Thursday, July 7, 2016
I'm always eager to find another dose of encouragement from other mothers. Fingerprints: Bits & Pieces of Motherhood is a brand new book of inspiration for mothers.
A few years ago, Lucille Martin rocked her first child and wished for more reading material for her new journey of motherhood. Lucille asked other mom-writers to contribute articles and stories for a book of encouragement for mothers. Fingerprints is the result.
Maybe one reason I enjoyed Fingerprints is that most of the contributors are familiar names of women I either know in real life or have corresponded with by email. I know these are real women with real challenges and joys. Ladies like the three Reginas (Regina Rosenberry, Regina Stauffer, and Regena Weaver) whose articles you have seen here at Home Joys. And speaking of similiar names - two of my favorite email friends, both with the name Stephanie Leinbach, are included in this book.
If I could sum up the message of Fingerprints in one line it would be, "You don't have to be perfect to be a good mom, you just need the Lord." And that is a reminder that I need often.
Fingerprints' authors have a variety of perspectives. Faith Sommers and Sue Hooley are mothers of teenagers. Darletta Martin and Meredith Horst are adoptive mothers. Sarah Martin, Tina Fehr, and Susan Kreider mother in Canada while Crystal Steinhower cuddles her babies in Belize. I enjoyed the poems by Lydia Hess and even Jodi Wise with her large brood found time to scrawl a few poignant lines.
And...well...I'd better stop before I mention every one of the of the over twenty ladies who contributed to this book.
I have an extra copy of Fingerprints to share with one of you. Leave a comment sharing either a word of encouragement for mothers - or why you need encouragement and you'll be entered into the giveaway. (If you read this by email, click over to the blog to leave a comment.) Please leave your email address so I can contact you. Giveaway will be open for one week.
To purchase your own book, go to Mastoff Press. (If you live locally, Fingerprints is available at Country Drygoods.)
Disclaimer: As a contributor to Fingerprints, I received a free copy of this book. But I purchased a copy for the giveaway and I will receive nothing by your purchase of this book. Neither Lucille or Mastoff know that I'm doing this giveaway.