Mama Needs a Do Over is a fabulously, wonderfully written, delightfully, fantastic book!! I love Lisa Pennington’s writing and in the spirit of Jen Hatmaker, she’s written a “pick-me-up” that will have you laughing, crying and amen-ing!
Ever have those moments when you wish you could get a redo on life? Those moments when hindsight being 20/20 is just annoying because it shows your failures…Mama Needs a Do Over is a great wake up call for those moments. Lisa Pennington uses her personal examples coupled with great quotes from authors like Lysa Terkeurst, Shauna Niequist and Angie Smith. Speaking into a woman’s heart she talks about being a mother, wife and child of God. Using our God given talents to glorify God in whatever we do, she provides a practical way of working through assignments at the end of each chapter.
Here’s some of my favorite quotes from the book:
We all have messy spots in our lives, and while we might need to clean them up, they don’t define us. I’m not embarrassed about my dusty bookshelves and you shouldn’t be either. This book is a perfect-free zone. (Loc 51)
It’s such a treat to be around others when they are using the gifts God gave them. It’s like seeing his brilliance in action. (Loc 105)
We seem to struggle with announcing our talents as if it is being prideful. (Loc 112)
The first step to not getting depressed over our lack of accomplishing our dreams is to realize that most of those childhood dreams were simply a world of possibility that we didn’t understand. We had no way to now where our talents would take us, so we grabbed on to activities that looked like they would satisfy our cravings.
God knows your innermost secrets, and if you give Him those dreams, he will direct your path in a way that will satisfy you even more than accomplishing those childhood fantasies. (Loc 350)
I highly recommend Mama Needs a Do Over and give it five out five stars. I received this book from Netgalley and David C. Cook Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion which I’ve provided here.
As a side note, I was able to also do the five day devotional that accompanies this book on the YouVersion app and would recommend that as well.