5 Minutes for Books — Rattled

by Jennifer Donovan

Rattled: Surviving Your Baby’s First Year Without Losing Your Cool by Trish Berg is a book that will appeal to any new mom, whether it’s your first time with a newborn baby or you are bringing home your second or third baby.

This book covers your changing emotions (including sadness and anger), relationships (with your husband and your in-laws), and underscores the importance of faith, health, and friendship.

Each chapter contains a “Motherhood Survival Kit” which includes

  • Water from the Word are Bible verses to encourage you along your journey
  • Food for Thought gives tips and statistics about the first year of motherhood, such as 10 keys to a successful marriage
  • First Aid Kit is full of practical tips such as clutter-busting ideas
  • Faith on Fire offers a prayer that you can use to help focus on Jesus
  • Shelter from the Storm–features real-life quotes and advice from other moms
  • SOS (Spiritual Opportunity to Savor) is a mom-sized devotional to renew and challenge your relationship with God
  • Study Questions give the reader further opportunities to apply the concepts. I think it would be great to explore these questions with another new mom.

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The boxes and sidebars and and sub-headings within each chapter make it an accessible read for the time-challenged new mother. The encouragement or information that you could receive in five minutes will make you turn to the book each time you need it.

Want more info on Trish Berg? Check out her website at www.TrishBerg.com, which offers tons of free resources, links, and downloads for moms as well as more information on other books and ministry.

If you’d like a copy, leave a comment here to enter to win one, or click on through to order your own!

The winners from last week’s columns are:

123 I can Paint!#75 Valerie Mitchell

123 I Can Draw!#29 Bree

123 I Can Make Prints!–#85 Beth Kuligowski

The Lady of Milkweed Manor — #73 Nancy

You should have an email from me requesting your address. If you didn’t get one, please contact us with your name and address.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 SJ February 18, 2008 at 12:39 am

I would love to have a copy!

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2 Melissa February 18, 2008 at 12:51 am

Sounds like a great book – and at 26 weeks pregnant with my first baby, it sounds like it will be a real asset in a few weeks. Please sign me up for the contest

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3 Mommy Bee February 18, 2008 at 2:03 am

Wow, this sounds like a great book. I’d love to win!

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4 Nichole February 18, 2008 at 4:02 am

Sounds great!

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5 brandy w February 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

would love to win. this might actually help me stay calm. i have 3 and i know i loose my cool alot

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6 staci February 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

I would love to win a copy.

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7 Blessed February 18, 2008 at 8:49 am

I’m a new mom – I could use this!

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8 Jenny February 18, 2008 at 9:50 am

I am a new mom to a 4 month old little boy. I could definately use this book!

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9 Kristi February 18, 2008 at 10:27 am

I would love to win a copy, thanks!

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10 Laura P February 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

What a great book. I’d love to win!

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11 jessica s. February 18, 2008 at 11:12 am

i would love this!

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12 Michael February 18, 2008 at 11:35 am

Great contest! Count me in!

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13 Jenn February 18, 2008 at 11:37 am

I’d love to win – sounds like a good book!

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14 Deb Piper February 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

My daughter is havinag her first baby in August. This would be an awesome gift to give her.

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15 Lisa O February 18, 2008 at 12:11 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

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16 Robyn February 18, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I’d love to win a copy for baby number 2 on the way! :0)

Thanks!

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17 Patty P. February 18, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Even as a 2nd time mom this would be a great read.

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18 Leigh February 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm

Sign me up! Thanks.

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19 Laura H. February 18, 2008 at 1:42 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book!!

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20 PamJ February 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Even though I am a mamma to two now, I would still love a copy!! The first year is sure challenging :)
Sounds like a great book!

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21 Cindi Hoppes February 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm

Hello, A lovely book! Please sign me up! Thanks,Cindi

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22 sandra February 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm

perfect for the new mom to be!!

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23 Knit Girl February 18, 2008 at 2:11 pm

Sign me up too thank you very much. Have a nice day.

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24 Danielle S February 18, 2008 at 2:23 pm

Love to read this one!

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25 Bree February 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm

Wow, this one looks great!

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26 Mary February 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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27 Patricia Bryant February 18, 2008 at 5:28 pm

I think this would help me stay focused with having two little ones and another coming next month, 3 under 3!

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28 Vida February 18, 2008 at 5:29 pm

This sounds like a great book. I’d love to win!

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29 jenna February 18, 2008 at 5:33 pm

sign me up! That sounds great.

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30 pat beltz February 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I’m in

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31 Tara Burton February 18, 2008 at 5:59 pm

sounds like a great book!

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32 Andrea R February 18, 2008 at 6:09 pm

A great book!

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33 Sara February 18, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Having just brought home daughter #2 I could really use this book.

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34 Valerie Mitchell February 18, 2008 at 6:50 pm

fabulous!

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35 Jennifer Furtado February 18, 2008 at 7:48 pm

this is a great gift for a first mom… please count me in this giveaway!

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36 Susanne February 18, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Ahhh…this looks like a great read for me!! Thanks…

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37 Shaun Wallner February 18, 2008 at 8:58 pm

This sounds like a great book!!

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38 Elliemae February 18, 2008 at 9:07 pm

I have a friend who is in her second trimester. This would be perfect for her! She LOVES books!

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39 Briana February 18, 2008 at 10:11 pm

I would love a copy, but if I am not a winner, I will just go order one. :)

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40 Tara February 18, 2008 at 10:35 pm

I would love a copy

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41 Heather February 19, 2008 at 12:03 am

this would be such a great Babyshower gift!!!

