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Getting Past Perfect : How to Find Joy and Grace in the Messiness of Motherhood
by Kate Wicker and Rachel Balducci and Lisa M. Hendey


Overview - Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time?  Read more...

 
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Overview
Do you ever feel like a raging tsumani, running through the house like a whirlwind and yelling at the top of your voice while the kids drag their feet and fight with one another as you desperately try to find lost shoes and get out the door on time? Overwhelmed, over-extended, and guilt-plagued?

With honesty, humor, and practical wisdom, Getting Past Perfect helps moms overcome Pinterest-inspired perfectionism by replacing your deepest fears and anxieties with a steady trust in God and the freedom to love authentically.

If you have ever felt that you were not "enough" as a wife or mom, or if you're someone who struggles to do it all, Getting Past Perfect offers a realistic and reassuring portrait of Catholic womanhood, placing motherhood in the context of every woman's primary role as a child of God.

Kate Wicker--journalist, popular speaker, and author of the highly-acclaimed Weightless--shares how she shook off doubt and negative self-perception, finding self-acceptance as a mom and the desire to stop controlling everyone around her. Getting Past Perfect invites you to make this same journey as you learn to embrace the primacy of your role as a daughter of God, even amidst the daily chaos of raising children. Each chapter is designed to debunk the lies and expectations that moms often face, replacing negative self-perceptions with the truths of a woman's true calling.

Wicker, a recovering perfectionist, helps you realize:
  • It is perfectly normal to feel like you're in over your head sometimes.
  • You can stop obsessing about what other people think and start focusing on loving yourself and your kids just as you are.
  • Your primary jobs are to let God love you and to love him back. Nurture your prayer life and make time to remember that you are first a daughter of God.
  • It's important to practice self-care no matter your stage in life.
Wicker openly shares how she unwittingly transferred her preoccupation with having the perfect body to being the perfect parent. By honestly sharing her mistakes and triumphs in the trenches of motherhood, Wicker reveals several common falsehoods mothers tell themselves in different seasons of their lives and how speaking the truth can liberate women to become better parents and the truest versions of themselves. Whether you're dealing with endless "why?" questions, unexpected potty emergencies, or even the unanticipated change of a new pregnancy, Getting Past Perfect will help you learn how to lean into God's abiding grace. By closing each chapter with a simple reflection question and prayer, this book provides the tools you need to embrace the messy realities of family life and to emerge from feeling overwhelmed to knowing that you are first and foremost a daughter of God.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781594717161
  • ISBN-10: 1594717168
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 160
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.45 pounds

Series: Catholicmom.com Book

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-09
  • Reviewer: Staff

Wicker (Weightless) is blunt about the trials and joys of being a mother of faith. She describes her disappointment at discovering shes pregnant with her fifth child, admits that both she and her children behave less than perfectly at times (or often), and explores the many ways theory smacks against reality when it comes to motherhood. Each chapter begins with a witty title (Queen Mommy), an evil earworm (Being a mother is the most important thing a Catholic woman can do), and an unvarnished truth (Motherhood is actually not your highest calling. Being a daughter of God is) that sets up the unrealistic perfect behavior she then goes about dismantling. For this small but considerable book, Wicker analyzes stages of motherhood, mothers competitions, mommies martyrdom, and the downside of Pinterest perfectionism; in the last chapter, she delves into clinical and postpartum depression. Along with thanking supportive friends, Wicker tells funny stories with love and humility and includes saints sayings and popes quotes. She also offers practical advice, a reading group guide, resources, and many prayers in this candid, helpful book. (Mar.)

 
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