Rhe’s Bookshelf – Brave Mom


In Brave Mom, Sherry Surratt, president and CEO of MOPS International, shares honestly and openly about the fears every mom struggles with. From worry about your child’s safety and health to wondering if you are a good parent, to fears about your marriage and loss of self-identity, Sherry comes alongside every mom with practical, real, and hopeful help for these common fears that we’re all afraid to talk about.
The 10 most common mom fears are each covered in their own easy to read chapter, made up of stories of real moms and the help and answers they found. Filled with advice and insight from Sherry and the hope and grace found in God’s wisdom, Brave Mom gives moms everything they need to leave fear behind and live the admittedly messy life of parenting with confidence and joy. Each chapter also contains a prayer for moms to help them turn their fears over to God’s protection and care.
As the mom experts, MOPS provide moms around the country a connection to other moms, practical help to move ahead, and the warmth and grace of God’s love.

About the Author
As the CEO at MOPS International, Sherry Surratt is excited to work with dedicated folks who trade their lives daily to invest in moms and families. She is passionate about helping women step into their influence and change the world, whether it’s in the office or in the incredibly important role of mom to their kids. Sherry lives in Denver with the love of her life, Geoff, and has two wonderful kids, Michael and Brittainy, beautiful daughter-in-law Hilary, and her two gorgeous grandchildren.

Full disclosure, I love MOPS. I’m a huge fan. In fact I’m such a huge fan that finding a MOPS group is easily in the top three things I do when I move somewhere new. As a military spouse finding common ground with women starts at church and at MOPS. I am beyond blessed that I have found that each time I’ve moved. The MOPS organization has been a part of me since I was sixteen years old, when I began volunteering in the Moppets program. It has followed me through adulthood, marriage and now with children of my own. It is an organization for every women. This book had been on my “to-read” list, so when I was presented with the opportunity to review it of course I took it.
What I love about this book is the “realness” woven throughout. I know that sounds cliche’, but we don’t have enough of that in our world today. Parenting and mother in general is put out there on Facebook in a less than acurate way. Not that people are lying but very rarely do people post pictures of the chaos or horridness of their day. I’m lucky to have several friends who are keeping it real and I strive to do that within my own life, both IRL and virtually. My kids are perfect, my house is messy, I’m almost never a gourmet chef and sometimes I do and say the wrong thing in front of my children.
Sherry Surrat talks about all these things in the book, while focusing on the MOM FEARS that I think is behind all those things. I’m afraid my children won’t grow up to be the best human being’s they can is a real fear of mine. How do I know what will happen? Will they make the right choices in life. Will they make their choices or simply just follow blindly what I say and believe. Because frankly I don’t want them to do either.
Surrat’s voice in the book is one of familiarity. You can imagine sitting and having these conversations on our couch with a cup of coffee, as if you were best friends. That is what makes this book so wonderful. Sometimes the added stories really broke of the flow of the book for me, and I skipped them in my initial reading. When you have a flow going, well….you go with it. I’ve already passed this book on to a friend to read (she’s in MOPS with me also). While nothing in this book is necessarily a game changer or world-rocker, I almost feel like that is the point. The presentation is what makes this book important and different. We need to read stuff like this. Stuff we already know deep down in hearts to be true, but have a really difficult time remembering during those crazy diaper-changing, potty-training, messy house days.
4 out of 5 Stars
*I received this book in partnership with BookLook Bloggers. I was not compensated in any other way. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. Take them, or leave them.

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Rhe’s Bookshelf: A Mother’s Secret




Carolyn Lapp dreams of marrying for love. But will the errors of her past destroy this dream forever? Carolyn Lapp longs to have a traditional Amish family. But she lives on her brother’s farm with her parents and her 15-year old son, Benjamin. Carolyn has never revealed the identity of Benjamin’s father and lives daily with the guilt and shame of her youthful indiscretion. Her brother simply will not forgive her. His answer is to arrange a practical marriage for Carolyn to Saul, a widower with a little girl. But Carolyn isn’t convinced that Saul really loves her and believes he is simply looking for someone to help raise his daughter. When Benjamin causes trouble at a local horse auction, horse breeder Joshua Glick decides that he must be taught a lesson. Carolyn and Joshua are unmistakably drawn to each other, but Joshua mistakenly assumes that Benjamin is Carolyn’s brother. Carolyn fears that if he discovers the truth, her past will destroy their budding romance. After years of shame and loneliness, Carolyn suddenly has two men vying for her attention. But which of them will give her the family – and the unconditional love – she’s longed for?


This is my first Amy Clipson book, but I’m officially an Amish book lover.  I’m a succor for a sweet romance story, along the lines of the Harlequin Love Inspired books (which I also love by the way).  You get your romance and your strong story.  Ms Clip does an extrodinary job combining sweet romance and story – and the Amish life.  She includes quite a controversial subject, which was kind of interesting to me.  I’ve not read another Amish book that touched on it before.  I really liked how she handled it, discussing God’s love and forgiveness and how pride can get in the way of that.  There were so many underlying stories of God’s grace and love, of forgiveness and honesty.  The one part that I didn’t care for in the book, also happened to be a cool part.  I know, I know, that is completely ridiculous sounding.  There was a lot of Amish words thrown in.  Most of the Amish books I’ve read do this, but this one was heavy on the Amish words.  There was a glossery and they were easy enough to infer from the sentence.  However, it was just enough to trip you up in your head when you were on a roll reading.  But, it was kind of cool learning a lot of the words that I had not previously heard. This is the second book within this series and I’m interested to read the next one. I may or may not move backward and find the first one to read.

overall I would give it 4.5 stars.  I would definitely recommend this to someone who appreciated this genre of book, but maybe not for an Amish newbie.

**I was provided this book in partnership with BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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