I don’t mean to brag or anything, but I read two books this month. Two! With days to spare even!
I started the month off with No More Perfect Marriages by Mark and Jill Savage (more on this one later).
Then, a couple weeks ago, I caught word of a newly released book of essays called The Magic of Motherhood.
Now, since this is a space of complete honesty, you should know that the only reason I bought this book was because I wanted to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Target gift card. (I know. I’m a walking cliché.) All I had to do was buy the book, take a picture of it in my Target shopping cart, and post it to Instagram. Easy enough.¹
All this to say that I had no expectations for what I would find inside.
And, subsequently, what I found inside was something really, really wonderful.
The book comes from Ashley Gadd and the contributing writers of her blog, Coffee + Crumbs, a site which, as far as I can tell, exists to connect and unite mothers. A sort of virtual, “You are not alone,” if you will.
The writing I found inside this book is some of the most beautiful non-fiction writing I have read, and I don’t throw around writing praise lightly. I read essay after essay after essay and the writers kept putting exact words to so many of my own feelings about the various facets of being a mom.
But I think what I love most about this book was that each writer was able to extract something good and beautiful from every challenge faced on the road to or during motherhood. It was honest about the sometimes brutal realities but also heartening. There was no wallowing or complaining. Instead it focused on how the hard parts make us stronger. More beautiful. More centered on the important.
If you’re a mom this book will speak to your soul (whatever the circumstances surrounding that journey have looked like for you). It will remind you that you are not alone in your feelings and fears and joys and sorrows and loves and aches.
And it will, I think, help you see more beauty around you.
You had better believe I’m giving The Magic of Motherhood away this month. (A new copy though because I’m not parting with mine.) If I could fund it, I would buy this for all my mama friends, but one is better than nothing, I suppose.
(Oh, and shout out to Rachel who should be somewhere in the middle of All the Light We Cannot See by now.)
So, if you want me to send you a copy (no strings attached AND just in time for Mother’s Day!), you have two options:
- Comment straight on this post.
- Comment on or reply to whatever social media outlet led you to this post.
Just throw up those hand-raised emojis or give me another recommendation and I’ll add your name to the drawing. Next on my queue are Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle and Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult.
(The latter of which is thanks to many of you!)
I’ll pick a winner for this one on Tuesday, two day. And if it’s not you, well then, that’s a pretty good excuse to get yourself to Target to buy it. You won’t regret it.
¹ I didn’t win the gift card. I do feel like I won in the long run, though. 🙂