It’s May–and it’s nearly Mother’s Day!
And I’ve got the perfect book to share with you, just in time to bless the mamas in your life. Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh aren’t only mother and daughter. They’re also moms, as well as women who’ve coauthored several books together. The BlogAbout Blogger Network sent me both last year, AND this year, their moving and encouraging book, I Love You, Mom: Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours. Filled with both Scripture and sweet words from a child to a mama, it’s really a book for moms like no other. This year, I have a newer edition of the book for someone to win–plus other Mother’s Day goodies in a giveaway! Keep reading for more on this meaningful book.
About I Love You, Mom!
From the publisher:
“Written for moms of all ages of children, from infants to adults, I Love You, Mom! gives a voice to the feelings many have about their mom. Going beyond a traditional greeting card, the book is beautifully designed with cheerful full-color artwork in a hardcover package. It contains 25-word gifts, each focused on a character quality for mom and designed to express affirmation
and encouragement that moms dream of hearing.
Each devotion includes a Scripture verse, a story from Daniel and McIntosh about the related word gift or a biblical story, and a pre-written reflection from the perspective of the child to his or her mom using the word gift such as “You are forgiven/fearless/a servant”. Devotions include topics such as leaving a legacy, making time for yourself, choosing joy, connection, serving one
another, and more.”
This precious book really is a love letter to moms. It includes beautiful artwork (in some of my favorite colors), Bible verses and devotional writings, prayers, and little notes on different subjects (these are written in a child’s voice, as if a mom’s child was writing notes of appreciation). It’s authored by daughter/mother writing team Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh. The book is subtitled “Cherished word gifts from my heart to yours,” and it really is just that!
Blythe and Helen have created a book that contains encouraging words that moms need to hear, along with Scriptures that will settle in mothers’ hearts and remind them both of God’s wonderful calling to them, along with His promises to always be with moms, working alongside them for His lifelong purposes. Devotional writings’ subjects include treasuring children; giving thanks; abundant love; confidence; regrets and affirmation; our time and attention; gifts and traditions; and much more. Each of these lovely chapters closes with wise and kind words of affirmation written in the child’s voice. How beautiful!
My thoughts about I Love You, Mom!
It touched my heart and my spirit so deeply! As I read this book, I felt many emotions. Although our son isn’t a little guy any more, I’m so grateful for the moments we’ve shared since his infancy, toddlerhood, and so on, all the way through his teen years. (Which are now officially concluded as he’s entered his twenties!) As I Love You, Mom! reminded me, God has held us all and loved us during every step of our lives. And just in case you might have wondered (and some of you already know!), parenting isn’t over during your child’s adult years. It just looks very different. But your kiddo still needs you–and the wise words, and Scripture, that you can share.
This book paints a lovely picture of the mother & child life together; yet it’s also quite truthful. We do experience challenges in our family lives! We are not perfect people; we are loved humans who are endeavoring to create beautiful family experiences for our children. And sometimes we fail–in big ways or small ways. Yet our loving heavenly Father never gives up on us; never forgets us; never leaves us alone. And that’s a message that all moms need to hear.
I Love You, Mom! would be a fantastic gift for moms in any stage of the parenting life. It would be perfect for new moms, for Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day mom gifts, or really for any moment you’d like to bring a special gift to a mother. With its Scriptures and focus on a loving God who’s alongside mothers in every step of their journey, it’s something that women of faith would appreciate. Above all, these chapters provide moments where moms can take a breath, receive encouragement, and catch a glimpse of the vision of their best for their children’s lives. That’s definitely a gift that not every book can provide!
About the authors, Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel
A magnificent mother-daughter duo, Helen McIntosh and Blythe Daniel released Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mother and Daughters in 2019 and have paired up again for I Love You, Mom!: Cherished Word Gifts from My Heart to Yours releasing in February 2022.
Blythe is the president of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc., is a literary agent, marketer, and writer with 25 years in media and publishing. She has written for Focus on the Family, Proverbs 31 Ministries, Ann Voskamp, and Christian Retailing.
“God chose you to be a mom. That’s a gift you have unwrapped! He has always known the dynamics of yourBlythe Daniel
family and how you would play an important role in shaping your child from his or her early years through adulthood.”
Right away, Helen is someone you know as an encourager at heart. She has her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Sarasota, and is the author of Messages to Myself and Eric, Jose & The Peace Rug.
“Being a mom can sometimes be a tiring, thankless job. But when we take a step back and realize the impact we are making on our child’s life, and the critical role we play, it’s humbling. We are a nation drawn to love stories. And what better love story is there than the love between a mom and her child? So many mothers and grandmothers long to leave a legacy of love and blessings to future generations. We are influencers way beyond just genetics.”Helen McIntosh
You can find Helen and Blythe at Our Mended Hearts, where you can find fantastic articles by moms and authors, all about the mom and family life.
How you can enter to win your own copy of I Love You, Mom!
The BlogAbout Blogger Network has provided a copy of I Love You, Mom! for me to give away to one FINCHNWREN reader–plus a prize package of other goodies (including MOM dish towels, Bath & Body Works hand soap, Tarte Sugar Rush minis, a Carrot Top Shop bookmark, and a mint green journal)!
To enter, just click on the pink link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you’ll be able to enter in a variety of ways. US entries only. Giveaway ends on 5/31/23. Best wishes!
Where to purchase I Love You, Mom!
You can purchase your own copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, Christianbook.com, Books-a-Million.com or other booksellers.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author. All opinions are honest and my own.
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