If you’ve been reading this site since infancy, you already know how much I love books. I mean, really love books (okay, except that one). Books are the gateway to foreign lands, directions for projects our dads were too lazy or drunk to teach us, and a means of escape from this life – which, quite frankly, kinda feels more like torture at times. When I found out the wife of Mark Merrill, from All Pro Dad fame, wrote a book for moms, I jumped at the chance to give it a read. I may not be a mom myself, but I’ve been called a mother more times than you’ve watched Kate Upton do The Dougie.
In the book, The Passionate Mom: Dare to Parent in Today’s World, you’ll learn that what makes mom the best she can be isn’t more sleep, better scheduling, or even a few extra hands (although that would be pretty awesome, too) it’s passion. Starting with a vision borrowed from the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, Susan Merrill – mother of five – informs her audience of how to protect their children better. It doesn’t matter if you’re a noob mom with toddlers or a seasoned pro with teenagers, your job is ultimately the same; you are responsible for protecting the children in your care and making sure they’re ready to take on the world when the time comes calling.
How do you do this? What if you’re doing it wrong? How can I get from point A to point B? According to the press release, you’ll find out all of that and more:
In every chapter of “The Passionate Mom,” Merrill shares stories and confessions revealing what she has learned: that no mom can control her child’s future, but every mom can parent well. And that there is indeed a plan—a roadmap for how a passionate mom can parent almost any child, confidently.
By introducing the “Ten Ps” presented in the book—perception, pondering, passion, prayer, patience, preparation, purpose, planning, problem solving and perseverance—into their parenting habits, Merrill believes that moms will discover a pattern to accomplish the goal of becoming the best mom that they can be.
Moms have the hardest job in the world. Yeah, I said it – so what? It’s true. And as such, the job sure takes its toll on the ladies we love most – physically throughout nine months of pregnancy reaching crescendo at birth and emotionally for the rest of her life. Good moms never stop worrying about their kids. I know this because mine stopped when I was a freshman in high school when she ran out on my family. Sadly, I’m not making this up. Moving along, good moms are put through the ringer frequently. I’ve seen my wife battle discouragement, self-doubt, and other women throughout her journey as a mother. It’s times like those when she (and all mom’s, really) need support and a boost of inspiration to help them get through the rough patches. This book does just that.
Sometimes, it only takes a spark of hope to change the world. The Passionate Mom is more Roman Candle than it is sparkler and will make a noticeable impact on your life and that of your spouse. There’s a calm sense of confidence knowing you have the right tools for the project and the right plan of attack to see it through. Reading this book will give her a new outlook on parenting and fill her with excitement to “get her hands dirty.” You can’t possibly be unmoved as you watch her passion for being the best mother a kid could ask for be ignited.
Show the mother of your children your appreciation for all that she does this Mother’s Day by picking up a copy of The Passionate Mom HERE and listen to a word from the author in the video below.
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