Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood, by Rachel Jankovic
You may remember a book review that I did quite a while ago on Loving the Little Years, by Rachel Jankovic.
Rachel has written a new book, Fit To Burst, and I’ve been offered the chance to review the book and host another giveaway for a copy!
Here’s the publisher’s summary of the book:
In this follow up to Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jankovic pushes her parenting “field notes” out onto the skinny branches of motherhood. Fit to Burst is chock-full of humorous examples and fresh advice covering issues familiar to every mom such as guilt cycles, temptations to be ungrateful or bitter, and learning how to honor Jesus by giving in the mundane things. But this book also addresses less familiar topics, including the impact that moms have on the relationships between dads and kids, the importance of knowing when to laugh at kid-sized sin, and more. Fit to Burst will help us to be moms who parent with the story in mind rather than snapshot, who know how to both give and require much from their children in the everyday mayhem, and who understand the importance of biscuits.
I’ll be honest; I think I liked Rachel’s first book a bit more. I felt that Loving the Little Years was more personal with more “real life” stories. I did enjoy this book, however, and I do feel that it is a worthwhile read. I did get a lot out of it. It’s a bit deeper, more serious feeling, than her first book.
Fit to Burst is a short book, around 100 pages. Perfect for moms who don’t have much extra reading time.
Rachel discusses a variety of topics that moms of young children might find themselves needing encouragement, guidance, and wisdom in. She uses analogies that we can all relate to and talks about how we can shift our attitudes in areas we struggle. I also enjoy her sense of humour.
I found most of the chapters had advice and encouragement that I found relevant to my life right now. Many times she touched on areas that I struggle with.
One of my favourite quotes from the book is found on page 103:
“[The children} aren’t motivated to obey you cheerfully because you aren’t motivated to cheerfully obey God. You are indulging yourself, and so are they.”
Reading this had made me more aware of my attitude, which I already knew needs work.
I would definitely recommend this book to moms of young children. I think you’ll find it a good source of encouragement.
And you have the chance to win a free copy! Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. This giveaway is open to legal residents of Canada and the US who are 18 or older.