• Loving the Little Years

  • Motherhood in the Trenches
  • By: Rachel Jankovic
  • Narrated by: Gentry Rench
  • Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (277 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too.

This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. At the time of writing this, I have three children in diapers, and I can recognize the sound of hundreds of toothpicks being dumped out in the hall.

This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain tired.

The opportunities for growth abound here but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.

©2010 Rachel Jankovic (P)2011 Canon Press

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Short and sweet!

Short, sweet and engaging! Loved it! Made me realize more of the joy and privilege God has given us in motherhood, even though it’s hard!

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Encouraging

I for the most part really enjoyed it! She does talk about spanking which does not align with my parenting style, however it’s a quick read with some great ideas and encouragement. I would recommend with the disclaimer about spanking.

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Perfect for parents

This book has been great at pointing out how to get your focus off of your frustrations and more on enjoying the memories. A great read (or listen) for parents!

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Amazing

Biblical truths and so much practical info and examples for mothers. This would be beneficial for any woman or parent to read.

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Such Encouragement

I have listed to this book no less than five times. It's a great encouragement every time and it's voiced so naturally. I'm greatful for it.

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must read!!!!!!!

this was a great mindset for me! wow, every mother at any season needs to read!

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  • jp
  • 06-19-21

sharing with other moms

I received as a shower gift, now I'm sharing it with others moms too. Very good.

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Kiss the wound and scurry on...

I picked up this book like a reach for a friend as tears whelp in my eyes, and Rachel Jankovic proved a worthy friend. The first few chapters had me silent-sobbing at a public park with my young child and Rachel in my ears. Her warm words of encouragement from one who is "in the trenches" with me, made me feel comforted and hopeful. Then, like any true and worthy friend, her tender pats turned into stern slaps on the back. She put her finger under my chin and lifted head. She wiped away pitying tears and straightened my shoulders while handing me my sword and my shield. She pointed to the battle field where the good fight still persists, and where the cries for help and shimmering armor both fill valley floor. She marked my face for battle, and waved me on with the flag of hope and victory.
I rarely use my monthly audible credit for anything less than a six plus hour listen-- this book is fewer than two. But I imagine it will be two hours of packed wisdom that will remain on repeat for the coming ten years-or-so as I battle through "the young years" of our brand new family, and I am grateful to have Rachel's fun, tough, and light-hearted warrior-words in my ears, head, and heart.

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Short , Practical and Wise

Easy listen. Finished in one sitting. Love the short books by Canon Press that are full of wisdom like this and Why Children Matter. Clear examples of how we practically apply what we believe from the Bible to parenting our children, while we ourselves walk in the truth. Doesn't waste time on laying theological foundation that you can find in so many other books. Assumes they are there and charges full speed ahead.

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Inspirational guilt trip/pep talk

I liked everything about this book!!!! Its so accurate about motherhood.
I appreciated the honesty and how she gives it to you straight.

I feel inspired to be a better mom and to discipline my children differently but I also know now that I am not alone in how I feel and fail at parenting sometimes.

Grace is my new motto - God gives me grace and I should do the same for my children.

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  • Mrs C.
  • 01-30-22

recommended

very helpful for one in the trench, insightful and practical, left me with things to think on in my own walk and encouraged

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