Friday, May 11, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Mom Connection by Tracey Bianchi

The Book giveaway has ended. Thank you to those who participated. 
The book review is below, followed by a link of how you can purchase your own copy.

Tracey Bianchi has a way of mixing her own personal momma stories with wisdom and facts, while keeping a lighthearted humor that every mom can appreciate. "Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood" is a book about living into life's rhythms so moms can connect and create vibrant relationships with each other and the other important people in their lives.

The chapter I enjoyed most was the one entitled "Game Night: What is Your Family Famous For." We are often taught to think that we should determine the good, the bad, and appropriate for our children, and we dismiss the important fact that everything we do is shaping how our children will affect the culture around them by them being in it. We are taught to think with short-term thinking rather than thinking with the big picture in mind. Bianchi suggests that we start by finding words to define our family's culture. Some words might include. . .
- Humorous
- Artistic
- Loving
- Entertaining
- Helpful
- Generous
- Gracious
- Frugal
Now add to that list the missing elements you deeply desire. Define how you want to be known. What long-term goals will make it happen?

Bianchi also suggests making up "RULES FOR LIFE" specific to your family. These are phrases that your family will live by that will shape your family culture. Here are some sample rules. . .
- Be fully present to others.
- Love God. Love others.
- Pray often.
- Love extravagantly.

Bianchi adds her own personal unwritten rules to this list:
"Caffeine makes me happy." and "No one poops in the bathtub."
She says, "Rules provide the course markers necessary to chase wholeheartedly after what matters and let what hinders you slip away."
FOCUS. What mom doesn't want focus? Bianchi brings focus to the main relationships in a mom's life: your spouse, your extended family, your BFF's, and your community and gives practical ideas to foster and build those relationships. It's an easy, fun read.

Enter to win one (1) free copy of "Mom Connection", complements of MOPS International, by leaving your name and email as a comment at the bottom of this post before Friday, May 17.Thank you MOPS International, for this great giveaway!

Winner will be notified by email. GOOD LUCK!!! 
(You may also purchase your own copy of the book from amazon by clicking here.)


Anonymous said...

Sounds great!
Linda Bowen,

Anonymous said...

Hoping to add a copy to our library.
Darlene Luciano,

LaurKnotter said...

This book looks amazing!