Truth: This very moment, as I type these words, I can smell the baby’s spit up on my shoulder and I’m overwhelmed with the mess around me. I know that I need to do another load of laundry and there are dishes in the sink and I still don’t have plans for dinner. Oops, I just remembered we’re going to someone’s house for dinner in a few hours — I’m scatterbrained and forgetful! Yesterday, I threw a sweater on over the shirt I had slept in because people were coming over. It wasn’t till the afternoon (and in another state!) when I was headed to a meeting that I ever remembered to think about my general appearance.
It can be so easy to think I’m the only one with a crazy motherhood that never feels put together. Against all obvious logic, I can feel like I’m the only one who’s ever had two babies less than two years apart and self-pity creeps in on the hard days. Well, though it’s just a light, little paperback, Becky Thompson‘s words in Hope Unfolding breathed a peaceful reassurance into my life.
I don’t expect this to be one I crave to read again at a later date, like some books, but I definitely recommend it to mamas around the world who don’t even know they need encouragement. It’s packed with so many of her personal stories that surely resonate with all mothers on some level. I don’t often laugh aloud while reading, but Becky had me doing that a few times! Not to mention, some of her stories hit so close to home I wanted to cry in empathy for her!
My least favorite part of the book was her excessive use of the word, “friend.” Now I know she started out as a blogger and when you’re trying to connect to your readers, that’s a very common thing to do. But it wasn’t a blog post – or multiple posts – but rather one book. I can only be called “friend” so many times on one page that I start missing the beautiful nuggets in between. But, in all honesty, I was able to get over that and enjoy the book! (I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, if that tells you anything.)
Time and time again, the author brings us back to God’s grace and Jesus’s love. Both for us. Both never-ending. She refers to Scripture often (which I like) and, with a pure voice, reminds us of so many promises God has for us. It truly “unfolded” some of the layers of my life and reminded me of Hope.
You can follow her blog at beckythompson.com and also, watch out — her next book comes out in January 2017!
I received this book free from the publisher through the Blogging for Books book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.