The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between

The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between

by Ashlee Gadd


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Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating. Your feelings swing between joy and uncertainty, intense love and anxiety, laughter and tears. Through it all, you ask yourself, Am I the only one who feels this way? From Ashlee Gadd and the writers behind the popular blog Coffee + Crumbs comes a beautiful reminder of your identity, both as a woman and a mother.

In this book, you’ll find heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. This curated collection of honest stories weaves together the love, joy, and magnificent heartache of motherhood. Instead of offering advice, the writers offer something even better: their hearts. Essays from Ashlee Gadd of Coffee + Crumbs and its contributors will reassure you that you’re not alone.

This book is a love letter to mothers everywhere; it’s a story about the magic that happens between calm and chaos, the joy that can be found in both beauty and mess, and the valuable lessons we learn about ourselves in between cups of reheated coffee and kitchen tables covered in crumbs. Find a new strength, beauty, and sisterhood you never believed possible in The Magic of Motherhood, an inspiring and encouraging book written for an imperfect, trying-her-best mom just like you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310084600
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 214,103
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ashlee Gadd is a wife, mother, writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. When she’s not dancing in the kitchen with her two boys, Ashlee loves curling up with a good book, lounging in the sunshine, and making friends on the Internet. She loves writing about everything from motherhood and marriage to friendship and faith. Running Coffee + Crumbs is her dream job, x 100.

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“There is no one experience of motherhood, and there is no one right way to be a mother. This truth can terrify you in the beginning, but eventually it becomes a relief. The Magic of Motherhood is one of those exhales of relief for mothers who are ready to embrace freedom. Like any good story, motherhood has the potential to transform us—this book will give you a collective of sisters for your own journey of transformation. These stories of mothering are equal parts laughter and tears, truth and grace, gritty and hopeful. In these writers’ vulnerable words, you will find permission to fully own and to be transformed by your own story of motherhood.” — Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts

“The Magic of Motherhood is a long, warm hug from sisters—dripping with the beauty of belonging and acceptance, drawing us into the indescribable calling God has put on our lives. Readers will discover so many different, beautiful, incredible ways God walks us through the journey of motherhood. Though we often feel broken, incapable, or doubtful of our abilities to do the most important job on earth, these writers remind us of how whole, equipped, and abundantly capable He made us as mothers traveling unique paths. What refreshment to my mama-soul. Pour a warm cup of tea, and cuddle up in your favorite blanket. The Magic of Motherhood is not to be missed.” — Emily Ley, author of Grace, Not Perfection and creator of the Simplified Planner

“The Magic of Motherhood is not a parenting book; it is a partnering book. With beautiful prose and poetic hearts, Ashlee and her team come alongside every aching, weary, stretch-marked mother to whisper: You’re not alone in this. We’re here too. It’s kind of hard, isn’t it? It’s kind of magical, isn’t it? Both siren song and battle cry, this soulful collection of essays is a life-giving gift to mothers everywhere.” — Erin Loechner, writer at Design For and author of Chasing Slow

“Becoming a mother changed the very core of my identity. It flipped me upside down, and sometimes it felt like new motherhood smacked me across the face. This book would have been so comforting, just to know I wasn’t alone in the transformation. I hadn’t ‘lost myself’ but instead was finding my footing in a whole new landscape. These bite-sized essays are a gracious gift to moms. If you’re looking for a perfect pick-me-up for a tired momma, The Magic of Motherhood sure fits the bill.” — Hayley Morgan, co-author of USA Today bestselling book Wild and Free

“There’s nothing better than when a group of moms decide to get honest with each other, to let down the facades that they know what they’re doing and instead allow others in on their doubts, questions, fears, and unanswered prayers. The Magic of Motherhood is this kind of honest gathering in book form. Through candid, poignant essays, this book pulls back the curtain of picture-perfect mothering and puts words to our raw feelings. A beautiful compilation of trusted voices articulates what we know our mama hearts are feeling but often don’t know how to express. These sudden friends remind us of the beauty mothering brings to our lives, no matter how big the mess.” — Alexandra Kuykendall, author of Loving My Actual Life and The Artist’s Daughter and cohost of The Open Door Sisterhood

“The Magic of Motherhood is a breath of fresh air for every mom who needs to be reminded that our journeys overlap in unexpected and yet predictable ways. When you need to regain a sense of equilibrium, this is the book that will bring you back to life.” — Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International

“Motherhood is truly one of the best yet hardest jobs ever created. You are a personal assistant, a chef, a cheerleader, a therapist, and a chauffeur all rolled into one person. And there are days when the whole thing can feel like a giant pyramid scheme you were talked into by well-meaning friends who just wanted you to never sleep again. That’s why I love the essays in The Magic of Motherhood. As we walk the road of motherhood, I think the questions on our minds are ‘Am I doing this right?’ and ‘Does everyone feel this way sometimes?’ As you turn the pages of this book, you’ll realize the answer to both of these questions is YES. You will laugh and cry and alternately want to hug your kids a little tighter—and then send them off to play so you can read a few more pages!” — Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author of Sparkly Green Earrings

