Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood

Danielle Bean. Ave Maria, $15.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-59471-945-5
Bean (My Cup of Tea) describes the challenges associated with Christian parents transitioning into life as an empty nester in this tender work. “In earlier years, we might have struggled to keep up with the fullness of our nests,” she writes, “and yet now we find ourselves grappling with a startling new sense of emptiness.” With humor and openness about her sadness watching her children leave her home, she addresses topics such as saying goodbye when one’s children move out, letting go, embracing the present, and giving up control. Bean discusses the weariness that can accompany the responsibilities of parenthood and emphasizes the importance of establishing a core identity with God to prevent resentment and burnout, which becomes crucial once one can no longer direct their attentions to the needs of children. To this end, she also explains the need for flexibility and a willingness to adapt when “God interrupts plans.” Regarding the challenges of family life she writes, “I find that even the ugly, messy, hard parts of life can be beautiful if we examine them through the lens of grace.” While Bean’s comforting advice can apply to any parent, Christian mothers will particularly enjoy this encouraging guide. (Feb.)
Reviewed on : 11/27/2019
Release date: 02/01/2020
Genre: Religion
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