Spirit-Led Parenting: overcoming the fear of freedom

Freedom.

This powerful word evokes strong feelings in each of us. For some, it conjure flag-waving and patriotism. For others, it speaks to the purpose of a spiritual faith. In Western culture, freedom is honored, cherished, and pursued.

Who would be afraid of freedom?

As it turns out, we were.

My friend Laura and I were good girls who had grown up to become good women, women who were relied-upon, predictable, and responsible. We were women who were highly invested in doing things the right way. When we each discovered we were pregnant with our first children in the spring of 2004, we began to ask around, seeking answers from trusted friends and family members about how, exactly, does one care for a baby the right way.

We reached out for The Rules.


And The Rules were what we received. These Rules worked wonderfully for many families, and The Rules were passed on to us with glowing smiles and the highest praise. As we read The Rules in the books that we were given, we internalized the instructions and found great comfort and peace in knowing that in all the uncertainty that parenting a new baby brings, at least there was the assurance of structure, stability, and order.

We wanted strong marriages, happy children, and efficient homes. It simply never occurred to us to wonder where freedom fit into the equation. Freedom seemed to run contrary to The Rules.

Freedom was for the families who let their kids stay up late into the night until they simply passed out on the carpet after a long day of play. Freedom was for the families who consistently showed up fifteen minutes late for every event with complete disregard for the schedules of others. Freedom was for mothers who nursed their babies anytime and anywhere, with no concern for the activities going on around them.

No, freedom sounded good on paper, but it was for other families and not for us. We had every intention of following the black-and-white instructions that worked well for others. When fears began to creep in about what life with a baby would look like, we found comfort in the pages that explained The Rules, and our fears were replaced with happy daydreams of order, harmony, and predictability.

And then our babies were born.

And as it turned out, trying to do things the “right way” was harder than we ever could have imagined. Every time we turned around, in every area of parenting a baby, we were forced to choose between following The Rules or following our hearts. As the disconnect grew between the right way in the books and the right way in our hearts, so did the internal anguish each of us were experiencing.

We had hoped to feel more deeply connected to other parents in our community who supported and encouraged The Rules; instead, we felt alienated and alone.

We had planned to strengthen our marriages by guarding against a child-centered home; instead, all of our obsessing over The Rules led to—you guessed it—a child-centered home.

We believed we would find comfort and peace in the instructions set forth by The Rules. Instead, we found ourselves sobbing nightly into our pillows, crushed by another day of failing miserably.

Breaking the rules left us broken and hurting, burdened by a sense of failure. And that is when God rescued us with His message of freedom.


Photo by {Charlotte.Morrall}

God spoke into our darkest days as new mothers and assured us that there was, indeed, a right way to parent a new baby. And this right way was one that was perfectly crafted for each individual baby, exquisitely tailored to meet the needs of each unique family.

The right way to parent a new baby was one that could never be fully captured in a set of instructions; rather, it was a way that meant stepping out into the freedom of following what we know to be best for our own children.

We’ll be the first to admit that at first we were terrified. The Rules looked like a master-planned community with row after row of pristine houses with smiling neighbors who waved to each other across neatly manicured lawns. The way of freedom looked like a narrow path through an unknown wilderness.

But once we found the courage to speak out loud about what we were learning as we explored this newly-found freedom, we discovered that there were others on the same path. We began to talk about how The Rules worked great for some families, but they didn’t work quite so well for us, and how every aspect of our lives had been changed by making the simple choice to do what we knew was best for our own children.

And from the discussions on this once-lonely path, a beautiful community grew. And from our own stories and the stories in our community, a book began to take shape. Oh, we’ve laughed and laughed, Laura and I have, over the two of us writing a book about parenting a new baby. It was, after all, those parenting books that caused us so much angst as new mothers.

But we truly believe that the message of Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year is a powerful one, one of redemption and renewal and growth. It is our hope that when new parents reach out for The Rules, as we once did, that what they’ll receive in the pages of this book is not another set of instructions, but rather all the permission, encouragement, and support they need to confidently choose the way of freedom as they navigate the challenges and joys of baby’s first year.

Giveaway!

This giveaway has now ended.

Megan and Laura are graciously giving TEN Simple Mom readers a copy of their new book! I’m so thrilled to bless you with it and to shout about this book from the rooftops. It’s so very beautiful, so comforting and encouraging; I kept saying, “Yes! Yes!” as I pored its pages.

This is one of the best parenting books I’ve read. Seriously. It’s my new first-time mama gift.

To enter to win a copy of this book, simply leave any comment on this post! (If you’re reading this via email, you must click over to the post to comment.)

This giveaway will end tomorrow night, April 17, and I’ll announce the winners soon after. I hope you win!

Spirit-Led Parenting: From Fear to Freedom in Baby’s First Year is the first release from authors Megan Tietz and Laura Oyer. Megan writes about faith, family and natural living at SortaCrunchy and lives in western Oklahoma with her husband and two daughters. Laura blogs her reflections on the real and ridiculous things of life at In The Backyard, and makes her home in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and son.

This post is part of a lovely blog tour—head to the rest of these sites for more chances to win a copy:

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597 Comments

  1. Bethany

    This book sounds incredible. I hope I win a copy!

  2. Julia

    I would love to get my hands on this book! Megan’s words here and on her blog have so often articulated what I have needed to hear.

  3. Deborah

    That does sound like a good book! I can totally identify with trying so hard to do things RIGHT. Especially with my first child.

  4. Bekah M.

    Im not a mommy yet , but know that I struggle with the “right way” to do things. I’d love to have a copy to help me prepare to be a free mama!

  5. Archer

    Would love to win a copy!

  6. Crystal

    As a mom who fears sooo much and tries to control a lot of aspects in my parenting, I know I could use this book! Thank you soo much for the chance!

  7. Zhenya

    Me, me, pick me! I would love a copy!

  8. Gretchen

    I followed the rules with my daughters and thought they were working for our family….until I looked back and realized how stressed I was!! I’d love to be able to pass something like this on to my new mom friends!

  9. Julie

    Just saw this on your reading list the other day and looked at it on Amazon. I would love to read this. I think even if I get it for free, I’ll be buying one for a friend who is due in June with her first. Thanks for recommending it!

  10. Jaclyn

    Sounds like a great book! My daughter is only 3 months old and I’ve been struggling with “the rules” vs what works for our family and also trying to listen to my gut-mothering instinct.

  11. BethAnn Rivers

    Thank you for this oppurtunity, I love the idea behind this book! Its definitely a new idea in the world of parenting books! Cant wait to read it, i have three little ones under the age of 4 and its so easy to get stuck on rules without thinking about the present situation, and losing grace.

  12. Helen

    It sounds like such a wonderful book, I’d love to read it.

  13. Nova

    I could really use some encouragement right about now — and this is my third baby, breaking all of The Rules.

  14. The Accidental Housewife

    Oh, those rules….

    I prefer to think of them as guidelines. The kind I colour outside of.

  15. Sooki

    Sounds like just the thing I need to read at this stage of parenting 4 monkeys!

  16. jen

    oh my. i think this i need to read, here now in the thick of it.

  17. Claire

    This book sounds great. With a 7 week old baby I think I need this!

  18. Alia Joy

    This book is amazing, as are Megan and Laura. I bought it and read it in one night thinking, I wish I had this with my firstborn. I think it will save a lot of new moms the pain and frustration of feeling like failures. It is a message that all new moms should carry with them. I agree with you, Tsh, this will be my new first mama gift for any upcoming baby showers.

  19. Melanie

    I really enjoyed reading your post, now my frinfgers are cossed for this giveaway!

  20. Anita B.

    As a YOUNG first time mom I sought out those Rules. Now I generally seek to break them. Funny thing, my husband has started calling me “crunchy”.

  21. Lacey

    I’ve been watching the progress of this book with much interest – it sounds like the book I NEEDED to read before my first, instead of the ones that I did read! I’m about to have baby 2, so it would be a big boost, and a great one to loan 🙂

  22. Nicole Robinson

    This is the book for me. Hope I win. Great post. I am a chronic rule seeker. There is something about raising children that turns convention on its head. That’s probably a good thing.

  23. Lori

    Would love to read this!

  24. daisy

    What a lovely post. This resonates with me, as our family always tends to go against the grain. I’ve grown to like it that way. Thanks for sharing your work!

  25. Kelly S

    Thank you for the chance to win!

  26. Kelly

    What a wonderful post- I’m sure the book is just as amazing! Would love to win a copy to read and then pass on!

  27. Amy S

    What a wonderful perspective!

  28. Heidi

    God and I have been talking a lot about freedom recently. I would love to read this book!

  29. EB

    I can’t wait to read this!

  30. leah

    What a quietly powerful post. I’ve found it so hard not only to “let” others have that freedom for what works best in their families, but for myself. Thanks.

  31. Melissa

    this sounds wonderful. I would absolutely love to read it!

  32. Katie F

    I’m so happy the book is out! I’ve been waiting to get my hands on a copy since I read about the book months ago on Megan’s blog!

  33. Iris

    Would love to win! I’m just coming out of year one and definitely could have used this perspective over some of the other “helpful” books I read.

  34. Rowenna

    This book sounds great, I’d love to win!

  35. Maha

    Sounds like something many new moms should read.

  36. Kristen

    I need to grasp this reality DAILY… no longer in the baby phase, but I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old… and it’s wonderful and exhausting and challenging to navigate these waters. Thanks!

  37. Liz

    As we prepare for #2 coming in a few weeks, I know I’ve already learned so much from my 20-month old, but am definitely going to need to be reminded over and over again that what worked the first time won’t automatically be the same with this one. Definitely don’t know how I will balance it all without God’s help!! Book looks great 🙂

  38. Rachel

    I don’t have kids yet, but I identify with the fear of freedom! I need this book!

  39. Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)

    I am due in 3.5 weeks with my first baby. Would love to read this book!

  40. Laura Choy

    Sounds like a great book. I can totally relate to this struggle. After having three boys And struggling to find how to be the parent that God created me to be I now have a passion to help other moms understand what this God given role of parenting looks like. Would love to read this book and then be able to point other moms to this resource. God bless!!

