surviving motherhoodConfessions of an Irritable Mother

Are you frustrated with mothering? Are you feeling overwhelmed and hopeless? Have you ever secretly questioned God’s wisdom in giving you children?

You’re not alone.

Karen Hossink has wrestled with her own feelings of inadequacy as a mother:

I didn’t start off mean. And certainly, being the ‘Meanest Mom in the World’ was never my goal. Yet, somehow, my son thought I was worthy of the title. To be fair, the majority of times Joshua crowned me queen of the meanies was when I was punishing him, or when I wasn’t giving him what he wanted. Nonetheless, he seemed pretty convinced I deserved the title and when you hear something often enough, you start to believe it’s true… I wanted so desperately to be a good mom - to meet their needs and do everything just right - but I sat there on the step weeping, feeling completely overwhelmed. I wondered if maybe, just this once, God may have made a mistake.

In the midst of the tears, Karen found that God is good, and even in our most dire circumstance there is hope. Karen’s warm-hearted transparency shines through in Confessions of an Irritable Mother, as she shares candidly about her own personal battle – the trials and the triumphs – on the journey toward holiness on which God has been leading her. By God’s grace, you too can come to understand He is using your children and your struggles as a mother to refine you like silver and transform you into the woman He wants you to be.

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"I love that Confessions of an Irritable Mother is more about becoming holy women than it is a "how to" book on motherhood. Karen's journey as a mom drove her to her knees and made her realize there were areas of impurities that needed to go through the Refiner’s fire, so the dross and junk of sin could be burned up, and only the quest of holiness would remain. Her honesty and willingness to drop all pretences sets us free to look at ourselves. She encourages us to go beyond being "saved" and seek our Savior to be sanctified. Believe it or not, this is an easy read and one that is hard to put down once you begin. Every woman, mom or not, should read this confession!"

Julie Baker, Founder and President, TimeOut for Women!

"Karen Hossink does a wonderful job of encouraging irritable moms (without irritating them in the process)! Her warm engaging style of writing soothes the cranky soul and offers plenty of practical and inspirational advice for taming the frustrations of both the heart and home."

Julie Barnhill, International & National Speaker, Author of the best seller, She's Gonna Blow! Real Help for Moms Dealing with Anger and Motherhood: The Guilt that Keeps on Giving.

"Reading 'Confessions of an Irritable Mother' was like holding a mirror to my face. Was I ever glad to see myself in that book, knowing I wasn't alone in my frustrations.

The part that really got to me was when Karen was at the deep end of frustration with one of her kids, and in that very moment, she decided to respond the same way God would. I lost it at that point! If all of us irritable moms could see God in those situations and respond like He would...what a fabulous world this would be!" Debby E.

"I have just started reading Confessions of an Irritable Mother and it is amazing how you have expressed my feelings, frustrations, and fears that I haven’t been able to verbalize. It is like God is using you to be my voice! Thank you so much and thanks to God." Jill K

Confessions of an Irritable Mother offered me so much hope. It was tenderly written and contained so much truth. I felt as though I had poured my heart out to a wise Christian mentor who had responded with loving kindness and encouragement. I think that all mothers would benefit from this book. – Angela N.

Confessions of an Irritable Mother truly changed me right in the midst of my struggle.  For the first time, I was able to hear words of wisdom to help me understand my challenges as opportunities to become holy. I can't say enough about the great things Karen exposes about why we are struggling and how we can turn the hard times into opportunities for growth. – Rachel M

Thank you for writing this book for mothers. Let me tell you, it feels like you're sitting at my kitchen table chatting with me! I look up now and then to absorb and reflect, and I imagine a friendly fellow mom there with me, guiding me through this! - Jennifer B.

"WOW! I just finished reading this book and I am planning on rereading it! It is so encouraging to know that other mothers are experiencing what I am experiencing! God has really used this book to minister to me in a time of need. Thank you Karen for sharing openly and honestly the struggles you have as a mom!" -- Renee B.

"Confessions of an Irritable Mother is a labor of love that should be read slowly and mulled over daily. The content was so REAL. What a brave Mommy you are to bare your shortcomings (both spiritually and emotionally) to us to help lead us to a better relationship with Christ."– Tanya

"AHHHH, Thank you for speaking on behalf of nutty mothers everywhere. Your candid stories and sharing scripture that will comfort the soul (and calm my blood pressure) was marvelous. I found myself folding the corners over on several pages wanting share these words with others! Thank you for being a part of my Christian walk." God Bless - Stacia R.

“ Karen Hossink’s story will be a breath of fresh air to so many moms out there.” – Dawn W.

"I think every mother of young children can identify with Confessions of an Irritable Mother and will be greatly encouraged by reading it.” – Tammy R.

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