Motherhood Is Holy Work

Mother and blogger (Coffee + Crumbs) Ashlee Gadd debuts her newest book, The Magic of Motherhood (Zondervan) this month.

What are the differences between writing a blog and writing a book?

Writing a book feels more permanent. As a writer, you’re always evolving and improving (or at least, you hope to be), so it’s actually quite scary to think that the words in a book will live on forever, just as they are. I can’t change them or edit them or improve them anymore. I’m used to editing my blog posts at 11 p.m. the night before they go live, so this has been a real challenge for me—to let go and call it good enough.

What do you hope readers will take away from The Magic of Motherhood?

Motherhood is such a complex range of experiences and emotions. There is always so much to celebrate and grieve, often at the same time. In this book, we’ve tried to capture a little bit of everything: the good stuff, the hard stuff, and everything in between. We wanted to show that motherhood is not a one-size-fits-all type of job, and we wanted to offer hope and encouragement in the mundane and bittersweet moments of raising children. My greatest hope is that readers will feel understood and known.

What should we tell readers about your book?

Motherhood is holy work. This work matters to our kids, to the world, to God. Whether we’re drowning in dirty dishes or crying on the bathroom floor because we’ve never felt more invisible, the truth is tiny miracles are happening all around us, all of the time. We’ve tried to capture as many as possible in The Magic of Motherhood.