|Unsupermommy by Maggie Combs (BroadStreet Publishing Group)|
BOOKSThe new book, Unsupermommy, written by Maggie Combs, has just been released BroadStreet Publishing Group and is sure to be an encouragement to imperfect mothers. Here is an except interview taken by her publisher. See if you can relate:
Where did the name Unsupermommy come from?
It grew out of my frustration with the expectations society, my family, and even I was putting on myself to be the perfect mom. I tried with all of my strength to be even a halfway decent mom, and I constantly felt like I was failing. People would look at me on social media and make comments like "oh you're a super mom!" I know that's meant to be encouraging, but really it sets an unreachable standard for mothers. I knew I couldn't be a super mom. It just wasn't possible and it wasn't even what God asks of mothers. He wants us submitting our imperfection to his perfect power. Then we can be unsupermommies.
How is Unsupermommy different from other parenting books?
It's not about rearing perfect children. It's about what happens in a mother's heart when motherhood doesn't look like she planned. It applies the truth of the gospel to the practical issues of motherhood.
What do you think is the hardest part of motherhood?
Everyone tells pregnant women and new moms that motherhood is the hardest job, but no one explains why. Unsupermommy does that. With the birth of her baby, a mother also births an entirely new set of desires for her life. She develops a master plan for motherhood. It’s more than a birth plan. It’s a life plan, and it feels awesome and untouchable. Then baby comes and one or all of her plans don’t work out. Now mommy feels like a failure. Of course, she's not really a failure! She is just a real-life, imperfect woman with a unique child whose perfect plan needs to be adapted to meet their combined needs. Motherhood is so hard because real life never quite meets our expectations.
Because no one can live up to the expectations that a pin-perfect social-media society has created for mothers, we have to start by giving up on measuring up! God has his own master plan for our motherhood that is the opposite of achieving supermommy status. If we can let go of our plan, we can fully embrace what God wants for our motherhood: not personal perfection or even perfect babies, but that we know God more through our reliance on his superpower.
What do you tell new and expecting moms?
They should embrace imperfection. Imperfection may feel like failure, but it’s actually an opportunity for freedom. God's 2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us that God's grace is sufficient to cover our weakness. In fact, our imperfections, laid at the feet of the cross, are the starting place for God's power in our lives. When we experience this truth, we won't boast in our perfect motherhood, but in God's powerful grace.
Who needs to read Unsupermommy?
Moms who feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the pressures of motherhood. Unsupermommy explains how to stay connected to God's superpower when we are at the end of our ropes. The benefit of receiving God's superpower is that it's like putting a 40-watt bulb into 120 watts of power. It’s four D batteries when all we needed for our day was one AAA. God's superpower is abundantly more than we need. When we are filled up with God's grace, it overflows to the world around us. Whenever we unplug from expectations, embrace imperfection, and connect to God's superpower, God changes our hearts and empowers us to be conduits of his grace to everyone around us, especially our children.