About the Book
Hang in There, Mama!
For those moments when you think you’ll never live up to the Supermoms around you—when you’re elbow deep in the grind of diapers and laundry and peanut butter sandwiches—you need a good dose of Grit and Grace.
This refreshing collection of 90 daily devotions comes from two moms who’ve found themselves face-to-the-floor in need of encouragement and now offer it to you.
Through humor and vulnerability, these short messages of truth remove the filters of perfection clouding your vision and bring clarity to your purpose as a mom.
As you read the Scripture and prayer that go with each day’s message, you’ll discover more fully who you are in Christ and how to raise your children to say His love to the world.
In giving yourself grace, you will find you have even more grace to give from the One who is present in your life now and in every moment.
My Personal Review
I was so excited for the chance to grab this book and share it here on the blog when I saw the opportunity to read and review it. It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review and I think this was a great one to start back with since it was a wonderful read and you guys have the chance to win a prize from the authors!
The Authors of this book are both moms that have come together to share stories and wisdom to encourage and inspire those of us in the midst of raising our little ones.
The ladies each take turns writing “devotions” chapter by chapter sharing stories that are so easy to relate to that I felt like I was having a conversation with a dear friend.
The book is categorized as a devotion but if you are looking for the typical devotion that has daily scriptures and questions to ponder at the end of each daily read, then this will not fit that bill.
However, each lady does share some scriptures, Biblical references, and a short prayer in each chapter.
In my opinion, this is less of devotion and more encouragement for moms with Biblical and Christian influences mixed in but I loved making the short “devotions” or encouraging chapters a part of each day.
The chapters are just short enough to be ready in the morning with coffee but long enough to pack in some great words of truth and wisdom!
What I Loved!
If I had to choose just one part of this book to share as my favorite it would have to be Chapter 72, written by Gretta Kennedy. The title of this “devotion” is Comparison Versus Completeness, and man did it hit home with this mamma’s heart!
The author talks about ways that she herself has battled with the pains of comparing herself with other moms and how that stole her joy.
I don’t know about you but I struggle daily with comparing myself to others. Other moms, other bloggers, other book reviewers even, but Gretta talks about how God made us all just as we are, and when we let ourselves start comparing what we do or how we are to others it can lead to jealousy, envy, and dissatisfaction in our own lives.
She encourages us to focus on the strengths, gifts, and talents that God has given us and find joy in those. Though that can be hard to do at times, it truly is what we should do because God made each of us special and unique.
We are who we are meant to be, and that is more than enough!
Along with this great chapter from Gretta, there are many well-written chapters from Suzanne too that I know you all would enjoy and find encouragement in.
So if you are on the journey of motherhood and could use some wise words and encouragement from other moms that have been where you are then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book soon!
Win Your Own Copy of Grit & Grace!
Would you like to know more about this great book? How about a chance to win your own copy? Then here’s your chance to do just that! This giveaway is hosted by the publishing company and you can enter below for a chance to win. Please see their site for contest rules and regulations. Good luck to you all!
About the Authors
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy first met as roommates at Multnomah University. They are quick to admit they did not like each other when they first met due to opposite personalities. However, they worked out their differences and became best friends who roomed together for all four years of college. Two decades later, during a phone conversation, they realized God was laying on their hearts the want to write a devotional for moms of young children to encourage and strengthen them in their role as mothers. It was then the idea for Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms was born
Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is a regular writer and editor for Focus on the Family and David C Cook and previously served as an editor for Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr. Gosselin has written books for Zondervan, Harvest House, and Tyndale and is the author of Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood.
Gosselin lives in Bakersfield, CA with her husband, Kevin, and four children. The family enjoys escaping to the ocean.
Gretta Kennedy is a speaker, mentor, and writer with a degree in women’s ministry from Multnomah University and over 20 years of ministry experience. She passionately supports her husband, Jay, and his full-time camp ministry. They are raising their three children on Vancouver Island and report their adventures on the travel blog Traveling Islanders.
Grit & Grace is her first book.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!