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The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope
     

The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope

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by Amber C. Haines
 

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After his wife Amber had given birth to three boys in three years, Seth Haines saw that she needed encouragement in the day-to-day drama and details of motherhood. Secretly collecting nearly six hundred wise, honest, and sometimes hilarious letters from other mothers across the world, Seth compiled these "mother letters" as a gift for her. Amber and Seth

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After his wife Amber had given birth to three boys in three years, Seth Haines saw that she needed encouragement in the day-to-day drama and details of motherhood. Secretly collecting nearly six hundred wise, honest, and sometimes hilarious letters from other mothers across the world, Seth compiled these "mother letters" as a gift for her. Amber and Seth have chosen the best of those letters—including letters from some of the most influential writers and bloggers online today—to include in a beautiful book perfect for the mother in your life.

Each mother-to-mother letter offers encouragement, advice, and vulnerable honesty about the struggles and joys of motherhood. These letters show that no matter how many times mothers feel like they've failed, they are still doing their greatest work. So for the mom who thinks she's the only one out there who just can't find time for a shower, Mother Letters shows her that she's part of a grand and diverse group of strong women who are saying to her, "Me too. But we can do this."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800724085
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/19/2016
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
882,092
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Amber C. Haines, author of Wild in the Hollow, is a soulful writer and blogger at TheRunaMuck.com and a regular contributor to DaySpring's (in)courage. She loves the church and finds community among the broken.

Seth Haines
, author of Coming Clean, writes at SethHaines.com and is a regular contributor to various publications.

Together, Seth and Amber make their home in the Arkansas Ozarks with their four boys.

