I first met Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe at Blissdom 2012. A mutual friend introduced them to Laura and I, and we soon discovered that we shared a heart and passion for bringing grace and gentleness to the practice of mothering, particularly through the pregnancy and infancy seasons.
Jessica and Dr. Rupe published The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood in 2011, meeting a unique need in the pregnancy book market: a book that blends practical, medical advice with the gentle voice and encouragement of friends and followers of Christ.
Jessica and Dr. Rupe teamed up with Dr. Andrea Johnston for their next release which is out now: The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby's First Year. I am honored to have been asked to review The Baby Companion and to be able to offer 3 copies of it to giveaway!
Something that I so appreciate about Jessica's story is that she, too, was frustrated and discouraged by many of the mainstream baby care books when she was a first time mom. Like Laura and I did with Spirit-Led Parenting, she opens the book by acknowledging that she is not the most likely candidate for writing about baby care, but like us, she is compelled to offer grace and gentleness to new moms.
What makes this book different from any other Baby's First Year books out there is that it combines Jessica's warm advice and encouragement with the medical and practical side of this season with words of wisdom from Drs. Rupe and Johnston. It is set up in a month-by-month look at baby's development, preparing parents for what to anticipate at each stage (milestones, well baby visits, care for mom and dad). There is plenty of nuts-and-bolts information to guide new parents through those rocky twelve months of infancy.
Additionally, for each month there is a passage of Scripture, prayer concerns for the month, a prayer for the month, and a space to journal your own journey with your baby. Sprinkled throughout each chapter, too, are stories from parents in unique situations such as military, adoptive, and single moms.
I think the heart of The Baby Companion can be summed up on page 58:
While you can Google knowledge and information, your search will never produce results that offer perfect, God-given wisdom for your situation ... Search for knowledge but pray for wisdom.
In The Baby Companion, Jessica, Andrea, and Heather offer an incredibly practical guide to the first year that would be so helpful for any new parent of the Christian faith. Even as a veteran mom, I found the month-to-month information, reminders, and insights to be so helpful. It's been a long time since I took a baby in for a well-child visit or wondered about what milestone to expect next!
I have three copies of The Baby Companion to give away. Even if you are not currently expecting a new baby or experiencing life in the first year of parenting, this is a fantastic book to buy for your own future or for the families in your life who are welcoming new little ones.
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