Mothering From Scratch Book Review

I’ve mentioned in my last book review of Motivate Your Child that I’m always on the hunt for tips and tricks to parent better. As I was reading [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link], I had [easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering from Scratch[/easyazon_link] on the way to me to review too from Melinda Means and Kathy Helgemo. These lovely ladies are fellow bloggers that I’ve followed almost since I first started blogging. They have always provided wonderfully practical bits of wisdom and encouragement on their blog Mothering from Scratch. When they announced that they had created a book too, I knew I was going to want to read it. Luckily, I’ve been richly blessed with the chance to review this book in exchange for an honest blog review.

I expected to be reading many of their blog posts in the book all again. In some ways that is true, but they put their principles into a more down to earth let’s make a connection manner in their book. Their blog has always touched my heart, but it’s always come across as a general outreach. Whereas, the book makes you feel like they are speaking to YOU alone. At least to me that’s how it comes across.

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This book will make you view parenting as a joy and a treasure to behold. That is very true, but when you’re knee deep in the trenches of raising three young kids it’s very easy to forget that. It’s very easy to forget how quickly this time is fleeting. Even though, I now have an 11-year-old, and I see how quickly my time with him has gone. It’s still hard to remember it as I’m dealing with a very demanding and fussy three-year-old.

I have always been a big dreamer! I have always dreamed of opening up an equine rehab center for troubled kids and teens. At this late in the game, I seriously don’t think I’ll ever see the day when I can open it. However, I have reverted those dreams into my blog. I’m working diligently to change the way I’ve handled this blog. I’ve let the greed of money stand in the way of God’s glory and grace to be shown here.

[easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering from Scratch[/easyazon_link] has made me realize that my dreams don’t have to die. My focus just has to be shifted some.  My absolute favorite part of this book is when they shared this passage:


“We like what Cindi McMenamin says about surrendering our plans to God in her book When a Woman Discovers Her Dream:

We often have our own image of what the dream will look like, how we’ll get it, and when. Yet Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established.” It doesn’t say plan out your way, move full speed ahead, and expect God to follow… Hold them [your plans] with an open hand and say, as Jesus said to His heavenly Father in the Garden… “Not my will, but Yours be done.”… That’s the kind of heart we need to have before we can truly live out our dream.”

It was a huge slap in the face reminder for me. It reminded me that I vowed to follow God’s plans, and I keep slipping up on doing just that.

God trusted me to raise these kids. If I follow his lead for what my day is supposed to entail, I’m more inclined to enjoy each day as I’m in it.

[easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering From Scratch[/easyazon_link] is really filled with practical advice. It showcases God’s plans for us as mothers. Please don’t get me wrong, it’s NOT a preachy type of book. It’s just a book similar to having coffee with these lovely ladies as they share their personal experiences they’ve had as a parent.

I would recommend this book to any parent who is like me knee deep in the trenches of raising kids and still wanting to pursue other things too. Even if you’re just struggling to find the type of parent you’re wanting to be, this book will help you find your parenting style.

You can purchase [easyazon_link identifier=”0764212648″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Mothering From Scratch today for $9.99 in the Kindle edition[/easyazon_link]. Like the [easyazon_link identifier=”0529100738″ locale=”US” tag=”tidbitofexp-20″]Motivate Your Child[/easyazon_link] book though, you may very well want the paperback version of this book too because I have many pages turned down and several sections that have spoken to my heart.

What would you say is your parenting style?

What advice would you give to parents trying to pursue their dreams and raise kids too?



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I'm Crystal. I'm married to Dale, and mother to Johnny.Some might say that my life is perfect because I get to do all the cliché wife things like cooking, cleaning, and decorating - but there's more! I also have many hobbies including needlework (crochet), sewing, and reading. My son's education is important, so we homeschool him together.

18 comments on “Mothering From Scratch Book Review”

    • You’re welcome. It is a really good parenting book worth reading.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

    • You would like it. I am almost 85% confident that you would love it just because of your Mommy posts that I read tonight. If nothing else, you’d find it encouraging to read.

  1. Hey Crystal,I found you on Juana Mikel\’s link up. I enjoyed your book review. My kids are grown, but there was a day when I was knee deep in the ditches with three little kids praying to love and enjoy them.. Mothering from Scratch sounds like a wonderful and much needed book. I found that God let me enjoy little dreams for a season during those young children years, and as they grew, he uncovered the bigger dreams inside. Now that we are almost empty-nesters, dreams I thought too big to dream are coming to fruition just as my kids won\’t need me anymore. I\’m almost 50. Don\’t give up on your dream for the equestrian rehab center. God\’s timing is perfect. A buried dream is a planted seed.

    • Andy,

      Thank you so much for the kind words of wisdom. I will probably always hang onto the dream of the equestrian rehab center just because it’s been a dream of mine since Tripp helped save me.
      I do find that I go through spurts of focusing on the kids and then other times it’s all about the blog. However, my kids still have me available every day, and we do things together all throughout the day off and on. Plus I am their teacher too. It’s amazing how it all works out in the end.

      I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond to your comment. I’ve gotten very far behind my eight-ball. I am playing catch up now. Normally I respond a lot faster. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and I hope to see you again soon.

  2. I also did a review of this book when it first came out & loved it. So helpful & much wisdom to be found between these covers. One of your neighbors from Booknificent Thurs. 🙂

    • I’m glad that you stopped by and commented that you enjoyed this book too. It’s nice to have a fellow book lover validate my opinion of a book. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

    • I love that quote a lot because often times as mothers we think we have to shelve our dreams and desires to be on “mommy shift 24/7.” I know I was guilty of that one too much, and it ended up messing me up.
      Now I try my best to balance them both out as much as possible.

  3. I loved the quote you shared from the book. I think it is a struggle that we all have–learning to follow the Lord with open hands. His dreams for us are better than our own. I will keep this book in mind for my daughters who are young mothers. I’m visiting from Booknificent Thursday.

    • Carol,
      I’m sure they would enjoy reading this book and have a lot of valuable things to take away from it. That quote is really one well worth hanging onto.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope to see you again soon.

  4. Sounds like a good book. You are right, if we do what God wants us to do, then the rest will fall into place, no matter what stage of mothering we’re at.

    • Annie,

      I’m so glad that you agree that following God’s wish for us is the best route to take. I’ll admit though, I do fall short a bit every day on this task. I have to pray every day for strength!!

      I’m so glad you stopped by and commented. I hope to see you again real soon.

  5. I have never heard of this book but I like the sound of it. It’s always been a challenge for me to let go and let God but really, it is the only way to tackle life. I think I’m going to have to check it out. #MommyMeetupMondays

    • Jules,
      This book is really good. I’m sure it will inspire you to change your viewpoint on parenting.
      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I hope you’ll stop by again soon.

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