Loving the Little years: Motherhood in theTrenches by Rachel Jankovic was sent to me by Canon Press to read, with no obligation regarding the review.
The author if this book has small children all under kindergarten age, living in the trenches of motherhood of which she is writing. I appreciate that the the author admits motherhood is not easy for her and it should be known that this is the perspective from which she writes. When then author writes that it is her problem that there are so many kids and not her kids fault (ch. 10, pg. 49) it bothers me because no children need to hear that they are a problem. I appreciated her encouragement to watch out for our kids souls and take time to know them but then found myself frustrated when she wrote that organization often comes with "neglect and hurt" on the part of the children (ch. 10, pg 51). These two need not be mutually exclusive.
All in all, this was one of my least favorite mothering/parenting books but perhaps it would be helpful to mothers deep in the trenches and finding it hard to catch their breath. I'd recommend The Mission of Motherhood and The Ministry of Motherhood over this book.