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The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Motherhood is full of uncertainty.What do my children "really" need? Whyare they doing that? Is this "normal"? What can I do to help them? How can I knowfor certain that I am" doing this right?"

Thelogistics are easy. Anybody can do laundry and carpool. But what makes a motherthe best mom she can be?
It s notbetter scheduling. Or more activities. Or less.
It ispassion the p
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Published April 16th 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Using the book of Nehemiah as inspiration for the material in this book, I was definitely excited to pick up this book. "The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World" by Susan Merrill did not disappoint! The entire book is a treasure trove of fabulous principles that moms at all stages can implement to help parent confidently.

I loved the idea of creating a parenting book using the example of Nehemiah, a former cupbearer to the king of Babylon turned wall-builder for the city of Jerusalem.
Shonda Knowlton
The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill is a book written for moms who are passionate to parent their children in purposeful ways. Susan's practical and biblical building blocks come from the book of Nehemiah in the Bible. There are ten ways a mother needs to cultivate as parent well: perception, pondering, passion, prayer, patience, preparation, purpose, planning, problem solving and perseverance. Each chapter outlines solid principles with Susan's real life examples, confessions and powerful encou ...more
Tracy Scott
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. But . . . I read it in a weekly book club where we could discuss each chapter at length. This book is FULL of parenting wisdom. It might be one of my favorite parenting books. But it's dense. Each chapter requires thoughtful introspection, planning, and discussion about how to implement Susan Merrill's wisdom.

I initially started it as a book to read on my own and found it massively overwhelming. I couldn't keep track of all of the topics she covered. Each chapter has three
I love structure and I love a parenting book that has structure. As much as I know that there is no formula on how to raise kids, no right answer, no magic bullet, I do appreciate seeing how others organize their thinking about their role as a parent and how they execute the role. Susan Merrill has done just this in “Passionate Mom.”
I’ve made the transition in parenting books from reading those just about the infant, toddler, early childhood years to the books about late elementary, tweens and
The Passionate Mom is a great book that challenges you to be passionate about your kids. The author studied the story of Nehemiah and relates that to a mother's work of raising her children. I enjoyed the details of the story of Nehemiah, and really appreciated the stories from the author's life as well. It makes the book even more readable and enjoyable and brings the ideas alive. I loved that the book was not just ideas, but also included practical application ideas. When she discusses the imp ...more
I think that every mom who thinks she's a good mom should read this book, because it will make her a better mom, potentially even better than she imagined she could be. I wish I could buy this book for every one of my mom friends who truly, purposefully, lovingly and committedly gives 100% to mothering her child(ren). I have always tried to be a great mom, but I am a work in progress. This book gave me more insight into what I can improve on and more importantly, how to go about it. I want so ve ...more
In this book, Susan Merrill goes through the book of Nehemiah and relates the process of how he rebuilt the wall in Jerusalem to how we as mothers should raise our children. From the start, this was an interesting parallel, and I enjoyed how each chapter in the book related to the steps Nehemiah took to rebuild the wall. I'm not sure if the theological relevance quite relates to motherhood, but it was an interesting way to approach it.

My favorite part of the book was how she used the gates in th
Apr 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all moms
The Passionate Mom is a book all moms should read. It provides a clear, organized plan for any mom who cares and loves their kids as much as God Himself cares and loves us. The reader is taken through the book of Nehemiah from the Old Testament of the Bible. Due to a variety of circumstances, Nehemiah took charge of rebuilding the wall surrounding the city of Jerusalem. Using the rebuilding of the wall as a guide, Susan describes how to build a wall around your family for both protection and pro ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Kaitlin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian Moms
Finish Time: 5-6 nights (although I was trying to juggle 2 books!). I have to admit – other than a few pregnancy books with my 1st, this is the first parenting book I have ever read. Why? Maybe I think they will make me feel bad, or maybe I already do everything right (ha – just kidding!). I just have not chosen parenting or self-help books to fill my time. I very much believe that every family and child is different and what works for one will not work for another. I definitely do not have ever ...more
Sandy Sandmeyer
I had the awesome opportunity to review Susan Merrill‘s book “The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World”. The opportunity came from the author herself, whom I had the privilege of meeting at a friend’s wedding last year.

