Psst...over here! I’m hiding out in the laundry room eating dark chocolate. Got a sec? Good. I was wondering, is it just me, or do you sometimes find it really hard to be a mom?
Faith Bogdan never planned to have children, but within six years, she had four. Who Are All These Children and Why Are They Calling Me Mom? is the story of Faith’s journey to fully embrace unexpected motherhood as, little by little, God revealed the heart issues that prevented her from relishing the role He’d called her to fulfill.
Whether you’re a mom to tots or teens, Faith offers real hope for change and concrete guidance to help you navigate the joyful, messy, and sometimes overwhelming challenges of motherhood.
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About the Author
Faith Bogdan writes and speaks to moms and general audiences about living "well-loved" by God. She also serves as co-pastor of Wellsburg Neighborhood Church in Wellsburg, New York. Faith resides in a "little cabin in the big woods" in the rolling hills of northern Pennsylvania with her husband, Dave, and their four girls. Visit her blog at www.faithbogdan.com.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Is It Just Me? xiii
1 Oops, I'm a Mom! 1
2 Who Are All These Children? 9
3 The God Who Expects the Unexpected 25
4 That's What Little Moms Are Made Of 42
5 The Challenge Child 59
6 Trying to Be Miss Everything 71
7 Other Reasons We Do Too Much 87
8 Who's at the Center of Your Home? 102
9 The Other "S" Word 120
10 Tailor-Made Discipline 140
11 Family Devotions-Eliminating the Yawn Factor 151
12 Just Say Yes to Fun! 168
13 I'm So Lonely! 184
14 Three Brave and Beautiful Words 204
15 "Wander Woman"-Living in the Present 216
Recommended Resources 233
What People are Saying About This
“The moms who need this book the most are the moms who feel too busy to read it. However, fifteen minutes of reading each day may save you a lifetime of regrets. I highly recommend it.” —Gary Chapman, best-selling author of The Five Love Languages “Honest, hilarious, and filled with hope. A must-read for any mom.” —Ken Davis, comedian and author of Fully Alive “I guarantee that you will laugh out loud, cry, relate, and wish you lived next door to Faith.” —Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids and mom of contemporary Christian recording artist Francesca Battistelli
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked this book because of the humor and the challenge to enjoy the moments of mothering.
I'm not a mom and I'm not a Christian. I picked up this book because it was given to my sister, and the back cover piqued my interest. I was at once drawn in by the quality of writing. I found the author's personal story engaging and funny. She presents her faith in a nuanced style that is both respectful and thought-provoking. Consider these statements she makes about "evangelism": "I believe if we don't feel we have as much to learn from nonbelievers as they do from us, we need a dramatic shift in our thinking before we seek out their friendship.... In the eyes of many people, Christians are on the planet to 'fix people', whether they ask to be fixed or not. The religious are only interested in getting people to join their 'club' (church) and become like them. When we consider this common perception, we should honestly ask ourselves why nonchristians would want to befriend us." I found that refreshing, and I felt the author gained a hearing for her presentation of "the gospel" near the end of the book, which I also found surprisingly refreshing. She doesn't preach or come across with the typical rhetoric common to most evangelicals. Rather, she presents a view of Christianity that is more poetic at times, definitely inviting, and gets at the heart of the human condition (at least, I want to believe what she believes). She has definitely given me some things to think about. I would actually recommend this book to ANYONE looking for some basic tools for life and relationships, as she deals with things like loneliness, anxiety, stress, success/failure and so on. It was a truly great read, inspite of tiny points of difference one might have on parenting issues. She leaves a lot of room for readers to agree to disagree.