Thursday, October 6, 2016
Better Together by Jill Savage with Anne McClane
Because You're Not Meant to Mom Alone
This book is not strictly for mothers. I think any lady looking to deepen friendships, find new friendships, or just learn how to be a better friend can benefit from this book. Yes, you might have to come up with a few of your own ideas instead of following all the ones in this book, but I think it has some really good advice for all us who want friends and want to be a good friend.
Jill and Ann are a mother/daughter team. It is written in Jill's voice, but Anne does add a few parts here and there. I think in some ways I could have related to Anne more simply because she is in more the stage of motherhood I am in, but I think Jill did a really good job of writing.
The are several key areas that moms can "mom" together: learning together, helping together, caring together, sharing together, praying together, forgiving together, and encouraging together. There were a lot of good practical examples and ideas given for how to be a good practical friend. Obviously, personalities are going to play into what sounds fun or practical or helpful, but I think everyone could glean an idea or two.
They also talk about the different mothering personalities and how we need to be accepting of people who have different styles from us, styles like organization, or introvert/extrovert, or even their ability to go and go and go versus needing to stop and regroup more frequently.
One big takeaway from the book for me came right at the end, "It's (not) the thought that counts." So often we use this as an excuse for not doing anything. I thought about it, so that should count for something. Not so much, just because you thought that that person was doing a really good job as a mom, she has no way of knowing it and it might be just the thing she needs to hear to give her the strength and energy to "mom it" one more day. If someone comes to mind, take action, don't just pass it off. Encouragement is so important to everyone, no matter the stage of life you are in.
Our Bible study group is actually going to use this book this winter and I am really looking forward to it.
This book was given to me by Moody Publishers for the purpose of reading and writing a review on it.
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