Monday, October 31, 2016

40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood, by Sarah Humphrey {book review}

About the book

Nourishment for a mother’s soul through 40 days of devotion and . . . doodling!

Wouldn’t it be marvelous if mothering came with a concrete set of instructions—an easy recipe we could follow? Instead, motherhood challenges women to find their faith, their true selves, and their family through daily doses of trial and error. It is a brilliant and healing time of life that is full of joy, pain, and beauty with a small side of crisis (and humor). What mothers do not know, they learn. And through this lifelong process of learning, they nurture and care for the most precious gifts on earth: children. In a modern society where moms often have a full and busy plate, these 10 minute daily devotions focus on six key topics of motherhood:
  • Self-acceptance
  • Self-care
  • Reconciling with grief, hope and expectations
  • Generosity
  • Presence
  • Forgiveness
In addition to the devotions, these beautiful pages are adorned with handmade illustrations to help you refresh from long days or even occasional sleepless nights. So, grab your colors and a little quiet time for yourself while doodling at the kitchen table. You will be grateful you did!

What I thought about the book

The 40 Days to a Joyful Motherhood is a lovely, inspirational devotional, which seems best suited for young mothers, mothers with young children. Since I don't have young children anymore, I focused on the segments near the end of the book.

Although I have always enjoyed coloring, and the thought of the adult coloring books have appealed to me for awhile now, I found that my poor old stiff hands just plain could manage coloring for long at all before pain set in.

If you are a young mother, a mother with young children, near the "starting line" on this motherhood journey, I am certain you will find this full of encouragement and inspiration...and if you actually do have time for coloring, you will enjoy the lovely illustrations to color. Since I am near the "finish line" (with two grown children in their twenties, and two teenagers), not as much.

About the author

 Often considered a dreamer and silly heart, Sarah Humphrey uses inspiration from her most beloved career, motherhood, to fuel her passion for writing, creative movement and teaching. She has and is authoring several books and children’s books. Sarah currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and three beautiful, bouncy kids.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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