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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.
What others are saying about Survival Tips for Moms:
"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."
— Ann Benton, author of The Fruitful Home and Parenting Against the Tide
"Reading Survival Tips for Moms 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 … As you read, Moms of young children will often find yourselves saying, ‘so it’s not just me!’ Learn from an ordinary mom who’s been there and learnt many helpful lessons along the way. Learn how to do family life well, by doing it as simply as possible. You will see that motherhood is a high calling—even if it’s often lacking in glamour—or a wage. It’s about learning to be a mom by grace, rather than by ‘momsnet’. These ‘tips’ are soaked in wisdom from God’s word, and show that even for busy moms, 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, Director of Women's Courses at London Seminary
"How does a mom of five children, pregnant with her sixth, find time to write a book? The answer is because she has lived what she writes and shares her fresh experience. Reading the book is like listening to Elizabeth chat about her reflections on being a busy mom 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.
Elizabeth is a young, lively, godly woman, living in the south of France, involved in mission work alongside her husband in a growing church. She writes with realism, honesty and frankness. You won’t feel judged but rather inspired to persevere when you feel discouraged. 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 Mom. I can already think of many mothers to whom I would like to give this book."
— Elinor Magowan, Pastor's wife, Women's Ministry Coordinator for FIEC, formerly UFM Women's Pastoral Worker
"Ever felt a little daunted when you hear about people like ‘the young pastor’s wife, living in a foreign country, speaking fluent French, bringing up six beautiful children’ and you picture a ‘perfect super-mom’ who has it all together? The Proverbs 31 woman in person? Elizabeth’s book blows this idea right out of the window as she shares her own struggles in learning the task of motherhood as we all do, one child at a time, one day at a time. It’s a practical peek into her own home, amusing in places, but focused throughout on the grace of God in sending Jesus Christ, who, in redeeming us, also transforms every part of our lives. Elizabeth’s informal style makes it feel like you’re having a chat over coffee with an understanding friend, and its helpful layout means you can refer back to sections easily. It also oozes the wealth of sanctified common sense handed down from her own mother, something many young moms, including myself, wish we’d had.
I read it as a grandmother now, and would recommend it to all moms, because for all sorts of reasons, we all have those days when we struggle. This book takes us beyond surviving to thriving: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. It doesn’t send us on a parenting guilt trip but helps us in the wonderful privilege of introducing our little ones to the God who forgives, cleanses and restores us into a loving relationship with him. ‘He remembers that we are dust’, but sometimes we forget it, and comparing our perfect ideas of what we expected ‘mommyhood’ to be like, with the daily reality of what we are experiencing, destroys our confidence and our joy. This lovely book helps us to avoid that temptation and keep our sanity and enjoyment in raising the children God has blessed us with."
— Colette Harding, Pastor's wife, mother and grandmother
"This is the kind of book that would be great to give to any expectant or new mom as well as those who want to remember what it is like having little ones, so they can better help and encourage muos in their church. Like the title suggests it is very practical, full of helpful tips and advice—from keeping spiritually healthy to what high chair is best to buy! But it is also interspersed with lovely relatable anecdotes that serve to show a glimpse of what Elizabeth’s home and children are like and the chaos that can sometimes be found (like lollies dripping down table legs). I found it very reassuring and honest! I wish it had existed when I first started parenting but I have three small boys at home and am thankful for the advice I can use now and some of the tips for situations I haven’t experienced yet. I can imagine pulling this book back out when I face those challenges, like the children getting chicken pox! With so much choice and so many voices in the world telling Christian moms what is best, it is helpful to have an experienced and godly mom share what she has found work and encourage moms to keep on keeping on in Jesus."
— Sibyl Brady, Pastor's wife and mother of three small boys
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