Book Review: Momumental

MomumentalMomumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a FamilyBook Review: Momumental by Jennifer Grant

I’m not entirely sure what to say about this book, or even how to describe it that well. A series of vignettes about Grant’s experiences as a mom perhaps. It’s not really a parenting book, but it is in part. It’s not really a memoir, but it is in part. It’s not really a Christian living book, but it is in part.

That might be why my overall feelings toward it are so wishy-washy. It’s fine. Grant is a good writer and her stories are enjoyable to read. It just all felt very vague still in many ways. There’s nothing glaring in a “this is what I disliked about the book” way, but there doesn’t feel like a compelling reason to recommend this book over other ones.

Perhaps the strongest aspect of it is that it discusses a lot more of the “middle years” of parenting that seems to be a bit of a gap in most of the books I’ve read at least. There are lots of books related to parenting babies/toddlers/preschoolers, and also about teens. But elementary school and junior high? Not so much. Momumental does cover some of that time period, so if you’re searching for something relating to those years this one might appeal to you.

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Publisher’s Description:
Celebrating the joyous art of being a mother, MOMumental offers an inspiring, honest, and infectiously humorous look at the perils and pleasures of raising a family in the real world.

Once a devout believer in the myth of the perfect mother, author Jennifer Grant now has a more realistic yet still upbeat view of parenting and families. Instead of focusing on creating a conflict-free home, raising picture-perfect kids, and being an ideal mother, Grant offers a wiser and more down-to-earth way to love your children that makes room for mistakes and imperfections. She says, “I share stories about family life and how I’ve come to appreciate the mess of it. I am grateful for my own happy, idiosyncratic, and imperfect family.”

MOMumental is one mother’s account of the unpredictable, creative, sometimes hilarious, and always rewarding process of raising a family. It’s filled with funny and poignant stories from her everyday life–a life that mothers everywhere can identify with.

Book Details

Title: Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a FamilyBook Review: Momumental
Author: Jennifer Grant
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting / Memoir
Length: 260 pages
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

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