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About the Book

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HOODWINKED: TEN MYTHS MOMS BELIEVE AND WHY WE ALL NEED TO KNOCK IT OFF

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Psst… want to know the secret for being a great mom?

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Think she keeps house like June Cleaver, cooks like a Food Network star, and actually does all of the things she pins to her Pinterest boards? Oh…and all while calmly raising her kids without ever raising her voice? Yeah….right.

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HoodWinkedBookKaren Ehman and Ruth Schwenk have had enough of these misconceptions. Myths such as:

“The way I mother is the right (and only) way,” “Motherhood is natural, easy, and instinctive,” or “My child’s bad choice means I’m a bad mom.” These myths leave moms hoodwinked and sometimes even heartbroken.

In their straightforward yet encouraging “we’ve been there” style, Karen and Ruth enable mothers to

  • identify the ten myths of motherhood
  • replace the lies with the truth of what God says
  • forge healthy, supportive relationships with other moms of all ages and stages
  • confidently embrace the calling of motherhood as they care for their families in their own unique way

Ultimately, Hoodwinked equips mothers to stop searching for the secret and develop and embrace their relationships instead- with their kids, other mothers, and most importantly, with God.

 



About the Authors

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Meet the Moms Behind Hoodwinked

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Karen

Karen Ehman is a New York Times bestselling author with Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a writer for Encouragement For Today, their online devotions that reach over one million women daily. She has authored eight books including the popular LET. IT. GO: How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith and her new release KEEP IT SHUT: What to Say, How to Say It and When to Say Nothing at All, both which include a companion DVD Bible study series. Karen has been a guest on national media outlets including The 700 Club, At Home Live, FamilyLife, Engaging Women, The Harvest Show, Moody Midday Connection, and Focus on the Family.

She has been married for over a quarter-century to her college sweetheart Todd and together they raise their three sometimes quarrelsome but mostly charming children in the boondocks of central Michigan. There she enjoys antique hunting, farm market strolling, and processing life with family, friends, and the many teens that gather around her kitchen island for a taste of Mama Karen’s cooking.

Visit Karen’s Blog

 

RuthRuth Schwenk is the creator of TheBetterMom.com, and along with her husband, the creator of FortheFamily.org. She is a pastor’s wife, mom of four energetic kids, a lover of coffee, and dreamer of big dreams. She loves leading, speaking, and blogging. Ruth is the co-author of two forthcoming books with Zondervan. A graduate of The Moody Bible Institute, Ruth and her husband have been serving in local church ministry for nearly fifteen years.

Visit Ruth’s Blog

 

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The Buzz

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Here's What They're Saying

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Candace Cameron Bure“Embrace your unique journey of motherhood. Free yourself to really enjoy your children as well! Hoodwinked will empower you to do both. Highly recommended!”

– Candace Cameron Bure, actress, producer, New York Times bestselling author, Dancing With the Stars Season 18 finalist

 

 

lysa-terkeurst“I love how Karen and Ruth give us a great gift of grace with this book by showing us no one is doing this parenting thing perfectly. Refreshing and so very practical.”

– Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author of The Best Yes and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

 

 

ruth-soukopWhich of us moms, before we had kids, didn’t swear that we’d get it right, only to find out somewhere along the way that motherhood isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be? Equal parts encouraging and inspiring, Hoodwinked is the perfect dose of relief for any mom feeling guilty for not being able to do it all.

– Ruth Soukup, New York Times bestselling author of Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life

 

courtneyHoodwinked reads like an encouraging letter from a friend. It is full of grace, biblical wisdom, and inspiration. Many books on motherhood leave me wondering if I’m doing it all wrong. Karen and Ruth are bravely transparent and meet us moms right where we are. This book gives us the hope and encouragement we need in the midst of weary days.

– Courtney Joseph, author and blogger at WomenLivingWell.org / Home of Good Morning Girls

 

crystalevansKaren and Ruth understand what it is to battle the voices of guilt, anxiety, and inadequacy that plague many mothers who want to give their best to their children. In this book they share life changing truths that all mothers can grab hold of, not just to survive the journey of motherhood but to thrive in confidence and joy.

