Perscription cotton balls, Scooby-Doo tie wearing doctors, and Mario are just some of the funny things you will read about in Unbound. This one’s five stars and I’d read it again, which is saying something because if you knew me, you’d know I don’t do reruns. It’s against my nature. This book is excellently written, hilarious and deeply moving on levels I didn’t know existed. Many will resonate with Jamie’s fun and fast-paced personality. Keep reading to find out more…
Unbound: Finding Freedom from Unrealistic Expectations of Motherhood, A Book Review
I wish I could transport you to my little home and sit outside on the deck as you let me read Jamie’s book aloud to you. It’s one of those that you can’t help but share because it is that good. Without permission, I read this aloud to my husband. Jamie’s words gripped me, had me on the edge of my seat until the book was finished, and I am pretty sure I almost peed my pants a few times of laughter. She talks about her journey pursuing motherhood, and how God’s ways and timing are perfect, even if it hurts in the process. She gives nitty-gritty detail and you feel like you are there with her every step of the way, trying to get pregnant and grieving when loss drops a bomb. Unbound is full of Biblical lessons intertwined with Jamie’s journey, but you won’t read it the same. With her sense of humor at the helm, you will read these accounts in a new light. This book is for any woman who ever experienced a desire to be a mom, is a mom, or knows a mom — and I think that’s most of us. You will need tissues too. Just sayin.’
What stands out you about this book?
Me: Oh, a lot. As soon as the introduction showed its face, I knew I would not be able to put this book down. Jamie writes in a voice that resonates with me. She did not shy away from sharing the hard parts. This book is a giant hard part and you will see that throughout. I also love the questions at the end of each chapter. They are not like other questions I have read. These probe into day-to-day life kind of areas with deep impact but less spiritual fluff.
I think that’s why I appreciate Jamie’s writing so much. Because everything she writes is real to the core, there is not one word without a purpose. Not one sentence is strewn lazily about. Each paragraph packs a punch, filled with passion and keeps you flipping the pages.
Who would this be a good a book for?
Me: Before my middle child was born, I myself suffered the loss of a child. Even if I had not been able to share this experience with Jamie, I would still recommend it to any woman because it allows you to see things from a perspective you may not have ever realized existed; walking with her through the grueling process has opened my eyes a lot. Anyone who knows a mom at all, especially suffered the loss of a child, would benefit I truly believe.
Quote Love ♥
“God makes us mothers to bring us to our knees, to get down in the dirt & see the nature of things.”
“Ultimately, isn’t for me to name the good, the bad, and the why.”
“The best memories are the ones you don’t manufacture.”
I could share a hundred quotes with you and it wouldn’t give this book justice. Just buy a copy here!
I love how Jamie retells Bible stories. As a child at heart with a witty personality of my own, I read these and secretly wished she’d publish a devotional or Bible study book just for me. Who knows, maybe she will one day? You have got to buy this book and especially read how she retells the story of the woman with the bleeding issue. Jamie has had some revelations of scripture I had never realized before, I found myself scribbling down notes as God spoke through her.
“My inner-self is a mean old lady brandishing a cane.”
“…for now, this became my morning routine. Shower. Coffee. Shot. Some people just do yoga.”
Jamie Sumner is a writer for Parenting Special Needs Magazine and Scary Mommy and an editor for Literary Mama.
She is the mother of a son with cerebral palsy and twins. You can find her at home in Nashville writing about all things related to infertility and special needs parenting on her website www.mom-gene.com.
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