Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears
by Sherry Surratt
We live in a scary world and it’s all too easy to get caught up in parenting with fear rather than parenting in faith, which is why I was so excited to read Sherry Surratt’s book, Brave Mom. This CEO of MOPS International(Mothers of Preschoolers) talks openly and honestly about some of the biggest fears moms face, including a fear of parenting teenagers, fear of not being perfect, fear that being a mom will change you forever, and more. Certainly as a mom I’m more than just afraid about keeping my kids physically safe. I worry about the friends they make….worry about whether I’m doing enough, whether I’ll let them down or mess them up, whether they’ll be bullied or teased or lost or alone or…you name it. These “Real Mom Fears” can take over the moment you find out you’re pregnant for the first time.
Each chapter includes notes and letters from other moms who have faced and overcome similar fears, so it really is like attending a mom support group and saying, “Hi, My name is ________ and I struggle with fear” and listening to others who understand what you’re going through. Surratt’s relaxed and chatty style of writing makes this book an easy read and very relatable. She concludes every chapter with a section called “Let’s Get Practical” that includes some questions for further thought/discussion and another section called “Let’s Take Action” that helps you put what you’ve learned into practice. It’s not a Bible study really, but it is great for an individual to read or for a book club or moms group to read together.
My favorite chapters in the book came at the end: “Facing Your Emotional Monsters” and “Building a Better You.” Her advice in those chapters is practical, helpful, wise, and full of grace. She encourages moms to build a support system and to find spiritual rhythms that work for you instead of trying to copy the quiet time habits of others around you. I also loved the idea of sorting fears into two categories: things I can do something about and things I can’t do anything about so I need to just leave it to God. Grabbing a hold of those runaway fears, analyzing them, praying through them, and doing something about them all helps tame the anxiety monster that can hold us moms captive.
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