Friday, March 19, 2010

Review and Giveaway - Confessions of an Irritable Mother

Confessions of an Irritable Mother: Hope for Overwhelmed Moms
by Karen Hossink

Here's what the back of the book says:
Are you frustrated with mothering? Are you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless? Have you ever secretly questioned God’s wisdom in giving you children?
You’re not alone.

Karen Hossink has wrestled with her own feelings of inadequacy as a mother:
I didn’t start off mean. And certainly, being the ‘Meanest Mom in the World’ was never my goal. Yet, somehow, my son thought I was worthy of the title. To be fair, the majority of times Joshua crowned me queen of the meanies was when I was punishing him, or when I wasn’t giving him what he wanted. Nonetheless, he seemed pretty convinced I deserved the title and when you hear something often enough, you start to believe it’s true… I wanted so desperately to be a good mom - to meet their needs and do everything just right - but I sat there on the step weeping, feeling completely overwhelmed. I wondered if maybe, just this once, God may have made a mistake.


In the midst of the tears, Karen found that God is good, and even in our most dire circumstance there is hope. Karen’s warm-hearted transparency shines through in Confessions of an Irritable Mother, as she shares candidly about her own personal battle – the trials and the triumphs – on the journey toward holiness on which God has been leading her. By God’s grace, you too can come to understand He is using your children and your struggles as a mother to refine you like silver and transform you into the woman He wants you to be.

About the Author:
Karen Hossink is a wife, mother, speaker and author. She and her husband, Brian, have three children: Elizabeth, Joshua and Matthew, and they make their home in Okemos, Michigan.


Karen graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, which was helpful, but it is an on-going education at Weary Mom University which has led to her roles as speaker and author.

When God revealed to Karen that He was using her children and her struggles as a mother to make her into the woman He wants her to be, she found hope, and in 2005 she began sharing that hope with other women as a regular speaker for moms’ groups. Since then, Karen has shared her story with hundreds of mothers across the state of Michigan and around the United States.

In 2006 Karen wrote, Confessions of an Irritable Mother: Hope for Overwhelmed Moms, in which she shares the whole story of her mothering journey and the hope she believes other moms can embrace. Finding Joy: More Confessions of an Irritable Mother, is Karen's devotional for moms which was released in 2008.

Karen loves speaking for mothers, and will continue doing that as long as the need remains. However, God has given her a desire to share His love with women of all ages. At brunches, luncheons and women's conferences, Karen is enjoying opportunities to speak for these audiences, too.

Whether you are reading her books or her blog, or listening to her speak, after spending time with Karen you will be assured of two things: You are not alone, and God is good!

You can learn more about Karen at www.irritablemother.com

Here's what I say:
Karen is a truly wonderful person, and that shows through in her writing. It feels more like she is sitting next to you chatting, and less like you are just reading her words. Her very candid confessions made me feel a lot less guilty about my deepest darkest insecurities about my parenting. I can completely relate to her feeling of being "The Meanest Mom in the World". She gives her own confessions, shares her journey guided by God and shares excellent coping techniques.
One of my favorite parts of the book is the Reflection Questions. At the end of each chapter is a list of question to help you reflect on what you just read. This would be a great book for a personal or group bible study. Karen is honest, and straight to the point with no punches pulled. She includes lots of verses to support her finding and guides you with the reflection questions. I am very glad that I requested this book from Karen. I had been following her blog Surviving Motherhood for several months, and been privileged to have a "online" friendship with her. She is a true inspiration to Christian Mothers everywhere!
Buy it! You can purchase you own copy of Confessions of an Irritable Mother for only $13!

Win it! Karen has graciously sent me an extra copy and a bookmark to give away to ONE lucky winner!
So here is how you can win:



Mandatory Entry: (open to US residents only)(you must do this one first or I will be forced to remove all of your entries)
Leave a Comment with your email address (feel free to use the antiSPAM version - yourname[at]yourserver[dot]com) telling me what your Irritated Mommy Confession - Mine is that I sometimes step out into the garage and scream into a pillow when i have reached my wit's end!
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I wish you the best of luck! All entries but be received by 11:59pm PST on March 28th, 2010 to be counted.

Disclaimer: Although I did receive a free copy of this book for review, I was in no other way compensated to post this review.


If you are an author or publisher and you would like for me to review your book, please contact me directly: polsen11[at]comcast[dot]net




61 comments:

  1. Sometimes I just ignore something that is happening...esp if I am on the computer.
    derekannette at gmail dot com

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  2. Irritated Mommy Confession-
    OMG, I could leave a list a mile long

    My boys and hubby(so they came by this tendency naturally)were always pulling their socks off wadded in little balls or their underwear and pants off together. Well, after fussing at them and gathering these offending objects up and returning them to said offenders to correct, I started washing them just like they took them off and putting them in their drawers the same way. When they got to the point that all they had in their sock drawer was these disgusting wads of cotton that smelled sour (cause they never got dry), or had blue underwear (cause they were washed inside their jeans), they got much better at detangling their socks and undies.
    We had a hard fast rule that all laundry was to be put in the laundry room for washing. If this wasn't done then it wasn't washed.
    My middle son was constantly running out of clean clothes despite the fact that I washed at least 1 load a day. He would finally give in and gather all his clothes up, sometimes as much as 4 loads to be washed. Well, I would then proceed to take my time in doing his laundry, despite him whining that he'd already turned all him underwear and worn them twice. Hey, I suffer, he suffers.(lol)

