Yesterday I finished reading a short devotional-type book called Espresso for your Spirit: Hope and Humor for Pooped Out Parents by Pam Vredevelt. It's full of short readings (anywhere from 2 to 10 pages) and sprinkled with pertinent Bible verses, quotes, and humorous parenting anecdotes. I found it to be an interesting and easy read. Vredevelt shares stories from her life and the life of friends as they deal with the various ups and downs of parenting, always with an eye toward how God uses our circumstances to help us grow. The tone of each chapter varies, with a few leaning toward serious issues. While each chapter was good, I think the serious tone of some stray from the Espresso pick-me-up feel of the book overall. Included in the back of the book are study/discussion questions, which would allow this to be used in a small group or book study setting. While Espresso for your Spirit is intended for both parents, I feel that it skews more toward mothers. Overall, it's a good read and a good reminder that God is with us in the midst of the journey of parenting.
I was given a copy of this book as part of Waterbrook Multnomah's Blogging for Books program, in exchange for a fair and honest review.