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Book Review: MOMOLOGY- A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids
June 10, 2010, 6:20 am
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MOMOLOGY- A Mom’s Guide to Shaping Great Kids

By Shelly Radic

My Review:

The road to Motherhood is filled with tons of information on how to be the best/most effective/most loving, etc. (the list goes on and on….) Mom that we can all be. There are many books out on the market through MOPS and publishers of all sorts that give advice on how to raise our kids. It’s hard to be different, hard to carve a niche for yourself in this crowded space of too much information and too little time. Author Shelly Radic fills the space nicely, Momology is a creatively set-up little book that is a combination of facts about Motherhood and helpful hints on how we can all get through this journey with our feet on the ground.

I really enjoyed the ease of reading this book, put together in short little snippets that even busy Mom’s can find time for. As one of our MOPS speakers once said- if you have just five minutes of time you can spend that five minutes doing something to benefit your family. Spending just a little time reading this book will encourage and enlighten every Mom in many different seasons of motherhood. Shelly shares what she believes to be the four core elements of successful mothering and divides the book accordingly into four parts: core, finesse, circle, and grandscape.

One theme in the book that I particularly liked is that while God created each of our children as unique individuals; he also created each mom to be uniquely equipped to raise the children he blessed us with. I think this is a core belief of MOPS, and it really came through in this book and gave me the encouragement that I need to push on despite the sometimes bumpy road of Motherhood.

Each chapter, besides having great content, contains a field study (a different mom’s learning situation), practicum (questions, journaling topics or resources on how to incorporate truth into your mothering) and a quick review. The unusual format of using“post-it” notes, paper clips, and memo pages made the book a little more creative than most, and also adapted to her idea of getting concepts out in brief snippets.

Shelly did a great job on the content of the book, it is kind of like a report on Mom’s. Detailed statistics and website links provide much information for a busy Mom that wants to find out more. Analytical personalities will enjoy this, because the book is filled with more than enough facts and trends. Over 1800 moms participated in the research for the book, so there is a great deal of data to read! If you take it in small baby steps, it may be easier to read.

Many will like the interactive style of the book, which directs you to several websites for more information. One website is actually based on the book, and when you visit you’re able to give more feedback to the researchers and author.

If you are a new Mom participating in MOPS International, then this is the theme book of the year and you’ll probably have many MOPS activities based upon the book. So the book is a must read for MOPS members!

Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. The only compensation I received for reviewing this book was a complimentary copy, courtesy of Revell.