The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again

The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again

Full-time FindingJoy.net blogger, speaker, marketer, podcaster, and single mom of seven, Rachel Marie Martin presents a rallying cry to anyone who believes the lie that she is "just a mom."Over the years, you willingly pour everything you have into your family, but in the process, you lose the essence of who you are. In her characteristic raw and visceral style, Rachel tea...

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Title:The Brave Art of Motherhood: Fight Fear, Gain Confidence, and Find Yourself Again
Author:Rachel Marie Martin
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  • Rachel Martin

    Because I wrote it, love it and am proud of it. <3

  • Jane

    As soon as I started reading this book I knew it was going to alter my life. I also knew I was going to read it several times, and take notes, and highlight favorite parts and quotes. Its that type of book, the kind you do not part with. The kind you only lend to dear friends, or better yet just buy them their own copy so you can always refer back to yours. I love how this isn't just experiences written down and ordered into chapters. It includes perspective on experiences, thoughtful introspect

    As soon as I started reading this book I knew it was going to alter my life. I also knew I was going to read it several times, and take notes, and highlight favorite parts and quotes. Its that type of book, the kind you do not part with. The kind you only lend to dear friends, or better yet just buy them their own copy so you can always refer back to yours. I love how this isn't just experiences written down and ordered into chapters. It includes perspective on experiences, thoughtful introspection on cause and effect and the best part, there are actually solutions! There are steps anyone can take to create change in their own life. Despite what the title says, you don't even need to be a mother to gain something from reading this book. Of course, mothers will relate so well to the situations that come up in the book, but honestly anyone can benefit from reading this which I really find to be quite remarkable. Because all of us have areas we want and need to improve in our lives. We all wear masks, use excuses and find fault with ourselves, when what we really need is grace. This book showed me I deserve to give myself that grace, and that I am worth so much more than just settling for "good enough". I have big dreams, huge goals and I see them so much clearer now. I really hope I have conveyed just how significant this book is, I hope anyone wondering if it's worth it, takes the opportunity to read it because I promise you wont be disappointed.

  • Kate

    This is such a fantastic and motivating book.

    First of all, Rachel is seriously such an amazing human being. She has gone through so much, yet has managed to come out on top. She shares her hopes, fear, inspirations and motivations. She makes changing for the better seem so easy and inspires you to do it! This read part like an autobiography and part motivational/self-help. She tells a lot of stories from her life, so you really feel like you have grown to know her by the time you finish the boo

    This is such a fantastic and motivating book.

    First of all, Rachel is seriously such an amazing human being. She has gone through so much, yet has managed to come out on top. She shares her hopes, fear, inspirations and motivations. She makes changing for the better seem so easy and inspires you to do it! This read part like an autobiography and part motivational/self-help. She tells a lot of stories from her life, so you really feel like you have grown to know her by the time you finish the book.

    I really loved her style of writing as well. She is a bit of a rambler, like myself, but she does it in such a beautiful way that you can't even find fault with it. Her musings and stories seem so natural, yet the sentences feel so nice and refined and the whole book was very enjoyable to read.

    Best of all, she is such a powerful writer. She has the ability to really help one invoke change in their life. She has done hard things herself and her story alone is inspiration, but she also helps propel change through her mindset shifts that she teaches.

    I was very impressed by this book and am excited to follow Rachel on social media and catch up on her blog as well! I feel like she could make something as mundane as a trip to the grocery store seem inspiring and interesting!

  • Stephanie Freybler

    I always love the idea of a self help book, and even when I love the ideas in the book, I sometimes have a hard time getting through the whole thing.

    But that's not the case with this book. She weaved in her own story, making her message even more inspirational and easy to read. She has inspired me to look at my own "normal" and examine where I can get to the normal I want.

    I could see pieces of my own story inside Rachel's story. I actually had jumped into some of my own dreams recently, and I co

    I always love the idea of a self help book, and even when I love the ideas in the book, I sometimes have a hard time getting through the whole thing.

    But that's not the case with this book. She weaved in her own story, making her message even more inspirational and easy to read. She has inspired me to look at my own "normal" and examine where I can get to the normal I want.

    I could see pieces of my own story inside Rachel's story. I actually had jumped into some of my own dreams recently, and I could say "hey, that's where I am!" as I read her journey.

    Beyond that, she has inspired me to be a better friend and to be open to letting better friends into my life.

    This book is great. Even if you don't think you need it, you need to read it.

  • Gina Parris

    Even better than I expected...and I knew it would be good.

    Many years ago, I stumbled upon a talk show on TV, and a woman from the audience had a microphone in her face while she cried about the pain of motherhood. Somewhere in her pity party, she lamented, "I've *sob* lost *sob* *sob* who I AM!!" I remember rolling my eyes and groaning with disgust. Then, I don't know how many years later, maybe ten or fifteen, I was her. It wasn't that I'd poured myself into my kids to such a degree that I'd lo

    Even better than I expected...and I knew it would be good.

    Many years ago, I stumbled upon a talk show on TV, and a woman from the audience had a microphone in her face while she cried about the pain of motherhood. Somewhere in her pity party, she lamented, "I've *sob* lost *sob* *sob* who I AM!!" I remember rolling my eyes and groaning with disgust. Then, I don't know how many years later, maybe ten or fifteen, I was her. It wasn't that I'd poured myself into my kids to such a degree that I'd lost myself, it was more like I'd made more failures than successes, and I quit taking risks. The shame of my shortcomings was my constant companion.

