When I was asked to review books for Baker Publishing Group I was ecstatic! You see I LOVE to read. Next to playing on my laptop that is my favorite past time. The other great thing is the books they are asking me to review are all on the subject of mothering; which, since I am one, qualifies me to read and review these books.
This time around I was asked to read “Life on Planet Mom” by Lisa T. Bergren.
Here is what the publisher says about the book:
“Life on Planet Mom helps women navigate their world of changing relationships after becoming a mom. With in-depth research, personal experience and expert advice, Lisa helps busy moms prioritize and manage their relationships in six key areas: self, spouse, friends, family of origin, community and God.”
Now, I’m one of those people that when I read a book that can potentially make me a better person I end up marking the heck out of it. This book was no different. As you can see from the picture, my book now has post-it tabs everywhere I found something that really “spoke” to me, and there were a lot of places that that happened!The first thing that struck me about this book was how easy it was to read. I will admit that when it comes to non-fiction books I usually struggle to get through them. Through humor and the stories of her personal experiences, Lisa was able to draw me in. That’s not to say that there weren’t parts that caused my mind to wander and I had to re-read some lines, but for the most part the book really held my attention.
There are some aspects of the book that are just common sense related, like it’s important to have some time for yourself, but as moms we sometimes need to hear it from someone else in order for us to really “get” it. I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of those people. It’s something that we don’t grow out of. When we were kids our parents could tell us that eating candy and not brushing our teeth would cause cavities, but it wasn’t until our dentists told us and we had our first cavity that our parents warnings really hit home.
The book has a lot of valuable information for freshman moms as well as sophomore, junior, or even senior moms.
There is one passage that I absolutely love and have it taped up on my fridge to remind me about patience. Here it is:
“Eight out of ten times, I find the strength to pull another bucket out of that patience well and carry on. The ninth time I manage to hand children off to my husband before I lose it; the tenth time I blow a gasket. (I figure giving in to fried-dom 10 percent of the time is every mom’s right. I mean, we’re still human, correct? It’s kind of like tithing on a patience scale.)”
That last part kills me!
If there are any MOPS Moms reading this you’ll be excited to know that this book is what the 2009-10 curriculum is based on. Being on the Steering Team for my local chapter, it was a real treat for me to preview the book ahead of everyone else. We have our yearly planning meeting in a couple weeks and I already have a slew of ideas to share.
Now for my rating. I put this at the end so you have to read all the way down here to the bottom before you see it! I’m such a cheeky monkey!
This book gets 4 out of 5 Mad Hatter Hats – If you get the chance it’s a great read for lounging at the pool on a beautiful summer day.