Mama's Got a Fake ID by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira

I'm in the middle of Mama's Got a Fake I.D., and it couldn't come at a better time. My daughter is three, and I'm trying to figure out how to balance my life as a freelance writer and a mom. I even talked extensively about this issue with friends last week, over Facebook and then again at a local cafe. They're both creative people, too, so we commiserated with one another, but we didn't know the big answer:

Are we being selfish? Or are we being what we're supposed to be, when engage seriously in our "extra-mommy" activities?

Rivadeneira tackles this hard issue from a fundamental Christian perspective -- and her verdicts might surprise most everyone.

I'm seriously loving this book!

Formula for identity loss:

1. Take one multifaceted, intriguing human being.

2. Bless her with a child.

3. Mix with today’s cultural assumptions.

4. Add the demands of motherhood.

5. Presto! All identity except Mom disappears.

For every woman wondering what happened to the unique combination of gifts and abilities she was known for before kids came along, Caryn Dahlstrand Rivedeneira has good news: in Mama’s Got a Fake I.D., Rivedeneira helps moms reclaim their full identity as creative beings, gifted professionals and volunteers, loving friends, children of God—and mothers.

This inspiring and practical guide shows women how to break free from false guilt, learn a new language to express who they really are, and follow God’s lead in sharing their true self with others. After all, motherhood doesn’t have to mean losing one’s identity. Instead, being a mom makes it possible for a woman to discover a more complete identity as the person God made her to be.

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