More than just a card; more than just a book—this is a keepsake every mom will surely treasure. If you’re looking for the perfect way to say, “I Love You, Mom”, look no further than this special book by mother-daughter duo Blythe Daniel and Dr. Helen McIntosh. Read our Joyful Life book review to learn more about this unique book.
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How many ways are there to say, “I love you, Mom?”
It’s the deepest sentiment of affection we have about one of the most important relationships in our life. “I love you” is a phrase that expresses fondness, closeness, gratitude, and family. One that you, as a mother, have likely heard a thousand times yet never grow tired of hearing.
“I love you” is expressed at first through the gentle eye contact between mother and child, then through smiles and coos and a tiny hand squeezing a finger ever-so-tightly. As sounds and words slowly become a means of expression, this endearing phrase comes out in toddler-speak. “I yuv you” or “wub you, mama.” As the baby talk and toddler years fade into the distant past, the words grow in depth as the mother-child relationship deepens. “Love you, Mom!” is called out over her shoulder at the grade school drop-off or uttered quickly as he ducks out of the car his freshman year of high school, before being whispered urgently alongside the tightest hug in that bittersweet goodbye at college.
Words to a Mother’s Soul
Mothers cherish the affectionate words “I love you” from their children. Heartfelt gifts are sweet, decor items for the home are beautiful, and specially-planned experiences are wonderful. But there’s something especially poignant about carefully chosen words of encouragement directed pointedly at the heart that deeply serves a mother’s soul.
“I Love You, Mom” was written for a son or daughter to give to their mother, specifically to encourage her with the gift of words. Through a deep bond and years of relationship, mother-daughter duo Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh have crafted a beautiful and heartfelt devotional collection. “I Love You, Mom” is a lovely follow-up to their previous joint work, “Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters,” an incredible resource for mothers and daughters (you can read our review of Mended here). With space for personal notes, journaling lines for additional reflection, and words conveying character qualities and attributes moms yearn to hear, “I Love You, Mom” is more than just a card; more than just a book—it’s a keepsake.
The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift
The most treasured gifts are always the ones that come from the heart. They are the gifts that are so deeply personal that the receiver’s heart swells. The cards with such beautiful words of affection within that cause tears to well at the corners of the reader’s eyes.
But sometimes it can be hard to pick out a card or a gift that expresses the love you intend to convey, especially if you haven’t had the best relationship. And it can be especially hard when that much-loved recipient is your mom.
What Could you Get for a Mother?
A mother is often the one who steers the ship of the family, serving and sacrificing at every turn to love and care for each individual member. She is the one who gives of herself continually so that her children might flourish. Selflessly she teaches, guides, directs, and shepherds little hearts day by day that they might grow in wisdom and stature. A mother is the one who wipes runny noses and changes diapers and sits in carpool lines and cheers at soccer games. Her life is a reflection of the ultimate Caretaker and Helper; her sacrificial love mirrors the unrelenting love of the Father.
What gift could possibly convey all that a mother deserves? How can a son or daughter compile the right words to tell their mother just how special she is?
What if I told you there was a gift that could express the depth of affection between mother and child. That there was a way to share words of encouragement more thoughtfully and personally than any trinket ever could?
Inside the Book
“I Love You, Mom” couples personalized notes and journaling space with thoughtful encouragement. Its reflections invite mothers to remembrance of their worth and meditation on the heart of their Savior. With 25 devotions based on various Scripture passages, this book will usher a mother’s heart into a space of rest. It will gently remind her of who she is in Christ and how much she means to her Father and to her children.
Each devotion includes reflections on specific Bible verses that are intended to prompt the reader to slowly meditate on the heart of the passage. Every devotion is followed by a short encouragement highlighting a specific characteristic that is true of a mother.
Mom, you are a treasure.
You are a servant.
Mom, you are loved.
You are a legacy.
Say I Love You
Blythe Daniel is a literary agent and marketer with 20 plus years of experience in publishing. She has written for “Focus on the Family” and “Today’s Christian Living.” Her agency represents authors to publishers, and through marketing campaigns and their blog network. She and her mother, Dr. Helen McIntosh, are the co-authors of “Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters” and “I Love You, Mom.” Blythe lives in Colorado with her husband and three children.
Dr. Helen McIntosh (EdD, Counseling Psychology) is a counselor, speaker, educator, and author of “Messages to Myself” and “Eric, Jose & The Peace Rug®” Her work has appeared in “Guideposts,” “ParentLife,” and “HomeLife” magazines. She resides in Georgia with her husband Jim. They have two children and five grandchildren.
Find more about them at www.ourmendedhearts.com.
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