Book Review: Calm for Moms

CALM for Moms by Denise Marek

CALM for Moms: Worry Less in Four Simple Steps
by Denise Marek (Goodreads Author)

5 out of 5 stars

Everyone worries, but there are ways to combat those negative thoughts and find calm! This book dives deep into the cognitive distortions, mental habits, and mistaken beliefs that keep you worried and stressed. You’ll learn how to let go of your worries, corral those chaotic thoughts, and cultivate peace in your life.

I’m not even a mom, and I found this book really helpful! I read this book before giving it as a Mother’s Day gift to my sister-in-law.

I love that this book is so positive! Even while addressing difficult issues and negative emotions, the author keeps the focus on gratitude for good things in your life. The language is so encouraging and compassionate.
Sometimes I criticize myself for having anxiety, as if I’m supposed to always be perfectly happy. This book helped me to know that it is normal to have up and down emotions, and gave me tools for dealing with difficult emotions.

I appreciated that this book is NOT just mild encouragement for burnt-out moms with some cutesy platitudes that sound nice but don’t really help. This book REALLY gets into the heart of anxiety and what causes it. And the advice is actually helpful and doable. It really makes a difference!

I also was glad to see that this book includes small sections about faith and prayer. The best way to overcome anxiety is to tap into spiritual strength from God! This book is not necessarily Christian, but it does include two or three Bible verses, and much of the underlying philosophy is based in Christian thinking. The author uses phrases from the Bible like “renewing your mind”.

I enjoyed the writing style of this author. It’s funny and vulnerable and heart-felt. It’s like the author is coming alongside you with encouragement and a warm hug. It never sounds preachy or cutesy. It feels honest and real, and that meant a lot to me. It takes courage to write that way.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts and are not influenced by anyone.

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