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

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


  1. Katie says

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

  2. Beth C says

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

  3. Mindy Trzynka says

    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. :)

  4. Alison S. says

    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!

  5. Anna Fouts says

    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!

  6. Laura Jackson says

    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!)

  7. Danielle says

    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!

  8. says

    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…

  9. darthchrista says

    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!

  10. Leigh says

    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.

  11. Pauline says

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

  12. Alison says

    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!

  13. Debby says

    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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