Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood

Getting Past Perfect How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood With honesty humor and practical wisdom Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the fr

  • Title: Getting Past Perfect: How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
  • Author: Kate Wicker Rachel Balducci Lisa M. Hendey
  • ISBN: 9781594717161
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically If you have ever felt that you were not enough as a wife or mom, or if you re someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a reWith honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically If you have ever felt that you were not enough as a wife or mom, or if you re someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman s primary role as a child of God Kate Wicker journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly acclaimed Weightless shares how she shook off doubt and negative self perception, finding self acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self perceptions with the truths of a woman s true calling Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize It is perfectly normal to feel like you re in over your head sometimes.You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are.Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God.It s important to practice self care no matter your stage in life.Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves Whether you re dealing with endless why questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God s abiding grace By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.

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    1. I didn't love it. I'm not a big fan of self-help, pump-mommies-up books. I think it's more that I'm apathetic towards what other people think rather than I don't need it. I think if someone is stuck in the trenches this would be a fantastic book for them!

    2. In nine years, I’ve never gone into my Catholic Mom’s Bible Study / Book Club and said, “We need to read this book today,” but I did that with the latest book by Kate Wicker. If you are always perfectly fulfilled in your role as a mother and you have a group of well-behaved children who never try your patience, feel free to stop reading this review right now. If, on the other hand, you struggle with your God-given vocation of motherhood and sometimes feel like a total failure, then you w [...]

    3. I didn't really need anything that would further lower my standards for my own mothering and housekeeping, BUT I love some of the reminders in this book, like, "ace isn't something you only show to others."

    4. Whether you’re a brand-new mom or, like me, over 25 years into your mothering journey, Getting Past Perfect has truths you need to hear. Each chapter begins by contrasting an "evil earworm" with an "unvarnished truth." We need to hear that kind of truth! We need to acknowledge that there’s a difference between perfectionism and striving for excellence. My copy has stars and arrows and comments; I’ve circled and underlined and even written down some of the most important points. When you re [...]

    5. Getting Past Perfect should be tucked into the packet of information new moms are handed at the hospital right along with the chart to record the frequency of baby's bowel movements, how to properly bathe an infant, and tips on breastfeeding. That wouldn't cover all the adoptive moms and home births, but it would go a long way in flattening the bell curve of Motherhood 101 with all its pitfalls - ones that may take a mom alone decades to work through.Kate Wicker's honesty and humor, replete with [...]

    6. Read for Lauren's Mom's Summer Book Club :-)This book falls in the same genre of MOPS books - support and encouragement for Christian moms. Except that this is SO much better than MOPS books - it doesn't make you cringe to read. Written by a lawyer-in-training who actually knows how to write and think critically. Plus it is written by a Catholic author, so you don't always have to be on guard for bad theology. A good mix of reaffirming the importance and dignity of motherhood, but also acknowled [...]

    7. The cover of this book totally made me want to review this book. I think Kate did a fabulous job describing how we as moms get caught in trying to be the perfect mother and wife and so often God has greater plans for us. We need to take our eyes off of social medial and society and focus on being the Daughter of the King and what He has in store for us. This book is filled with encouragement and inspiration and just made me laugh as I read this book. Being the perfect mother is impossible and as [...]

    8. This book is amazing! I recommend it to all moms! Moms to be/ first time moms/ and Veteran moms. This book is so real and honest. One thing I hated about reading parenting books was how much they sugarcoated parenthood. Kate is honest and sincere and I appreciate that so much. The truth hurts sometimes but it's important to be as prepared as you can be to hear it. I am going to pass this book along to every mom I know and continue to re-read it. Thank you Kate for your courage to share your jour [...]

    9. I was given the book by a dear friend. In a world of social media comparisons and work-life (im)balance, it was certainly a refreshing perspective on what we are and are not responsible for as mothers (parents). A practical guide to at least starting to let go of some of the expectations we place on ourselves without minimizing the spiritual difficulties of parenting.

    10. In some ways, there was nothing too revolutionary about what was said in this book but it is something I will refer to again and again. It had so many life giving thoughts and affirmations for us tired moms. Wonderful, brilliant, I will pass on to others!

    11. While this book is geared more toward moms with children still at home, it does have some tidbits for "empty nesters". This book helped me to realize that it's okay that I wasn't a perfect mom with my now grown children.

    12. Easy read filled with beauty and grace. A wonderful book to read in a new year and as I am expecting another baby

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