My journey from newlywed, to mother of two, to single mom - trying to heal - and become the mother God made me to be.
Karen lived an adventurous single life but longed for a family of her own. After years of maintaining her vow of purity and waiting for a man who shared her Christian faith, she fell in love with her best friend and co-worker. They married. She bore two sons. They divorced.
With humor, honesty and raw emotion, Valentin tells her story of wrestling between God's will and her own, with visions of happily ever after. In the midst of her weakness and grief, she experiences God's strength and restoration like never before. Through her family and friends, mission workers, the pastor of Graffiti Church, and her two beautiful boys, God turns her ashes to beauty and her sorrow into joy.
THE MOTHER GOD MADE ME TO BE contains a discussion guide for book clubs and church groups.
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About the Author
KAREN VALENTIN has been a contributing writer for Daily Guideposts since 2005 and a main contributor to Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood. She has also written a young adult novel and two children's books. A pastor's daughter, Karen served as the children's director for East 7th Street Baptist Church-Graffiti for 4 years under the pastorship of Taylor Fields. A graduate of Fordham University, she is an avid traveler who speaks three languages- English, Spanish and French. She is the proud mother of two boys.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Mother God Made Me to Be is a delightful memoir by Karen Valentin that chronicles her journey from a newlywed, to a married mother, to a single mom. I liked reading about Valentin’s different stages of life, as she embraced new adventures and boldly handled curveballs thrown her way. Her book is both relatable and encouraging. I loved the stories Valentin shared about raising her two sons. The book nicely covers a wide variety of stories, quickly moving from one topic to the next; Valentin keeps a nice pace in her writing. In one of my favorite sections, “Something New,” Valentin shares how she quit a job that was not ideal for her family’s schedule, and started bringing in money through her music and art; it is easy for the to feel Valentin’s excitement as she steps into a new chapter in her life. I also loved reading about the little things that Valentin did with her boys, like movie nights and camping. It reminds me of when the author Robert Brault said, “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” You can tell from reading Valentin’s book that she is a person who stops to enjoy the little things. *I received this book for review*