Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches

(13 reviews)

Rachel Jankovic

Media: Audiobook

I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't.

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In this book, Rachel Jankovic, mother of seven, offers practical advice on how to persevere in the high but demanding call of motherhood. This is not a tender reminiscence from someone who had children so long ago that she only remembers the sweet parts. This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children—for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired. The opportunities for growth abound here—but you have to be willing. You have to open your heart to the tumble. As you deal with your children, deal with yourself always and first. This is what it looks like, and feels like, to walk as a mother with God.

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What People Are Saying:

"Loving the Little Years is a delightful book. That may seem a strange comment on a book that deals with life with such candor. It's all here: the fights in the back of the car, the dirty diapers, sinks full of dishes, runny noses, exhaustion—all the stuff of having five young children. It is a fresh and honest book, because it faces the problem of sin (both in kids and in parents). It is filled with profound insights into living wisely as a Christian parent. It has all the things I look for in a parenting book the focus is nurture, not just control; the motivation and empowerment is grace and not efforts. This book will help any mom (or dad for that matter) with loving the little years." -Tedd Tripp, pastor and author of Shepherding a Child's Heart

"Mothers of little people have one of the most challenging and important jobs on earth. But it is a humble job. Rachel Jankovic is a woman who lives out her story with humility, grace, and a houseful of humor. And with five exuberant children, ages five and under, you can be sure she knows what she is talking about." -Nancy Wilson, author of Praise Her in the Gates and The Fruit of Her Hands


"Since reading it, I’ve begun to refocus on what is truly important during these little years. I’ve found myself being less resentful that I can’t sit down during lunch. And, I’ve gained a bit more of a sense of humor about the intense chaos that inevitably ensues at least once (usually more times) a day. This is one of those books I will be revisiting again and again while I’m in this parenting stage." -Rachel, Thriving Home

"Rachel made me laugh out loud while piercing my heart with truth. This has challenged me to check my attitude and hold myself responsible." -Kathleen, Yankee Homeschool

"It’s a little book packed with a lot of food for thought.... But Loving the Little Years will challenge and encourage you as a mom. As one of my friends put it, “this book reminds you what having kids is all about." -Gretchen, Kindred Grace

Rachel Jankovic is a wife and mother of seven children. She is heavily involved with the Christ Church Ladies' Bible Reading Challenge, and she is author of Fit to Burst: Abundance, Mayhem, and the Joys of Motherhood, and You Who? Why You Matter and How to Deal with It.

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AUTHOR: Rachel Jankovic

PAGE COUNT: 104 pages

SIZE: 5x8"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1591280818

ISBN-13: 9781591280811

PUB. DATE: November 26, 2010

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
Great book

Solid, practical, Scriptural

Tracy Rickel

Very happy with the book.

Mikayla Dalley

I read this book a few years ago and loved it so I purchased it for my daughter in law who is now pregnant with our first grand baby. :) I pray the wisdom gained from this book will be a blessing to her and her family forever as it has been for us!

Erin Wood
Wonderful book!!!!

This book was so encouraging, convicting and so helpful as a mom of little kids. It wasn’t just fluffy encouragement. I made me run to Jesus. I recommend it for every mom.

Adriana Loftus
ouch and yippee

this book was extremely great (and crazy convicting). Rachel, thanks for saying true things and helping me to reorient my thinking and to help me not just chill out about the messiness of life with littles but actually...enjoy the ride!