A lawyer with a well-stamped passport and a passion for human rights, Lisa-Jo Baker never wanted to be a mom. And then she had kids. Having lost her own mother to cancer as a teenager, Lisa-Jo felt lost on her journey to womanhood and wholly unprepared to raise children.
Surprised by Motherhood is Lisa-Jo’s story of becoming and being a mom, and in the process, discovering that all the “what to expect” and “how to” books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.
Set partly in South Africa and partly in the US (with a slight detour to Ukraine along the way), Surprised by Motherhood is a poignant memoir of one woman’s dawning realization that being a mom isn’t about being perfect—it’s about being present.
In this book the author shares her own journey through motherhood. You may think that everything has been said about motherhood, but the delightful thing is that the author is one-of-a-kind and gives a perspective that is uniquely her own. So many times we define motherhood by the sleepless nights, mounds of laundry and numbers of diapers changed for the day. Giglio will help you focus on the pure joy that motherhood brings in spite of the mundane, hard things and will change your perspective on motherhood. A great read for all moms and moms-to-be.
~Reviewed by Beth L.