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Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2015
The title is “Dear Mary: Lessons from the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom” and it is written by Sarah Jakes. “Dear Mary” is a misleading title for the book. The whole time I felt like it should have been Lessons from Sarah Jakes.
The description of the book talks about how we can find inspiration from the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Each chapter is written as a letter to Mary. This led me to believe I would be reading mostly about Mary. Well I didn’t. Instead the book was mostly about the author’s life and her story and very little about Mary. Sometimes there was only a paragraph or two even mentioning Mary in a chapter. There were also times the author talked more about what she learned from Jesus and not Mary. Now I am in no way discouraging the fact that she is learning from the life of Jesus. That is great! But when you title your book based on lessons from Mary, it’s confusing to instead be talking about what you learned from Someone else.
If you go into this book expecting to learn more about the author’s life that’s fine, but I felt misled about this book and it wasn’t what I was expecting. And the author seemed to be presuming a lot of about the life of Mary. We don’t really know a lot about her life, her thoughts, actions and feelings. But the author almost seemed to talk about these things like they were fact or just assumed that’s what happened and then used that to sometimes shape her actions and beliefs.
I was also thrown off at the beginning of the book because it starts with a discussion about the reproduction system. Not what I was expecting.
Now there were some good points in the book. I did appreciate how the author talked about appreciating the individual characteristics and personalities of your kids. I do think that is important and it’s important to encourage and help develop their personalities. Each child is special and different from everyone else. We shouldn’t try to make our children all cookie cutter images of each other.
This book was a fairly easy read and the chapters were short. But frankly, it was hard for me to finish it because I didn’t really want to finish it.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.