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42 Docia Lynn February 19, 2008 at 1:00 am

The book looks good – I’d love a copy.

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43 cathy philipps February 19, 2008 at 1:09 am

this would be a great help for both my pregnant daughters!

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44 Natalie February 19, 2008 at 2:09 am

Count me in!

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45 Ivan Girl February 19, 2008 at 2:20 am

this will be such a great book!
i’m a first-time mom and still
learning new stuff everyday.

love to win a copy..=)

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46 Rebecca Brandt February 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

I am six months pregnant with my first child and this would really come in handy. Count me in!

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47 Kim Cleveland February 19, 2008 at 10:48 am

Sounds great – I’d love a copy!

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48 Jessica February 19, 2008 at 10:57 am

love to win aa copy.

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49 Kristie Noguera February 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Thank goodness I have made it through my kids, first year. I know a mom-to-be who could use this though.

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50 Nicole February 19, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I think my husband could benifit from this!!! Sign me up!!

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51 Shannon H February 19, 2008 at 7:05 pm

I am pregnant with my second child–I would love this book! Please enter me, thanks!

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52 Nikki Evans February 19, 2008 at 10:29 pm

Please consider me for the prize & GLTA

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53 taowyn February 20, 2008 at 12:05 am

Thanks for the chance to win.

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54 Eric February 20, 2008 at 5:56 am

My wife is pregnant with our first child. I think this book would really benefit us both. Thank you…

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55 Carla February 20, 2008 at 7:42 am

this would be great

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56 Leanne Cobbledick February 20, 2008 at 10:54 am

SIGN ME UP FOR THE CONTEST PLEASE!

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57 Donna February 20, 2008 at 10:58 am

I’d love to win this book!

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58 paul wilkie February 20, 2008 at 11:17 am

wow i would be an awsome new dad if i got this book for my wife (first baby in four weeks)

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59 a February 20, 2008 at 11:56 am

i could use a resource like this!

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60 Christin Bossenberry February 20, 2008 at 1:15 pm

this could save my butt the first year!

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61 Teresa Taylor February 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm

“Can’t live with ‘em, Can’t live without ‘em” bears new meaning when you have children. I would love to read this book and gain some new insight on how to stay sane! :-)

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62 Betty Barrett February 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

My wonderful sister-in-law is expecting her first child at the age 43…she has just two weeks to go, the pregnancy has gone beautifully. Jane is a faith-filled woman who lives her life in God’s word, this book sounds as if it would really speak to all aspects of motherhood and I like the spiritual support found in it. Jane would love this.

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63 Kimberly February 20, 2008 at 2:27 pm

i wouldnt mind having a copy of this book. to keep me occupied. im a young mother 21 and would love to LEARN MORE!

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64 Alex Herring February 20, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I would love a copy of this, Thank You for the giveaway.

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65 Corrie Kehler February 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

I would love this book. I have 3 young boys and it could really be useful.

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66 Kathy Conley February 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Looks like an excellent book to have for any parent

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67 Marlene Rugg February 20, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Book sounds great please pick me!!!

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68 Vanessa Delgado February 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm

This book looks perfect for me… sign me up.

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69 Kirsten February 20, 2008 at 4:57 pm

This sounds like an interesting book. I’m 34 weeks pregnant and I think I could find this very helpful.

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70 Gisele February 20, 2008 at 7:31 pm

Love to win and read this!

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71 DARIJA February 20, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Please count me in.

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72 Liz February 20, 2008 at 10:42 pm

This is nice!

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73 Carrie Taylor February 21, 2008 at 1:37 am

make me a winner please

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74 Angela February 21, 2008 at 11:42 pm

We would love to have a copy!!

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75 Caryn Bailey February 22, 2008 at 1:26 am

Sounds like a great book!

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76 kerri February 22, 2008 at 1:41 am

i need this pronto!

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77 Kristi February 22, 2008 at 10:49 pm

I would love to win this book. It sounds like a great read and I love the biblical application it has. Even if I dont win I think I will have to check this one out!

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78 Michelle Adams February 23, 2008 at 10:31 am

This sounds like a great contest….sign me up!

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79 jeske_posse February 24, 2008 at 3:51 am

I could really use this book. Please add me to the contest thanks!

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80 Tina February 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm

would love a copy thanks!

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81 Taryn February 24, 2008 at 9:08 pm

sounds great!

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82 Shelby February 24, 2008 at 11:37 pm

I’d love one of these, we are having our first in about a week, and I think it would help tremendously!!!

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83 jennifer February 26, 2008 at 6:38 pm

This sounds like something that would be really helpful for me right about now! ;>

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84 candis February 28, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Sounds great! I’d love to win a copy of this book.

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85 lorides March 11, 2008 at 7:18 pm

sign me up

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86 Nicole Price March 20, 2008 at 11:06 am

My sister is about to have her first baby and she would love to have this. Enter me too please.

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87 Karen Matlock March 23, 2008 at 10:25 am

My daughter needs this!

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88 philip halter March 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

enter me please

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89 Larissa Walkiw March 23, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Sounds like an extremely helpful read! Enter me in to win a copy!

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90 Tara Hill March 24, 2008 at 3:10 am

Please enter me…I have a 7 week old and I could use some help!

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91 Caroline March 24, 2008 at 10:18 am

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