  41. Steph

    I believe any parenting book or set of rules that makes parents believe that life with a newborn has any assurance of structure, stability and order sets us up for utter failure. I’m very excited to read this book. I too grew up as the good girl. Thankfully by the time I had a child I had broken free from some of the rules in other areas of my life that allowed me to fairly easily break free from the rules surrounding newborns. I did, however, find myself very lonely until I found like-minded people on the web. Thanks for sharing your stories.

  42. Zarah

    Sounds really interesting. I’ve survived my journey of parenthood to the 2 year mark so far, but I remember desperately reading everything in sight to try to figure what WHAT THE HECK I was supposed to be doing with this tiny creature.

  43. Vicki

    I would love to win this book to give to my daughter-in-law, whose baby is due in two weeks.

  44. Julie W

    I wish this book had been available when we had our first baby.

  45. LisaZ

    Megan and Laura, your book sounds so wonderful! My kids are teens now, but your words still apply perfectly. I would love to win a copy of your book!

  46. Colleen

    I would love to get my hands on a copy to pass on to a friend who just had her first… I might read it before I give it to her 🙂

  47. Jill

    Yes please!

  48. Hannah D.

    Your experience sounds a lot like mine. I am SO GLAD there’s a book like this and the word is getting out!!

  49. HopeF

    I would love to win this, it seems like an amazing resource!

  50. Abby

    This book sounds fabulous!

  51. Kristin

    sounds like a great read!

  52. Rachel

    This sounds perfect because, yes, I have been THAT mother…

  53. Audrey @ Mom Drop Box

    I can really relate to a lot of what’s written in this post. I was a little obsessed with The Rules with my first child & life got so much sweeter when I just let go of some of The Rules. I try to encourage new moms to do just that, and to not feel like they need all the new baby ‘stuff’ in the mega stores. It is freedom, and I would love to read Megan and Laura’s book.

  54. Heidi Felton

    Oh my. This sounds like just what I need to read and then share. So much Mommy guilt over my “failure” to do things right!

  55. Stacy

    A friend just recommended this book to me a few days ago after she heard about it! How fun to see it previewed here as I check in for some “Mama encouragement” this morning. Would LOVE to read it and share it with my friends! =)

  56. Emma Bradley

    Please let me have a copy! I am in need of this resource right now with my 4 month old! I feel like it will really help!

  57. Jenni

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book! I’ve been eagerly waiting for its release! 🙂

  58. Anneli Larsson

    I’d love to win a copy!

  59. Melodie

    I would LOVE to win this book! I will be a first-time momma soon. This is the kind of thing I have been looking for!

  60. Katherine

    Can’t wait to read this!!

  61. Marci

    I would love to win this book.

  62. Evie

    I read all the books with my firsts (twins) and would love to read this book with my next baby, due in July.

  63. Kristen

    I felt like this post was speaking directly to me!

    • Melissa

      My 3 children are now 7,9,10 and I still have those ‘ crying under the covers’ moments. How can this be when I followed all the rules? (sarcasm intended)

  64. Christine S

    I’m having my second baby this June. I would love a chance to read this and share with other new moms!

  65. Mollie A.

    I would love to win a copy!

  66. Heather M.

    Oh I would love to win this book, my third boy is due in 4 weeks!

  67. Kimberly

    Struggling with this right now . . .

  68. Sarah B.

    I just happen to come across this and it is just what I need. My husband and I were just talking last night how hard it is to have things go by “The Rules” with our little loves being 20 months apart. Adding more seems that it would make it impossible and yet I long for more children. I can’t wait to read this!
    I think I need two, one for me and one for my sister in-law

  69. Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy

    I’m so excited about this book! I resonate with Megan and Laura’s experience so much, and am so thankful they’ve written this book for moms like my younger self.

  70. Carrie

    I would love to win a copy. I’m looking for a good parenting book to read!

  71. Amy Senecal

    Sounds like a very interesting book. I’d love to read a copy.

  72. Stefanie

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I’m always searching for ways to ‘improve’ or just analyze my parenting…even though my kids are getting ‘older’, I still find myself struggling with things that I’ve struggled with since they were newborns…a glutton for punishment, that’s me! LOL

  73. Kristen Rowe

    Sounds like a great book! Hope that I win a copy!

  74. Rebekah

    I’d love to read it!

  75. corah

    Sounds great!

  76. carrie

    This sounds really interesting. And good timing–I have a newborn right now. My third child was born just 7 weeks ago!

  77. Nikki

    Beautiful story!!

  78. Amy Baranski

    well if i don’t win a copy i’m definitely going to buy one. it actually sounds like a breath of fresh air to read -Amy (new mama soon to be)

  79. Jodi

    I would love a chance to read this book!

  80. Rebecca

    That sounds like a great book!

  81. Amy B

    I would LOVE to have a copy of this book to share with new moms!

  82. Becky Marshall

    I would love to win! Thank you so much!

  83. Chara Watson

    I love this post. That is it, exactly.

  84. Larissa

    I have only heard good things about this book … definitely sounds like one to be on the shelf of every parent!!! I am looking forward to reading my own copy … it will definitely be bought in the likely event I don’t win a copy. Thankyou SimpleMom for hosting such a worthwhile giveaway, and thank you to the authors for writing such a needed book for first (or really, any)-time mums!!!

  85. Lorelei

    I love reading parenting books for new ideas; the best advice I ever read was in William and Martha Sears The Baby Book: “if it’s not working for you, change it!”

  86. Ashley H.

    Yep. This sounds wonderful. Mom of a 4 yo, 3 yo, and 5 month old. 😉

  87. BV

    Looking forward to checking out this book. You have to follow what feels right to you.

  88. Katie

    Sounds good! Would love to get a chance to read a copy!

  89. Celina Green

    Lovely – wish I would have had it with my first . . . but there’s always the next time 🙂

  90. Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm

    I love Megan’s blog, and I’m interested to read this book – I’d love to win a copy!

  91. Pam

    I would LOVE a copy of the book — I’ve been waiting for it! I would love to find some encouragement as I continue to navigate the way of freedom in my own baby’s first year (she’s currently 9 months). 🙂

  92. Michelle

    oh, pick me pick me!
    We are having our first next month!

  93. Kim Hochstetler

    I’ve heard good things about this book.

  94. Reagan

    I know just the first-time mama I would love to give this book to. She is a sweet woman in my life group and would love the message from this book.

  95. Casey

    This sounds like a wonderful book. God willing, my husband and I hope to start a family soon, and I’m sure the benefits of reading this book would be far greater than allowing myself to feel trapped by the rules in so many other parenting books out there! Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. Katie

    I’m having my first baby in September, and I’d love to have this book!

  97. leslie

    eeee I hope I win too! if not I’m sure I’ll be buying it though…

  98. Alisa

    I would love to win this! One of my good friend’s and I are going through a very similar thing and this sounds so encouraging! It seems to fit right in with what God has been speaking to me lately!

  99. Jessica

    This sounds like exactly what I needed when I had my first. I’m still scared to have a second because of the failure I felt! Maybe this would help me overcome it!

  100. Mrs. Luttrell

    Oh I would love a copy, I will probably buy this even if I don’t win! lol

  101. Lesley

    I would love a copy of the book… it sounds like how I feel about parenting, and I’d love to have a copy to pass on to a friend who now has a two week old and an intense need for rules… and so far they aren’t working out very well for her, either.

  102. Zipporah Bird

    Sounds a little scary, but I’d read it!

  103. Mel

    I have an eleven week old baby and spent last Wednesday sobbing because he’s not on a schedule. So I sent out a mass email to every parent I know asking for their advice on parenting books. I’ve started reading some of the recommendations, and I’m learning that maybe my baby really is on his perfect schedule, one that is tailored just to him. But I still feel pressure to follow all the books out there. This book sounds exactly like what I need!

  104. Danielle Harper

    I would really love a copy of this book. Me and my husband are seperated right now. He is building his relationship back with God. I am raising our daughter and he is visiting on the weekends. Im praying for God to restore things in our lives and bring our family back together one day. I think this book would really be the guidance I could use right now. Thanks.

  105. Josie

    Sounds like a fabulous read! Thanks for the give-away!

  106. Angela

    Oh yes please. This sounds amazing.

  107. Melanie Tanner

    Thanks for introducing us to Megan. Her ideas are so inspiring!

  108. Brooke R

    Pregnant with #2 now! My son will be 3 in August, I would LOVE this!

  109. Krystle

    I would love to read this book!!

  110. Gwen

    Wow, I’ve been reading Megan’s blog for quite awhile, yet after reading this post my interest in the book is piqued more than ever! I’d love to read it myself and pass it along to my pregnant sister!

  111. Rachel Lillard

    I’m due in 2.5 weeks! How awesome would it be to win a copy of this?! 🙂 Loved the article!

  112. Morgan

    Oh, the stress of all the different opinions of parenting books! This book sounds like permission to be free from all the hard and fast rules and being able to follow your mother’s heart.

  113. Emily-Kate

    I want to be the best mom that I can be to my 9 month old son! But I can’t be the best, or at least I keep failing in my attempts to be a loving and submissive wife, a caring mom, a good manager of the home and a faithful friend. I would love some encouragement at this time, and wisdom from women and mom’s who have gone before me would be wonderful.

    love from a mom who wants to do her best.

  114. Darla

    Would love to give this book to my daughter who is expecting her first!
    i might read it first though 🙂

  115. Chelsea

    I’d love to read this book! I have a five month old and I think this book would be sooo helpful.

  116. Terese

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom! Sounds like a great book to read!

  117. Jennifer Ott

    We tried “rules”, but they didn’t seem to work for our 4 different children, or for our life. This book sounds wonderful!

  118. amy w

    oh boy, would i be so grateful for a copy of this wonderful book. thank you.

  119. Jenny

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the message and the post!

  120. Hayden Dunn

    We are expecting our fourth in August and have had a similar experience with “The Rules” and don’t want to go back again. Looking forward to reading this book and passing it on to other new Mamas.

