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Lisa-Jo Baker and her husband have three kids who color their lives, complicate their frequent travel and are the reason she believes motherhood should come with a super hero cape. Lisa-Jo is the Social Media Manager for DaySpring, and the Community Manager and regular contributor for (in)courage. Lisa-Jo has blogged for Compassion International from Guatemala, is convinced that social media can change the world for good, and shares her every day life lived in between countries and kids at LisaJoBaker.com.
Lisa Jo Baker writes the truth about Motherhood. The Surprised By Motherhood facts. The good, the bad, and those things you may not understand until you are older. The things that make you cry, make you laugh. Being Motherless, having a mother... All of it. Surprised by Motherhood is an amazing story of life... unscripted
Lisa-Jo has such a way with words, particularly about mothering. Her journey from losing her own mother, to mothering her own children, will leave you reaching for the tissues. Also, a favorite quote: "I would throw away most of the parenting books that made me feel like I was somehow failing this most important test of womanhood - being a mother. I'd throw out the advice about what I was doing wrong or should be doing differently or should aspire to be doing. I'd just revel in the daily, sleep-deprived merry-go-round and eat a lot more chocolate cake." AMEN! :) Go buy your copy today!!
Lisa-Jo Baker is a writer, encourager of women, and cheerleader for moms. When I heard that she was writing a memoir of her life and the way motherhood changed her, I knew it would be a delight and encouragement to read. As expected, the book did not disappoint. Lisa-Jo weaves words and writes with a beauty and honesty that will immediately draw you in.
In Surprised by Motherhood, Lisa-Jo tells her story of growing up in South Africa and losing her mom at the age of 18. She knew that she never wanted to be a mom herself, but God had different plans! He worked in her heart and healed her. He gave her children who have taught her, challenged her, and helped to change her. Lisa-Jo learned that motherhood is hard, but glorious.
This isn’t a “how-to” book with secrets and formulas for helping babies sleep, potty training little ones, instructing toddlers, or raising teenagers. This is the story of the making of a mother. It is Lisa-Jo’s story, and her heart is in these pages. This story is for all of the exhausted and tired moms who think they can’t do it. It is for the moms who are searching for happiness and humor in the mundane. This book is for all women who enjoy a good story of motherhood and mess and joy.
I personally enjoyed reading Lisa-Jo’s story very much. Even if you are a regular reader on her blog, there is so much in this book that will be new. It is worth the read!
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. provided me with a complimentary review copy of Surprised by Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely cannot say enough about this book. I had the privilege of sharing my thoughts about the book on the author's website and also on a site called Ungrind Webzine. To read those reviews, click here:
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Surprised by Motherhood is a fresh breath of balmy air for the mother's weary heart. The winter seasons of life may be piled heavy on your shoulders, but through this well-written memoir, Lisa-Jo Baker invites you to dance in the rain, fumble through the pain, and celebrate the glorious mess that is motherhood. This is not a self-help book, but a help yourself kind of book. Help yourself to extra helpings of grace, and chocolate, as you are encouraged to be you; an imperfect mom who loves her kids like crazy, and can admit that they drive her crazy too. Enjoy the far-reaching, yet intimate tour of Lisa-Jo's heart, as she leads you on a journey of discovery, healing, and freedom to embrace your own, stretch-marked, skin.