Friday, May 08, 2009

Mother's Day Books

Dear Mom is a wonderful and practical book for moms who have teenage daughters or are about to enter that memorable time of life. While I don't have a teenage girl, and two budding teen boys, I found the information very valuable.

Melody Carlson wrote this book from the point of view of the teenage girl, as she writes a letter to her mom. The teen tells you what she is thinking and feeling and how she wishes her mom would respond. The book details the 'love/hate' relationship many teens go through.

From the publisher we read,

Dear Mom looks at a young woman’s heart and reveals to moms:

· how to talk to teens so they hear,
· how to connect despite the differences of perspective or years and experiences,
· and how strengthen the bond every mom and daughter ultimately wants.

The lively chapters in Dear Mom can be dipped into topically or used as a read-through tool by moms and daughters alike to understand what motivates or deflates, troubles or inspires.

Melody Carlson
is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for adults, children, and teens, with sales totaling more than three million copies. Beloved for her Diary of a Teenage
Girl and Notes from a Spinning Planet series, she’s also the author of the women’s novels Finding Alice (in production now for a Lifetime-TV movie), Crystal Lies, On This Day, These Boots Weren’t Made for Walking, and A Mile in My Flip-Flops. A mother of two grown sons, Melody lives in central Oregon with her husband and chocolate lab retriever.

Mama's Got a FAKE I.D. is for men and women who need to reclaim the person God has created you to be. Caryn Dahlstrand Ribadeneira offers readers a guide to being the spiritual person God intended us to be. "God created us to bear His image in all of life, not just in one area." Too often we feel guilty that we are not better at what we think God wants us to do and be. That guilt lives with us and those around us who feel they have not measured up as well in their lives, so what do we do?

We carry fake I.D.s with us, hoping we can fool the rest of the world, including ourselves.

When we become parents, we are still the person God created, we have simply added new roles our lives. Before your children were born, you existed; you were capable of thinking, dreaming, and planning. Parenthood does not change that, we should still have dreams and hopes and make plans for the future.

The sad part is that many parents, maybe all feel guilty that they want more out of life, wondering "is this all there is to being a parent?" And "why did I ever want to have children, this is no fun at all!"

Rivadeneira writes in an easy-to-understand style. She adds some humor and has included questions at the end of each chapter.

This, along with the prior book would be a great study for a young mother's group. She also furnishes the address to a blog, where you can discuss this book with other women.

You can purchase either of these books at I have also seen Dear Mom at Family Christian books in Muncie or Anderson.



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