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

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  3. I'd love to have this book! Sounds great. And what do I do? I sometimes go lock myself in my bathroom for awhile. Sometimes there are yummy foods hidden in there waiting for me. Shhh!
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  4. I'm a new follower from Friday Follow! I am so happy to have found your blog.
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  5. Following on twitter.
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  6. I follow you from follow friday! You have a great blog :)I would love if you come and follow me!
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  7. You scream into your pillow in the garage? I love it!!!
    Well, you've already read my confessions. *grin* But I just wanted to say Thanks for doing this review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the book, and I pray your winner will, also!

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  8. I clean or organize something. The kids know when I am cleaning the garage something is up and they usually find a friend to spend the night at because they know I will more likely put them to work. lol
    Works like a charm. ;)
    sanders_christy@hotmail.com

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  9. Following you from FF,
    Please, check out my blog and follow me back ?

    Cheers!

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  10. Sometimes I'll just turn my favorite music up REALLY loud and tune them out - especially if they're being difficult in the car!

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  11. I am a follower via Google Friends Connect.

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  12. I am a facebook fan.

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  13. Your button is on my blog at
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    It's on the right under Button Mania (which scrolls).

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  14. Your button is on my blog at
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  15. Your button is on my blog at
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  16. Your button is on my blog at
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  17. Your button is on my blog at
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    It's on the right under Button Mania (which scrolls).

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  18. I take longer than usual in the bathroom just so I can have some quiet time.

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  19. Signed up for the newsletter

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  20. I recently started following Karen's blog and love her. Thank you both for this chance. I absolutely LOVE to read, but have 3kiddos and well, you know :)

    esbaas@hotmail.com

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  21. I follow your blog as well :)

    esbaas@hotmail.com

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  22. AND I'm a Facebook fan :)

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  23. Oops, I forgot to leave my irritated mommy confession....
    I lock myself in my closet and take out my hidden chocolate stash :)

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  24. I have an older son (13) and a younger son (4) which can be a curse and a blessing at times! When it gets bad... I make my eldest watch my youngest and I take a time out in my room! (I lock my door... sometimes I make it for the number of minutes for my age and tell them that's how it's supposed to be! I'm 42) lol *I don't stay in there that long though*
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow via google friends connect/blogger. lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  26. I signed up for the Irritable Mother Newsletter.
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  27. I'm a facebook fan.
    ID: Merrie.Lockwood
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  28. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/mjl6mom2/status/10791661459
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  29. I'm entered in your "This one is mine" giveaway.
    lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

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  30. My irritated mommy confession is that when my morning is already off to a rocky start I turn on Sesame Street (the only show my daughter will watch) and take an long shower while it is on.

    onlychocolate4me at gmail dot com

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  31. I follow you on twitter.
    @monteefamily

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  32. I entered the "This One is Mine" giveaway.

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  33. I signed up for the Irritable Mother Newsletter.

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  34. I think alot of Moms do this, but I lock myself in the bathroom when I need a few moments to myself, adn just enjoy the quiet. :)
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  35. Depends on where I am...I either go into the car and do the screaming thing, or (the more usual), hide in the bathroom and give my self a timeout...although between the kid and the cat, they are at the door asking to come in. LOL!

    CaseyCg (at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I follow you on twitter (@caseycg).

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  37. I sometimes ignore bad behavior I normally would stop because I just don't have the energy for a confrontation!
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  38. I follow your blog
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  39. I follow you on twitter under ChildrensNook

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  40. One time my kids left clothes spread around on the living room floor, and I was too just tired to tell them to clean up. When unexpected guests suddenly arrived, I quickly gathered up the clothes and threw them behind the couch!
    bkittie@hotmail.com

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  41. Sometimes I just want to scream because I just want to go to the bathroom by myself....just once in a while!

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

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  42. When my daughter wakes up to early i take my blanket and pillow in her room shut the door and lay there while she plays
    jewlzeez04@gmail.com

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  43. im a follower
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  44. I have gone into the garage and sat in the car because then I'm virtually sound proofed. It worked out particularly well one day when I remembered I had stashed a chocolate bar in the glove box. :)

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  45. I follow through google connect.

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  46. I follow you on twitter as coffeebreakmom.

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  47. I am a facebook fan. (Donnetta D)

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  48. TV is my irritable mommy babysitter. I hate the kids watching tv, but if I am truly getting irritated, I know that turning on the cartoons will give me a few minutes to just breath and restart.

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  49. yes, also I could add a long list. I will search it here in Germany :-)

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  50. I used to tend to have an initial reaction of no before I even thought about it.
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  51. I follow on GFC.
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  52. Facebook fan (username doot65)
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  53. I follow on twitter (blueviolet)
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  54. A cold splash of water on the face always works well for me :)

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  55. New follower.

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  56. sometimes I lock myself in the bathroom...until it's safe out :)

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  57. I follow your blog

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