So I was privileged this year to collaborate with a wonderful group of women at Power of Moms to create a book. Women who believe that family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege. Even though some days its hard to see that beauty. Especially when you feel you don’t match up, or your heart wants to do more than your hands can manage.
The book is called Motherhood Realized, An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love. And if you’re a mother, you know the truth of that subtitle.
Nothing has brought me to my knees, flat-out prostrate some days, like the stress and heartache of being a mom. And yet, nothing has made me laugh with more delight or be filled with fiercer love, than the faces of my children.
In the book, we redefine social media’s concept of a “good mom.” Because there’s this crazy phenomenon going on, where good, devoted women hop on pinterest, facebook, blogs, instagram, and see images of what they think a good mom should be. The result? They think they aren’t enough.
In an essay titled Your Children Want You, April Perry discusses how to rethink this idea of a “good mom,” how to hone your personal strengths, put the past behind you, and focus more on relationships than tasks.
In the rest of the book, we share our best ideas for getting through hard times, shifting perspective when needed, savoring moments, and not comparing but sustaining and encouraging each other in motherhood. It really is a lovely collection of essays.
The book launched Monday and has been selling extremely well. So well, if we continue at the current momentum, it is a definite possibility we could land our book on the New York Times bestseller list! Something that, at first, felt like wild pie in the sky. But now, it’s actually looking like we can do it. The window for that opportunity, however, closes on Saturday, March 29th. So we are making a huge effort to sell as many books as we can between now and then.
Books that rank on best-seller lists become topics that get attention in the larger world. So getting our book to the top of national book lists would open media conversations about the topics I mentioned above. And we think that would be incredibly valuable.
I sat down earlier this week to read through some of the essays again and found myself emotional over the words and ideas, even after reading them before. I was reminded that this book is full of powerful life-truths that will bless mothers in any stage of parenting.
And you should know, none us are making money from this effort. All proceeds go back to Power of Moms to fuel an online community that supports and strengthens mothers globally.
So, will you consider buying the book for yourself, your sisters, daughters, mothers, or friends, then sharing this link via FB, email, or twitter? (Social media also does it’s own kind of miraculous good.) The book is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and any national bookseller. Just click on the link to buy.
And! Power of Moms is offering free prizes for everyone who purchases the book by Saturday the 29th. Who doesn’t like free prizes? :) Click here to receive your free prize, see a list of authors, or watch a short video promo for the book.
Some authors you might recognize are Katrina Kenison (Mitten Strings From God), Linda Eyre, Saren Eyre Loosli, Shawni Pothier, April Perry, Allyson Reynolds.
Over the years you have become a community where I have felt safe sharing some of my most personal beliefs and thoughts. Because you’ve been so kind, I felt comfortable posting this here and asking for your support.
Many of you are women I have watched, observed, and been inspired by in my own mothering. You’ve made me better. Your words have changed me, and blessed my family. And I am so very grateful for you.