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They Call Me Mom by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett

Before our schedules got so hectic, I liked attending a local Women’s Group.  We’d meet once a month and just discuss our successes and challenges.  I loved that I could hear other women’s struggles and challenges.  I felt less alone with my own struggles.  Recently, I had the opportunity to review They Call Me Mom by Michelle Medlock Adams and Bethany Jett, and this sweet little book felt a lot like Women’s Group in book form.

About the Authors

Medlock Adams and Jett are two sisters and moms; one has three sons and one has two daughters.  They are both accomplished authors and write weekly as columnists for a Missouri newspaper.

About They Call Me Mom: 52 Encouraging Devotions for Every MOMent

What can I say?  I loved this book!


There is one chapter for every week of the year.  Some of the topics are poignant, and some are funny.  The chapters I most liked are the ones that currently resonate with me:

  • “They Call Me Mean Mommy”
  • “They Call Me Exhausted”


However, each chapter, no matter your stage in life, has a message you can learn from.

The book is organized by alternating writers.  For instance, in the chapter, “They Call Me Exhausted”, Bethany writes first and writes a longer passage.  Then Michelle writes a second, shorter passage.  They alternate this format for every chapter.

By writing this way, the reader really feels like she’s getting to know Bethany and Michelle.  One thing I loved is that often, what they write about experiencing is what many of us experience as mothers.  In “They Call Me Mean Mommy”, Michelle recounts the time her 7 year old daughter gave her a Mother’s Day card that read, “Mom, you’re not mean all the time, Love Ally.”

I haven’t had the joy of receiving a card like this, but my mom is fond of pulling out one Mother’s Day card I gave her that said, something to the extent, “You’re alright when you’re not yelling at us.”  Yep, I had a way with words even then!

Final Thoughts

They Call Me Mom is the perfect book for every mom deep in the trenches of motherhood, wondering if she is doing a good job and secretly afraid she’s somehow failing her family.  Read it yourself, or buy it as a gift for your favorite mom.

For more inspiring books about motherhood from Kregel Publications, consider Sacred Mundane by Kari Patterson.

I received this complimentary book from Kregel Publications in return for my honest review.
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