“The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between,” by Ashlee Gadd

I recently had the chance to read The Magic of Motherhood, by Ashlee Gadd. This nonfiction book was published on April 4, 2017 by Zondervan.

About this book (from the back cover):

The Magic of Motherhood celebrates your life as a mom—the good stuff, the hard stuff, and everything in between. From the writers behind the popular blog Coffee + Crumbs comes a beautiful new book to remind you of your identity, both as a woman and as a mother.

Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating. You find your feelings swinging between joy and uncertainty, intense love and anxiety, laughter and tears. Through it all, you constantly ask yourself, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” The Magic of Motherhood will reassure you that you’re not alone. Full of encouragement, humor, and wisdom that will speak to you right where you are, The Magic of Motherhood is like a long-overdue coffee date with your best girlfriend.

In this book you’ll find heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. The Magic of Motherhood is a curated collection of honest stories that weave together the love, joy, and magnificent heartache of motherhood. Instead of offering advice, the writers offer something even better: their hearts.

The Magic of Motherhood is a love letter to mothers everywhere; it’s a story about the magic that happens in between calm and chaos, the joy that can be found in both beauty and mess, and the valuable lessons we learn about ourselves in between cups of reheated coffee and kitchen tables covered in crumbs. Find a new strength, beauty, and sisterhood you never believed possible in The Magic of Motherhood, an inspiring and encouraging book written for an imperfect, trying-her-best mom just like you.

My Verdict:

This book of essays is the perfect thing for a new mom, and I am planning on giving my copy to a friend who just announced her first pregnancy. However, it is also a really inspiring read for someone who isn’t new to motherhood; my oldest is 10 and I was completely engaged by these beautiful essays. Its an easy read, especially for someone in the trenches who doesn’t have much time to sit and read a novel. Each essay is pretty short, yet sweet, and the voices of the different authors really come through. If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift, this book would make an awesome present!

If you’d like to check out The Magic of Motherhood it is currently on sale for $1.99 for the Kindle version right now (90% off!!) If you prefer a physical copy the hardcover version is currently on sale for $12.91. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

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