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When Maria Hoagland is not working at her computer, she can be found walking barefoot in soft grass, remodeling houses with her husband, or enjoying campfires with their three children. She loves crunching leaves in the fall, stealing cookie dough from the mixing bowl, and listening to musicals on her iPod. Maria earned her degree at Brigham Young University, and although she adores mountain resorts near her Idaho home, she is no longer a fan of ice skating.
on May 18, 2013 :
I'm not great with head jumping (that means moving from one character's head to another to hear their thoughts) so it took me a couple of chapters to get straight who was who and their corresponding challenge as we move within multiple characters throughout each chapter. But once I got the hang of it, I was hooked on this book.
In fact, I had a little trouble putting it down.
I got very wrapped up in each of their lives and constantly wondered, "What will happen next on her journey?" (Translation: this is good writing!)
It also got me pondering on how judgemental we can be as women/people. We don't know what another person is going through yet we constantly make judgements with a serious deficit of information. This book really digs deep as to what we think daily about ourselves and others in regards to the role of motherhood without coming across as preachy or depressing. That's not easy for a writer and Ms. Hoagland does it well.
Seeing as this is an LDS faith based book, LDS Christians won't have any trouble keeping up. A word of help to those Christians of other faiths. This book involves prayer, religious settings and a personal relationship with God in regards to the characters. Nothing to be afraid of. You'll be just as home here. You may even learn something about the LDS faith you didn't know before, but you won't feel preached at or like anyone's out to convert you.
Families of all faiths deal with fertility and birth control issues along with adoption and children with special needs. This book deals with all of those and gently tugs at your heart strings and mind.
What size should your family be?
Whatever size you, your partner and God work out.
One of the mottoes I live by is: Every parent should know their own limitations, especially when it comes to the number of children they have.
I can relate to all these women even though I haven't been through each of their struggles, but I have watched family and friends go through them.
Read Family Size. It will raise your awareness and change your thinking without you even noticing all while enjoying a wonderful story.
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)