    Rachel's Martin's book, The Brave Art of Motherhood helped me take away the excuses and embrace new risks. She reminds me that if she can bust out of the downward spiral, then so can I.

    This is the kind of book you want to read a chapter or two at a time. You want it on your end table or in the bathroom, for inspiration when you'd rather crawl under a rock. Her compassionate voice and stories, somehow are incredibly motivating.

    She has a chapter about the different forms of denial we make when we stay stuck. I was stunned by her revelation of the "excuse of gratitude." She points out that when things were terrible, and seriously needing different action on her part, she made excuses by only focusing on gratitude.

    In her words, "Just as a drug numbs pain, being perpetually grateful despite terribly hard things excused me from taking action to fix the hard places."

    She illustrates this "inauthentic gratitude" with the time her car got repossessed, and instead of taking action to make sure it never happened again, she "took the anger & fear and spun them into gratitude."

    Normally, I would think this was a great path, but she described a different kind of gratitude that was truly needed: the kind of thankfulness that compels you to take action. The story spoke to a particular area of my own life as I read it, and I was able to change my approach.

    If that was the only chapter I read, the book would be priceless to me, but in fact, it's full of antidotes that touched & challenged me.

    Just get it. Read it. And get over the sobs. You really can find yourself again, with confidence in the face of fear.

  • Brianna Heida

    The title of this book really jumped out at me when I saw it, and I immediately wanted to read it. While it is clearly geared toward mothers, it really focuses on who we are as women first. It's truly about how to reclaim our sense of self -- which most of us tend to cast aside the moment we become mothers and there's somebody else more important than us.

    Reading this book really helped me to see all the places I'd gotten stuck over the years as a mom. It also showed me some of where I'd further

    The title of this book really jumped out at me when I saw it, and I immediately wanted to read it. While it is clearly geared toward mothers, it really focuses on who we are as women first. It's truly about how to reclaim our sense of self -- which most of us tend to cast aside the moment we become mothers and there's somebody else more important than us.

    Reading this book really helped me to see all the places I'd gotten stuck over the years as a mom. It also showed me some of where I'd further neglected myself when I became a stepmom. I realized some of the unconscious habits and excuses I'd developed that are not serving anyone in my family, least of all me!

    Unlike many inspirational books, this doesn't just leave you with a fistful of "aha" moments and a shrug. Rachel actually walks you out of the stuckness, and gives you tangible action to take to move you forward.

    I honestly want to buy a copy of this book for each of my mom friends, because it is truly life changing -- and I don't use that term lightly!

    I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher as part of its launch team, but I was under no obligation to post a review, positive or otherwise.

  • Janelle Witt-Berg

    Unlike most readers, I have known Rachel all of my life, most of hers; I am her cousin. One would think that indicating such a connection would indicate a very biased, if not untruthful, review. Such an individual would be wrong.

    Even though I have known her, I feel as though I haven't really known Rachel, one of the cousins I aspired to be "just like," at all. I have learned so much more about her and about myself in reading this book. It amazed me to see the depth of likeness she and I share..

    Unlike most readers, I have known Rachel all of my life, most of hers; I am her cousin. One would think that indicating such a connection would indicate a very biased, if not untruthful, review. Such an individual would be wrong.

    Even though I have known her, I feel as though I haven't really known Rachel, one of the cousins I aspired to be "just like," at all. I have learned so much more about her and about myself in reading this book. It amazed me to see the depth of likeness she and I share... personality, mentality, etc. despite our limited contact and vastly different upbringings. If this can be said of the two of us... how many others could say the same?

    I am a "reader." It is one of my favorite pastimes. I have always used it as an escape from reality, a chance to not have to be anxious, to think, etc. It has always been this way. Due to that fact, I often read only to read. I don't read to learn or to recall, my brain is not really turned on. It's like I am blankly staring at a television. This is the FIRST time I have ever made it through any "self help" style book. It is a mix of learning, techniques, thinkings with real-life, you are not alone, experiences. I didn't feel preached at at all while reading and instead felt a connectedness which I hadn't anticipated.

    Start to finish, this took me little to no time to read. I would re-read it in a heart beat. It was an enjoyable, easy read.

    The reader in me was impressed. The cousin in me is even more so.

  • Katie Gibson

    I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review... and WOW- was I caught off guard! Based on the title I wasn't sure if I would connect with it, but from page 1 I was hooked.

    My overall impression is that Rachel is a phenomenal story teller, teacher, and encourager. I read this book in TWO sittings.

    What did I walk away with? A renewed confidence in the fact that I *can* both be a great mom AND pursue the dreams that God has put in my heart. The Brave Art of Motherh

    I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review... and WOW- was I caught off guard! Based on the title I wasn't sure if I would connect with it, but from page 1 I was hooked.

    My overall impression is that Rachel is a phenomenal story teller, teacher, and encourager. I read this book in TWO sittings.

    What did I walk away with? A renewed confidence in the fact that I *can* both be a great mom AND pursue the dreams that God has put in my heart. The Brave Art of Motherhood also helped me recognize detrimental patterns in my life and provided practical steps to break free.

    Literally the only criticism I could think of is this book needs to be marketed to a broader market than just moms-- I know so many people who don't fit that category who could benefit from Rachel's phenomenal insights.

    I plan to purchase several copies of The Brave Art of Motherhood for my friends-- Great job, Rachel!

  • Kara

    I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review and I’ll admit, most popular blogger books aren’t well-written, but this one was. I felt inspired to make goals and pursue them while loving my family well. I appreciated the author’s vulnerability while also honoring others’ privacy in her painful story.

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