Mothering from Scratch – My Desire

This seems to be my year for finding inspirational non-fiction books that speak exactly to where I am in life and can do the same for so many. Fringe Hours changed how I’m pursuing my passions and this new book, Mothering from Scratch, is changing how I view this important task of being a Mom.

Mothering from Scratch: Finding the Best Parenting Style for You and Your Family instantly captured me with the title. What Mom doesn’t long for that? This book is written by two Moms and friends, Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo. They are two different Christian Moms with different backgrounds and different mothering styles yet they are united in their desire to encourage all Moms.

The premise of the book is simple. All Moms can – and should – mother differently. We have been blessed by God with many unique gifts. We have been given children that are uniquely ours. We have learned from our Mothers and those around us, and now it is time to focus on developing our own mothering style. We need to embrace our personality, utilize our strengths and be aware of our weaknesses so we can determine what works for us as Mom. This book truly does speak to every Mom.

Each chapter in Mothering from Scratch is written with insights and anecdotes from both ladies. Sprinkled throughout are sections called “Lovin’ Spoonful”. They are brief doses of encouragement. At the end of each chapter, “Stirring Your Thoughts” gives you further questions to ponder. I especially enjoyed the final section of each chapter, “Let’s Get Cookin'”. There were several brief bullet points summarize the chapter and giving us specific tasks to ponder and pursue.

Also, it is worth noting that this book is Biblical based. As a Christian, I find that very important in parenting books. From a conservative Lutheran view, I was pleasantly surprised that I agreed with most of the theology shared.

As a new Mom, I found Mothering from Scratch to be a breath of fresh air. I’ve been reading parenting books for years – long before I became and parent. This book ranks among the top of all parenting ones I’ve read because it is truly applicable and speaks with grace to our task as Moms. If you are a Mom looking to rediscover the joy of parenting, read this book for encouragement to be the unique Mom that God created you to be.

Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. You are such a sweetheart! Thanks! I always appreciate prayers! We are really excited about homeschooling and absolutely feel God’s leading! I am getting more excited as I am researching more! A little apprehensive, but that’s normal with anything different and new to you.

    I hope you guys are staying warm and healthy! Happy Wednesday!

  2. I agree with all of us SAHM’s needing to feel grace ourselves. We need so much encouragement on this awesome opportunity! Staying at home was and is one of the hardest things I have ever done. I worked with the first two children and was home with the second two. Staying home with them and being home while they hit teenage years (four girls!) and beyond has blessed them, and my husband & I, more than I could ever even imagine when I started this journey. My children are productive contributing members of society and they are the kindest, loving. and the most amazingly adaptable people I know.

    Our youngest is 12, in sixth grade and we are prayfully deciding on homeschooling. Another journey I pray for God’s grace for!

    You and your family are so blessed to have you home Kristen! If on any of these days, if you ever feel doubts… Know you are planting seeds for the future and will see those rewards years from now! 🙂

    1. What a witness, Christina. Thanks for sharing this bit of encouragement today. I will join you in praying about your homeschooling decision. May God’s grace continue to cover you – and all mothers – daily!

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