Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

Fit to BurstFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic by Rachel Jankovic

I mentioned this book as part of last October’s 31 Days series, but only in passing, as that post highlighted Jankovic’s first book, Loving the Little Years. Although I am partial to that book, that has more to do with my current life stage as being mom to little children, so I don’t want to mostly ignore this one – it’s a fantastic book, and was one of my favorites for all of last year.

Jankovic has a way of writing that is very convicting, but also inspiring and motivating. She gets that parenting is hard, but still encourages moms to in both the day-to-day, and the bigger picture of why what they do is so important.

As with Loving the Little Years, I do think you need to be a Christian to appreciate the book, or at least not be opposed to reading books saturated with Christianity. Her entire perspective is shaped by her faith, and she uses those principles to support her statements throughout the text.

This is not a book that has lots of tips or tricks to make parenting easier. It’s more of a foundational look at why we do what we do, and how we can glorify God through our role as mothers.

Highly recommended, along with her first book.

Publisher’s Description:
“I don’t pull punches or hold back in this book, because I am writing to myself as much as to you. If something in this book strikes a little close to home for you, know that it struck in my home first. I am not writing about other people’s problems, although I know many of them are common. I write about what I know, and what I know is the challenges, the joys, and the work involved in raising little people.”

In this follow up to Loving the Little Years, Rachel Jankovic pushes her parenting “field notes” out onto the skinny branches of motherhood. Fit to Burst is chock-full of humorous examples and fresh advice covering issues familiar to every mom such as guilt cycles, temptations to be ungrateful or bitter, and learning how to honor Jesus by giving in the mundane things. But this book also addresses less familiar topics, including the impact that moms have on the relationships between dads and kids, the importance of knowing when to laugh at kid-sized sin, and more. Fit to Burst will help us to be moms who parent with the story in mind rather than snapshot, who know how to both give and require much from their children in the everyday mayhem, and who understand the importance of biscuits.

Book Details

Title: Fit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of MotherhoodFit to Burst : Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood by Rachel Jankovic
Author: Rachel Jankovic
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting / Christian
My Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. These both sound like books I would enjoy! Maybe I’ll see if my “new moms” group at church wants to read them together.

    • I think they’d be good picks for a group to discuss. If the moms group mostly has babies / toddlers (my guess since you’re calling it “new moms”) then Loving the Little Years is the one I’d suggest first.

  2. I love Jankovic’s books. At this point I would eagerly purchase anything she publishes. In Fit to Burst there’s a section where she discusses the idea that we are training our children so that much can be required of them. That our hope is, in fact, that the Lord would be able to require more of them than He could of us. Yes, yes, yes!! She put into words something I had been trying to wrap my thick skull around for many months. I am grateful for her writings.

    • Yes. I’m hoping she continues to write more books as her children grow older, so I can continue to gain from her wisdom. My children are just enough younger than hers that it works really well for me with what has been her publication schedule. So convenient for me. 🙂

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