A contributor to Guideposts annuals for ten years, Karen Valentin's narrative pieces about her journey to marriage and motherhood and then to single motherhood have resonated with readers. Here she collects the longer versions of her pieces and adds many new ones.
Like so many girls raised in Christian homes, who embraced the tenets of the faith for themselves, Karen had a vision of what her future would be as a wife and a mother.
Here she writes about that journey, which took an unexpected turn to divorce and single mothering that has deepened her faith and revealed the joy of motherhood, despite its challenges. Her short narratives about her experience as a new mom, to a mother of two, then a single mom trying to heal and become the mother God made her to be, is honest and heart wrenching but also laugh out loud funny. This resonates with all moms, gives single mom's hope for healing, and shows women who wish to have a family, that despite the trails, and unexpected turns, God will be there every step of the way.
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Karen Valentin is an American born writer who is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage. Her books, ranging from narrative, to YA fiction and children'shave been published by Doubleday Religious, Judson, Harlequin and JustUs/Kensington. She is a graduate of Fordham University and taught English as a second language in France. An avid traveler who speaks English, Spanish and French, she resides in New York City with her two little 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*