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The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
This is a truly heartwarming, inspirational book of letters from Mother's to Mother's. As I read each letter, I could see myself in a lot of the authors. Our son is grown and married, yet, I can remember all those experiences of his growing up, just like it was yesterday. Each letter is written from experience and compassion. I highly recommend this book as a gift to yourself and other Mother's.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
This is a truly heartwarming, inspirational book of letters from Mother's to Mother's. As I read each letter, I could see myself in a lot of the authors. Our son is grown and married, yet, I can remember all those experiences of his growing up, just like it was yesterday. Each letter is written from experience and compassion. I highly recommend this book as a gift to yourself and other Mother's.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
Looking back at human history all around the world, we see that wise people have always understood the power of a spoken blessing. When goodness is called out and a good name is bestowed, that is a powerful part of growth and transformation. Today, we need these moments of invocation more than ever. When life is hard, we need to hear what God made us to be. When all we can see is trouble, we need to hear about the hidden treasures. This book, "The Mother Letters" is a sweet ray of sunlight, a spring breeze, a friend's hand warm on your skin. Amber Haines, author of the beautiful book "Wild in the Hollow," and her husband Seth, author of the honest and hope-filled "Coming Clean," have curated this selection of Mother Letters. The Mother Letters are for every woman who has ever mothered any child. If you have borne the weight and glory of that title, whether there was DNA involved or not, whether "Mom" was ever spoken aloud before or not, then you are a Mother. Some of the contributors have names you may know from their books or blogs, and others you'll meet here for the first time. Yes, they're plainspoken about motherhood's messiness. You will read about temper tantrums and multiplying laundry piles. Yes, they're truthful about motherhood's pain. You'll hear their hearts as they discuss watching a child grow and reach for independence. Yes, they write poetically about motherhood's delights, from holding the newborn child to seeing your grown child living well. Despite all these familiar themes, though, this isn't your ordinary mother-book. The authors aren't selling you on any particular parenting method. They aren't determining your worth by the productivity of your womb. They aren't defining you in terms of your offspring's success. Instead, they're calling out to you as a God-designed individual. They won't encourage you to do or be more for you children's sake- no, they'll call for you to be alive in Christ's name. They'll declare you a Mother-soul, which is strong and wide and generous. I thank Revell Publishing for my review copy, provided in exchange for an honest opinion.
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
Letters written by mommas to mommas filled with encouragement, reality, love, and hope. This sweet book, geared primarily towards young and new moms, offers a glimpse into the motherhood by mommas from all walks of life. Letters written to the reader reveal what they wish they had known before becoming a mom; what it's like having a child with special needs; the loss of children in the womb and after they've breathed life. They share stories of being in the thick of it complete with gooey slobber dripping down their shoulders and in the prime of it when their precious offspring cuddle in close for some snuggle time. While I found plenty I could relate with-having been through much of the chaos myself-I felt like the book missed out on reaching moms with older children. There's so much to be said about being knee-deep in spit-up, late night feedings, and sleep deprivation but as a momma who is in the trenches with older kids facing hormones, dating, social media, and hormones (yes, it's worth mentioning twice. It's like stalking through a minefield, at night, with a blindfold, after you get off the merry-go-round) I need some reassurance that this too shall pass. Maybe that'll be their next book? The Mother Letters, is a great gift for the new mom, mom-to-be, or mommas with littles wrapped around her legs. A reminder that motherhood is a gift, a blessing, and fleeting. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Several years ago Seth watched his wife as she fell exhausted in to bed each night after a day of taking care of three boys under the age of 3. He knew she needed some encouragement. And that is how this book came to be. Seth encouraged friends and family to write a letter to Amber offering advice and encouragement. The book has since been expanded to include letters from mothers all over the country. It begins with a letter from Seth explaining how the book came to be. There is then an introduction from Amber. The main part of the book is the letters from mothers to mothers, offering encouragement and hope. The last letter is written by Amber and is, by far, my favorite. This book would be a perfect gift to give a new mother or one that is in the depths of toddlerhood with no end in sight. The letters are short, so can be read in those brief moments of quiet that occur so infrequently when we have small children. The book is small, tastefully designed, and filled with hope. I loved the puffy style cover and glossy pictures. The varied fonts, pictures, and parchment paper background all lend to a rich experience that mothers will cherish. I would definitely recommend this book as a perfect gift for mother's day. I received this book free of charge from Revell Reads in exchange for my honest review.
MrsBishop More than 1 year ago
Letters for mothers, by mothers. First time mothers, experienced mothers, mothers who have lost children, adoptive mothers, step mothers and more. They each write a letter to you, mothers, encouraging you, applauding you, letting you know they are in the trenches with you. Whether the letter written by Sarah Bessey, that reminds us that yes, we are mothers, but we are also people. To not sell ourselves short. To stay faithful to our whole calling- and by doing this we will be even better mothers. Or the one written by Laura Bull, giving us permission to let go of our fears. To not hang on to our worries. These precious littles are God’s first. Who will better care for them? And advises us to remember that we’re not alone on this journey called motherhood. All mothers, knee deep in the muck. Parenting along side us. Sharing their sage wisdom for all mothers to hear. I loved this book, because the letters are short enough that I actually have time to read them in one sitting. Which we know is rare in any house with children. Each one is uplifting and encouraging. Balm to a weary and tired Momma’s heart. You will laugh out loud, have your eyes fill with tears, and nod your head in agreement. Each mother’s story and advice will touch your heart. And ultimately make you a better mother. *I received this book from Revell Reads- all opinions are my own*
Readanygoodbookslately More than 1 year ago
The Mother Letters sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope by Amber C. Haines and Seth Haines is everything the title implies. It is a collection of letters from real mothers that share their laughter, their joy, their struggles, and their hope with all readers. I found myself laughing, crying, praying, and wishing I had done this for myself, or that at least I had read this earlier in my mothering years. However, that is what makes this book so very special. No matter where you are in your motherhood walk, whether pregnant, the mother one or a house full, contemplating pregnancy, healing from a failed pregnancy, mothering someone else's biologic child, or just thankful for your mother - this book is for you. These letters touch each phase and impart a bit of good motherly advice along the way. Enjoy! I know I did and I plan to give this book to the many mothers in my life.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
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.”
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Mothering. There is surely no task as difficult, as frustrating, and as challenging as that of being a mom. There is also not task which will bring more joyous, as filled with love, and rewarding. In the midst of temper tantrums and laundry piles, every mom needs to know her struggle is not unique to her. We need to be reminded we can experience the mighty resurrection power in our lives (Philippians 3:10) in the normal days and in the messiest ones of our lives. When we are depleted, may we hear His gentle whisper: "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT) In their book, The Mother Letters, Amber and Seth Haines have compiled letters from a host of mothers. Some names you will recognize and others will soon become a new source of encouragement. Seth began to collect letters from mothers as he realized that child-rearing was overwhelming his own wife. Each letter is a one word title, making it easy to find a letter to address the emotion at hand. You will find words advising: "Have grace with yourself." "You are your children's perfect mother." "I want you to know that it's okay to admit this is hard." "Trust God to redeem the difficult parts." "Motherhood isn't identical for every woman." "Our children are here to be our teachers, as are we to them, so I'm listening and learning." "The days are long but the years are not." The book makes a beautiful gift {{**Hint, Hint - Mother's Day, May 8th}} with its photos and short thoughts sure to spur any mom in the midst of her motherhood journey. We truly are not alone in this journey but are in it all together. *** I received a copy of this book from Revell for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.