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Jennifer Grant - MOMumentalA Treasure from God and An Adventure

A  Review of

MOMumental:  Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family

Jennifer Grant.

Paperback: Worthy Publishers, 2012.
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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.

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Katherine Willis Pershey - Any Day a Beautiful ChangeThe Muddle of our Hectic Days

A Feature Review of

Any Day a Beautiful Change.

Katherine Willis Pershey.

Paperback: Chalice Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Ellen Painter Dollar.

Among a certain subset of Christians, it has become trendy to praise spiritual memoirists by comparing them to Anne Lamott. I no longer trust such comparisons. Lamott’s voice is so unique—sharply focused yet charmingly disheveled, fiercely critical, yet hospitably humble. And of course, she is funnier than all of the rest of us earnest spiritual memoirists combined. When I open a book that some endorser has labeled as Lamott-esque, I am almost inevitably disappointed.

So the last thing I expected to write about Katherine Willis Pershey’s engaging tidbit of a spiritual memoir, Any Day a Beautiful Change is that it reminds me of Lamott’s work, specifically Traveling Mercies—a book Pershey mentions as a dog-eared favorite. But it does.
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This week marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of El Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero.  In commemoration of this anniversary, Jamie Moffett filmmaker of such documentaries as The Ordinary Radicals and most recently Return to El Salvador, a film narrated by Martin Sheen that “brings the hopes of the Salvadoran people to light and helps find significant ways to walk with them in their journey,” has released Mothers In Arms, a companion book which traces the stories of women who took up arms in the El Salvadoran civil war in the 1980s.  The book is available in an ebook format in either English or Spanish and a hardcover edition is available for pre-order.

[ Order MOTHERS IN ARMS through the book’s website… ]

Video introduction the book by co-author Betsy Morgan.

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