Getting Past Perfect: A Book Review

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Looking for some hard truths about motherhood? You have come to the right place. Getting Past Perfect is a good little book, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes even a little harsh. I had a bit of a hard time with this book, but it was because of me and where I am in my life, not because of anything about the book itself.

Each chapter covers a lie that mothers have come to believe and the contrasting truth. These lies cover the entire gamut of a mother’s life from dealing with newborns to having grown children. This book is really for all mothers, biological, adoptive and spiritual. Kate Wicker does an exceptional job at extending her book to mothers of all ages and types.

Each chapter features real stories from the trenches in it’s unedited reality as well as Gospel truths to help you through. As I said, sometimes those truths are a little harsh, but that doesn’t make them any less true or any less important.

For example, we all need the reminder that our children are not our own. God made them, God will dictate their lives, and God will ultimately welcome them to their true home. It’s terrifying if you think about it, but it’s also a bit liberating. You are tasked to do your best, but even if you screw up, God is the one ultimately in charge. As the title suggests, many of the lies moms fall for involve the pressure to be perfect. We forget that we are all (moms and children) God’s children.

I got the opportunity to read this valuable book through my membership in Netgalley. Thank you Ave Maria Press for the opportunity. It is available at your favorite bookseller now. I recommend it for all mothers.We are constantly bombarded by the “mommy wars” and we need these truths.

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