Surprised by Motherhood


Some books get popular overnight.  It seems like everyone is reading said book and loving every word.  Sometimes I start these books and can’t finish them.  I am sure that the message is good.  But often,  I can’t stand the writing style.

So when I want to try a book, I don’t buy it. I borrow from the library. Lately, my library doesn’t own the books that I want. But there is a process called Interlibrary Loan where you can request a book and if any other library in the country owns it, your library can get it for you. It has been interesting to read books from all over the country. It has saved me lots of money since I don’t have to buy the book. It also saves on frustration because if I am a chapter in and hate it, I just return the book. No money wasted 🙂

Honestly, when Amanda and Money Saving Mom raved about Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom, I was skeptical. So I requested it from the library. I was pleasantly surprised. It was a really encouraging read. I liked Lisa-Jo Baker’s style. I like her honesty. I like her story. I think we could be friends in real life.

Her mother died when she was eighteen. She decided early on that she didn’t want to have children because where she grew up in South Africa, it seemed that you didn’t have worth as a woman unless you were a mother. She went to law school in America and dated her now husband. At a church service on day, a man told her that God loved her for who she was and He wouldn’t love her any more or less whether she had children or not. She and her husband have lived in Ukraine, South Africa, and the United States. They now have three children.

One of my favorite quotes from the book:

“But I believe that God loves us too much to leave us flailing in our self-centered universes, so He delivers these tiny reflections of ourselves into our homes with earthquake effectiveness. The walls and ground shift as we are forced to rearrange our sleep, our interests, our books, our date nights, our bathroom habits, our love of hot food, our blankets, our vacation plans, our entertainment choices, our interests, our bodies, our patience, and the grip on our sanity into unrecognizable new patterns.”


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