The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again
Full-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Marie Martin presents a rallying cry to anyone who believes the lie that she is "just a mom."
Over the years, you willingly pour everything you have into your family, but in the process, you lose the essence of who you are. In her characteristic raw and visceral style, Rachel tea
First of all, Rachel is seriously such an amazing human being. She has gone through so much, yet has managed to come out on top. She shares her hopes, fear, inspirations and motivations. She makes changing for the better seem so easy and inspires you to do it! This read part like an autobiography and part motivational/self-help. She tells a lot of stories from her life, so you really feel like you have grown to know her by the time you finish the boo ...more
But that's not the case with this book. She weaved in her own story, making her message even more inspirational and easy to read. She has inspired me to look at my own "normal" and examine where I can get to the normal I want.
I could see pieces of my own story inside Rachel's story. I actually had jumped into some of my own dreams recently, and I co ...more
Even though I have known her, I feel as though I haven't really known Rachel, one of the cousins I aspired to be "just like," at all. I have learned so much more about her and about myself in reading this book. It amazed me to see the depth of likeness she and I share.. ...more
My overall impression is that Rachel is a phenomenal story teller, teacher, and encourager. I read this book in TWO sittings.
What did I walk away with? A renewed confidence in the fact that I *can* both be a great mom AND pursue the dreams that God has put in my heart. The Brave Art of Motherh ...more
Many years ago, I stumbled upon a talk show on TV, and a woman from the audience had a microphone in her face while she cried about the pain of motherhood. Somewhere in her pity party, she lamented, "I've *sob* lost *sob* *sob* who I AM!!" I remember rolling my eyes and groaning with disgust. Then, I don't know how many years later, maybe ten or fifteen, I was her. It wasn't that I'd poured myself into my kids to such a degree that I'd lo ...more
Reading this book really helped me to see all the places I'd gotten stuck over the years as a mom. It also showed me some of where I'd further ...more
I started it yesterday. I'm trying to pace myself to absorb the content and think about it. I usually plow through a book in 8 hours and only intellectually understand the teaching points. I'm sitting with each of Rachel's teaching points and steeping in them for a couple of hours.
My first impressions of the book are.
Wow, it's a different pace than her blog posts. I expected a fast read with frenetic family anecdotes.
What a gift to find it beautifully honest and warm. ...more
When I had my kids I was working as a midwife. Because of that I felt like I couldn’t ask for help or admit that I was struggling even though I was new to motherhood. I felt I was supposed to know what to do with babies because of my job and that was everyone’s perception that I should. I thought it meant I was a bad mother and doing it all wrong because my ...more
Rachel finds herself the mom of seven kids and I would say she also finds herself stuck, stuck in financial bondage and stuck in a repeating cycle. It takes courage to break free from that and embark on a new journey and Rachel provides encouragement to moms to do that hard thing. But she also encourages us not to do it alone. Welcoming others i ...more
I normally don’t write reviews.
This book is the straight talking, empowering girlfriend to motivate the reader. This would be the self help book that is a good mix of Simple Abundance, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and traces of The Secret.
All from the perspective of a close friend revealing their true self and daring you to too.
It is casually written so it could be read in one sitting.
Quite a few r ...more
I honestly don’t think this book is JUST for moms. It resonates to the individual in me, the dreamer, someone who is in a specific and scary stage in life.
There was so many different points of stories and added extra, that I feel the author did an amazing job with the writing style and keeping the interest for me as the reader. I did find that there was a bit much when it comes to the extended need to carry on with the thoughts instead of just moving forward. How many life stories are really unfolding like this versus the added words and thoughts put into the current writing to give it ...more
The author definitely hit home with me when she was talking about hiding her garage and house from people because she was embarrassed about the piles of stuff.
I’ve done the same thing. I’ve also let people give me labels that I’ve accepted as truth.
The author has spoken to me and has given me such hope that I can also make a change and live a happy and fulfilling life.
I think I’d rename the book to The Art of Womanhood.
I definitely ...more
That said, there there was a lot of helpful advice. I read my fifteen year-old son one little story about not getting caught up in what others label us with, and I appreciat ...more
When he saw me his face lit up the room.
He wasn't looking for the perfect parent.
He was looking for his mom.
Don't ever forget the power of simply being their mom.”