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{A Giveaway!} Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood (Mom's Bookshelf) - Home With Purpose

{A Giveaway!} Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood (Mom’s Bookshelf)

Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood (A Review from www.homewithpurpose.net)

About a year and a half ago I reviewed a little book called Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by a young mom, Rachel Jankovic. At the time, Rachel had five children under the age of five, including a set of twins, so she literally was writing from the trenches!

Now, another child and a couple of years later, she’s written a follow-up, Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodThe format is similar to the first book: eighteen short, devotional chapters (what she calls “field notes”) on various topics related to motherhood and parenting.

Here’s the table of contents, just to whet your appetite:

  1. The Paradox Perspective
  2. The Unbaked Biscuit
  3. The Mean Boss
  4. Panning for Gold
  5. Discipleship of the Mundane
  6. When the Milkshake Runs Low
  7. The Time is Now
  8. Home Fires
  9. A Table Saved
  10. Well Eating
  11. Faith Grows
  12. Ungraceful Parenting
  13. Judgey Pants
  14. Wound Up
  15. A Little Morning Rugby
  16. Popping the Weasel
  17. The Long-Term View
  18. It Ever Shall Be

Rachel writes with transparency, humility, and humor. From the Forward:

“I don’t pull punches or hold back in this book, because I am writing to myself as much as to you. If something in this book strikes a little close to home for you, know that it struck in my home first. I am not writing about other people’s problems, although I know many of them are common. I write about what I know, and what I know is the challenges, the joys, and the work involved in raising little people.

If you don’t want to be challenged, then don’t read this book. If you are just looking for sympathy and an eye-roll about the work you do, just mention you have children to someone at the grocery store.

This book is a collection of ‘field notes’ from a mom seeking to honor the Lord in her daily life. It isn’t a method or a system, because it is messy, just like the life I am busy living.” 

What a treasure! Rachel has done it again. I could pretty much just copy and paste most everything I said about Loving the Little Years. Once again, each short chapter is direct and to the point, yet filled with grace and insight, and they’re just the right length for this challenging season of life.

I love that Rachel focuses on the heart rather than just the externals, and yet still manages to be incredibly practical.

She captures the craziness of this season of life, but avoids the trap of sliding into negativity about it, or portraying it as something we just have to suck it up and endure. She manages to make the mundane profound, and grace permeates every word.

I loved Fit to Burst. It manages to encourage, refresh, and challenge in the perfect format and length for busy moms to digest. I think both it and Loving the Little Years are must reads for every mom of young children!

I started out trying to make a list of a few of the best quotes to share with you, but I just can’t narrow it down! You’re just going to have to get the book and read it!

And speaking of getting the book, I have a copy to send to one of you! 🙂

Are you interested? Then read on…

The Nitty-Gritty Details:
The giveaway will run from today, 9/25/13 through next Tuesday, 10/1/13, ending at 11:59 p.m. (Central). There’s one mandatory entry, worth four chances to win, and several other options to earn additional entries. Canon Press generously provided me with two copies of the book: one to read and review and one to give away. I wasn’t compensated in any other way, and I wasn’t required to give a positive review. The Rafflecopter widget below has everything you need to throw your hat in the ring for the book!  The winner will be chosen at random and announced no later than Friday, October 4. Good luck! 🙂

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Linked with Hip Homeschool Hop, Teach Me Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Hearts for Home, Gospel Homemaking, Fellowship Fridays, Essential Fridays, The Better Mom.


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  1. Colleen Garcia says:

    I’d love the book because I am a mother of six – in the trenches. 😉

  2. This book sounds like it would have some great insight and humor for a new mom like myself. Great giveaway!
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  3. Sounds like a great book. I’d love to read it.
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  4. Thanks for the great recommendation! I love books and am always on the lookout for those someone has already given their stamp of approval on.
    Candace recently posted…Giving It All UpMy Profile

  5. As the mom of 4, I’m always searching for ways to touch hearts and change lives.
    Lynn McInnis recently posted…Schoolhouse Review: The Presidential GameMy Profile

  6. This looks like a great book and is a really helpful review.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions
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  7. Loved her first book! Would love to win this!! 🙂
    Kara recently posted…HMJ | Weekly Wrap Up | Week 6My Profile

  8. I’ve been eyeballing this one for a little while now. Fancy that you would offer this as a giveaway!

  9. Looking for more encouraging advice! Thanks for hosting this book give-away.

  10. I read her first book, “Loving the Little Years” and loved it!! Super candid, practical, and encouraging. As a Mom to 3 little ones, every bit of Gospel-centered encouragement goes a long way! Hope to read “Fit to Burst” soon!

  11. I loved reading Rachel’s first book, Loving the Little Years, and I know I will love this book too. And I could really use some encouragement!

  12. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love this book as a “godly friend” I can turn to as a new mama

  13. I read her first book and loved it! This new book has been on my reading list since before it was published, I just need to find some time for it. 🙂

  14. i’d love to win this book. both her books have been on my wish list forever!!

  15. I read “Loving the Little Years” at the perfect time: pregnant with #4, while I had a 3-yr-old, 2-yr-old and 9-mo-old. What a challenge to my selfish, struggling heart! Nearly every page brought me to tears as it confronted me right where I needed it!
    When I heard about Fit to Burst, I could hardly wait to read it! I’ve been trying to hold out for Christmas, but better yet to win a copy! How exciting that would be!
    I am “Mom” to five–ages 6, 5, 3, 2, and one little angel. . . So grateful for my blessings and how God is molding ME during this time!
    Becky recently posted…Lessons from LossMy Profile

  16. I read Loving the Little Years and it has blessed me tremendously. I currently have 4 under age 5 and have just moved to Germany two months ago and am still five hours from any family. I definitely could use a boost in remember where my strength comes from and just some encouragement in my daily living as I feel very alone and struggle to be encouraging to my children when I haven’t found a community yet. Thank you for the giveaway!

  17. I would love to win this book because I love Rachels’ style and wisdom. I read her first book when I borrowed it from a friend and how wonderful would it be to let HER borrow the second from me?!? Maybe, juuuuuuussssssssstttt maybe.

  18. I’d love this book because I really enjoyed Rachel’s first one!

  19. Thanks! I’ve heard some good things about the first book but have yet to read it. I think now is the time!

  20. Would love to have my older girls read Rachel’s books!

  21. I would love to read this book!

  22. Loved the first book

  23. I’d love to read this book!

  24. I was entertained and challenged as I read Loving the Little Years. I am so glad Rachel is willing to share what she is learning with the rest of us!! Fit to Burst sounds so great and I am really grateful the this opportunity to win. I have five children and am always trying to be a better wife and mother. 🙂 PS…I really like your blog!!

  25. Loved the book loving the little years and have been looking forward to the “sequel”!

  26. This sounds like a great read! I would love it! 😀

  27. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks!

  28. Was so blessed to read a blog recently posted by the author and found my way to this website in hopes of winning a free copy of her new book. Thanks!


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