  121. manizor

    wow. i totally identify with this post in every way. thanks for sharing. i’m eager to read the book! thanks for the chance to win! i’m about to have my 3rd baby in a few short weeks and still haven’t figured it all out yet. 🙂

  122. Melody

    I’m not yet a mother, but have been happily married for a year and half, and children are near in the future. I have so many fears, especially since everyone around me seems to be having babies and each has their own opinion (very strong ones, I might add) about how to raise a baby, children, a family… and it all seems so intimidating to me! All I want right now is to take a deep breath to step back with, know that God’s timing and way is perfect, and find a little advice that won’t make me want to crawl under a rock every time I hear the word “parenting.”

    Thanks for the encouragement to so many wonderful mommies out there!

  123. Meg

    Looks like a great read!

  124. Johanna

    I can completely relate to this!! I hope I win. 🙂

  125. Stephanie

    I would love to give this to my sister who is expecting her first!

  126. Nichole

    Wow – being a first time mom with my little girl turning 4 months this week, this seems like a fantastic book for me to be reading. Thanks for posting about it!

  127. Lisa

    would love to win a copy!! thanks so much for the giveaway.

  128. Kristi

    I wish this book would have been around 20 months ago when my first son was born. Now that I’m expecting baby 2 in a matter of months, I am so excited to read this book as I step into this next phase of parenting!

  129. Kimberly Robertson

    Spirit Led parenting requires such a reliance on Him and a trust that our hearts can discern His voice. It’s not easy at first. The rules often drown out the ability to hear His heart beating for us and our children.
    I recently told a friend I cannot imagine parenting my sons without God and the Holy Spirit to empower me. My 8 year old had just shared the considerable depth of his brokenness from the startling death of his beloved NaNa. I was asked to explain why God didn’t answer his prayers and make her all better. My heart broke, as did Father God’s. I was given the right words. We are making progress.
    This book is very important. And what is even more important is that we let ourselves (and each other) off the hook of shoulds/woulds/musts!

  130. Brenda @Triple Braided

    Oh, I need this book!! I am pregnant with my first baby – at 35 years old – and I am already overwhelmed by “The Rules”. I even wrote about it on my blog! I guess one thing that age has brought is an realization that everything won’t be perfect, but I find myself researching and striving and trying to find all the “right ways”. I can’t wait to read your book!!

  131. Liisa R

    Hoping to start a family soon… this would be terrific! 🙂

  132. Amanda

    this sounds like my kind of book 🙂

  133. Jessica

    Would LOVE to read this book!

  134. Amelia

    Oh would LOVE to read this! Thanks so much for the chance!

  135. Brenda @Triple Braided

    I just commented, but don’t think it went through. 🙂

    Oh, I need this book! I am pregnant with my first baby at 35 years old, and I am already feeling the pressure of “the rules”. I just wrote about this on my blog! The benefit of age is that I know everything will not be perfect, but I find myself researching and reading and searching for all the “right ways” to do everything. I cant’ wait to read your book!!

  136. Jennifer

    I had the same epiphany after I had my three sons. Parenting does include structure for practical things – eat, sleep, etc. But, raising children is a process of letting them unfold, while nurturing their innate interests and gifts. Yes, gentle nudging is required at times. However, to let a child blossom is one of most beautiful experiences a parent can have. Our sons are musicians, writers, swimmers, woodworkers. Their toys always included plenty of dirt, string and tape.

  137. Miriam Rashleigh

    I’ve enjoyed the idea of trying to live by the Spirit, and yet come up with some sort of order within the freedom of that, which is very enlightening, and doesn’t fit or make sense to others who don’t “do” that. However, there is a very tricky path when following the Spirit, which is finding what is the way for me and for my family, and then slowly relinquishing control over time as they grow, and also allowing the rule-makers and rule-followers the freedom to choose their path.

  138. Caroline Evans

    Sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway

  139. romasummertime

    Sounds fabulous – hope to win a copy as I raise my 4 year old and 4 month old!

  140. Rebecca

    Generally what helps me to lead a good parenting life is praying to the blessed mother, Mary, to help me be the kind of mother she was. I also pray ps.am 143:8
    “show me the way I should go, oh lord. For to you I lift up my soul”

  141. Shilo

    What an important message. I had a very similar experience with the Rules and Freedom and I am so thankful for God’s grace to me. I’d love to read the book.

  142. Rachel Chapman

    I would love to read (and then lend out) this book!

  143. Melissa

    I love the sound of this book! I can relate with this concept. I have 2 girls that I tried to follow the rules with as they were very young and have loosened up quite a bit since then! We now hav a baby boy and I am finding my parenting skills have changed quite a bit and the fact that I lead a spiritual based life now is a huge contributor.

    I would love to win a copy so here’s to hoping!
    Be Blessed!

  144. Hannah

    I am a new mom and I am always open for encouragement that does not leave me feeling like a failure. I want a copy!!

  145. Becki

    This book sounds like just the thing I need to read as I’m expecting my first little one in 7 weeks!

  146. Kari Scare

    Just want to say that the idea of parenting based on the unique child is right on. We didn’t realize this until we adopted our youngest two years ago when he was 9 and our biological son was 11. Two VERY different children that require to VERY different approaches. Haven’t got it all figured out, but you are absolutely on the right track with this. Great job!

  147. casey

    oh yes please, something I am struggling with right now.

  148. Jana

    I would love to read this book!

  149. Michelle Killpack

    Sounds like an amazing book!!

  150. Mama Eva

    Oh, Woman! I would love to get a copy! And lots of my friends are preggo, too 😉 Best wishes to us all!

  151. Keli Elkins

    I absolutely NEED THIS BOOK! As I frantically search for a way to leave a comment, I know that I’m a rule maker and have tried desparately to live by the rules but they’ e only made me feel like maybe I’m not cut out for this. My husband will be frustrated with me if I spend one more dime or hour on parenting books. So please pick me to get a copy of this book!
    Signed, Mommy of a 4,3& 2 year old 🙂

  152. Marita H.

    Looks like a wonderful book for a new mom (or dad)!

  153. Laura I

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have a 6 month old and a two year old. I am in the trenches and would love to have this book as a reference as I try to navigate those questions in a Christ-centered, true to myself way.

  154. Zuzi

    I would SO love to win this book! And thank you SO MUCH for this post! I mean, you’re SO right that we need redemption and freedom in every aspect of our lives, and that includes dealing with babies and raising them and stuff 🙂 Thank you for this new point of view! I’ve tried The Rules with my first baby, and was VERY frustrated that it didn’t go the way i wanted, and that I wasn’t good enough and whatever. I’d love to read this book and be inspired by it with baby #2!

  155. Jenny

    Thanks!

  156. Carolyn

    I would love a copy. Thanks!

  157. Lynette

    I would love to read this book, and to share it with my sisters and friends.

  158. Emily Huff

    YES! I totally agree with this and would love to read this book. When my kids were little, I had to fight against the voice of the “expert” in my head and just go with what seemed to be best for my child.

  159. Yasmin

    Parenting as a Christian has been a bit of a struggle for me over the past few years. I was saved almost 4 years ago and have gotten to the point in my relationship with God that I know I just can’t do anything without His Holy Spirit. Praying I win a copy! God bless you all!

  160. Emily Huff

    When my kids were little, I had to fight against the voice of the “expert” in my head and just go with what seemed to be best for my child. I’d love to read this book!

  161. Miranda

    I’d like to win — seems like a great book for me 🙂

  162. Selina

    This sounds like a wonderful book! My husband and I are expecting our first in June and feel so bombarded with “the rules” that everyone wants to tell us to live by. Sounds like this could provide some much needed encouragement to rely solely on God!

  163. Tiki

    this book sounds great. a friend has been reading it and telling how how much it has helped her.

  164. Yvonne

    Sounds like something I really enjoy reading!

  165. Tiffany

    I’d love to read this!

  166. Mary

    This is such a beautiful concept. I’d love to read more about it!

  167. Dawn

    I’m saying “yes, yes” just reading the blog post! So , yes, please!

  168. Maia

    Sounds like a great book! Hope to win one! 😀

  169. tiffany

    I am very intrigued by this book. It sounds very interesting to me, especially as I am close to having another baby.

  170. Laura

    Oh how I know that struggle with The Rules! Wish I’d had this book with my first child! Now I am due in Sept with #2 and would love to win this! Thanks!

  171. Amanda

    Planning to be a first time mommy. This could be really helpful as I am terrified of picking up said “rule books” and stressing myself out. I want to be informed, but free to carve my own path. It sounds like this book will help me in that effort. Thanks for writing a book like this!

  172. Lori P

    Thanks for the post- I’d like to give this as a gift!

  173. Rachael

    I would love a copy of this book.

  174. Diane Yost

    This book sounds amazing! Wish it had been around when my kiddos were little. If I’m privileged to win a copy I will certainly read it and then share it with my doula clients!!!

  175. melnola

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have a 3 week old and a toddler. I think to myself all of the time, “I hope I’m doing this right” – the pareting thing that is…

  176. Diane Yost

    This would come in handy for my doula clients! Sounds fantastic!

  177. Kristin

    When I was a new mother I also wanted to follow all the rules and be the “perfect mother”. Now I am more concerned with loving my children and praying about them and doing what is in God’s will. As my husband and I look forward to having more children in teh near future, I would love to read this book and glean more wisdom on how to let God be in charge of my childrens’ lives and futures.

  178. Deborah

    This is an epiphany! Sometimes patenting can feel very lonely. Besides the comfort and company of children, it is hard to find another adult in the world that fully understands! I hope to win a copy of this book!

  179. Jes Beachy

    As a mother of four girls this post blessed and encouraged me! So thankful that I can look to my Lord for directions 🙂

  180. Amy

    The book sounds so wonderful!

  181. Kristi Cornell

    This book sounds awesome. I think I would love it. Thanks

  182. Han

    Can’t wait to read this book!!

  183. Layne

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I would love a copy!

  184. Holly Elder

    A great book for my daughter who just gave birth……

  185. Jessica Carlson

    Beautiful intro…I definitely have my collection of “parenting” books that have been my guide in this journey. It’s certainly a leap to step outside of those and follow your own intuition.

  186. Becca

    I love it. But while identifying and learning to love our differences, the most important thing is to remember that deep down, we are all the same – we all have a desire to give and receive love and to have happy, healthy children.

    I’m guessing I can’t win as I’m outside of the US, but sounds like a great book!

