Wife, Mummy, Nurse: 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood #Book #Review

31 October 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood #Book #Review

One of my favorite activities is to color in coloring books with my daughter, but I get tired of coloring in her Minions, Star Wars, and Sofia coloring books. Thankfully with the popularity of adult coloring books, I am often found coloring in mama's coloring book, while she colors in her coloring book. One recent coloring book I have been using is Sarah Humphrey's 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood: Devotions and Coloring Book to Nourish Mom.
Nourishment for a mother's soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!
Wouldn't it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions---an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:
-Self-acceptance-Self-care-Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations-Generosity-Presence-Forgiveness 
In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

My thoughts:
I was not too impressed with this book for two reasons.

1. It did not have a lot of meat in it. Yes, motherhood is tiring, but even when I've been in the stage of having a newborn, I appreciated having an intelligent conversation that did not only dwell on the fact of how tired I was. I also found myself disagreeing with some of the things in this "devotional" (read self help book). For example, "It is important to find the meaning of their names (husband/children) because this will show us how to encourage them, build them up, and feed them the best soul food" (p. 10). Really? We should be teaching our family of their identity in relation to Christ, not themselves. They are made in God's image. They are sinners, in need of God's grace. The idea that they will have obstacles in their lives because it goes against their name is hogwash.

Even if my daughter's name meant something completely different than Grace, she would still have the same sin patterns in her life. The name we give them is a name that an fallible human has given them.

Remind them that they are under the care of an all-seeing and all-knowing God. The only way I can I can feed them the best soul food is to know the meaning of their names. I'm sorry. How about reading the Word of God to them? Praying with and for them? Singing the Psalms? Listening to sermons? Having family worship? There are many more practical ways to show them their identity. Remind them of their place. They are a child of God.  There were more points that just left me shaking my head thinking, "Do not recommend this duhvotional.".

2. The pages were thin and my gel pens, markers, and sharpies often bled through the pages. Most adult coloring books have thicker pages, but the quality on this book was not great.
They only thing I liked about this book were the doodles; I was able to color in pages quickly in one sitting. 

In the end, I cannot and will not recommend this book.

I was sent a copy of 40 days to a joyful motherhood for the purpose of review
All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any way.

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