Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood
FaithWords, 9781546031987, 224pp.
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
List Price: 14.99*
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"Jamie Sumner's book is wonderful. The story she tells is so honest and encouraging and her writing is terrific. I love it and I am happy for her and the release of such a wonderful book. I know God's going to do great things with it, and with her." ---Rory Feek, singer/songwriter
In UNBOUND, JAMIE SUMNER helps women who are struggling with the pressures of motherhood find comfort, hope and companionship by detailing her own difficult journey and highlighting women of the Bible who triumphed in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Women, especially Christian women, do not talk enough about the reality of motherhood: the enormous struggles it takes to get there, the loneliness of it, the unspoken or unmet expectations. We are often too afraid, ashamed, or unwilling to share our stories of disillusionment or pain. We quietly absorb the posts of sonograms and happily messy houses on Facebook as we inwardly wonder what's the matter with us. We listen to friends coo about their child's latest success as we watch our own terrorize their sibling or scream for an hour. We struggle to raise kids with special needs, physical disabilities, and social challenges, caught by surprise that this is what motherhood looks like.
With honesty and vulnerability, JAMIE SUMNER walks readers through each chapter of her own journey to motherhood through infertility and special needs parenting and pairs it with that of a woman in the Bible so that readers can find comfort, hope, companionship and honesty rooted in biblical truths.
The book is broken into four parts: The Wanting, The Waiting, The Getting and The Appreciating. UNBOUND will share the heartbreak of infertility and offer encouragement from someone who has had to wait for the fulfillment of motherhood; detail the specifics of infertility treatments, miscarriage, and raising special needs children through a Christian lens; honestly discuss the expectations versus the reality of being a mother; and highlight specific biblical women in each chapter who did not fit the expectations of their times through verses, scriptural anecdotes and guiding questions.
UNBOUND shows you through Scripture how to be thankful for each step wherever it leads. Happiness is found as we release into His hands our own well-laid plans for His better, and more beautiful one, no matter how different it may look from what we first imagined.
About the Author
JAMIE SUMNER is a writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine as well as a regular contributor to Scary Mommy, Mom.me, Parent.co Magazine, Her View From Home Magazine, Tribe Magazine, Mamalode Magazine, and Complex Child Magazine. Her IVF journey has also been featured on Fox 17 News. She and her husband fought infertility for two years before seeking medical intervention. She has a son, Charlie, diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome and cerebral palsy, and boy/girl twins, Jonas and Cora. She blogs regularly at www.mom-gene.com.
Praise For Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood…
"Jamie Sumner's book is wonderful. The story she tells is so honest and encouraging and her writing is terrific. I love it and I am happy for her and the release of such a wonderful book. I know God's going to do great things with it, and with her."—Rory Feek, singer/songwriter
"Feeling imperfect? There are mom-books for that - offering solace in faith and welcome infusions of humor as well. Jamie Sumner, in Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood (FaithWords, April 10) describes her journey through infertility and special needs parenting. Her trip has not been easy, but Sumner found in the Bible stories of women who show her comfort, hope, companionship and triumph in releasing herself in God's hands."—Publishers Weekly
"Jamie takes us all on her journey of faith, hope, determination, and courage. Her personal stories, interwoven with women from the Bible, allow us to understand how our own 'paths' and struggles are similar to theirs. She does so with quick wit, clever insight, and a true sense of understanding that, at the heart of it all, God is in control. She reminds us to stay in the present and appreciate the moments of our lives. I love her quote: 'There was a reason. I didn't see any of that in the moment, but I see it now. I see the tangled mess that turned into a safety net which brought our son into this world.'"—Chantai Snellgrove, Founder/Publisher, Parenting Special Needs Magazine
"When the body suddenly betrays expectation, Jamie Sumner pitches into doubt and action, asking God and science to bring her the child she yearns for. The author invites us into the exclusive world of fertility treatments and NICUs, shattering ultrasounds and difficult phone calls. Funny, self-deprecating and familiar as a gal pal, she is as likely to casually mention Sarah and Hagar as Care Bears and "Lost". Sumner uses her own story as an allegory to illuminate both faith and its conjoined sister, doubt. She draws readers in with guided meditations, making the book part memoir, part interactive study, all engaging and bittersweet."—Camille-Yvette Welsch, Reviews editor at Literary Mama, author of Full
"As a woman who's struggled with infertility for over four years, I felt such a connection to Jamie and her story through reading this work of love. There's something crazy about this world of trying-to-conceive that no one tells you about: the friendships you make through sharing the mutually exhaustive trials and tribulations of infertility. I believe there's a reason for everything in my heart of hearts, and as I come off my second FET with no bump yet to show, I know there is a reason God brought me to Jamie to review this book-to remind me as she so eloquently put, 'God has a plan He's already stitched it together for you and it is masterful and, lucky for all of us, already complete.'
So, to my fellow #ttcsisters, if you're looking for a friend on this bumpy ride, I would definitely recommend cozying up with UNBOUND to laugh, cry, and seek that friend who gets you during this trying time. You are not alone, and Jamie will remind you of that!"—Elizabeth Shaw, MS, RDN, CLT, Fertility Nutrition Expert, writer for Self and Fit Pregnancy, founder of BumpstoBaby.com, Co-Author Fertility Foods Cookbook
"Eloquent and inspiring, UNBOUND connects modern-day motherhood with the stories of women found throughout scripture. Jamie Sumner peels back the outer layers of her own journey though infertility and raising children with special needs, and exposes heart-warming and relatable accounts of hardship, perseverance, and growth. Sumner sings truth and encouragement, grounded in biblical verses, reminding us all to stay present through this beautifully complicated season of raising tiny humans."—
Kristin M. Helms, author of From Boardroom to Baby: A Roadmap for Career Women Transitioning to Stay-At-Home Moms
"Jamie Sumner approaches the ups and downs of motherhood with honesty and wit, making us all feel a little better about the job we're doing...while at the same time inspiring us through the fact that we're not alone. Women through history -- from the ancient Old Testament to now -- have all struggled to find the balance of their identity in Christ and as mothers. This book is balm for our souls."— Kate Etue, co-author of The Essential Five: A Grown-Up Girl's Handbook for Everything
"With grace, honesty, humor, and an uncanny ability to braid her story seamlessly with biblical examples, Jamie Sumner shares a deeply personal, tender, and yet arduous journey into motherhood. Hers isn't a straight, freshly paved path. No. There are pot holes and U-turns, road blocks and red lights. But these obstacles are only part of the story. UNBOUND is really about yielding to a plan different than one's own. It's about yielding to a God who knows us and loves us, and leads us on the path everlasting. This isn't just Jamie's story. It's everyone's. I cried at the end of this book."—Gillian Marchenko, author of Sun Shine Down: A Memoir and Still Life: A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression
"Jamie Sumner is a writer of words women need to read.Women will joyfully cheer that in Unbound, Sumner talks about the little--discussed realities of infertility and miscarriage. She then takes us forward through the getting and the appreciation of motherhood. Brilliantly, she ties together her stories with those of biblical females and makes all of us moms find freedom from our unrealistic expectations as we claim our God-given strength. This is a joy of a read."—Sarah Philpott, PhD, author of Loved Baby: 31 Devotions Helping You Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss (connect with her at allamericanmom.net)