  187. Laura

    I’d love to win a copy. Thank you!

  188. Kimberle

    As I lay here on my couch with terrible Morning sickness I was brought to tears while reading your blog. Oh how I long to be set free from all the should dos and must haves. I literally was feeling this time like I don’t even want a baby shower bc it seems to be one big advice giving festival. So much to bear as a new mom. If we could only look inside to follow The
    Mommy instincts the Lord has given us. Thank you for writing such an inspiring work.

  189. Haley

    I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds wonderful!

  190. erin

    I have heard so many good things about this book. I would love to win one!

  191. Danielle

    I have a friend in mind to gift this book to already!

  192. Jennifer

    I would love to win a copy!

  193. Dayna

    I would love to read this book! Due in september with my second and all my friends are having babies now so we could pass this one around.

  194. Amy Mathison

    The parenting book I wish I would’ve had when beginning my parenting journey! Thanks for sharing!!!

  195. Jennifer D.

    You’ve hooked me. It sounds interesting!

  196. Shellie Bowman

    Sounds like a GREAT book! Would love to get a copy!

  197. Lindsey

    How true – what a great reminder that every family (and every CHILD) is different! Would love to read this book.

  198. Sara

    I’ve heard so much about this book and can’t wait to read it!

  199. Nadia

    This sounds like an amazing book to read and gift to friends!

  200. Christy

    Love to give it a read!

  201. Erin

    I’d love to read this book. Sounds very interesting! I’m always looking for new perspectives on parenting. Thanks!

  202. Katie

    I have never heard of this book before this post, but I’d love to give it a read!

  203. Jayne

    I love it already! Thank you for writing this.

  204. April

    I would love to read this book! It is in my amazon cart, just in case 🙂

  205. Jayne

    This sounds amazing. Are you working on one for the toddler stage next?? 😉

  206. Melissa

    Thank you for the chance to win. I would LOVE to read this book!!!

  207. Katherine

    I am a new mom and definitely felt anguish and struggle over the “rules” and what worked best for our family. I would love to win a copy of this book and learn more about the freedom of Spirit-led parenting.

  208. Jenny

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this.

  209. Charlotterrj

    I have 4 daughters who will hopefully be mommies one day….sounds like a
    wonderful book to have in my library. Thank-you!

  210. Emily B

    This would go straight to my sister, expecting her first.

  211. Meredith

    I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

  212. Meghan

    This sounds like such a great read!

  213. Maria

    sounds like a great book! hope I win one 🙂

  214. Meagan Green

    Ahh…Looking for some refreshment from all-too-often feeling like a failure as a new mom and “homemaker.”

  215. Mary

    Thank you for writing this book. I would love to read it. Thank you for sharing this opportunity with your readers! God bless! Mary

  216. Christina Y.

    This book looks like something I’d be interested in! Sometimes bending the rules is the best solution for your parenting certain situations!

  217. Tricia M.

    Would love to read this!

  218. mary

    What mother couldn’t use this encouragement.

  219. Rachel

    I’d love to read this book. Already feel as though things we do as a family go against “the rules”, and that can be freeing and lonely…would love to read your thoughts! 🙂

  220. Cathy

    WOW!!! I WISH I had found a book like this 22 years ago, when I was pregnant with my daughter. It is so true, there are so many ‘rules’, and trying to follow them brings us to a point of anxiety and near hysteria.
    NOT what we want for our precious children. Nice going!

  221. Amanda

    I became a mommy for the first time in December and would love to read this book!

  222. Cari

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  223. Sarah Wright

    Sounds like a real blessing to mammas!

  224. Karen

    I enjoy Megan’s blog and would love to have a copy of her book to read! Thank you!

  225. Kristin

    Love this post! I had such a rough time with my first baby-could totally relate to everything you said. Would love to read your book!

  226. Sarah

    I am thrilled that this book is FINALLY in print! Megan’s experience as a new mama has so resonated with me and touched my heart in my similar experience. THANK YOU for this post!

  227. Shannon Moorman

    Sounds wonderful! I’d love a copy to read and then pass on to other moms!

  228. Brigitte

    I would love to win the book.

  229. Faith

    My goal – to be spirit led instead of self led.

  230. Jen V

    I SO relate to this post…I spent the first 7 years of parenting hating myself because I couldn’t stick to the “rules” that I also read in a recommended set of parenting books. The Lord set me free a few years ago, and it’s changed everything!! Can’t wait to read this book.

  231. Caroline

    What an amazing post. I can totally identify with struggling with The Rules. What freedom God gives us in love.

    Thank you for this kind giveaway.

  232. carol white

    Our eldest daughter and dear son-in-law are expecting their first child. I will gift them with this book, should I be fortunate enough to win.

  233. Nicole Dufendach

    I’ve heard lots about this! I would love to win one!

  234. Stephani C.

    This book sounds amazing!! I was one of those first time mothers who felt like they needed to follow the rules and sometimes I still do!! Thanks for the chance to win one of your books!!

  235. Sarah Stepec

    I’m on my fourth child but can still use the encouragement, I’m sure!

  236. Jodi

    I’m interested!

  237. Debbie

    I love this very empowering truth!! And would LOVE to read this book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  238. Leah

    This would be awesome. My second is due in 2 1/2 weeks and I would love this! Thanks.

  239. GayleK

    I know a couple of new moms who could use this right now!

  240. Darcy Wiley @ Message in a Mason Jar

    I read that Rule Book. I tried it on the baby. We wept. Thank you for writing a refreshing alternative for “failures” like us. 🙂

  241. Pamela

    I would just love to own this book… I’ve had my eye on it since it was released! I too have struggled with finding freedom in parenting versus doing what others tell me is the right way to do things…

  242. Tauna W.

    Would love to win one of these!!! Fabulous!

  243. Tracey

    I’m in charge of baby showers at my church. This will be the perfect gift for all of our new mommies!

  244. Ashley C.

    I would LOVE to win! This book sounds amazing!

  245. Joy

    I’m so glad you wrote this book! We felt so all alone when we threw The Rules out even though everyone around was following some underqualified and misled authors. When we cried out to God with many nights of drenched pillows, he answered and showed us another way. How refreshing that you’ve come along now and written a book that will encourage all of those who want to do a good job, but want to do it on a path other than that offered in The Rule books. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  246. Anne

    I think I need to read this! I have three children (6 and under). My mother said she wishes she could have read this when she was a mother of little ones!

  247. Amanda C.

    This book sounds amazing!!

  248. roxanne

    great post- would love to win a copy!!

  249. Marcy

    I would love to have a copy of this book — for my own benefit, and to loan out! Around here, it seems it’s all about the rules, especially in church — it’s good to have another Christian perspective.

  250. Bergen

    Oh wow – this sounds like a great book with a message every parent needs to hear!

  251. Andrea

    I’m not a mother yet, but many of our friends are pregnant and new parents and I’ve been seeing parenthood through their eyes. I would love to win a copy to read and share with my newly-mothered friends!

  252. Anna Colleen

    Beautiful! How true this is! Listening to ourselves and our families and doing what is best for them is better than what any book can tell us. I quit looking at the books when our son was about 9 months old. So freeing!

  253. Darcey

    Even after having 3 kids, this would be a great read. Would love to win it. My 4th does’t follow any of the others.

  254. Hana

    Feel it in my heart…all so true! Hungry for more truths!! Hope I win!

  255. RHome410 @ Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup

    Sounds wonderful. I’m keeping it in mind as a gift for new/expectant moms. I think I need the parenting teenagers/young adults version!

  256. Stefanie

    I would love a chance to read this book! And then I’ll pass it along to all of my
    mommy friends:)

  257. Amanda

    What a wonderful gift this would be for my brother and sister-in-law as they welcome their first little one!

  258. Amber

    Sounds like a great read!

  259. Sharon

    Just this past week I have found myself frustrated at the parenting advice given to me. One is from a mom much more seasoned than I, but she is an acquaintance (who I see on a regular basis) and I do not agree with what she’s telling me I should do differently. Which is okay, but what really bothered me is that she asked why we weren’t doing something that many parents do. Quite frankly, it’s none of her business!!! The other came from an older woman, but she is not a Mom. Her advice originated from her Mom. But, I still don’t agree with it. It’s hard not to doubt yourself or get defensive when others suggest you should be parenting a different way.

  260. Amber

    Such a beautiful message. I cant wait to read the book! Thank you for taking the time to give mother’s such an encouraging message of hope and faith.

  261. Belinda

    wonderfully written! So true 🙂

  262. Whitney

    Sounds awesome!

  263. Adina

    This sounds like the journey I’m on.

  264. Paula Romer

    Thanks for offering this giveaway. I would have loved this book with my first… It would have been so freeing to relax in the grace of the spirit versus feeling compelled to “follow all the rules.”. I do plan to do many things differently with our second child. I would love a copy of this book!
    Paula Romer

  265. Lindsay Stevenson

    This sounds like such a refreshing approach. I would love to read it.

  266. Diane

    This book sounds like the perfect gift for a new mom! I was just telling a friend who is pregnant with her first the other day, listen to all those who have gone before you, learn what you can from them, and then do what is in your heart. I can’t wait to read this book!

  267. Jennifer

    This book sounds like a lovely, calming read. I can really relate to the feelings of the two authors.

  268. Kim B

    A wonderful idea. When God speaks, we need to listen!

  269. Messa Burns

    Yes, PLease!!! :o) <3 I would love to add this to my "collection" !!

  270. Rae

    We are about to welcome our 2nd baby and I would love to give this a read as I re-enter the world of diaper changes, night feedings and nap schedules!

  271. Stephanie B

    I have two kids and a baby on the way… I could sure use all the inspiration I can get at this point 🙂 Hope I win! Thanks for the great give-away!

  272. Jen D

    I’d love to be able to give this as a gift to new momma’s!

  273. Melinda T

    Oh my! I hope I win, I sure could use this book!

  274. Becky

    Sounds like a great book! I would love, love, love to win a copy!

  275. Karina

    I would love to read this book!

  276. Katy

    This sounds like a great book! How encouraging to have a book that promotes moms following their guts & hearts!

