Encouragement; reassurance; words of wisdom crafted in the trenches.
Somehow, Seth Haines knew that this was the gift his wife needed for the Christmas following the birth of their third child — so he put out the word. Friends, favorite authors, and bloggers were asked for a contribution of hope, a letter from the heart of a mother. The response far exceeded Seth’s expectations, and he was able to present to his wife, Amber C. Haines, a collection of stories: joyful accounts of tiny people and huge love; tales of grief and estrangement; recollections of disappointment and of celebration.
Now the gift is being multiplied in The Mother Letters, an exquisitely bound and illustrated gift book that fosters community while it celebrates the beauty of borrowed strength. The truth is that motherhood is (as the subtitle suggests) an amazing and exhausting mix of laughter, joy, struggles, and hope.
Each letter overflows with grace and simple wisdom:
- slow down
- have grace with yourself
- stay faithful to your whole calling
- listen to what your children are teaching you
- the days are long, but the years are short
- simplify everything
Like Amber, I have lived the chaos that accompanies life with four tiny boys, but any woman who wears the name “Mother,” will find in The Mother Letters an invitation to die — and then to discover the strength that lies on the other side of weakness.
This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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