby is no longer a baby
  • time management tips that may just help you find time to do laundry—before you run out of clean underwear
  • how you can manage to be a godly mother and a good wife on less than three hours of sleep a night
Easy-to-read and relatable, this been-there-done-that guide answers these questions and more with a dose of humor an a lot of grace so that new moms can become the moms that God intended them to be during their baby's first year.


The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year was such a wonderful read and so very refreshing after plodding through several less than encouraging"girlfriend" guides to pregnancy and raising your newborn. Many of the other pregnancy and newborn books were very negative and focused almost exclusively on how hard raising new children can be on the Mom and the marriage. Although, MacPherson offers plenty of empathy and humorous antidotes about her own life, that openly illustrate that being a new mother is not an easy trick, she manages to infuse the novel with positivity and grace. She celebrates the joys of new motherhood and encourages other mothers to do the same. As a potentially unintended consequence, the book also results in a desire to reach out to other new moms who may be struggling or having a bad day to let them know they are not alone in this life challenge.

Many of the chapters are common to the new motherhood books, such as getting your baby to sleep, convincing them to eat, changing diapers, and when to seek medical advice. This book is different in that for each of the subjects the chapters serve as summaries of most of the advice in other books and can quickly point you in the correct direction for reading that most suits your current need. She offers her own personal insights and tips and tricks for saving money,time, and sanity while completing each of the above motherhood adventures. The chapters include her personal experiences, which truly provide the feeling that you are sharing motherhood in the company of a close friend. There are several points during the book where I laughed out loud; a wonderful therapeutic side effect to reading this book.

BookSneeze provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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