by Jessica Poe
By Mandy Al-Bjaly, Submitted on 2016-05-05
In the introduction to her book, Jessica Poe says how a mother’s role is sacred and divine, and brings many great blessings. However, that knowledge often takes a backseat in her mind, instead of being at the forefront. She asked if she was the only one who felt the way. I thought, “No, Jessica, you aren’t.”
I loved how she described her family as a “funny farm,” and how she longed to be one of those experienced, flawless super moms. But, then she said something obvious, yet profound: ‘“Super Moms” don’t exist.’
I felt a connection to her in just the first couple pages of her book because I am that mom with the crazy kids, who wishes I had it all together, and who sometimes get bogged down in the mundane aspects of motherhood instead of focusing on the divine.
The purpose of Poe’s book is to help each and every mother see the beauty and spiritual symbolism in every aspect of her daily life. The lessons we can learn from God can come from the simplest of experiences, and she puts that to the test.
In her book, each chapter represents an hour of time in one day. She talks about what happens in each hour, and reflects on the lessons she learns throughout the day as she strives to see with spiritual eyes. She also elaborates with scripture references and words from Latter-day prophets. At the end of each chapter, she gives us challenges for ourselves. I did not do the challenges yet, but I can see myself taking each chapter one at a time to improve myself as a mother and woman of God. Before a new chapter began, she inserted a passage from her journal.
I kept a highlighter with me while I read this book. I laughed a lot at the author’s wit, but I also marveled at her humble wisdom. For example, I loved the experiment she did in Chapter 2 just looking at herself in the mirror. At first, she focused on the outer, but that is what the world does. She thought very carefully about how Heavenly Father, the person who knows her best, would describe her. I struggle sometimes with the way I look, so having her be so straight-forward about the world’s verses the Lord’s way of describing us, brought perspective and peace.
I think my favorite chapter was when she took her kids to the sheep pasture, and it ended up seemingly as a total disaster. But, after taking her mom’s advice of taking a deep breath and laughing about it, it became a highlight of her day. I need to laugh more instead of taking everything so seriously.
As you read Poe’s book, you won’t sit there feeling bashed or ashamed. Not at all. She is so authentic in the way she writes, you know she is taking the journey right along with all of us. I felt a kindred spirit in her and appreciated her desire to help other women like her see their own divinity, and God’s hands in everything.
You will be uplifted as you read, and you will be fed. I hesitate to add any constructive criticism of such a beautiful idea come to life, but I did feel like the book was wordy at times. I felt that perhaps too many spiritual parallels were added, convoluting the book a bit. I also felt the lined journal entries disconnected from the chapters that preceded them. The thoughts were great, but I didn’t understand why they were inserted as they didn’t usually relate to the chapters. Perhaps one more read through and simplifying the book a bit would have been helpful.
I must say that overall, I loved the idea, and I loved her. I think all Christian women, LDS or not, should read this. I do feel that I have some new perspectives, and also some excellent exercises I can do help myself, and my family find more love, joy, and spirituality. Well done, Jessica Poe!
By Alexis Tanner, Submitted on 2016-04-08
If you’re a mom who is having a hard time finding spiritual moments or purpose in the day to day chores and picking up after kids, but want to be seeking spirituality then you need to read this book! Jessica Poe helps us see that we need to be spiritually awake and alert throughout our day so that we can see Christ in our daily lives. And she has some great ideas to help us see how to do that throughout her book! In Everyday MOMents, Jessica takes you through a day in her life with her 3 young children. She shares the events of the day as well as reflects on other life experiences that she’s had and then she shows you her thought process as she finds God’s hand in each part of the day. At the end of each chapter she has a “Your Turn” section and gives you ideas of how to start finding God’s influence in your own daily life. They’re great things to think about and do to help you really start this process rather than just reading about it. I love that she gets your brain and heart working too.
I also love her reference of scriptures and talks throughout the book. This is a book for any Christian woman, but she does reference scriptures from the Book of Mormon and LDS leaders. I love having these references to back up her thoughts and also give me something to go read myself.
I loved reading this book. It’s such a comfort to know that you’re not the only person feeling like you’re “stuck in survival mode.” And that you’re not the only mom who struggles with the monotonous day to day routines feeling like you’ll never escape and never be able to grow. Jessica Poe gives you so many great ideas on how to find purpose in the details of the day and I know if you stop and look for it, you will see God’s hand in your life too. This is a must read for all moms! Moms of all ages and especially moms in the trenches with young children who want to be seeking spirituality daily, but aren’t sure where to start.
By Alec Marie, Submitted on 2016-03-11
Everyday "MOMents" is the perfect book to add to your collection. I'm not even a mother yet, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Jessica takes you on an adventure of ONE day in her life-- raising three beautiful children. We all get caught up in the repetitive and mundane tasks each day holds. But, Jessica shares a message like no other. She shows you how to find Christ in everything you do. She teaches us how to listen to the quiet whisperings of the Spirit. And she explores how to find joy in the journey. Jessica has personal anecdotes that we can all relate to whether it be a dirty diaper, finding time for prayers, her father's illness, and fulfilling a church calling. She expresses her love for the Savior and that she truly couldn't do this life on her own. We need the strength found in the Atonement. With scriptures and quotations from the prophets, I left each chapter refreshed and ready for anything life throws at me. Although I was only reading the book, it felt like I was having a conversation with myself and the text. A lot of the lessons in this book, I have pondered before.. which was incredible to know that I am not alone in my thoughts. Truly inspiring, Jessica invites you to start your own journal and keep all the daily "MOMents" in one place. For we surely can find spiritual symbolism in our temporal life. It is exciting to know that we can find happiness now and that God wants the best for His children. Life is beautiful!
By Michelle, Submitted on 2016-03-01
I couldn't put this book down! So many wonderful insights, stories and parallels to my life as a mom, woman, sister, friend and daughter. I love that the chapters are short so I can read at my own pace, and really enjoyed her ideas at the end of each chapter for us to apply the principles she talked about in our own lives. I feel like a lot of our life is routine, and really enjoyed her insights on how to get more out of our everyday MOMents and focus at the bigger picture in our lives. I highly recommend this beautifully written book!