– Chrystal Evans Hurst, coauthor of Kingdom Woman

 

 

kristenwelchMotherhood is not a trick or trap—it’s a calling. In our culture, moms are constantly sent mixed messages. This powerful book will help mothers walk in the truth of the gospel!

–Kristen Welch, author of Rhinestone Jesus and blogger at Wearethatfamily.com

 

 

jenniferHoodwinked is a clever, insightful, and much-needed resource for moms of every age! Debunking the common myths about motherhood touched the deep insecurities I have wrestled with as a new mom. It is a beautiful book all moms should read.

– Jennifer Smith, author of The Unveiled Wife: Embracing Intimacy with God and Your Husband

 

ArleneIf you’ve ever wondered if you are doing this mom thing right, pick up Hoodwinked for wise guidance, laughs, and assurance. You’ll learn how to tell the difference between what’s important—and what’s not—in this loving guide from two moms who have been there.

– Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom

 

sallyMoms of all seasons will find compassion for the demands of the journey as well as hope and inspiration for living faithfully as a mother. Heartwarming stories, soul-filled inspiration, and generous wisdom fill each page so that mothers will feel understood, validated, and uplifted. I love the ministry hearts of Ruth and Karen and know their stories will encourage every mom who reads this book.

– Sally Clarkson, popular conference speaker and author of numerous books including Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

 

darleneHoodwinked is an excellent source of encouragement for moms. It dispels the myths that confuse us and the lies that bring us down. I can’t even begin to tell you the many times I felt like a failure or how often I compared myself to other moms. If only this book had been around twenty years ago when I started raising children, I would have done things differently.

– Darlene Schacht, author of Messy Beautiful Love: Hope and Redemption for Real-Life Marriages

 

jeannieHoodwinked is for every mother who has ever questioned her parenting ability. Ruth and Karen, a dynamic duo, have teamed up to equip women to silence the destructive motherhood myths with the freeing truth of God’s Word!

– Jeannie Cunnion, author of Parenting the Wholehearted Child

 

jill-savageOh, how I wish I’d had this book when I first became a mom! Karen and Ruth have pulled back the curtain on the lies we tend to believe about motherhood. Even more importantly, though, they have revealed the truth that will set us free. Soak in these words, recalibrate your thinking, and be hoodwinked no more!

– Jill Savage, CEO of Hearts at Home, author of No More Perfect Moms

 

 



Bible Study DVD

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According to Karen Ehman, popular author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Ruth Schwenk, of www.thebettermom.com, it’s time to stop the “Mommy Wars.”

Today’s wives and mothers have been hoodwinked; convinced that serving their family is a subservient and antiquated role. Because of culture, family, friends, or lack of biblical teaching, many moms miss how valuable and powerful their calling really is. Some have bought into the pressure to be “Supermom.” Others have believed the myth that they can “do it all” and do it perfectly.

This six-session video-based study will encourage and inspire women to embrace their roles as mothers wholeheartedly yet realistically, whether they work outside the home, have a home business, or are stay-at-home moms. Mothers will find a fresh new vision for an age-old calling as they tackle the challenges and embrace the blessings of motherhood.
Sessions include:
• Build Bridges, Not Fences: When Others Mother Differently
• Mothering Matters: Seeing the Hard Years as the Heart Years
• At the Top of the Tightrope: When You Try to Do It All
• Pressing the Pause Button: Taking Your Schedule from Racing to Rest
• In Armor of Their Own: On Revealing the Picture God’s Painting
• Raising Children on Your Knees: When Your Child Makes a Bad Choice



Bible Study Guide

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According to Karen Ehman, popular author and speaker with Proverbs 31 Ministries, and Ruth Schwenk, of www.thebettermom.com, it’s time to stop the “Mommy Wars.”

Today’s wives and mothers have been hoodwinked; convinced that serving their family is a subservient and antiquated role. Because of culture, family, friends, or lack of biblical teaching, many moms miss how valuable and powerful their calling really is. Some have bought into the pressure to be “Supermom.” Others have believed the myth that they can “do it all” and do it perfectly.

This six-session video-based study will encourage and inspire women to embrace their roles as mothers wholeheartedly yet realistically, whether they work outside the home, have a home business, or are stay-at-home moms. Mothers will find a fresh new vision for an age-old calling as they tackle the challenges and embrace the blessings of motherhood.



Build Bridges

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