I had the amazing pleasure of getting a review copy of Amanda’s new book , The Creative Family, in my mailbox last week. I have been carrying the book around with me everywhere I go, slipping in a few more pages as time allows. Things are underlined, starred, pages are dog-eared and the cover is already tattered from marking my place as I move through her book. It is like holding all the inspiration and ideas from her blog in your hands; having it on your lap to easily flip through or revisit a favorite part. And that is what I’ve found myself doing this past week. Feeling the need for a recharge, I grab her book and open to my place and find a little inspiration or idea that helps me push back into my day.
Amanda approaches motherhood, creativity, and the work of raising our children with tenderness, care, joy and intentionality. And her book is a reflection of that spirit. It is wonderful to read Amanda’s words and thoughts on making by hand, dress up play, sewing with children or falling in love with the woods, and then turn the page to find one of her favorite projects or activities.
The Creative Family, is one of those books I think every mother(and father) needs to read. It is a reminder of the curious, tenderhearted, open minds of our children, and the important task we are given in shaping and guiding their young lives.
Every so often, I’ll read a book and come to a passage or an idea and think, "That, right there, made the whole book worth it." Sometimes I’m tempted to close the book at that place and soak in the words I just read–so that I really remember them. That experience happened to me several times reading this book but the first time was in the beginning, reading Amanda’s thoughts on gratitude. It made me remember that teaching my children gratitude and thankfulness is one of the greatest gifts I can give them. She says, "Practicing gratitude in our families can help our children…giving them a lifelong gift that will nurture all of who they are."
It reminded me of a favorite quote from Wendell Berry’s Andy Catlett that I have scribbled in my journal, "No one who has gratitude is the onliest one. Let us pray to be grateful to the last."
Amanda’s book is everything I expected after being a regular reader of her blog, and more. It is a gift of inspiration and encouragement in the blessed gift of nurturing the creative lives of our children and our families.
9 comments on “Creative Family”
Wow Molly, aren’t you a lucky girl!!I Can Not Wait to receive my copy of Amanda’s book…this waiting with breathless anticipation can only be compared to the feeling I had when I was 9, waiting for my Cabbage Patch doll to come in off the wait list at ToysRus. (wierd flashback)I have a feeling I am going to want to buy a copy for all of my real-life mama friends who have yet to discover the inspiration of blogland.Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
I am hoping for my copy of this book to get here soon. It is coming at such a good time too, with summer on its way, failing to plan is planning to fail for me. I’m a little up in the air about our summer activities, so this will be pure inspiration for me. And you have summed up what Amanda “is” and does all so beautifully.
I’m looking forward to this book, as well. I take much inspiration from Soule Mama and her brood. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!
oooh! you lucky lucky girl! I was already itching for my copy, and now I’m even more excited! it’s almost April!!!!
It sounds fantastic, I have had it on my wish list for quite some time. I cannot wait to get a copy! Eek it’s almost time!
It sounds like a good book — I already had it on my wishlist. 🙂 Now I _really_ want it!
now you have me stalking the mail box….
this is a really lovely review, too, molly. i have no doubt that this book is going to blow me away.
your review is really wonderful, molly. a sneak peek group… how lucky!
Wow!! Love that book! Hmm interesting.. ^^,