Daily Guideposts for Your First Year of Motherhood, Review and Giveaway

by 5 Minutes for Books

Though it’s been 6 years since I went though the first year of motherhood, I do remember that there are days when everything seems to be a trial. Getting dressed, fixing a meal, or getting a load of laundry from hamper to washer to dryer and back out sometimes becomes an insurmountable obstacle.

Instead of “seeking first the Kingdom of God,” for a time our minds shift to basic necessities like sleep, showering and some sort of nutritional sustenance. It is for such times as these that something like Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood is the perfect resource!

The devotionals each have a quick verse of scripture, included on the page (which I always like to see), and are divided into the way we mark time when our babies are born — First month, Second month, Third month etc. Each entry is marked with a day in that month — day one through day 30. I think that the format is very mom-friendly. If you don’t get to read one every day, you can simply used the pink ribbon bookmark (included and attached) to mark your place, so you can pick it up and read an entry any time you need a little encouragement.

The team of authors all bring their own experiences into it:

  • twins
  • premature birth
  • first-borns
  • long-awaited bundles of joy
  • unexpected pregnancies

They also share their thoughts on grandparents, visitors, friends, and husbands.

If you read Christian mommy blogs, you will be familiar with some of the authors, including Jennifer from ConversionDiary, Rhonda J. Smith from Musings of a Strong Black Woman, and Carol Hatcher, one of the devotional contributors at 5 Minutes for Faith.

If you click over to 5 Minutes for Faith now, you can read one of Carol’s entries that appears in the book, and enter over there for a 2nd chance to win a book.

So, first leave a comment here for a chance to win a copy of Daily Guideposts: Your First Year of Motherhood, then check out Carol’s entry at 5 Minutes for Faith.

We’ll announce our winner in this column on May 16. THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

We also have a special giveaway for moms going on at 5 Minutes for Books. Click through to read my review and enter to win a copy of Amy Wilson’s book of essays, When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, the Worrier, the Chicken-Nugget Buyer and Other Mothers I Swore I’d Never Be.

The winners of our past giveaway, LaRue Across America, are #43 Domestic Diva and #22 Vilmarys.

Written by 5 Minutes for Books managing editor, Jennifer Donovan

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1 Angel S. May 2, 2011 at 3:31 am

Although I already have kids, I think I would enjoy this!


2 Katie May 2, 2011 at 7:52 am

As someone hoping to have kids in the not too distant future this book will, Lord willing, come in very handy.


3 Cheri May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am

Though I don’t have babies in the house anymore I have friends that do and would love to pass this along as a gift! :)


4 Annette W May 2, 2011 at 9:08 am

It’s amazing what a devotional like this can do for a tired, exhausted mom!


5 Vilmarys May 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

A great way to still feel connected to God when you don’t have time on your hands!


6 Beth C May 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

This would be great for a friend expecting a baby soon! You are having so many neat giveaways! Thanks!


7 Mindy Trzynka May 2, 2011 at 9:56 am

What a fun giveaway! I was just thinking the other day how tired I still am while my second child is 8 months old. Working, nursing, and taking care of a 2 1/2 year old and 8 month old will do that to you. I really enjoyed the Five Minutes for Faith titled Pillow Talk today. :)


8 arely colin May 2, 2011 at 10:10 am

i want to win


9 Lisa Kats May 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

I have a 5 month old who still gets up 2 times at night! Exhausting! I would love this devotional!


10 Alison S. May 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

I have a two year old who is the typical two year old and we are expecting another baby in a few months. Encouragement is always appreciated!


11 Suzanne R. May 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

Would love to see what this is all about!


12 christy davis May 2, 2011 at 10:45 am

this looks like a nice book i’d love to read :)


13 Kimberly May 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

As a mother to 7 and an RN that works the nite shift…this book would be wonderful!!


14 Cupcake Kelly May 2, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I would love this book, expecting my first in July I think it will come in very handy!


15 Anna Fouts May 2, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I am currently experuencing my grandchildren bringing the next generation of babies into the world. The count is presently 5 great grandsons and 1 great granddaughter. With nine grandchildren, I find it exciting to imagine how many more are to come. I get to give a lot of advise!


16 tennille May 2, 2011 at 6:06 pm

pregnant right now-i would love this


17 emily May 2, 2011 at 6:53 pm

This is exactly what I will need in a few months when child #3 arrives!


18 Laura Jackson May 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I’ve been a mom twice….I have older kids 34, 33 and 29. I also have a 10 year old who is essentially my blessed “Do over”.

My youngest child has a much better mommie as I am now a christian and my daughter is being raised in God’s hands…This means more to me and my older children than you could probably imagine as my older children and myself were raised in what many (me too) consider a cult. The freedom of knowing how/who God REALLY is and being able to live within that comfort for us all… especially being able to show older my children the REAL truth and having the priveledge raising my youngest with christian freedom, has been and IS the best thing I could have ever asked for. I am blessed book or no…. BUT I would also like the book too! LOL

PS, I have 3 grandchildren with one coming into the world TODAY! (Hopefully! She’s been working on it for awhile now!)


19 Danielle May 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Oh, this book looks good! Even if I don’t win this, I think I am going to have to go out and buy this!


20 Tory May 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

It’s always nice to find resources for Christian mommy’s out there! This book looks really good, and I might have to go out and get it, even if I don’t win the giveway! As always, thank you ladies for what you do…


21 Linda Kish May 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Sounds great. Count me in please.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com


22 darthchrista May 4, 2011 at 10:29 am

I am not in my first year of mothering, but I know people who are and this would make a lovely gift for them…although I may keep it if we are blessed with baby number 3!


23 Patty May 4, 2011 at 11:38 am

Would love to win!


24 Athena May 4, 2011 at 8:10 pm

This would make a great gift for one of the Mommy to be’s in the family!


25 Leigh May 5, 2011 at 3:55 am

Carol has been a wonderful encouragement to me for several years! I would love to give this book to my sister-in-law, who a 3rd time mom with a baby.


26 Pauline May 5, 2011 at 10:39 pm

As a mother of three, this would be a nice addition to my book collection … any kind of information is useful


27 Ellen C. May 7, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance.


28 Jaimie May 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I love this..I need this!! :)


29 Jenn May 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Sounds great. I’m a mom to 4yo, 2yo and expecting another any day now :)

jennifer @ beautifulcalling.ca


30 Alison May 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I am expecing my third child in December. I already have two girls ages 5 and almost 4. I would certainly appreciate any encouragement and reading this book would help each day!


31 Stacey May 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

This is a great gift. Daily reading of encouragement and the devotionals will be appreciated.


32 Debby May 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I would love to give this book to my daughter. She would love to have a daily devotional and always will accept encouragement!


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