  277. Kimberly A

    I love this post because it describes EXACTLY what I went through with my first! I would LOVE a copy!

  278. Laura Royer

    I can’t wait to get this book!

  279. Sarah

    Would love to win this book!

  280. Jesica

    I have been wanting this book since I heard of its release! What a hopeful message to weary parents.

  281. dawn shelton

    I just got a copy of this in the mail today … sight unseen … for a shower gift this weekend. Would love another copy … for me or another shower!

    Looking forward to looking it over!

  282. Beth B.

    I’ve heard such great things about this book! I’d love to win a copy!

  283. Jenna Sanchez

    thanks for the article! having our first in August, and would definitely appreciate this book!

  284. amanda plouzek

    I would love to win this!!

  285. Crystal

    I can think of 10 people I’d love to give a copy to! But, I’d have to keep one for myself, you know. (Or at least read it before lending it out to 10 others.)

  286. Phronsie

    I’d love to win this!

  287. kelly

    It sounds wonderful! I hope I win a copy

  288. Jamie

    I am 30 years old and a first-time, expectant mother. I am extremely excited but also anxious at the thought of becoming a mother. On one hand, I have wanted to be a mother for pretty much my entire life, but I am also already letting myself succumb to fears and doubts (and I’m only 6 weeks along!). I think reading this book would be an incredible blessing to me, to help me stay focused on the Holy Spirits’s guidance, and not to let my uncertainty keep me from being the mother God has created me to be.

  289. Gretchen

    Hoping this book is the breath of fresh air I envision it being! 😉

  290. Susan

    I have a 3 year old, 1 year old, and an 8 month old and I still want this book. As I read this post I just kept thinking, “Yes!”

  291. Deja Harrison

    I could really use a book like this.

  292. Karen K

    This book sounds wonderful! I hope I win a copy.

  293. Sandy

    I would love to read a fresh perspective.

  294. Chelsey

    I would love to win! This book looks so great.

  295. Tara

    Sounds like a fantastic book! 🙂

  296. Susannah

    This is a book I think I needed four years ago and one that a dear friend will need to read soon. Have heard fantastic things about it!

  297. Elisabeth

    Beautifully written intro–I’d love to read it as I can SO identify with the story you’ve shared so far! I worked at a “Babywise church”–gave out copies to new parents from the office–and then had our own first baby, and suddenly realized I couldn’t make us fit that box! Thank you for sharing!

  298. Susan

    Great. Thanks for the helpful post and I look forward to reading the book.

  299. jaime

    I’d love to win this book!

  300. Breanne

    This sounds like a refreshing read! Thanks for the recommendation! I think I’ll buying a copy for myself and several to give away…=)

  301. Jenny G

    this makes me laugh and cry…I thought I was the only one who could not live by “The Rules”

  302. J.J.

    This is SO exciting! I’m so glad you had the courage to write this book! If I don’t win this, I’m going to buy it for sure…and give it at every baby shower!

  303. Kim

    You’d think being on baby #4 I’d have my own rules by now. Instead I still feel guilty about getting up a gazillion times per night to nurse the baby instead of making him learn to sleep through the night. Can’t wait to read this book!

  304. brooke

    Oh my, I would LOVE a copy.

  305. Lauren Nicole

    I’ll be reading this whether or not I win a copy!

  306. Kristi T

    Wow, this sounds like a great book. I will be keeping it in mind for when I’m a mom someday!!

  307. Carrie Barnes

    This book sounds like it was written for me. Fingers crossed!

  308. Bryn

    This book sounds amazing! I had the book “What to Expect the First Year” after I had our son, and if he didn’t meet every monthly requirement, I freaked out and thought something was wrong with him. The good thing about parenting is that I’m constantly learning. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  309. jenny r

    pick me 🙂

  310. Angie hall

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  311. Trish

    I’d love to win a copy of this book. We just had our first child six months ago and we have been really struggling to find a way of parenting that fits who we are and I have a hard time not comparing myself to my mom who did an excellent job in areas that are more difficult for me… this book would be great.

  312. Kristi

    I would love this book. When I had my son, who is now 5-1/2 (how did that happen???) I thought I had to play by the “rules” and do what made everybody else happy and made me completely miserable…and usually baby not too happy either. I would love to win this to read it and then pass on to a first-time mommy friend. LOVED this post!

  313. Kirsten V

    I found myself nodding along all the way through this post! I would love to win a copy of this incredible book!

  314. Bethany

    Sounds like a wonderful book

  315. Dreah

    I hope I win this book, it sounds great as we are expecting ur 1st in 6 weeks I am sure all of the rules and notions we have been setting will make way for reality!

  316. Amara

    I’m in the middle my “baby’s first year”! This book sounds like something that would be a breath of fresh air.

  317. Susan Kelly

    Would LOVE to read, I’m struggling to figure out if I’m a good mother or not almost EVERYDAY! This is so hard and what works for one doesn’t always work for another.

  318. Laurie

    This was so refreshing to read, as I can relate to everything in this post!

  319. Jill babcock

    I somehow got to this pg from one of my FB links. I’m a new mother to two year old twin boys, yup I’m still using the word “new,”is that a problem? I wanted to follow the rules so bad, tried to hard for a year, in the past month I’ve taken on the perspective of “you gotta pick your battles.” still not sure what type of mom or family we are or how I want it to be, slightly confused most days, maybe this book can help me on that?

  320. Megan

    This book sounds amazing!

  321. Erin S.

    This sounds like a very encouraging book!

  322. Karen

    Would love to read this! God is working on me to be more concerned with following Him and not the rules.

  323. pepper

    Yes! Would love a copy of the book.

  324. Sarah

    This sounds wonderful!

  325. Debbie

    I would have loved to have this book 10 years ago with my first baby, but I would be thrilled to have it now, with number three on the way!

  326. Wendy

    This book sounds wonderful! There are so many rules and opinions on rules out there… it drives a mother crazy. Finding the freedom to trust that God is leading me as a parent and trust in His provision over my children is what I’ve been praying about.

  327. MarMat

    I’m always struggling with my own low self steem. It get’s worst when being a parent. I really want to be free.

  328. anne

    this book sounds amazing!

    This line, especially, hit home.
    “No, freedom sounded good on paper, but it was for other families and not for us.”

  329. Katie

    This book sounds incredibly refreshing. I am expecting our third baby and looking for that spirit-led approach. Awesome!

  330. Erin Marie

    been waiting for this book! hope i win!

  331. Grace

    I wouldn’t mind reading this book. Sometimes, I admit, I have a hard time with posts like this b/c it seems like those of us who really loved doing a non-kid-centered home, and with whom it worked for, can get a little beat up as well. I think this post was very well written and not mean at all —-thank you—- but I do sense the tension. i.e. I followed the rules. My kids were happier, we were happier. I felt safe with the rules, the kids felt safe, etc. So, it’s a tough debate and I know how deep it goes, trust me, I’ve seen the drama all over the internet re: demand feeding vs. scheduled feeding, etc. etc. etc. Oh my gosh, it’s enough to make me want to run and hide from all Mothers. Anyway, I’d read the book and be willing to be open to a new and different perspective.

  332. Tamra Lewis

    As a third time momma, with an 8 year gap between my second and third, I feel like a very different momma this time around. I see how quickly they go from newborn to 10 and the rules just don’t seem that important to me anymore, when once they were the only measuring stick I had to tell me if things were okay or not with my parenting. What a great book to be written for new mommas! We all just want to do a good job and we sometimes just need someone to give us permission to act on what our heart is telling us to do.

  333. Julie

    Sounds like a good book.

  334. Lindsey Smitherman

    i just had my first baby 4 weeks ago! This book sounds absolutely wonderful and exactly what I need!

  335. cara

    What a great message….I’d love to read the book!

  336. Leah

    It is so easy to get bogged down by “the Rules” I would love to read this book and hear the various takes on it.

  337. Joy

    Pick me! I feel like I am living this right now.

  338. Katherine

    As a writer in the midst of my first book, I LOVE that this site encourage others and supports them as they write and bring new encouragement and resources to our “community” online. Look forward to reading “Spirit-Led Parenting”. Blessings!

  339. Sara

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to read it.

  340. Kari

    My son is 5 months old and I struggle with this everyday! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, I can’t wait to read it!!

  341. Shannon

    I’m 8 months into my daughter’s first year. Would love a copy to share with some new first time mom friends.

  342. Helena S

    I’ve the feeling I would love this!

  343. Michele

    I would love to win this and share this with our MOPS group!

  344. Nicole Rae

    I am 22 weeks pregnant with my first child and would love to get my hands on a copy of this book! Thank you for the chance to win!

  345. Kelly

    I’m expecting #2 any day now and dying to read this!

  346. Yolanda

    Yes please!!!

  347. Jamie

    I’m six months in with my first child, but I’m still definitely curious.

  348. Kristen McClain

    Yes! Yes! As a first time mama to my 8 month old daughter, I sure hope I win a copy!!!! Sounds amazing!

  349. Alex G

    Amen to this!

  350. Cassie

    Would love to give this one a read!

  351. Lia Keller

    That book sounds like a breath of fresh air in the world of books about Tiger Moms, Toilet Training in 24 hours and Raising Obedient Children!

  352. Chelsea

    I would love to won a copy of this book. I often feel worn down when trying to do everything right. I felt encouraged by just reading this short review!

  353. Jenni

    I would love to have this book. More and more the Lord is showing me how to find freedom in parenting – before we become parents. It’s such a blessing to know this now!

  354. Lacie Hejnal

    Baby #2 is on the way and with Baby #1 19 months old, I have been battling people since he was born who are convinced that “The Rules” are the way to go. I had to explain too often that following some of those rules made every fiber in my being scream, “stop that!” This book sounds amazing and I am so excited to read it!!!

  355. Stephanie

    Sounds like a great book!

  356. naomi

    Would love a chance to read this!

  357. Melissa B

    I’ve been following her blog and would love to read the book!

  358. Annie

    Would love to read this book! My 3rd baby was just born 6 days ago, and would love to find encouragement for these next steps in our parenting journey!

  359. Megan

    Would love to read this!

  360. Lydia

    I’m the first time mom of a 2 month old little girl, and I would love, love to read this book!

