Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Deliberate Motherhood - Have You Seen the Book?

When brown pants man (that's what we called our UPS carrier when we were little) came walking up our driveway with a box on his shoulder the size of nothing I ordered recently, I wondered, What could that be?

The girls ran out to heft cardboard, shake its contents, but it was too heavy to budge. So I dragged it into the kitchen where we slit it open and pulled out the insides.

Stacks of books. Beautiful blue-faced books. Stacks I forgot were coming. And my heart leapt a bit. 

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On the pages were the collective efforts of sixty-plus mothers. Hours and hours of text read on my computer screen. Days of research, mulling, crafting and re-crafting words. Dozens of emails exchanged.

There it was. Finished and bound. Ready to crease open. 

A book that's been in the making for two years.  

Have you seen it? Deliberate Motherhod: 12 Key Powers of Purpose, Order, and Joy.

If not, I can recommend it to you without reservation. Ten women who care very much about the profession of motherhood teamed up with April and Saren @ Power of Moms to contribute chapters on topics like patience, love, growth, balance, optimism, peace, and priorities. One topic for every month of the year. Or, however, you'd like to read it.

The book speaks to every mother who cares about the kind of life she is giving her children. As well as the life she is creating for herself. We are touting it as a guidebook for mothers who want to thrive, not just survive.

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Full of honest personal stories, thoughtful perspectives, and inspiring ideas, Deliberate Motherhood will help you focus on the most important elements of raising a family. It will help you sift through the unimportant and refocus on the facets of motherhood that matter.

I know almost all of these women personally. They are mothers I admire, mothers I look to and learn from. They are imperfect, like all of us, but striving. Striving to pare down when necessary, build up where crucial, and put first things first.

A few contributing authors you might know and already love:

Linda Eyre
Saydi Shumway   
Shawni @ 71 Toes     
Saren Loosli
Sarah @ Clover Lane
April Perry

I had to re-read my chapter on patience and give myself a good talking-to the other night, remind myself of the tools I wrote about two years ago. Ones I ought to be implementing more frequently to keep things cool, fizzle my sizzle.

Saren and April, who did the last of the leg work on this book and took over when everyone else burned out, (seriously April - you kept this dream alive. Bless you), are anxious to make the book available to everyone. We get no kick-back. All authors volunteered their time, so I'm promoting it here for the sole purpose of support. With a hope that when you read it, you will feel connected and lifted by mothers who care like you do.

Click here to buy a copy. Or to read excerpts or download the PDF version, click here

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There is nothing like the pure joy of childhood. 

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Nothing like the wonder of watching little people live in the moment.

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Or run into your arms.

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There really is no greater work. As Daniel Webster put it, 

"If we work upon immortal minds, and instill into them just principles, we are engraving on that tablet that which no time will efface..."


I'd like to give away two copies here. Just leave a comment on this post if you'd like a chance at receiving one and I'll do a random draw come November. And of course, I'd be delighted to ship international.


49 comments:

  1. I would love a copy! And your blog rocks.

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  2. Oh I would love to win a copy! I'm not very lucky, though, so I'll probably just have a buy one, but I will do that gladly, too! Congrats!

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  3. I'd love to have a copy! Thanks!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  4. I too would love a copy. And I'm sure my kids would love for me to have one too!

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  5. I would really like to read this book!

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  6. I saw a few of my favorite moms there! I'd love to read this book - thanks!

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  7. Congratulations! I would love a copy!

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  8. I've been inspired and encouraged while reading many of the contributor's blogs and would love to win the book; if I don't win, it's going on my wish list. Thanks!

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  9. I agree with Melanie. Your blog rocks. And I bet this book does too!

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  10. It looks wonderful, I can't wait to read it.

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  11. I'd love a copy - it's now on my Christmas Wish List! :)

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  12. Yeah! I know I'm overseas, but we're having Thanksgiving AND Christmas guests that can deliver. :) Love ya! Angie

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  13. Awesome! I think I'll buy a copy in the meantime but if I win I can give one away.

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  14. I would really enjoy reading this book! I love the idea of thriving, not just surviving.

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  15. Yes, please! :-) I'd love to win one of them.
    And thank you for your blog posts! I am inspired by them every day!!

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  16. Cath,
    Congratulations on your book. I didn't even know you were working on a project. I can't wait to read it, I am sure it is great!
    Enter me to win, please!

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  18. Catherine! You are amazing and I will be in constant awe of all that you do. I have seen you (briefly) in action and I am amazed at the soft peaceful way that you run your home. You have no idea what an amazing example you are to me.

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  19. Cath you are an awesome mommy and writer. I love reading your blog. what an amazing person you are. sure do miss you! please enter me! jillybean

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  20. Hooray. How exciting. I love reading anything you write and would a copy.

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  21. I would love to have a copy, with your signature of course! If I don't win one, I'll certainly buy it! Bravo!

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  22. Congrats to you, Cath!
    What an honor to be asked to contribute. I will recommend to all of the mothers I know!

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  23. I would love one :)

    kierstinlaws@hotmail.com

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  24. Hey you! Love being able to jump on your blog and "connect" with you! Miss you!!

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  25. I'd love to share a copy with a dear friend since I already own and love my copy!

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  26. I would love a copy!! Love you Cath!

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  27. I am inspired by your blog, and one way or another, I think I need to read the book - it's just what my mother-soul is needing at this time. Thanks!

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  28. I can't wait to learn how to "fizzle my sizzle!" I'd love to win a book but I'm happy to buy one if I don't win. What a wonderful project to be a part of!

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  29. You truly are an inspiration Cath!! I will definately be grabbing me a copy!! Love you!!

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  30. If the book reads like your blog, I'm in!!! I stubbled across your blog a couple of years ago and am a devoted fan. Your words always leave inpired to be a better mother. A whole book of the like would be like candy! Thanks!

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  31. I would love to get a copy of the book! thanks, Catherine!

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  32. This sounds incredible. I would love to win a copy! xo

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  33. I was so excited when I saw that you were involved! (I was hoping you were.) Well done!
    I really hope I win, because it sounds like a fabulous book. ;)
    (PS did ya love conf & gen rs broadcast)

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  34. A book with many of my favorite authors? Yes, please!

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  35. This sounds like a great book. I recently had our second set of twins, so I think about your family a lot! We have four kids two (young two) and under (b/g and fraternal boys), so it feels like trying to survive is all we can manage right now. I love reading your blog to remind myself that we can do this, and to not stay deep in the weeds all the time. Thanks!

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  36. I would love to win a copy of this book--but if I don't, I know what's going on my Christmas list! :)

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  37. Cath, so proud of you! I can't wait to read what you've written!! Love ya.

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  38. Yes, throw my name into the hat. I don't know if you are listing a copy on Goodreads through their Giveaway program. My husband listed a few copies of his book there, and he garnished several "to reads" in the process. And the people who receive the free copies are asked to post a review on Goodreads after they finish the book. It's good venue (but you probably already know about it).

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  39. So cool cath!! You're absolutely maxing. Would love to win this treasure!

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  40. Have you ever listened to the talk on CD by Jenny Phillips called "Christlike Mothering"? I listen to it at least once a month. I have learned so much and become a better, more Christlike patent because of it! I would love to add this book to my study and practice. I can't wait to read it!

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  41. I would love to read this book!

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  42. I would love to read this book! I am always intersted in advice on how to become a better mother. You are fabulous Cath! :)

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  43. I'd love a copy....I'm always wishing I was more deliberate!

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  44. I would LOVE to read this book!

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