A Review of
MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family
Reviewed by Angie Mabry-Nauta
The heart of a mother beats strongly for her children. With every thump-thump, a mother desires to be and do the best she can with the precious gifts of life that God has placed under her care. The enormous responsibility of parenting elicits a range of emotional responses that tend to vacillate (sometimes daily). To encourage and aid the sanity of every mother, Jennifer Grant wrote MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family (Brentwood, TN: Worthy Publishers, 2012).
Ms. Grant’s own childhood and parenting experiences provide the impetus for the book. “A latchkey kid from a broken home” (5), her ideas about marriage and family began developing early, mostly in opposition to what she lived. Unlike her parents’ turbulent marriage that eventually ended in divorce, hers would be loving, warm and solid. In contrast to the busy and grumbly parents for whom she babysat, Grant would be an attentive and creative mother who modeled “tolerance, good humor, and gentleness for [her] children” who in turn would “mirror these traits” (9). She spent many years of her early motherhood searching for the “perfect mother”; and when Grant believed to have found just this in her neighbor, she sought to emulate the other woman’s every move.