Recently, I was reading Pam Leo’s Connection Parenting book ~ which is amazing ~ and more than once Pam referred to (and recommended) Mitten Strings for God, by Katrina Kenison. I checked it out and from the moment I opened the cover, I was literally struck by the fact that this woman could be me ~ it literally felt like looking into my future at writings that I would someday put down on paper. This woman thinks JUST like me, I thought ~ and she writes in a beautiful, emotional and flowy way that I aspire to.
I have never felt such a connection to an author through their published words.
“When I stop speeding through life I find the joy in each day’s doings, in a life that cannot be bought, but only discovered, created, cherished, and lived. . . .I wrote this book because I needed it myself — and because I suspect that I’m not alone, that other mothers, too, yearn to offer their children an alternative to our culture’s noise, pressures, and materialism.”
— from Mitten Strings for God, by Katrina Kenison
Every time I have had a chance (I still am holding onto this book despite the fact that it is overdue at the library, oops) to read a few pages, I am so relieved with the way I am raising my boys. Quietly (well much of the time), comfortably, focused on health, home and togetherness (and errands, too, of course).
I emailed Katrina to let her know how I felt about her sweet book and she responded and offered to send 2 free, signed copies of Mitten Strings for God
to my readers. How generous! Let’s do one now, and one later.
In the tradition of Gift from the Sea and Women Who Do Too Much, this lyrical, heartfelt series of reflections has become a beloved mothering classic since it was first published in 2000. Featured on “Oprah,” translated into six languages, and with well over 200,000 copies sold, Mitten Strings for God is a trusted guide for all mothers with young children. Inspired by Katrina Kenison’s own search for a more satisfying balance in her life, this simple, intimate book reminds us what is possible when we slow down and become fully present in our lives. Suddenly there is room for joy and play and intimacy, space for wonder and reverie, time to awaken to the beauty of the world and rediscover the sacred in the ordinary. Coming home to ourselves, we are able to offer our children the one thing they need most of all: our own quiet presence.
Tell me your favorite book about motherhood/parenting, tell me if you’ve read this book, or just say “hi” ~ just get entered.
Love & Sincerely, Katie
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