In this inspirational work for new mothers, Amy Collins explores the lessons babies teach their moms.
When her daughters were infants, Collins journaled about life from a unique perspective: She recorded what she learned from the baby! In this brief book, she presents her findings in bite-sized chapters to help other moms find the same peace, increased faith and deeper relationships with their new little ones, that she found. She explains, “Each lesson helped me shape my relationship with my children; I grew stronger in my faith and became more peaceful.” She hopes readers will “put these lessons into practice” causing an “intrinsically uplifting sensation” that will spread peace to others.
Collins’ reminiscent style is endearing. She recounts hearing her baby sneeze in another room for the first time or how her “daughter’s eyes lit up” when she “landed on a cozy cloud” in her mother’s bed. These sweet moments frame her revelations about how God relates to His children. For example, with her daughter’s tiny sneeze, “It was as if she were saying, ‘I’m here too!,” reminding her that we are never alone. “He is always with us, and we need Him the way our children need us.” Her daughter’s joyful wonder tells us to be “childlike in spirit.” Other lessons encourage moms to be present in the moment, prioritize baby time over “life maintenance” and “be patient with this journey.”
Collins welcomes all religious backgrounds; however, she creates a Christian atmosphere with Bible scriptures concluding each chapter. While most of her points are clearly explained, a few tend to be unfocused or frustratingly vague. For example, she rallies readers to “keep our infants’ innate light shining, bravely share ours…[and] light up the world one person at a time.” Such fluffy, non-concrete ideas aren’t as helpful as some of the author’s other ideas.
Regardless, Collins’ book has an overall uplifting message making it a nice gift for mothers-to-be.