Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry

by Katrina Kenison

Other authorsMelanie Marder Parks (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2000



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EC meditation & spirituality


Warner Books (2000), Hardcover, 224 pages


In this practical, lyrical, and heartfelt wake-up call, a devoted parent and respected editor offers reflections, stories, and advice about how readers can nurture their children's souls and have their own souls nurtured in return.


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Physical description

224 p.; 8.3 inches


0340793651 / 9780340793657

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LibraryThing member saskreader
This is an invaluable collection of essays for any mother who has ever wished life could be slower, less complicated, or more meaningful. I loved every essay here, and will read them many times over as I journey through motherhood. In particular, I found the essays on reconnecting with nature, cutting out TV, storytelling, and surrendering a bit of control to be the most interesting and useful for me. I recommend this book to all mothers (and even fathers).… (more)
LibraryThing member ShorelineStories
Kenison shares her journey of parenting with honesty and humility, providing the reader with many "a-ha" moments. A wonderful book that reminds women to sit back, enjoy the ride, and live in the moment.
LibraryThing member elenchus
Addressed specifically to mothers but the content is relevant to parents generally. Each essay covers a principle and illustrates it with recollections of Kenison's two boys, as well as her ideals for parenting and life.

Conversational tone, but substantive. There are few if any unique insights, but many would be revolutionary, applied consistently. One example is her discussion of keeping the Sabbath, begun first as an effort to clear a space for her family: no chores, no time spent on work deadline, allow the day to shape itself based on what she, her husband, her two sons decide they want to do that day. Cook if she feels like it, not to put a meal on the table. It becomes the favourite day of week for the family. Only later is churchgoing included (because she wanted to go, when before it felt like a low priority given all that had to be done before Monday). Adapting such an outlook certainly would have a radical effect on my life, but it would be the practice, not the principle itself that would be responsible.

Kenison admits she falls short of these principles herself: the point is to strive and keep the principles in sight.


Read aloud to each other over the course of 4 months, this second reading as enjoyable as the first. Worth revisiting -- as a reminder of our parenting ideals, yes, but equally useful to keep ourselves grounded.
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LibraryThing member JoannaRuth
I really identified with the premise of slowing down family life in a hurried culture and taking the time to enjoy what really matters at the end of the day. Some of the author's suggestions for doing this are a bit idealistic, at least for me, but that's okay. It's still food for thought. One thing I was disappointed by in the book, however, is how she tiptoes around the topics of God and spirituality. I would have liked this book to be clearly rooted in Christian principals, and not just vaguely referencing the spiritual realm of life. It appeared that this author was a Christian, but seemed like she wanted to make the book appealing to mothers of any religion, and I felt that cheapened the result.… (more)




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