Book Review : Mama Needs a Do-Over

I am always on the look out for a good book that will grab my attention with some creative writing, that will teach me something during the phase of life I am in, and that will be a book I am excited to share with friends.

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Honestly?  I loved Mama needs a Do-Over from the first page.  I loved the way Lisa writes like she is talking to a friend – a real friend.  This is not a sugar-coated book, about how your life should look.  Lisa is honest about her own struggles and encourages the reader to spend some time thinking about their own issues.  My favorite part though was not her writing style, although that does lead into what I loved.  I loved that at the end of each chapter she has some questions for you to ponder.  Areas to go a little deeper on a personally level.  Clearly, Lisa Pennigton realizes that without thinking about or even meditating on the ideas in her book (by meditating I really mean chewing on over a period of time, not the Easter-style of meditation) we will never over come our issues.

Lisa does not have a solution for life – a 5 step plan to fix everything including your 14 year old son who cannot keep his mouth closed – ever!  Oh, sorry – I started to go down a rabbit trail….

This is not a 5 step book, it is a deeper approach to figuring out why things may seem a mess in your world.  What are some of the root causes?  What can you do to change it?  How can we start over, today?  Tomorrow?  this Year?  Really.  Sometimes we need to stop and realize where we are before we think we might get to go somewhere else.

Lisa is a super encouraging author who writes clearly and cleverly at the same time.  I enjoyed reading this book and it made me stop and think many times.  I was encouraged by Lisa’s candor over and over, she reminds us as moms that sometimes we need to look at life from a different perspective.  She brings scripture into each area that she addresses too and reminds us both of truth and promises that we can cling to.  One suggestion was to have them on your phone or print and hang them around your room and bathroom so that you can bathe yourself in scripture before the day even starts!

Clearly she relates to life as a mom, and whether you are in the trenches with little ones or struggling with puberty-plagued teens – what I read in this book applies.  Slow down, take a deep breath and realize that you are loved right where you are.  Stop striving to be the best and beating yourself up when you are not.  Rest in Him.

I recommend this book for any mom in any phase of parenting, it will speak truth in to each and every mom’s heart!!

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Mama Needs a Do-Over in exchange for an honest review.


Mama Needs a Do-Over

Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid screaming, complaining, and slammed doors-and that’s not even counting what the children are doing. Lisa Pennington knows what those days are like. And she knows that even in the hard times you can find immense joy. In Mama Needs a Do-Over, Lisa offers hopeful, practical ideas for resetting your family’s mood in the toughest moments. She also dives deep into your mother’s heart to show you the power you have to turn those challenges into gifts. A little fun, a new perspective, and a go-to list for those do-over days, and you might just find joy in all those dirty dishes after all!

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