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In July, I ran a giveaway for the Every Mile Mattered CD from Nichole Nordeman. Although the giveaway is over, you can still visit the link and check out my review. Anyway, one of my favorite songs from her cd was “Slow Down.” It’s a very moving song about kids growing up, but you want them to slow down. So, when I saw Nichole had written a book with the same title, “Slow Down,” I couldn’t wait to read it!
The days are long, but the years are short.
No matter if it’s your child’s first step, first day of school, or first night tucked away in a new dorm room away from home, there comes a moment when you realize just how quickly the years are flying by. Christian music artist Nichole Nordeman’s profound lyrics in her viral hit “Slow Down” struck a chord with moms everywhere, and now this beautiful four-color book will inspire you to celebrate the everyday moments of motherhood.
Filled with thought-provoking writings from Nichole, as well as guest writings from friends including Shauna Niequist and Jen Hatmaker, practical tips, and journaling space for reflection, Slow Down will be a poignant gift for any mom, as well as a treasured keepsake.
Take a few moments to reflect and celebrate the privilege of being a parent and getting to watch your little ones grow—and Slow Down.
The Black Keys are Better (right after the foreword)
1. You Make Me Want to be Brave
3. Ring of Fire
4. Cheating on Santa
5. Pour Your Heart Out
6. Be the Herd You Want to See in the World
7. Not at the Dinner Table
8. The Best Answer Isn’t Always the Right One
10. The More Things Change
11. A Little Louder, Please
12. Taking the “Make” Out of Memories
13. Practice Makes Practice
14. Stones and Swans
My Opinion of “Slow Down”
I really looked forward to reading this book every night. It made me feel encouraged knowing that there are other moms out there going through the same things I’m going through, thinking the same things, and feeling the same things.
The first section after the foreword, talks about why Nichole Nordeman wrote some of her songs, and how her experiences with her children inspired her to write them. At the end of some of the chapters are also stories from other moms, like Amy Grant. I enjoyed reading her story because I grew up admiring her and listening to her music. At the end of each chapter are application questions and a reflection. There is space under both of these for you to journal your answers and thoughts.
There were several stories I could relate to, like the one about her son being a teenager and not needing her as much anymore, or talking to her as much. I have a 21 year old son and totally understand her feelings of wanting to cry over it, yet being glad he’s showing independence.
Another story was about saving all of your kids’ things and how hanging on to too many things is like “trying to freeze time.” The problem is you can spend too much time dwelling on the past and not enough time in the present. I really have a hard time getting rid of my kids’ things!
I also enjoyed the chapter about how everything doesn’t need to be perfect at the dinner table, you can just enjoy spending time talking with your family, rather than worry if everything looks absolutely perfect or not. This is great for me because, although my cooking tastes fine, it doesn’t always look the prettiest. All that matters is my kids are fed, and we enjoy each other’s company.
One of the stories in the book from another mom, Patsy Clairmont, made me feel so much better about myself. Her son got hurt one time and needed stitches. She talks about how she answered her son’s questions about what they were going to do, and was fine until they started working on him. Then the nurse noticed she needed help too and was about to pass out! The same thing happened when my son needed stitches. I had to stand by his feet and just pat his leg and reassure him with my voice, but I had to look away.
One last thing I want to mention is a quote from chapter 10. It talks about how moms are so busy and selfless, but it also talks about how that really feels. “Giving away every last part of yourself to your children and their lives until you are a shell of a person who no longer recognizes her own reflection.”
So, this book is a great book that every mom can relate to. When you read it, you’ll laugh, smile, reflect, and maybe even shed a few tears, but that’s all because it’s such a relief knowing there are other moms out there who understand. It makes you feel appreciated, encouraged, and not alone. It’s a wonderful book to read yourself or to give to anyone else who’s a mom, no matter what stage of life her kids are at.
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