  361. Joanna Livieratos

    Ah, how I wish I had this book ninetten months ago… the journey of new motherhood has been an amazing one, and is particularly so now that I follow my heart AND know that it is working. I would love a copy of this for a friend who is days away from new mamahood… I think it would make a wonderful gift! Thanks for the wonderful blog! 😉

  362. Emilee

    I would LOVE to read this book! I have a 4 month old and another one on the way!!!! Lol 🙂

  363. Missy

    Please include me in your giveaway.

  364. desilou

    i’d love to get a copy of this book! thank you for sharing the book as a giveaway 🙂

  365. Megan

    Thanks for sharing!! This sounds like my own story!

  366. Kim a.

    I am sooo interested in this book! Thanks for the chance

  367. Harmony

    I would love to win this book for my sis who is expecting her first baby this May!

  368. Heather

    Thanks for a lovely post!

  369. Beth Gillespie

    Wow – this book looks amazing.
    I have had 3 children (4,2, and almost 1) we started out thinking we would have a big family, but in all honestly the crushing failure that I feel from not being the mom, wife or person I imagined, not finding it easy, not being able to cope with The Rules, has made me lose hope that I can handle it. We are coming out of the storm in some respects, but I find it so hard to think about diving back in.
    I’ve plugged in recently to communities on (in)courage, the simple networks and A Holy Experience and I’m beginning to see that I’m not alone, and there really are ways of living that aren’t based on what the latest “expert” thinks, that fear of failure and rejection might become abnormal in my heart.
    Thanks for all you do ladies! Keep encouraging us “normal” moms!

  370. Anna Lloyd

    I found the sorta crunchy blog a while ago and was so impressed! I too was non-plussed by the “Rules” you speak of, I still have one book in my bedside table that my sister in law leant to me (telling me that it had the answers to all my queries). I intend to finish it, but I find that I cannot read it because it does not speak MY language…

  371. Susan H.

    This sounds like a great book. I hope to win it and give it as a baby shower gift. Thanks!

  372. Lisa-Marie Nagovskiy

    Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM! Way to go ladies! Blessings to you and your families.

  373. jean

    My husband and I have recently decided to start our family and I have been pouring over books to keep my mind busy while we waited for nature. And to be honest they were starting to scare me, this one sounds like a breath of fresh air!

  374. Dawn

    As a seasoned mom I am always looking for a book with the heart and wisdom I have for young new moms,but they are HARD to find! this looks perfect!

  375. Joelle Norris

    I would love to win a copy of this book to give to my sister, who is expecting her first baby! 🙂

  376. Caleigh

    I am so glad a book like this has been written, I think there’s a real need for it, and I would be so thrilled to win a copy!

  377. Minda

    I was just thinking about this topic the other day. Cannot wait to read more.

  378. Sophia Chen

    Would love to read this…especially with baby #2 on the way!

  379. Dolly

    Ready for freedom…thank you!

  380. Carol

    I’d LOVE a copy of this book. I think when I read it I’ll cry and wish it had been there for me 14 years ago. And then I’ll pass it on to my sister. Cause she’ll need it soon.

  381. Stephanie

    Hope I win, I totally Need this book…. Thanks for the chance

  382. Lisa

    Looks very interesting. If I don’t win, I will be keeping my eye out for this book, for sure.

  383. Alison Marquez

    Sounds wonderful! My four-year-old’s dad and I separated a couple of years ago… I started a new relationship with a man my family did not like and accidently got pregnant with my second son. And that’s only the start of how my life is unconventional! This book sounds like a breath of fresh air.

  384. Joy

    Thank you for doing this giveaway. This book sounds wonderful!

  385. susan

    This book sounds great! Rules are not everyone. 🙂

  386. Katherine

    I would love to win a copy of this book, so that I (a mom of two, and very type A and routine/control freak) can read it, and then pass it on to my sister, who is expecting her first in June.

  387. Taylor Killian

    Words like free, grace, and freedom are the hardest to embrace. I would love to and need to read this!!!!!

  388. Chris

    What a great encouragement!

  389. Karrie Smith

    This sounds like a great read! I work at a Christian school and would the opportunity to read and maybe recommend to parents.

  390. Patty

    So awesome! I love that you had each other in this journey. I was leary of the “rules” but made not following them into my own set of rules and would do anything which was “not rule” just to be sure I wasn’t falling into the rules. That defies the heart of good parenting (or plain old good living) where I seek God and He gives me freedom to be myself and discover what answers are best for me and others in my care. I’m learning inch by inch how to allow myself out from under law and into relational dependence. It can sound so touchy feely, but it really is the Romans and Galatians message (the Gospel itself). It is for freedom that God set you free. Do not again be under a yoke of slavery. He died for me to have freedom — both eternally and temporally. Not license. Freedom. Freedom lives by principles and in conjunction with His Spirit. License goes its own way with disregard for others. I am so grateful to hear a chorus of voices (yours included) going up saying, “We hear you, Lord.” We need to live by You and not rules.

  391. Suzanne

    I’m eager to find a more current new-mom book than the one I’m currently giving. This sounds exactly right for that!

  392. Candace

    This sounds so great–some thoughts to contemplate even if I don’t win the book. Thank you.

  393. amy

    So excited for this book, what a great giveaway!

  394. Christie Smith

    Me want!

  395. Danielle

    Sounds wonderful – would love to have a copy!

  396. Carrie

    Wow–this looks amazing and incredibly helpful! I would love it!

  397. Melanie

    I felt pressure from The Rules as well. Raising my second child through his first year was much easier because I knew better than to try to follow them! (especially with my little fella!)

  398. joanne

    Had my first baby in Oct. Sounds like a book that would have helped as I worked to navigate to realizing that there’s no such thing as a “textbook” baby. Hope I get to read more! 🙂

  399. Dorothy

    I always enjoy reading parenting books. There is always so much to learn.

  400. Pamela

    I tried posting before, but I don’t think it worked (I couldn’t find my comment). So my apologies if it is there somewhere! I would absolutely love to win this book. I have been following it’s progress to being published and I think it is a well needed and longed for resource for many mom’s (including me)!

  401. Alice

    Wow! This book sounds like just what I need! Hope I win =)

  402. Jennifer

    I needed this book when I had my son. I used babywise. And it worked well for us, but I would like something gentler for our new one who will be joining our family in November.

  403. tiffany

    I need to learn this. Even though I’m on my third toddler. Can’t wait to check out the book.

  404. Katy

    At 10 months pp, still working on developing my own sense of freedom! I’d love a copy 🙂

  405. Lisa

    Oh! I’m six weeks into momming our first child and in desperate need of some mothering companionship.

  406. Kristin Lambert

    This book sounds amazing! Thank you for the chance to win!

  407. Bridget

    Are you sure the book is not about my life…way too familiar.

  408. Tiffani

    Sounds like a lovely and much-needed resource!

  409. Erin

    This book sounds wonderful! Please enter me 🙂

  410. Annette

    Sounds like a good book. I’m currently trying to conceive, so a mama book might be a little premature, but it can’t hurt to be prepared.

  411. Jessi

    Can’t wait to read the book!!! <3

  412. KatieC

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I’d love to win – I’m kind of feeling my way through this first year blindly, and I’m sure messing up with every step.

  413. Beckie

    Beautifully written! I’ve been struggling with freedom in parenting and trying to understand what it means to live a Spirit-lead life. God is good and he brings things to view when we are ready! Thank you for this post!

  414. Jessica Servais

    I would love to win this book!!!

  415. Colleen

    Love, love, love this post!!

  416. Kim

    Interesting! Sounds much different than any parenting book I’ve ever read. Hopefully I’ll win a copy and find out what all the hype is about myself 🙂 I have three kiddos already but we plan to have more…always learning as we grow!

  417. Erin

    So…

    Maybe I am thinking of the wrong thing, but I believe that on a blog or something connected with a book, I read a statement that said something like…going to our babies every.single.time. they want us (esp during the night) is a reflection of the way God is always there for us. This kind of did the opposite (for me) of what it seems like they intended with the book; it made me feel less-than for not choosing to parent that way.

    All that to say…I hope I took that the wrong way (or perhaps it wasn’t even this book I am thinking of!), because the message this blog post sends is encouraging! I’d love to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    • Erin

      ****a blog or something connected with THE book (not “a” book)

  418. Joy H.

    I love rules and instructions; sought it all in between the pages of parening books 5 years ago. I am now 4 months into my third (and I think final) baby boy. I have begun to loosen up out of sheer necessity and try to trust the lessons I have learned along the way. Would love to read this book as I am looking to have a different experience with this little guy and lead from my heart/gut as opposed to following someone else advice all the time;) Thanks!

  419. Glenys

    Sounds like a great book. Looking forward to reading it.

  420. sophie

    Wow. How lonely a path it was, starting a family without ‘family’ nearby. Thank goodness for your blog and for writers devoted to parenting from the heart! I’d love to win this book as we think of journeying into second time parenthood.

  421. Nicole A

    I’ve been looking for a inspirational parenting book for a good week now, I’m excited about this one!!

  422. Amber

    would love to win a copy of this book!

  423. Laura

    Sounds like a great book! Following your heart always makes the most sense!

  424. Mindy Nave

    This looks like a wonderful book! I hope to win. :o)

  425. Sarah

    I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I believe it’s going to be just what I’m needing to hear.

  426. Chris

    This sounds just like what we have dealt with and I look forward to reading this book whether we win a free copy or not. Freedom awaits!!

  427. sarah

    looks like a great book! thanks for the chance!

  428. Lisa

    Parenting is hard. I’d love to win this book.

  429. Melissa

    I would love to read this book. God’s been working on my parenting, and I haven’t been making the most of the opportunities He’s giving me to be the parent He wants me to be and the kiddos need me to be.

  430. Natalia

    I would love a copy of the book. It sounds great!

  431. Katie

    I’d love to win this and read it before baby#2!

  432. Emily

    This book is just what I need! If I don’t win a copy I will definitely buy it!!