I have to assure the men that while this book is “The Passionate Mom“, this book is for the dads as well. I think that every parent should read it. Perhaps it should be renamed The Passionate Parent?!

Susan uses the book of Nehemiah as a guide for parenting. She talks ab
Insightful, Encouraging and Honest; The Passionate Mom Has it all!
I have tried reading many parenting books (mother of 2 tweens!) and none of them captured my attention and "talked" to my heart like "The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today's World". It is refreshing to have an honest, Christian based parenting book in my resources! Susan Merrill helps you look inside yourself with "The Passionate Mom". Susan lets you know you are not alone in your mistakes as a mother (and we all make them :
I especially loved the first half of this book on motherhood, where the focus isn't so much on what to do as a parent as how to be as a person so that I can be the best mom I can be. A favorite quote: "What kind of character are your children catching from you?" I think I gleaned more from the thoughts on character building and discipleship than I did the actual parenting tips. While I didn't agree 100% on some of the ideas shared, I do agree with the clear boundaries, real discipline approach t ...more
This book is one you will read and want to pass forward to a friend (or if you’re like me, you will highlight almost every sentence and dog-ear almost every page of your book so you will want to buy a new copy for a friend)! And with Mother’s Day around the corner…

Susan’s transparency, passion, and inspiration throughout the book have been helpful to me in my own parenting – to realize I’m not perfect, not alone, and am able to confidently parent in today’s world. She offers a practical, biblic
Jamie Lynn
Wow! What an incredible book. The Passionate Mom by Susan Merrill is a fantastic book for every mother. This book has to be the most refreshing, honest, thought provoking books on motherhood that I've ever read. She uses the book of Nehemiah from the Bible to draw out wisdom, advice and guidance for being a mom in today's world. She's honest about the trials as well as the joys of motherhood and you feel like you're right in the trenches with her not just reading about a mom who has it all toget ...more
Annie Kate
I summed up my official review this way:

I got an ebook version of The Passionate Mom to review, but I really wish it had been a physical book that I can write in, fill with post-it note bookmarks, and leave lying around. The book’s website has a downloadable bookmark and poster to remind me of the main ideas, but even so I may yet get a paperback copy.
I have taken copious notes from this book, written by a mom of five who really knows her stuff. The connection with Nehemiah and his rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem with motherhood was an interesting one that really worked for me. Merrill has helpful advice and great wisdom that I appreciate coming from a mom who has successfully raised her children. Read this book, Moms!!
Wow. The Passionate Mom is truly a life changing book. I was hesitant when I began reading. Wondering if I would be able to apply any takeaways in a timely fashion.I could not have been more wrong!! This book hits home from page 1. I have been recommending it to other moms since the moment I started reading. This is a must read for any Mom. Love it!
Aug 18, 2013 Teri rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I wasn't so sure in the beginning, but rarely will I put a book down midread. I am so glad I didn't! Turned out to be a great read. Got some great perspectives and useful tools. I'm a fan now. I'd read a chapter and then stop to get my husband's thoughts on the topic. Great discussion pieces. I recommend it.
Becky Kazmaier
I loved this book. There was so much in it that just spoke directly to my heart. I can see this being one I will go back and re-read again and again.
Really inspiring read. Susan Merrill gives a lot of advice in actively, intentionally parenting your children and training them to be adults.
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Got this book right from the author and signed at hearts at home. I'm enjoying it so far.
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I am a hybrid of sorts. I majored in finance but I love people more than numbers. I left behind the corporate gray of banking for the colorful world of kids. I had three children and adopted two more. I am a very imperfect Merrill family manager and the director of iMOM. I love to analyze life, ponder possibilities, and pray for opportunity, which makes for a very busy and messy house! I live in T ...more
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