“In these pages I want to remind you of who you are in Christ and who you can be with your kids,” Lisa Pennington writes in the introduction of her book, Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around.
~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-eight-page paperback targets mothers looking for some solace among the day-to-day chaos raising children. Scriptures are taken from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
After an introduction, eleven chapters cover how to obtain joy through doing a “do-over” as a mother relates to her children. In addition to discussing ways to maintain stress levels, also added are fun things to do for mom, toddler, young kids, older children, and teenagers. The book ends with a soup recipe and chapter notes. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse, discusses a topic with the author’s viewpoints and memories, and concludes with a short written assignment.
~ Why ~
Parenting is challenging, and all mothers need their space and time to regroup and reset when they have bad days. This book gives tips on how to set up a written “do-over” list that concentrates on your gifts, dreams, and problems while considering gratitude and God.
I like that the author recommends the reader know who they are, what their dreams were and now are, identify problems, connect the dots, make a plan, consider changes, find joy, practice, enjoy motherhood, and break issues down one at a time.
~ Why Not ~
Being a wife, mother of two adult sons, and grandparent, I felt most of the information in this book is standard from a Christian viewpoint to focus on God, pray for your children, and realize He is in control of all things. Also, a majority of it correlated with the author’s experiences of doing a kitchen remodel, handling piles of laundry, learning to bake bread, and crying chopping onions to name a few.
~ Who ~
Wife and mother of nine home-schooled children, Pennington maintains a blog and is a conference and women’s group speaker. She and her family live in Texas.
~ Wish ~
With the many added instances of the author’s personal experiences, the book was often about her and her family. I know she meant this as a way to connect between her lessons and life, but I found it detracted from the focus of God. Not knowing the author, my rating is not based on the negative reviews that brought up her legal or current-day issues, but only the book’s content was examined.
~ Want ~
If you a book that focuses on you and your attitude raising your children, this may be for you. However, having “been there, done that,” there may be little gleaned by seasoned mothers who now, years later, are beginning to realize it is about God and not ourselves as “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.
Thanks to Shelton Interactive for furnishing this complimentary book for a review based on my unbiased, honest opinion.
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