Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood


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ISBN-13: 9781594717161
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Series: A Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 662,299
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kate Wicker is an author, speaker, health columnist for Catholic Digest, and regular contributor to Relevant Radio’s Morning Air program. Her work also has appeared in Woman’s Day, Pregnancy, Family Fun,, Atlanta Parent, Faith & Family LIVE!, Crisis,, Catholic News Agency, Catholic Exchange, and

Wicker earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia (summa cum laude) in 2000. She is the author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body and contributed to The Handbook for Catholic Moms and Word by Word. Wicker also was featured on the Momnipotent DVD. She and her husband, Dave, have five children. They live in Athens, Georgia.

Rachel Balducci is a Catholic writer, author, newspaper columnist, and the cohost of CatholicTV’s The Gist.

Lisa M. Hendey is Catholic blogger, speaker, creator of, editor of The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, and author of The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms, A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, and The Chime Travelers children’s fiction series.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rachel Swenson Balducci ix

Introduction: Fear in Mothering xi

1 Queen Mommy: Motherhood Is Not the Most Important Job a Woman Has 1

2 I Love Motherhood-Except When I Don't You're Not Supposed to Enjoy Every Moment 15

3 Perfectionism, Supermom's Kryptonite Being Imperfect Is All That Is Expected of You 29

4 Let the Mothering Games Begin! Motherhood Is Not a Competition 43

5 Mom the Martyr: Don't Be a Martyr for Your Children 55

6 I Am Mother! Hear Me Roar!: Your Child's Success Is Not a Measure of You 69

7 The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe: Embrace Your Unique Stage in Motherhood 79

8 When There's No Joy in Mothering or in Life Being a Mom Is Hard, but You Don't Have to Do It Alone 91

Conclusion: Finding Freedom from Fear in Mothering 107

Afterword Lisa M. Hendey 115

Acknowledgments 119

Appendix A Additional Resources 121

Appendix B Reading Group Guide 123

Notes 137

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you ponder your life. And most of all it will inspire you. Not only a great book for mothers, this book is helpful for anyone to read. Using personal stories and the stories of Jesus, Kate takes us on a journey through her life. You will quickly learn there aren't "rights" and "wrongs" when it comes to parenting. It's a journey you take and having Jesus guide you along that journey opens up your eyes to make you realize you are not alone and you can't do this without him. This is a book that will inspire you to let go and trust in Jesus. And you'll learn that you don't have to be strong all the time. It's okay to admit that you're struggling and that you need help. This is a perfect book to read once a year to inspire you to stay on the right track and keep a strong faith. I highly recommend it to all.