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Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood Kindle Edition
In UNBOUND, JAMIE SUMNER helps women who are struggling with the pressures of motherhood find comfort, hope and companionship by detailing her own difficult journey and highlighting women of the Bible who triumphed in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Women, especially Christian women, do not talk enough about the reality of motherhood: the enormous struggles it takes to get there, the loneliness of it, the unspoken or unmet expectations. We are often too afraid, ashamed, or unwilling to share our stories of disillusionment or pain. We quietly absorb the posts of sonograms and happily messy houses on Facebook as we inwardly wonder what's the matter with us. We listen to friends coo about their child's latest success as we watch our own terrorize their sibling or scream for an hour. We struggle to raise kids with special needs, physical disabilities, and social challenges, caught by surprise that this is what motherhood looks like.
With honesty and vulnerability, JAMIE SUMNER walks readers through each chapter of her own journey to motherhood through infertility and special needs parenting and pairs it with that of a woman in the Bible so that readers can find comfort, hope, companionship and honesty rooted in biblical truths.
The book is broken into four parts: The Wanting, The Waiting, The Getting and The Appreciating. UNBOUND will share the heartbreak of infertility and offer encouragement from someone who has had to wait for the fulfillment of motherhood; detail the specifics of infertility treatments, miscarriage, and raising special needs children through a Christian lens; honestly discuss the expectations versus the reality of being a mother; and highlight specific biblical women in each chapter who did not fit the expectations of their times through verses, scriptural anecdotes and guiding questions.
UNBOUND shows you through Scripture how to be thankful for each step wherever it leads. Happiness is found as we release into His hands our own well-laid plans for His better, and more beautiful one, no matter how different it may look from what we first imagined.
"Feeling imperfect? There are mom-books for that - offering solace in faith and welcome infusions of humor as well. Jamie Sumner, in Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood (FaithWords, April 10) describes her journey through infertility and special needs parenting. Her trip has not been easy, but Sumner found in the Bible stories of women who show her comfort, hope, companionship and triumph in releasing herself in God's hands."―Publishers Weekly
"Jamie Sumner approaches the ups and downs of motherhood with honesty and wit, making us all feel a little better about the job we're doing...while at the same time inspiring us through the fact that we're not alone. Women through history -- from the ancient Old Testament to now -- have all struggled to find the balance of their identity in Christ and as mothers. This book is balm for our souls."― Kate Etue, co-author of The Essential Five: A Grown-Up Girl's Handbook for Everything
- ASIN : B0764BZ3TT
- Publisher : FaithWords (10 April 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 1550 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 225 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1546031987
- Customer Reviews:
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I had thought it might be a good book to give to an everyday mother who is finding the normal everyday job of motherhood hard [because that is the message I got from the subtitle].
But it is not that sort of a book. Rather self-obsessed, instead of offering help to others. Realtes to a very specific set of circumstances - not to those common to all mothers.
Jamie Sumner takes you through her awe inspiring journey into motherhood. Nothing went according to her plan, and yet through it all, God was faithful. She paints a realistic picture of the anguish and struggle infertility and loss can bring. She also reminds us of the unspeakable joy and peace that can come from completely surrendering to God in the best and worst of times. Jamie provides countless examples of women in the Bible who faced a range of situations and yet still clung to their faith and were made whole in the end, even if the end did not look exactly like they had planned. This book is filled with incredible truths that every mother should hear no matter what her journey and faith look like. With incredible wit, heart-wrenching grief, and unspeakable joy, Jamie pulls you into her story and along the way you find pieces of yourself that you may have forgotten existed and by the end, you feel whole and ready to follow whatever path this thing called motherhood takes you.
I’ve heard many stories and have prayed for countless mommas struggling with infertility, complications, miscarriages, etc. But not until I read Jamie’s book did I recognize how I’d barely scratched the surface of gratitude for my waltz into motherhood.
Reading about Jamie’s path towards the birth of her first miracle, Charlie, unraveled me. What this dear woman endured is beyond comprehension for someone on the outside looking in. Yet, somehow Jamie weaved words with delicate precision to draw the reader into every gripping detail with beauty and grace.
This book left me awestruck and inspired by Jamie’s courage and resolve in her pursuit of becoming a mom against inconceivable odds. She gives new meaning to spiritual surrender, which is not to say she didn’t battle with trust issues along the way. You’ll find her honesty refreshing as you come to realize she is just like the rest of us who, when facing overwhelming challenges, struggle to put one front in front of the other along our walk of faith.
Adding to what is already a powerful and moving testimony by Jamie, is her brilliance in intertwining her circumstances with those of fearless Biblical women. Women who had to overcome what seemed like insurmountable situations. Jamie gives us an opportunity to lean into and find hope in these timeless stories.
As far as the specifics of Jamie’s story, I don’t want to give anything away up front. You deserve to hear the details straight from Jamie’s beautiful heart and empowering spirit. Her words are destined to transform you and deepen your faith in countless ways.