“I laughed and cried through this entire book. Mothering is the most difficult adventure I’ve ever been on and one of the most rewarding ones as well. This book is full of stories that could have been written by every mother I know. You see, although mothering can feel lonely at times, this book is proof that we are all in this together. Us mamas need to stick together, and this book is proof that we all have the same issues, struggles, and love in us as everyone else.” — Jamie Ivey, author and host of The Happy Hour podcast

“Moms don’t want one more thing to do. We need more reminders that all those things we do matter. This book is that reminder. Let yourself sink into it, preferably while sinking into a bath (even if it does resemble the inside of a Toys”R”Us), and let these stories do their work—reminding you that what you do matters, every exhausting, seemingly invisible, and unbelievably hard and beautiful moment.” — Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised by Motherhood and community manager for (in)courage

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The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! Love reading other mothers experiences in motherhood.
modconspiracy More than 1 year ago
An unadulterated collective memoir, “The Magic Of Motherhood” is filled with witty and endearing accounts of the highs and lows of motherhood from the writers of Coffee + Crumbs, 10 different contributors. The narratives have catchy titles sure to pique interest should one decide to read the book in segments. It is interesting to peer into the lives of other mothers as they bare their souls, their weakness and their strengths, unabashed and yet full of dignity. In a good way, this book became a reminder of my own journey and experience, something I have not thought on for quite some time and just lived in my lifelong role, a mother to a teenage son and an elementary-aged school girl. I don’t want to make it sound miserable because it is far from that, but life is not life without all of the “good stuff, the hard stuff and everything in between.” God has equipped you (if you are a mother) of bringing up a precious life in this world because He knows you are trustworthy and able to handle such a task. All the mothers in this book are testimonies of that. While popular culture and pessimism for the future stigmatize motherhood as something to be avoided because it ruins the female figure and would pose as a financial burden, the second excuse I heard while being at an abortion consultation clinic, it is a relief to read that the very instance of motherhood became one woman’s redemption from the pit of unwarranted self-loathing (this particular woman in the book had a struggle with Anorexia). Motherhood afforded her the break she so desperately needed as she became immersed caring for the new life she brought into the world rather than her own petty insecurities. This does not sound like “a responsibility done out of compulsion” kind of thing. This is the dawning of the lifelong practice of putting others before oneself, a biblical definition of selfless love. I can relate to this woman’s story in particular. Hardbound and sewn for durability, it has thick matte pages with pictures of scenes a mother would know all too well and highlighted quotes scattered throughout. It also comes with a built-in white ribbon bookmark and would make a timely gift for Mother’s day and for baby showers especially to new and expectant mothers who are nervous in the magical journey they are about to embark on.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
The Magic Of Motherhood THE GOOD STUFF, THE HARD STUFF, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN By ASHLEE GADD AND THE WRITERS OF COFFEE+CRUMBS This book was an incredible, wonderful, amazing and compelling to read with so much love inside this book that came from the love of the parent to the hard working of raising children and see they are growing become a good person. This story will give you more that just a book. It's will be the begging of the Magic of Motherhood this will be a hardest job ever for all the parent that had to be assistant, a chef, a cheerleader, a therapist, and a chauffeur all rolled into one person. This book will full of stories that could have been written by every mother I know. You will see although mothering can feel lonely at times, this book is proof that we are all in this together. This book guiding way to discovery so many different, beautiful, incredible ways God walks us through the journey if motherhood. Though we often feel broken, incapable, or doubtful of our abilities to do the most important job on earth. The author of this book will showing us how to used all the equipment and tools that will helping all the parent and put word to word to every love in page to page inside this book. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. " I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers in exchange for this review "
BrittanyBergman More than 1 year ago
I want to get this book into the hands of every single mom I know. You know how when you’re having a tough day, unable to see the good in a hard season, and wondering if you’re all alone, and then a friend shares about the exact same thing that’s on your heart, and you melt into a puddle and say, “Yes! Me too!” This is that moment, but in the form of dozens of essays contained in a beautiful book. The Coffee + Crumbs writers have outdone themselves with their best essays yet (and that’s saying a lot because their blog is already full of gems), and I’m already excited to read the whole thing again. This book will make you snort with laughter, cry big tears, and feel so deeply understood. From now on, I’ll be gifting this book at every single baby shower I attend (along with something off the registry, because come on, we all know how long it took to put that thing together). I cannot recommend this book enough.
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
Do you love coffee dates with a close girlfriend? Where you have time to get a hot drink, (still drink it while it's HOT!) put your feet up and just chat? Well, this book is exactly that. It's full of essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility and more. (List taken from the back of the book.) If you need to read a book that feels like a breath of fresh air, and having a conversation with your best friend, this is it. If you want a book about motherhood that doesn't feel like advice being thrown at you, but a friend sharing her heart, this is it. If you feel alone in your journey through motherhood, the good, the bad and the extremely messy, this is it. Trust me, you'll love it as much as I did!