A woman's experience as a mother is influenced by the mothering she received as a child. If neglect was a part of that upbringing, the woman who holds a newborn and faces the responsibility of parenting needs a healthy vision of motherhood.
T. Suzanne Eller compassionately discusses how a woman can turn from a painful past and embrace a godly example of motherhood. She shares
-how shattered legacies can be put back together
-the path to restoring the broken image of motherhood
-ways to let go and embrace a new story
This is a celebration of God's healing power and how all women can become the mom they want to be.
And here's a review from a friend of mine who read the book. (Well, actually, she's a friend of a friend...a long story.)
On my bookshelf are many books by Christian authors on the subject about being a “mom” but not until reading T. Suzanne Eller’s book, The Mom I Want to Be, have I come across any that are as brutally honest as what she shares. She was conceived during a rape, abandoned by her biological father, and raised by a distant stepfather and an abusive and sometimes suicidal mother. How would you expect something good to come of this situation? Through God’s grace in her teen years, Ms. Eller found hope and the bravery to begin healing her past so she wouldn’t perpetuate the unhealthy parenting legacy. Her personal, faith-filled, loving relationship with her heavenly Father guided her through the mine-filled parenting path left by her parents to a safe and healthy home environment she and her godly husband have created for their family. Ms. Eller shares her story to offer hope for all of us that what happened in the past doesn’t have to dictate our future. This is definitely a book to give to friends and family who are taking steps forward to creating healthier relationships with their families and also for those who may have trouble with staying in their past. ~ Kyra Bell