Richards, Chris & Jones, Liz
With the subtitle Practical ideas for thriving in the early years of motherhood, it's obvious who this book is for, but you need to know what it is like. Here's what Ann Benton says: 'I wish someone had given me this book when I was just embarking on the adventure of motherhood. It manages to be positive without being dewy-eyed. It is funny, warm, honest and Christ-centred and in addition is superbly practical about everything from the indignities of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding to the annoyances of nits and everlasting laundry. And yet it is neither prescriptive nor preachy, just very readable and helpful.
Reading 'Survival Tips for Mums' is like having a friend who's parenting alongside you, who can encourage you when you need a nudge in the right direction, help you through the challenges and remind you of the positives, particularly of the many blessings there are - even if sometimes they feel buried under the responsibilities of parenthood, nappies, the ironing pile ... These 'tips' are soaked in wisdom from God's word, and show that even for busy mums, it's not just possible, but vital to keep in touch with God, and to live with His perspective - the wisest tip of all. --Julia Jones
Reading the book is like listening to Elizabeth chat about her reflections on being a busy mum over a cup of coffee. You will nod your head in agreement, smile as you picture her interacting with the children and grab a pencil to note down her wise advice ... You will be encouraged to care for yourself in every way as you are committed to loving your children well and creating a happy, healthy and God -honouring home. This book will give you fresh perspective and you will not only survive but thrive in the privileged role God has given you of being a Mum. --Elinor Magowan