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Last week I got down on my knees to pray with my daughter before she got in bed. I was rushing her because it was far too late and I needed some mommy time alone. I kept telling her to hurry and that she needed to stop taking so long. We rushed through the prayer and the rest of the bed time routine and I said good night. I shut the door behind me and I basically did a dance because I felt like I was free.
Can any of your moms relate? Please tell me yes. I had some good quiet time and when I hopped into bed later that night I was exhausted. I quickly said my personal prayer and laid down. However, I couldn't go to sleep. It was then that I realized that I rushed through two of the most important conversations I had during the day. I rushed through my prayers. I prayed because it was part of my routine. That was it.
Since then I have been more aware of how I am praying. I have been trying to slow down and really have a conversation with my Father in Heaven. I have been trying to teach my daughter to do the same. I have been more conscious of what HE is trying to tell me. I have been trying and when I try I notice a HUGE difference.
There are a lot of things that I can feel guilty about everyday. A lot of things that can cause so much fear that it is crippling. There are a lot of times that I judge myself so harshly that I feel like giving up. It is all so silly.
If you are like me in any of these ways then "Confessions of a Molly Mormon" is for you! The author (Elona K. Shelley) is so real in this book. It is hard to be real and I am so happy that she opened up. When you write or talk about certain things that are personal or very raw then you are vulnerable. At the same time you can help so many other people if you do open up.
That is why I am so glad I read this book. I can't think of many books that have been so raw and real. She goes through 7 "confessions". Some of them I can relate to and others I cannot. However, even with the ones that I can't relate to, it was nice to read about it because I want to be a more understanding person and since she opens all the way up and can dip inside of her emotions, if you will. I can learn how to be more understanding of others that might have that same "issue".
With every confession she follows it up with "victories" (at least that is what I am calling them). The victories show how she got over whatever it was she was confessing. She talks about ways she helped get over it or become better in an area. She goes through many stories and examples for each of the confessions. It's written in an organized way so it isn't confusing.
She gives one final (8th) confession that is a "happy ending" confession. I love how it ends on a happy note. Let me tell you though, even though she is confessing throughout the book I never felt like it was depressing. The whole book was very positive.
Then after she goes through each of the confessions she has an amazing appendix. In the appendix she has additional material for each of the confessions. I love this because if you need help with one of the things she confesses then you can dig a little deeper in that section.
It is a quick and easy read (which I need since I have kids that keep me quite busy). So pick this up for yourself. If you know someone that is struggling with feeling "less than" then please pick this book up. We are all doing way better than we think we are!