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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!
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.