  433. Cindy

    Sounds inspirational! A book that shines the light for parents – sounds a whole lot better than a lot of the ‘baby books’ that are out there. Thanks for sharing C:

  434. Christina

    I’m so curious to read this book. As my husband and I have been preparing for this to be the year of the baby, I’ve been reading all kinds of books and this one sounds the most intriguing yet. I hope I win it. 🙂

  435. Allison Baker

    I am a mother of two boys (one was a very-happy-but-could-never-sleep-baby, the next colicky, fussy & demanding,) & I also navigated through these issues.
    I wish I would have had a book like this! Lord willing, my childbearing years are not over.
    But why I ***REALLY*** want to win this book is because I’m a Childbirth Educator! And a birth Doula! I am CONSTANTLY helping new mommies and mommies-to-be navigate the path between “The Rules” and “The Heart”. This issue is CENTRAL to my passion, and I’m dying to know what’s inside those pages!!
    Thank you! I only wish I could have been in on the writing project too 😉 A good friend and I actually discussed writing a book sounding very similar to this! Congratulations!!

  436. Elisa Klump

    This post rang so true to my heart. As a new mom to a 3 month old, I am constantly battling the “should I be??” “but the book says…” thoughts and feelings. It was a great reminder that I need to trust in the Lord and let his Spirit guide me as I raise up my child. I would LOVE to get a copy of this book!

  437. Kandis

    my sister’s baby is due in june. would LOVE to give her a copy! we both need it. 🙂

  438. Shannon

    I was raising my babies during the Ezzo GKGW surge. I was a stressed-out mess for my son’s first 6 months of life. Some good principals but certainly no freedom (at least not in our application). I’m so thankful for this book – look forward to reading it, both for myself and with any eye toward the young moms in our church family.

  439. Ali

    I’m a mother of a 17 month old but I would just love to rad this book. It sounds like it would make a great baby shower gift!

  440. Krista B

    would love to read this! 🙂

  441. Lisa VA

    My sister in law is going to have her first baby next month and I would love to win a copy of the book for her!!

  442. Cheyenne

    Would love to win…love the message they are spreading!

  443. Zuyin

    My son is 4 years old and I have been setting rules for him since I can remember. I’ve been sensing in my heart that I needed another approach with him but was not sure what I was looking for. I’ve continued to pray that the Lord would give me insight into how to parent and love him the way he needs me to. When I read the title of this book, it resonated deep inside. I’d love to read and put spirit-led parenting into full throttle.

  444. Sarah DJ

    Would love to win!

  445. Kellie

    Sounds awesome! I’m expecting in May, and I’d love to parent in freedom!

  446. Liesel

    I. NEED. THIS.

  447. marybeth

    I’d love a copy of this book!

  448. Rachel

    Sounds like a great book! I am a pediatrician. Before I had kids, I thought I had all the answers for parents on structure, routine, and the right way to do things. Once I had my own children, I realized there is no one size fits all way to do things. I try to reassure parents of this all the time. Would love to be able to read so I can recommend to my patients as a helpful book for those difficult first few months.

  449. Misty

    I’m in desperate NEED of this book. I would love to win one! 🙂

  450. Gina M.

    I would love to win a copy of this. I, too managed to receive “The Rules” with my firstborn and it left me feeling so defeated and that my child would turn out horrible if I didn’t follow them. Now, I’m expecting my third 6 years after my 2nd and I’m ready to get rid of the rules. 🙂

  451. Lisa

    This sounds like such a great book… would love to win! 🙂

  452. Christina Lang

    That was SO me with my first child. “The Rules” about killed me! I don’t think it was until my fourth that I truly enjoyed the freedom of being Spirit-led…. How wonderful it was! Would LOVE to give this book to my sister-in-law as they try for their first child.

  453. Bryn

    Sounds like a wonderful read!

  454. Jamie

    Looks awesome! Thank you for the opportunity!

  455. Dawn

    Sounds like a great book to me! I am expecting my second and would love to read a book less about rules and more about freedom as a parent. =)

  456. Karyn

    i 100% resonate with this post. i read a few of the “rule books” and stressed out almost the entire 1st month of my baby’s life. From the sounds of it, I wish I could’ve had this on hand and saved some of the gut wrenching failure tears for happier moments. praying I win a copy. 🙂

  457. Christy S

    I would really love to win!

  458. Rachel R

    This sounds fantastic. I’d love a copy!

  459. Amanda

    I would LOVE to read this book…and know exactly how they felt with following the “rules” of parenting. Hope I win! 🙂

  460. Lisa

    Already ordered a copy for myself, but I’d love to gift this to a mama-to-be that I know!

  461. Carrie

    Would love to read this!!

  462. Pamela

    Write down how the fear of losing makes you feel. Describe whether it makes you feel angry, frightened, distressed or all of these. Analyze whether this feeling has become more acute and try to trace its origins. It may be that it coincides with a particular stressful period, or the loss of something or someone that was important to you. Sometimes a person’s feelings about loss may become confused.

  463. Nancy

    Failure at parenting is definitely a huge looming issue for me. Could use this book.

  464. Sharon Yost

    I’m going to be a first time Grandma soon! I would love to pass the book on to my daughter as she will be a first time Mom.

  465. Shannon

    Wish I’d had this as a first time parent, but I’d love to give it to a friend who just had her first baby!

  466. Christie

    It sounds fabulous! We need more grace in our lives than we need more rules. 😀

  467. Amy

    This looks so good! If I don’t win a copy, I may have to break down and buy one. 🙂

  468. Jessica FORRESTER

    I’m on baby #5 but sometimes it feels like the 1st. I’d love to read this!!

  469. Carmen

    I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win

  470. Christyn

    From fear to freedom sounds good for any age, not just the first year. How blessed parents are though, the sooner they figure this out!

  471. LeeAnn

    My son is due in 4 weeks, would be perfect timing to win!

  472. Amy

    My second child is 5 months old and I have been plagued by anxiety and guilt twice now. The description of this book really resonates with me, I am always looking for the “answers” and “rules” to follow, but it definitely does not make me the easy going, loving parent I long to be. I would love a copy of this book!

  473. Jessica T.

    This sounds like such an amazing book…I can’t wait to read it and share it with so many of my mama friends!

  474. Debbie

    I would love to read this!

  475. Margaret

    I would love to read this book! I hope I win!

  476. Athena Gaunt

    Sounds like a great book! Much needed for a busy mom :).

  477. Jocelyn

    I so tried to follow The Rules…what chaos! So curious to read this book.

  478. Pascale

    I loved reading this post. I found myself murmuring Yes! Yes! as I recognized both my desire for clearly defined systems and rules as a new mama- and especially as I found that many of those precise rules weren’t right for my little one and I. Parenting from the spirit/ heart is so essential. I would lobe a copy of this book!

  479. Jonae

    I have been interested in reading this book. Love the post! Thank you!

  480. Angel Vernon

    What a wonderful gift for new moms. We have quite a few in our community.

  481. Crinkled

    Many mothers have asked me for parenting advice since I have had children, and I answer them with all the things that have worked for us, but my best piece of advice is to follow your instincts. I think advice is useful, but you know better than a stranger what will work for your child.

  482. Cary

    sounds like a wonderful book, can’t wait to read it!

  483. Cynthia

    It’s my new first-time mama gift too!

  484. Tricia

    Would love to read this book!

  485. Angela

    What an amazing book, I have spent my life hunting for the rules and feeling bound by them and now thinking about starting a family the last thing I want is to constrain my children in the same way. Thank you for writing this!

  486. Vanessa Teklenburg

    Sounds absolutely wonderful. I’m always one for breaking the rules…

  487. Lesli

    This is an awesome approach to life not just parenting. I would love to win this book!

  488. Jessica

    I’d love to read this book! I think about this kind of parenting every time I get asked, “Does she sleep through the night?” “Are you still nursing?” “Don’t you give her water or cereal?” “Why are you using cloth diapers?” “You know she needs to learn to soothe herself, right?” Did I mention she is only 14 weeks?

  489. Jessica

    Oh, and lastly, “Does she sleep in her own room yet?” when I am in NO hurry to even think about her not being by my side in her cosleeper to nurse every two hours 🙂

  490. Anna M

    I love where this Post is going ! I’d live to read the book!

  491. Melanie

    As the first time mama of a three week old this post was so encouraging! I would love to win a copy of the book.

  492. Kate Berry

    Sounds amazing! I would love to read it.

  493. Laura

    Awaiting my purchased copy but would love one to give away to another new momma!

  494. renee

    I could use this right about now!

  495. Stephanie

    This book looks great! I would love to win a copy! I had a similar experience with our first little one – “the rules” didn’t apply to her and still don’t! She and each child we’ve had since seem to dance to their own drumbeat 😀 It’s been a very stretching experience, but I wouldn’t trade it for a second if it meant missing out on these incredible, quirky, little persons God has given us to raise!

  496. Beth

    I would love to read this book and pass it along to some new mom friends.

  497. Rachel

    I would so love to win this book! Seems like that pressure to go by The Rules is so prevalent and I would love to lend this out to so many friends!! I’m so excited to read your book, it sounds so amazing! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  498. Chris

    Sounds like a great book. Would love to win it!

  499. Jamie

    I would love to win this book. This post pretty much describes my feelings when I had my firstborn. I cried over breaking the “rules” and was asked many times if I was ever going to put the baby down. However, I truly believe that it was all that rule breaking that allowed me to deeply bond with my son during a very dark period of post partum depression.

  500. Sarah Novak

    Love it! Brilliant idea!

  501. Jenn

    would love a copy of this book! we’ve almost made it through the first year with our first and i’m just now realizing that i no longer need to feel guilty or ashamed about my decision to go against “The Rules”.

  502. Mindy

    I’m expecting my fourth child (which is our 2nd bio baby, 3rd baby in the home), and am going through other parenting issues with freedom with our adopted teenager. I’d love to get ahold of this book to see if I can find some practical ways to view life with a little more peace…

  503. Jenny Merchant

    Wow, it is like looking in a mirror. That was me, the rule follower, the good girl who wanted to do everything the right way. My youngest is 18 mos old, the one thing I have learned is that I MUST do the right thing for my kids, regardless of what others may think. I wish I’d had the courage to think this way before my kids were born but I’m turning over a new leaf. For myself but more importantly for my kids, so that they’ll have a good childhood and grow to be free thinking adults who make choices from their hearts, not from “the rules”. I would love a copy of this book to start my journey!!

