I recently read Brave Mom by Sherry Surratt. Surratt is the CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), an organization devoted to encouraging and empowering young moms. In this book, Surratt shares about a lot of the common fears that moms have. The 10 most common mom fears are each covered in their own easy to read chapter, made up of stories of real moms and the help and answers they found. Filled with advice and insight from Sherry and the hope and grace found in God’s wisdom, Brave Mom gives moms everything they need to leave fear behind and live the admittedly messy life of parenting with confidence and joy. Each chapter also contains a prayer for moms to help them turn their fears over to God’s protection and care.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. I think I'm forever tainted by my experiences with Abby, and I really can't relate to the fears shared in this book. While some moms are worried about a loss of self-identity, I'm fearful of a life without my daughter. I just kind of felt like this book was a little superficial. However, I'm sure it would be encouraging for moms who don't live life with a medically fragile child.