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Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  22 reviews
"Jamie Sumner's book is wonderful. The story she tells is so honest and encouraging and her writing is terrific. I love it and I am happy for her and the release of such a wonderful book. I know God's going to do great things with it, and with her." ---Rory Feek, singer/songwriter
In UNBOUND, JAMIE SUMNER helps women who are struggling with the pressures of motherhood find
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Published April 10th 2018 by FaithWords
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Michele Morin
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Motherhood: Learning the Ropes of Joy

Motherhood, for me, started out like a tightrope walk. To keep my balance and maintain my place on the tightly stretched wire, I read all the books, analyzed all the angles, second guessed all the decisions, and the only thing that saved my sanity is that Google had not been invented yet.

I’m still in the process of taking grace for this mothering gig, and one huge encouragement along the way is the shared experiences of others. Jamie Sumner is also a mother
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
What Caught My Eye: I spied this on the "New Book" shelf at my local library. Reading the subtitle I didn't really think it was a book for me, as I'm not yet a mother, but I read the back anyway. And this is the sentence that caught me; "With honesty and vulnerability, Jamie Sumner walks readers through each stage of her own journey to motherhood through infertility and special needs parenting." So, maybe, at least a part of this book would be relevant to me now...I added it to my armload to ...more
Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Has your path to motherhood looked different than the other women around you? While many women do have "normal" pregnancies, for some women, there can be challenges. Perhaps getting pregnant was an unexpected challenge. For others, things don't go as planned with the pregnancy resulting in miscarriage or other difficulties. Jamie Sumner in Unbound shares her journey to motherhood, which involved a lot of courage. Through her story, I believe other women can gain courage.

Unbound is sort of a
Shelby Spear
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I have a confession to make. Up to the point of reading Jamie Sumner’s new book, I’ve taken for granted one of the most precious gifts God’s given me. Not once, not twice, but THREE times God blessed me with an easy peasy experience of getting pregnant, carrying to full-term, and delivering a healthy child into my world.

Aside from some morning sickness and a scare with our second son who stopped breathing momentarily at 5-days-old because of reflux, my journey of baby making was simple.
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Unbound, Jamie tells the full story of how she became a mom through unbelievable trials and heartache while clinging to her faith. I’m grateful she has bravely shared her story with the world.

Jamie is a master wordsmith. Each sentence is carefully crafted and well-written. I love her wry sense of humor, her throwback 1980’s and 1990’s references, and her surprising-yet-spot-on metaphors. The book took me longer to read than expected, since I savored the thousands of word pictures she created.
Hillary Baden
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I have to be honest and say I didn't enjoy this book as much as I expected to. I think it would be better described as an autobiography of a journey through infertility. I didn't realize the majority of the book would be about the author's experience with infertility. Not that I don't appreciate her story, it just would have changed my interest in reading this book in the first place. I myself was someone who didn't get pregnant a quickly as I had desired to so it was very relate-able, but did ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, spiritual
There is so much to appreciate about this book. Each chapter unpacks a part of one couple's journey in becoming parents, through the trials and injustice of infertility and high-risk pregnancy. Each account is honest and offers the reader a window into an incredibly private and difficult ways to grow a family. Each account is also couched in a spiritual story, mainly with sheroes from the Bible. I learned a lot about fertility treatments as well as major and minor characters in the Bible--both ...more
Kristy Ramirez
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an early copy of this book and devoured it. Jamie Sumner's honest look at the expectations we put on ourselves as mothers, as well as how to try to release them, is beautiful, hilarious, and gut-wrenching. Sumner shares her journey to motherhood, which included infertility and many unexpected turns, and opens up about all the emotions she experienced while waiting for her life as a mother to begin.

Interspersed with Sumner's story are the stories of women from the Bible. Sumner
Susan Shipe
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I became familiar with Jamie and their story from her blog at mom-gene. It's funny how one connects to a person online without ever sitting together or sharing a cuppa. But, connect, we did. Her sense of humor is magnetic and her writing is like a big bag of M&M's...saying to the words like the inanimate bag, "NO MORE. Ok, just one more."

UNBOUND is the story of Jamie and Jody's journey to family. And, what a story it is. One of anxiety, anticipation, angst, and at times, anger. But it is
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a free, digital, ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was not what I was expecting, but to quote the author, "Expectations are just that - what you expect. They are ideas. God's reality is much richer than that. God will always give you the right version of your life."

