Be the Best Mom You Can Be: A Practical Guide to Raising Whole Children in a Broken Generation

When I was pregnant with Tessa, I went to my local Christian used book store and walked out with a stack a quarter my size (not even exaggerating) of about 30 parenting, motherhood and marriage books. No. Joke.
While the daunting, clueless and borderline terror emotions of new motherhood have by and large passed, I am still a self-improvement book junkie, especially in the domestic subject realm. So when I had the chance to review Be the Best Mom You Can Be by Marina Slayton, I pounced!

About the Book

Book description from
What if you could sit down with a wise, experienced mom–someone who has dealt with her child being bullied, who has seen the impact of permissiveness, who has been forced to depend on God for every single day, and still talks with grace and compassion?
Through many years of tested faith, and her close walk with God, Marina Slayton has written this amazing book to help guide mothers through today’s often times impossible expectations. In her book, Marina will help you to write a life-changing family vision statement, break the cycle of generational sin, and explain why you don’t have to measure up to many of the difficult expectations society has created. With every move across the country, every illness she’s struggled through, Marina knows more in heart, as to what it truly means to rely on the only trustworthy source of life. What is the source to being a good mother, and the strength to go through life’s hardships? Quite simply, Jesus Christ.
In an age when brokenness abounds and cultural voices only add to the confusion, Godly mothers have never been more crucial. Many parents–and children–feel lost amidst the decaying family values in the culture, and the ever increasing amount of “best” parenting practices in the market place of ideas. With all of these issues and struggles being raised in today’s modern family, some questions are raised by many mothers:
How can we avoid the pitfalls of a secular culture?
How do we raise children who are healthy emotionally and spiritually?
What if we’re doing it wrong? 
Many mothers can agree, that wise counsel from a friendly corner is desperately needed. And Marina Slayton is here to do just that, sharing her experiences, her struggles, and her faith as she walked with God through it all. 
Marina has spent the past thirty years as a mother raising four kids. From California to Bermuda, from public school to homeschool, Marina has been there, and she’s not afraid to share her mistakes, epiphanies, and practical ideas. But she doesn’t stop there. In this incredible book that Marina authored together with her husband Gregory, Marina demonstrates how the power of God’s Word, and the work of the Holy Spirit can give direction and freedom to parents who need it most. In this practical book for mothers, you will gain a deeper understanding of what it really means to Be The Best Mom You Can Be.

My Thoughts on the Book

I didn’t hate the book, but I don’t think I will file it away for future reference and re-reading. Overall, this book was quite simplistic and a little repetitive.
The book has its highlights and great moments, but it gets off to a slow start, with Chapter One focusing on loving our children. A basic concept, and one that doesn’t need a lot of page space to cover, but its given a lot of time. Again, not bad, and enjoyable to read, but not overly educational – which is what I look for in self improvement books (obviously).
But once the book hits its stride, it covers lots of lessons to help with real world issues for moms raising children in a dangerous world. The author focuses on a wide range of key topics, from helping your child deal with stress to setting up safeguards to protect against internet dangers. There are some good – although basic – advice in how to raise kids to be healthy emotionally and spiritually while helping them to avoid the brokenness of a secular culture.
Even so, the author talked in circles quite a bit, touching on the same points over and over, sometimes without providing any real, clear strategies.
At the end of each chapter, there is a “For Further Reflection” section with Bible verses, questions to ask yourself, and a one paragraph summary. ANY reflection on issues of motherhood based in Gods Word is time well spent in my opinion, so the book is not a waste of time.. just not my favorite, when there are so many other, more pointed and focused books out there on the topic.
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