Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mother of the Bride By Cheryl Barker

Mothers in today's world wear many hats and struggle to keep the stress in their lives at manageable levels. Add the delightful but demanding new hat of mother of the bride (MOB) to the roles they are already juggling, and you have a host of middle-aged moms pushed to their limits, in desperate need of an empathetic voice and moments of nourishing relaxation.While trying to maintain life as they knew it before their daughters' big announcements, MOBs are called upon to magically morph into wedding planners, help their daughters navigate the journey to the altar, and establish new and loving relationships with their prospective sons- in-law and their families. With all focus, financial and otherwise, dedicated to the brides and the weddings themselves, the needs of mothers of the bride are overlooked. Mother of the Bride will help MOBs step away from the hurried pace of daily life complicated by a demanding new role. It will offer them the refreshment found in discovering community as they take time for themselves time to be encouraged, to gain helpful insight and practical tips, and to enjoy the feminine beauty of a book designed just for them. Through essays featuring relevant quotes or Scriptures, personal stories, nuggets of wisdom, simple suggestions for personal pampering, journaling opportunities, communication aids, and practical tips for wedding planning, Mother of the Bride will nurture the all-important but too often neglected mother of the bride.
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Cheryl is a writer from Kansas who loves the Lord and longs for her words to be a blessing to others. Her heart’s desire is to refresh spirits and nourish souls.

Cheryl grew up in a house full of girls. Along with her mom and three sisters, they had her dad outnumbered five to one. Right in the middle of her college years, she married a fun-loving but dedicated biology student named Don. After graduating with a BSED and a major in English from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, Cheryl taught English for a short time before becoming a stay-at-home mom to daughters Kristin and Kelli. During her daughters’ teenage years, she began freelance writing on a part-time basis. Kristin and Kelli grew up to be amazing women who brought equally amazing men into their family as sons-in-law. No one could be prouder of their kids than Cheryl and Don are of Kristin and Shawn and Kelli and Jake. And now their family includes precious twin grandsons with another set of twins on the way!

Cheryl’s work has appeared in magazines, compilation books, and other publications as well as in Blue Mountain Arts greeting cards and also their gift book anthologies and calendars. She started her inspirational/devotional blog in 2007 and also launched a blog for mothers of the bride in 2013. She edits and publishes Life Notes, her quarterly inspirational newsletter that features her work along with that of other writers.

When she’s not writing or tending to life’s chores, Cheryl loves to spend time with family and friends, take photos, sing in her church choir, teach preschool Sunday school, read, go to movies with Don, and stay involved in her church and her writers group. Last, but certainly not least, she loves to indulge in daily doses of chocolate.
I call this book a keepsake. The perfect gift.
Its full of wisdom, humor and stories from Barker.
I love the way you can make it personal there is a place to write Mother of the Bride musings.
The wedding planning tips are great. there is so much in this little book.
Oh did I mention the cover is just gorgeous. You are going to love everything about this keepsake, gift.
I was given a copy of this book by the author as a gift for my honest review.


  1. I love the cover. Sounds like a great gift.

  2. Sounds like a great book just in time to give as a gift for Christmas!

  3. What a wonderful idea, I love this. Its never been done before.

  4. Where did you find something like this I love it. That cover

  5. I see some great gifts for those I know.

  6. I hope I win this one. I love it, it's beautiful.

  7. I love that there are places to write your thoughts in this. Weddings are always hard on moms so this is much needed.

  8. I just went to Amazon and it's priced right. I got two our church is always having weddings so this is a nice gift idea.

  9. I can think of a couple people in church that I can gift this to. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Mary, thanks so much for featuring my book today and for your wonderful review! So glad you enjoyed the book and are happy to share it with your readers!

    And thanks to all who are leaving comments about how beautiful the book is and what a great gift it will make. Hope it blesses many!

  11. And by the way, Samuel and Silas, the other set of twin grandsons, are here now! We are blessed beyond measure!

  12. Almost makes me wish I had girls so I could be the mother of the bride. Almost. :)

    I'll keep it in mind for friends with daughters.

    1. Tracy, you would love being a mother of the bride! :) Thanks for keeping it in mind for others!

  13. Beautiful, beautiful book, for sure! Thank you, Mary for your shining review.

  14. YEP My kinda book !! Blessings ,DanaGirl