I did not know that this book was mainly about the author's struggle with infertility and then the birth of her special-needs son. If I had known that, I probably
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood by Jamie Sumner is a book about infertility, motherhood, and gratitude. It is a relatable, encouraging book, showing that a vast number of people often share the same struggles, but also share the love of a loving God. My favorite part of the book was reading about Sumner’s own motherhood journey. Sumner divides the book into four sections: the wanting, the waiting, the getting, and the appreciating. She takes the reader on a ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book falls under the reading category of Christian Living/Motherhood. There is gospel throughout the story that offers good context and insight without overtaking the book and making it only a study in theology. Many will appreciate the author’s balance between present day situations and historical Bible stories. The majority of religious reflections are about strong, biblical women who endured marital and child-bearing hardships. These lessons and Sumner’s narration prove that motherhood ...more
Rachel G
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to be part of the launch team for "Unbound" and I loved hearing Jamie's story through her writing.
"Unbound" is a transparent and sincere account of the author's journey to motherhood, through infertility and loss to becoming a special needs parent. I was mourning and rejoicing with Jamie through the entire book because I was so drawn into her life and personal story. She writes like she is talking to the reader as a friend - I loved that.
In each chapter, Jamie shares part of her
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbound is a beautiful book. Jamie is a fantastic writer with each sentence carefully constructed by Jamie Summer, you can't help but love the message of freedom she giver hers readers. I loved the pictures she wrote in my mind as I read every single word.
She writes about the heart-breaking stages of IFV and infertility. You just can't imagine how a book will make you cry so much as this one does. You have to read these chapters, I don't want to give a lot away here, but this was worth the
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Unbound follows Jamie Sumner's journey through infertility into motherhood without sugarcoating the bumps and lumps received along the way.

I was initially drawn to this book because of the title. I have been struggling with many unrealistic expectations of motherhood, most placed on myself by myself. I was hoping for a story that would help me relax my hold on what motherhood "should" be. This book did not disappoint! I was moved to tears walking with Jamie through her journey. It helped put my
Calleen Petersen
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to me. I love how each chapter she relates her experiences to a woman of the Bible, some well known and some not as well known.
The book works because even though part of it is about infertility, even if you have never experienced infertility, you can relate to her walk with God and with life. I think that many people will gain much from this book.
My favorite phrase is ”sitting in the silences” which is what she did while she wasn’t completely sure about trusting God and what was
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Motherhood is one of a kind thing for me. It was a miracle to become a mom, and everyday I think about that. Also it is one of the santification tools God uses in my life every day. I feel a lot that it is a test for me. And to be honest I fail. And when I fail I feel miserable and then guilty and it keeps happening. I wish to get to know more often other moms that are willing to lift you up in this journey and that are willing enough to be raw honest and telling you the hard stuff in love. I ...more
Jessica Wilhoite
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, reviews
This was an extremely heartfelt book and at times was difficult to read. As a mother, my heart goes out to Jamie and Jody and there struggles. Reading this book made me even more grateful that I didn't have a fertility problem and that my son was born healthy and able to come home right away.

I loved how Jamie compared women as mothers to women in the bible and how strong we really are, but not in our own, only through God's grace and mercy. I

I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful read

What a special book! I’m glad I got the chance to read it and not only learn more about the author, but also receive reminders of strong women of the Bible. It was my pleasure and I read it in a few evenings. I never got bored. I always wondered what will happen next and last but not least: wow, what a strong mother! Xo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book for anyone who has faced heartbreak on the path to or through motherhood. Really, this book is for all moms since we all have to deal with shattered expectations at one point or another. The author takes you through her raw series of trials but then ties each one back to the bible so the reader can apply the lesson to their own life. I can't recommend this book enough!
Jamie Holloway
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though, I'm not a mom or desire to be a mom this book gave me a deep understanding of loss and the passion to create a child and be a mom.
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Since adopting my daughter, I have been reading a lot more parenting books. This one in particular addresses the many ways in which you can feel inadequate as a mother and how we should turn to Jesus to overcome these feelings. It was just what my tired mama heart needed right now. It was encouraging and felt like you were sitting down for a chat with a friend.
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Jamie Sumner is the author of the middle-grade novel, Roll with It. Her second and third middle-grade novels with Atheneum Books for Young Readers will be coming out in 2020 and 2021. She is also the author of the nonfiction book on motherhood, Unbound, and the forthcoming book, Eat, Sleep, Save the World, for parents of children with special needs.

She’s written for the New York Times and the