BOOK REVIEW: The Magic of Motherhood by Ashlee Gaad


Title: The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything In Between
Author: Ashlee Gaad
Publication: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Zondervan
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Motherhood
Pages: 238


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

Motherhood can often feel overwhelming and isolating. You find your feelings swinging between joy and uncertainty, intense love and anxiety, laughter and tears. Through it all, you constantly ask yourself, “Am I the only one who feels this way?” The Magic of Motherhood will reassure you that you’re not alone. Full of encouragement, humor, and wisdom that will speak to you right where you are, The Magic of Motherhood is like a long-overdue coffee date with your best girlfriend.

In this book you’ll find heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. The Magic of Motherhood is a curated collection of honest stories that weave together the love, joy, and magnificent heartache of motherhood. Instead of offering advice, the writers offer something even better: their hearts.

The Magic of Motherhood is a love letter to mothers everywhere; it’s a story about the magic that happens in 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.


I picked this book up online from Book Outlet though I had never heard of it before.  It was probably one of those situations where you need to add $7.62 (or something similar) to your cart to get free shipping, so I chose it.  And you know what?  It was totally worth it!  This was a great nonfiction book, and I’m not generally a fan of nonfiction.  So, why did I like it?

One, the chapters are short.  You can read a few a day kind of like a devotional, which is exactly what I did.  Two, it’s on a topic that I need all the encouragement and funny stories I can get.  Motherhood.  Three, the stories are by several different women, so it’s not just one woman’s story through motherhood.  Each woman brings her own unique perspective to motherhood.  Finally, several stories involve spirituality, and I like the connections the women made to God and certain Bible verses for the time they were going through.  

If these reasons appeal to you too, pick up a copy of this book!

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