Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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


"Each day brings its own small delights." - Katie (106)


Title:  The Mother Letters: Sharing the Laughter, Joy, Struggles, and Hope
Author: Amber C. Haines & Seth Haines
Publisher:  Revell
Release Date:  April 19, 2016


ABOUT THE BOOK


We are all in this together.

Mothering isn't easy. Some days you second-guess every decision. Some nights you fall into bed in a haze of exhaustion. Yet even if you feel alone in the struggle, there are mothers who have been there--right where you are now--and they want you to know you are not alone. That's where The Mother Letters comes in.

The Mother Letters began as a gift of encouragement. After Amber Haines had given birth to three boys in three years, her husband Seth realized the day-to-day details and drama of child rearing were overwhelming her. He secretly began collecting letters from other mothers across the world and gave these "mother letters" to her as a gift.

Amber and Seth have compiled these wise, honest, and sometimes hilarious letters into a beautiful book of hope and encouragement for moms everywhere. Their desire is that these words speak to you as they did to Amber, and that you hear "Me too. We can do this."

                                                                                                                                                                      

MY THOUGHTS


Mothers. The most challenging and the most rewarding role to be in. What mothers endure and what mothers do can only be understood by others who are in the same shoes.  I read The Mother Letters by Amber C. Haines & Seth Haines,  not as a mother, but as a daughter, and I'm humbled by the simple grace and love from these letters.  When I first heard about this book, it was shared that Seth collected many mother letters to gift to Amber while she was carrying their third child, as encouragement and love.  I find that romantic, but also supportive, and encouraging as it was meant to be. And with that idea, came this book.

"Remember that you are not alone."  (147)


Each letter was was addressed, "Dear Mother," and titled with one word that embodies the message behind this letter, such as patience, worry, presence, voice, live...etc.  Beautiful and authentic as they are, without pretense, without glamour, but providing the type of inspiration and motivation only a fellow mother can provide. I love these letters. I'm not a mother, but I pray, God willing, one day. Even though I'm not, I appreciate every one of these letters, and every bit of advice or story they shared.  Sometimes, these letters still hit me like I'm part of it, and in God's time.

"God's infinite time is not like ours." (63)




"Motherhood is the greatest joy and heartache, all rolled up into one wonderful, messy package." (138)




NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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ABOUT 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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