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The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again

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Full-time 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

Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Waterbrook Press
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Rachel Martin
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Because I wrote it, love it and am proud of it. <3 ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fantastic and motivating book.

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
Aug 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and I’ll admit, most popular blogger books aren’t well-written, but this one was. I felt inspired to make goals and pursue them while loving my family well. I appreciated the author’s vulnerability while also honoring others’ privacy in her painful story.
Stephanie Freybler
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always love the idea of a self help book, and even when I love the ideas in the book, I sometimes have a hard time getting through the whole thing.

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
Janelle Witt-Berg
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unlike most readers, I have known Rachel all of my life, most of hers; I am her cousin. One would think that indicating such a connection would indicate a very biased, if not untruthful, review. Such an individual would be wrong.
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..
Katie Gibson
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review... and WOW- was I caught off guard! Based on the title I wasn't sure if I would connect with it, but from page 1 I was hooked.

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
Gina Parris
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Even better than I expected...and I knew it would be good.

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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I started reading this book I knew it was going to alter my life. I also knew I was going to read it several times, and take notes, and highlight favorite parts and quotes. Its that type of book, the kind you do not part with. The kind you only lend to dear friends, or better yet just buy them their own copy so you can always refer back to yours. I love how this isn't just experiences written down and ordered into chapters. It includes perspective on experiences, thoughtful introspect ...more
Brianna Heida
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
The title of this book really jumped out at me when I saw it, and I immediately wanted to read it. While it is clearly geared toward mothers, it really focuses on who we are as women first. It's truly about how to reclaim our sense of self -- which most of us tend to cast aside the moment we become mothers and there's somebody else more important than us.

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
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got the book in the mail!
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.
Mary Morris
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel Martin's book, The Brave Art of Motherhood, is full of gold nuggets and lessons. What makes her book standout to me is that she has given me fresh new ways of thinking about things. Gratitude is one of those things. I always thought that having gratitude was enough, but Rachel explains how to use it to propel ourselves forward (in a way I never thought about before). Her stories are real and raw and most touching. An excerpt from her book that has stuck with me...."Can you hope? Just for ...more
Heather Walter-Hoffman
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So in love with this book so far....can't wait to finish it😀❤
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. This has been a huge eye opener to me and helped me get a better idea of who I am vs who I want people to think I am.
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
Dan Morris
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I helped Rachel write the book, so my 5 star review is biased. But unlike the others, I can talk to the book mechanics. With the help of the Waterbrook editing team, we ended up with over 100,000 words that didn't get put in the book. Stories were cut that didn't improve the flow, that added no real value as it pertains to the chapter goal and some that were redundant. That and moving things around led to the most unbelievable story arcs . . . that I think Rachel couldn't even envision on day 1. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have followed Rachel on her Facebook page for years and always inspired by her positivity. Her book was a great read and stories were very relatable. I admire her bravery to share her story to her readers. So proud of her for her accomplishments and changing her future even when at times she felt lost and scared. It brings me a sense of hope for my hectic and stressful season.
Aurelia Mast-glick
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mothering
"Faith is confidence in a future that doesn't match the present reality." That quote from the book sums up, for me anyway, the basic premise of the book.

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
Michelle H
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At first I thought this book would be a quick read...however, I have had to sit down and reread passages because Ms. Martin's stories are hitting very close to home. I love her writing style and have begun to regain the confidence that I had lost due to a series of personal challenges that caused me to question everything that I held dear. I am excited to complete this book and feel that my highlighter is going to get a lot of use. I've already recommended this book to several of my mom friends ...more
Katie Fischer
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In "The Brave Art of Motherhood," the author shares her story of overcoming life's challenges by eliminating excuses and recognizing her strength and power. She is honest and open about her struggles, while maintaining a positive and encouraging voice throughout the book. I appreciated the practical steps she provided to making dreams a reality. It gave me the gentle (yet loving) kick in the pants that I needed to move forward with achieving a few goals I have set for myself. She took the fear o ...more
Sarah B
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been a long time follower of Rachel’s blog and there have been periods in my life where her words have found there way to me, in just the moment I needed them. This book is that, but also so much more. She writes in a way that speaks directly to her readers, as if you’re 2 friends getting together, as if she already knows what’s in your heart. She also makes you break yourself open in the most raw and real way possible, and really pushes you to examine your life but also to take back contro ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an uncorrected proof of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
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
Chelsea Koanui
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rachel writes from her gut. It’s visceral and real and sometimes I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it because I know without a doubt I am in the season of movement and I’m afraid. But her words were so encouraging to me. So powerful.

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.
Alison Heep Givand
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is full of thought provoking truth. I was inspired by Rachel's story and loved how transparently she shared it with readers. Her book is a balance of tough, no excuses way of approaching life, along with having grace for yourself and not being discouraged that your life and your mothering are not perfect. She shows that there is always a reason to hope, a reason to move forward and a reason to challenge yourself do things you thought were impossible. I will be re-reading this book as I ...more
April Palmer
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is not a moment when Rachel Martin’s words don’t speak to my soul and uplift my heart. Her bravery in making herself vulnerable so that I can feel strong is much appreciated.
Lori McDowell
Phenomenal book that is trying to dispel the perfect parent myth. We all want to be the Pinterest mom, but the reality is that we cannot be. We create these masks to try to hide our true selves. Rachel Martin does a fantastic job getting real about what motherhood is really like and steps to be better. We cannot be a great mom when we are not being a great person. "Life doesn't slow down when you have your ducks in a row. Our timeline doesn't stop for the hard moments." Life will never change un ...more
Melanie Barton
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i'm reading this book. i read this book. i'm reading this book again. so many things to say but the most important is that we are not alone. each and every mom goes through some sort of emotion or stage that has been printed in this book and we all can relate. if you see the courage, determination and the self-worth, then you must read this book!
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary advanced readers copy of this book.

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
Stephanie Frisbie
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had so many a-ha moments while reading this. This book inspired me to carve out time for my own passions - which makes me a better person & a more enthusiastic mom. It is well written and interesting. Rachel shares her personal story while helping the reader examine all the reasons and excuses that we are not living our best lives. whether you're a mother or not, if you feel stuck in cycles of life that you wish you could change, Rachel can walk you through it. She is such an encouraging perso ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don’t have to be a mother to get great value from this book.
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
Alicia Bayer
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book isn't really much about motherhood, but about achieving your dreams and creating an identity outside of motherhood. I have to admit that not much of it was actually helpful for me because I am already pretty happy in motherhood and in life, and I have already gone after my dreams while I've raised my five children.

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
Mallery Neptune
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a follower of Rachel's blog, I knew her new book would be good. But I was unprepared for how real, soul searching, and life changing her words on these pages would leave me. Her compelling arguments to help mothers find their courage and joy, are coupled with reflective assignments for you to search your own life and find comfort in taking those fearful, yet life changing leaps together. As Rachel says, "It's so easy to lose track of time in motherhood. It's even easier to overlook the import ...more
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