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mam i see you

New Book Helps Women Find Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Every mother, if she’s honest, will tell you that motherhood is both their greatest honour and hardest struggle. Loss of identity, parenting fails and search for purpose are just some of the issues mothers face every day.

Mirette Abraham was just embarking on her career as a medical doctor in Sydney, when she found herself in the trenches of motherhood, faced with the realisation that her life was not ‘instagramable,’ like other families seemed to be. In fact, she found herself struggling with anxiety and depression, plagued by the thought that she wasn’t fulfilling her purposes, or living out the life God set out for her.

‘Mama, I See You. Finding Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood’ is Mirette’s story of finding purpose and feeling seen by God through her struggles with motherhood and her career.

Mirette said, “I’ve written this book hoping to unveil everything that keeps us from fulfilling the perfect life that our Lord has in store for us and to encourage us all to reflect on how He uses everything and everyone in our path to make that mystery known. Throughout the chapters, I share my personal journey of reflection and bring to light my Lord’s love and grace in my motherhood—both the struggles He allows and the flowers that bloom in the wreckage.”

‘Mama, I See You’ is written from a mother’s heart, but anyone struggling with depression or identity issues will find hope and encouragement in its pages.

Mirette also shares her grief at losing a baby, and paints a strikingly beautiful picture of belonging in the experience of such a personal pain.

As a cancer doctor and treating terminally ill patients, it was in hospital wards and kneeling at bedsides where Mirette truly discovered God’s heart for each of us as we journey through life. Whether you are struggling through motherhood, career, or an unimaginable diagnosis, He sees you and although His silence may seem deafening, He has never left your side. The ‘Man of Sorrow’ knows. He knows.

In ‘Mama, I See You,’ Mirette says, “His presence becomes the key to embracing our pain. In His presence we learn how to break free from its stronghold and tend to it as God has been doing all of these years.”

Mirette offers wisdom and encouragement as one who’s ‘been there’ and made it to the other side, with reflections and ‘instructions’ at the end of each chapter to guide you through your own journey toward hope and purpose.

Mirette also has her own podcast—called MAMI—that speaks to the modern Orthodox mama, on which Mirette and her co-host try to work through a lot of the common struggles of motherhood in faith. And a blog www.mamamd.blog where she shares her thoughts on faith and parenting.

In Mirette’s own words, “Motherhood comes with seemingly unbearable struggles. But still, God allows flowers to blossom from their wreckage. We just need to find their garden…”

Mama, I See You: Finding Glimmers of Hope in the Trenches of Motherhood’ is published by Resource Publications, is now available globally.

navigating the minefield

Redemption Press author offers a toolbox of help for raising children in a world full of ‘landmines’

FAITH NEWS SERVICE – Every parent or caregiver faces various threats, barriers, and challenges on the journey of rearing children from birth to adulthood, especially in today’s uncertain world. Mike Weiford calls these external forces “landmines”—anything from disease to poverty to bullying to emotional or physical abuse. And they can negatively impact a child’s development.

For those raising children, navigating these landmines can seem daunting, even impossible.

In his new book Navigating the Minefield, Mike offers hope for anyone tasked with the gift of raising a child in this landmine-filled world. He believes some landmines are preventable and offers tips and tools for sidestepping these threats that may pose a risk to the well-being of children in your care. His goal is to provide a resource for parents that will equip them to care for children more effectively and potentially change the trajectory of their child’s emotional, mental, and spiritual health.

Mike knows well the threats facing our children today. He has spent more than four decades working with children, teens, and adults with physical and emotional abuse histories and has seen the devastating impact of landmines on kids—and the ones who raise them. Now he wants to offer that experience and wisdom to others.

With humility, gentleness, and wisdom, Mike challenges parents to face potential landmines so that they can effectively and successfully guide children toward healthy adulthood.

In Navigating the Minefield, readers will learn about child growth and development basics, positive discipline techniques, the power of forgiveness, the threat that abuse and neglect pose to future generations, and instilling godly character traits in children to foster healthy adult behavior. Plus, they will learn why parents and caregivers must deal with their own self-esteem, addiction, and anger issues and where they can reach out for help.

The book is sprinkled with workbook-style reflection sections, practical tips, and real-life examples.

No parent is perfect. But Navigating the Minefield will help couples, single parents, grandparents, and designated caregivers—anyone tasked with the gift of raising a child in this landmine-filled world—be a better parent and find joy on the journey.

Mike Weiford is a licensed independent clinical social worker and recognized child mental health specialist with forty years of experience. He has worked at The Center • A Place of Hope for more than thirty years on the multidisciplinary partial hospitalization care team, providing treatment to various client populations struggling with mental illness, including children, adolescents, families, and parents. He and his wife, Judy, are the parents of three grown children and two grandchildren. They make their home in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

For review copies and media interviews, contact mike at: weifordmikea17@gmail.com

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