  504. Russ

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My daughter is having her first baby next month & I would love to give it to her as a present.

  505. Maureen

    I have a 7 month old and still feel defeated by The Rules. I would love to win!

  506. Michelle

    Sounds like just the book I need to read!

  507. Brooke

    This book sounds fantastic! I’m excited to read it whether I win it or buy a copy!

  508. Anna

    We’re done with our first first year, but would love to read, lend out, have on hand for future babes, etc.

  509. Carissa

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I would love one.

  510. Lynn

    A much needed book…thanks~

  511. Rachael Montgomery

    I LOVE this! I cannot wait to read this, but I would LOVE to win it and give it away. I struggled with this same thing for YEARS, but God set me free two years ago to be the mom HE made me to be!

  512. Kenia Perez

    This book sounds like what I have been trying to tell all my first time mom friends. There is no “right” way of doing things. You need to do what makes you, the baby and your family happy. Forget about what MIL says or neighbors or whoever. I remember following The Rules with my first son and I feel like I missed out on so much and I feel so guilty that I did that. Now with my 2nd (who is 4 months today) I am trying to do what I think feels right for us. It is haard to navigate this but I am trying. I hope I can win this book in order to get some encouragement and also to help my friends who are 1st time moms not do the same mistakes I did.

  513. Jenn

    This book looks awesome!

  514. Diana

    I would so love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  515. Olivia

    As a first time mother to amazing 3 month old, I would love to receive a copy of this wonderful book as encouragement that I have and will be a wonderful mother.

  516. Rebekah

    This book sounds right up my alley. I usually read the rules, then do my own thing. 🙂

  517. Jen

    Very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  518. Kristy

    I’d love to win this book!

  519. Jill

    sounds like a great book! i would love to read it!

  520. Irene

    This book sounds like exactly what I needed for my first baby– praying for more freedom the second time around!

  521. Christie

    This book sounds so great!!!

  522. Cori

    About to have baby #2 in a few weeks. Super nervous because of my first experience with our daughter. I was so uptight about everything. My parents and husband had to hide my parenting baby books because they were taking over my life. I thought if my baby didn’t follow The Rules, I was failing as a mom. Looking forward to reading this even if I don’t win (but hoping I do)

  523. Northwoods Momma

    I’d really love to read this, as a new Momma it would be super helpful!

  524. Stacie

    I, too, am a rule follower and need to listen to my heart more often. I don’t have kids yet but think I should read this whether I win it or not. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  525. Hannah

    As a doula and a mother of a 2 week old – I would love to win this book! Fingers crossed!

  526. Teish

    That book sounds absolutely revolutionary!

  527. Christine

    I would love to win a copy for my sister who had a baby 5 weeks ago!

  528. Tina Yarbrough

    This sounds like a wonderful, Spirit-Led book! How exciting that it will get into the hands of other mom’s who desperately seek freedom!
    ~Tina

  529. Valerie

    I felt inner guilt at leaving behind the rulebook I had seen adopted and trumpeted by friends, yet not fully fitting in with the other extreme’s rules either. Then a lovely mother of eight informed me that she parented all eight of her babies slightly differently. The advice she gave- give them lots of love in way that works for you, baby, and the rest of the family. And that felt just right. It’s worked for us these past 16 months! I’d love to read this book’s insights and solidify our mindset for our future babies!

  530. Amanda Shelly

    Finally! A parenting book that encourages Moms to follow their own heart! I would love to read this book and pass it along to others. Fingers crossed!

  531. krista

    I would love to win a copy! I am a new mommy of a two month old and really could use this kind of wisdom.

  532. Christina

    How timely. I just finished reading Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel.
    It speaks to the same idea: do not parent out of fear. Instead raise them with a “Secure Love, Significant Purpose, and a Strong Hope.” My kids are now a little older, 14, 11, 9, but how I wished I had a book like yours to encourage me when they were young. I was throwing all the parenting books across the room with my middle child! Hope it sells well.

  533. amy

    Oh finally. This is a topic I’ve wished for in a book for 29 months!

  534. Nancy

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  535. Megan VandeWeg

    This book sounds like it would be an amazing asset! I believe it will be good to assist parenting my son who is now three and my future children 🙂

  536. Loretta S

    Sounds great – pick me pick me!!

  537. Heather Small

    This is a message the Lord has been trying to teach me for yrs! Hope I win this book!:)

  538. Melissa

    Sounds like an amazing book!

  539. Lydia

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  540. Jennifer

    I would love to read this. I haven’t read any parenting books and I have a baby girl coming in 9 weeks!

    Jennifer

  541. Joan S

    Hope to be parenting soon, this book would be great for this rule following ‘good girl!’

  542. Jessica

    I’m a new mom to twin five-month-old girls and this post really resonates with me!

  543. Michelle

    It took me a long time to get to that point. (I am still working on it.) I would love to win a copy of this book.

  544. beth@redandhoney

    I’ve been reading Megan’s blog for years now, and I’m having my third baby in 8 weeks. I so desperately want to read this book!!

  545. Emily

    This blog is putting my life into words!! We have a 3 week old, our first baby & I am finding myself obsessing over learning The Rules, but longing for FREEDOM!! I so hope I’m a lucky winner !!!! Thank you for writing this blog!

  546. Laura

    I’m about to become a mom (in three weeks! ahhh!!) and I would LOVE to have a copy of this book.

  547. Jill

    Definately on my reading list!

  548. Keiz

    Wow – just reading this post made my tired, rule-trying mommy heart feel lighter! This sounds like a book worth reading, underlining, and sharing with mommy friends. Thanks for telling us about it!

  549. stella

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I was very stressed out when we’d just had our first child 3 years ago, but now have let go of some of The Rules after having my second 6 months ago. I feel as if I’m a more relaxed mom, being able to enjoy motherhood more than I did 3 years ago.

  550. Amber Black

    I have some friends who could completely benefit from this as a gift! 🙂 hope I get one!

  551. Jen

    I wish I had known about this book with my first. just had our second and would love to give this a read!

  552. se7en

    I am so excited about this book coming out – It is so long overdue!!! Really it doesn’t take long for a new mom to know the books are for tossing, since the gap between what is written and reality is soooo wide!!! Well this one looks like it has closed the gap and it is going to be a keeper!!!

  553. Sarah

    It’s my birthday! Pick me! Just kidding. ;p (but it really is my birthday)

    I love the writing style of this writer. The book sounds like such an enjoyable read!

  554. Kamille @ Redeeming the Table

    and you say it’s your gift to first time mamas, which is why I would love to win, in order to give it to at least one of the five first time mamas I know.

  555. Susan

    Sounds great! My favorite thing to write in a baby shower card is “remember that God gave this baby to you and your husband, and not anyone else, and He will equip you to raise him well.”

  556. Rachel Parkinson

    this sounds like exactly what i’ve been praying for! can’t wait to read it!

  557. Julie

    I’m expecting my first in October and of course have been busy gathering Rules from friends, family and neighbors. I look forward to checking out this book, even if I don’t win.

  558. Laura N.

    Oh this sounds wonderful! I dream of being such a wonderful Mom. I’ve been working on more freely parenting, but it’s hard! Would love some suggestions 🙂

  559. Aubry

    I would love to win this book!

  560. Antoinette Estupinan

    Oh those pesky rules! My son is a year and a half and I’m still struggling to abide by “the rules” and my heart at the same time.

  561. Becky

    Wow, following the “rules” does not always make for the best road. So glad you are able to follow your heart, your spirit. HIS spirit.

  562. Melissa C.

    This sounds like just the book I need to read. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  563. Amy

    How amazing it is to live not comparing yourself to each other! Freedom is calling. Thank you for sharing this book.

  564. Ellen

    This book sounds like a perfect gift for my sister-in-law. She is expecting her first and just yesterday voiced concerns about how she will be with a baby.

  565. Michelle

    Thank you for a different look at parenting. looking forward to reading this book. Hopefully I will win a copy 🙂

  566. Carole

    Yes, please enter me. 🙂

  567. Heather Moll

    oh my, this is awesome. how many hours i’ve worried and tears i’ve cried and felt so alone choosing a different way for our family. so happy to hear i’m not alone and there are others out there who want something different. what a gift you are giving new mamas.

  568. Ashley

    Sounds awesome!

  569. Lisa Vignolo

    Inspiring words, I can relate to the feelings of isolation. I would love to read this book. I have a 2 1/2 year and I am 5 weeks away from Baby #2. Parenting is amazing, a blessing and true gift, yet at times is the scariest and most challenging thing I’ve ever done.

  570. Erin

    This book sounds refreshing in every way!

  571. Bethany

    Oh, I’d lve to win!

  572. Holly

    Yes please!

  573. Carrie

    I just find calm and peace with this posting. I am looking forward to reading this and would love to win it. 🙂

  574. Renee Gilpin

    This post spoke to me. I was once a RULE mother too.

    Would love to read more of these thoughts.

  575. arianna

    OoOo, yes please – more help with mothering!

  576. Annie

    I really loved this post – can definitely relate! I would love a copy of the book!!

  577. Bren

    I would love to read this first (!) and then gift it to a good friend who is expecting her first baby … From the description it sounds like the kind of parenting book I *wish* I had access to those many moons ago … Thanks for the great giveaway!

  578. Adriel

    Every post I read from Megan & Laura on this book tour makes me more and more excited to read Spirit Led Parenting. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!! Of course I’d love to win one. 🙂

  579. Stacey K

    Sounds like a fantastic book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  580. Catie

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  581. Julie

    this is a book i’ve been wanting to read!

  582. Eve

    Went through this same journey as a new mommy! Would love to win a copy of this book!

  583. Kristie

    I would love to win!

  584. Carol

    This book sounds like it might be life-changing. It is so easy to parent in fear and doubt of yourself. Thanks for making it available.

  585. Christine J

    Great post. I could have used this when my son was in his first year. So many tears shed because I either wasn’t sure what to do EXACTLY or knew what to do in my heart but couldn’t reconcile it with what was screaming in my head (thanks to books and grandmas and society in general).

  586. Lisa Preston

    Would love to read this book.

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