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Book Giveaway – Mama’s Got a Fake I.D.

2009 April 9

So Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, the author of the fantastic new book Mama’s Got a Fake ID: How to Reveal the Real You Behind All That Mom, has offered to let me do a giveaway of her book here. That means all you cool people have a chance to win a FREE copy of what I think is one of the best books on parenting I have ever read.

I reviewed the book here recently – but what I love about it (besides its honesty and humor) is how it admits lies fed to moms and encourages us to live into the person God created us to be – even as a mom. And this book isn’t just for moms – but is a good perspective on parenting for dads, grandparents, pastors, teachers, and whoever might encounter parents regularly.

So if you would like to win a copy just leave a comment here by the end of Sunday April 12. One of the comments will then be selected (in a super secret scientific system created by my four year old) as the lucky winner. And if you would rather not just leave a “hi, I want a book” comment, I invite you share what you think are some of the identity struggles parents face these days.

Happy commenting, and good luck.

And if you are really observant, or just really want to increase your chances of winning the book, you’ll notice that we have the same offer up at both the Emerging Parents and Emerging Women blogs. :)


26 Responses leave one →
  1. April 9, 2009

    i think this is going to be a neighborhood read this summer. i got a good review when i posted it on facebook!

  2. NEB permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Looks really interesting! I’d love a copy!

  3. April 9, 2009

    I’m definitely looking forward to reading this one, and would be happy to pass extra copies on to friends. I think being authentic and open about mothering is the way to go. June Cleaver was fictional, dag nabbit!

  4. April 9, 2009

    thanks for this opportunity, Julie. The biggest struggle I think parents face (me with only a 2 1/2 year old and an 8 month old) is being able to trust God in their lives. We seem to want to force them into the faith, which of course drives them farther away.

    What child likes being told what to do?

    Trust that God will act in our children’s lives, that is the biggest challenge I face.

  5. Amanda permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Cool! I don’t usually comment but I really do appreciate your voice!

  6. Elaina permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Stink! I already bought this for my sister-in-law! And I just KNOW I’m going to win! 😉

  7. April 9, 2009

    Hi! I’ve been lurking here for awhile, but thought I’d come out of hiding to say I’d LOVE to have a copy of that book!

  8. Kris Vos permalink
    April 9, 2009

    I have heard so much about this book that I would LOVE a free copy!!

  9. April 9, 2009

    I’m not a parent (not yet, at any rate. Who knows about the future?), but the thing I’ve always thought I’d struggle the most with is the need to exercise discipline when necessary while still giving the child room to grow and make mistakes. I’ve always thought my Dad was too demanding and harsh in this regard, but I also can’t help but recognize that this probably led to some of the more positive aspects of my character, even as it probably also left some wounds. How do I untangle all that and not do the bad to my kid while maintaining the good?

  10. April 9, 2009

    Please put my name in the hat (or whatever your super-scientific method involves).

  11. Karen permalink
    April 9, 2009

    I really appreciated Pastor Chad’s comments. I was a prodigal who returned to the Lord at the age of 38. My sons were 5, 7, and 13 before ever regularly attending church. I went through years of angst listening to the voices of “godly” moms who more often than not left me fearful for my kids rather than encouraged. I finally realized that God is in control, He hears my prayers, and my boys aren’t perfect, but loved. (And yes, they all have professed Christ as Savior!) I became a first time grandma in February and pray everyday that God gives wisdom to my son and his wife in raising this child as God would have her brought up. Yes, I’ve lived under the cloud of false expectations and rejoice that I finally allowed God to become the voice of authority in my life.

  12. April 9, 2009

    Funny to read this post after I came home from putting my 15 yo daughter on a train for NYC for the weekend. It’s our first holiday apart and I’m grieving. It will be good for her and good for us too, but it’s still a difficult step.

    She is struggling with her faith for a number of reasons. It’s a scary place for me, but I know that her desires and heart are good, so all will be well in the end.

    Ultimately, though, her faith and her life are not about what I have or have not done. They are hers, even while under my care and nurturing. Her life belongs to her, not me. She is not me and I am not her. I think that’s the biggest lie that our parenting culture tries to feed us … that we have control over our children and what they will become. We don’t. They are not a reflection of our parenting. They are not a reflection of us. It’s not about us at all. They are independent young people with lives, characters and personalities of their own.

    When we can embrace, enjoy and celebrate that with abandon we can enjoy being a parent.

  13. April 9, 2009

    I would love to get a copy of this book for my wife.

  14. Karri permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Love all the feedback on this book. Its a defininte on my summer read list!

  15. DAVID F permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Caryn turned me on to your site. I likey!

  16. Colleen permalink
    April 9, 2009

    I would love to read this book. Thanks for passing it along!

  17. Emily permalink
    April 9, 2009

    another shameless attempt to get this book for free. (the author might also consider offering all the non-winners some amazing better-than-Amazon discount too . . .)

  18. jen g. permalink
    April 9, 2009

    Definitely interested in reading this one!

  19. April 9, 2009

    Please count me in! :-)

    I think one of the main struggles moms/parents face is the constant judgment from other parents regarding your decisions. Sometimes it’s difficult to feel grounded in my identity when I have everyone elses’ opinions looming over my head.

  20. April 10, 2009

    I put this at the top of my list of books to read after reading your review. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately as I’ve wrestled with my own identity struggles as a Christian woman(and even my fear of having kids because I’ve seen so many friends and family lose their identities or be pushed aside after having children. I’m so relieved to hear it doesn’t have to be this way!) I think this book is so needed. There are so many I want to share this book with, and as I prepare to be a counselor, I think it will be hugely helpful in understanding the struggles parents face. Thanks!

  21. April 10, 2009

    I want to read this book!! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  22. Elie permalink
    April 10, 2009

    Sounds interesting! I’d love to read it! Please put my name in as a possibility…

  23. April 11, 2009

    I’d love to read this book. As I’m typing this, my 3 year old is climbing over the baby gate into the kitchen (again) while his younger brother is cheering him on. This sounds like a refreshing read after a long day. Thanks for the sharing!

  24. April 11, 2009

    The title sounds interesting enough for me. Hmmm…Mama’s Got A Fake ID. I think this is a nice book.

  25. Jonathan permalink
    April 11, 2009

    would love for C and i to get a copy….

    Also: thanks Julie for the great easter thoughts and posts…

  26. mindy permalink
    April 12, 2009

    sounds great thanks for the giveaway

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