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Beth Burke
Reviewer Beth Burke: Beth is a college professor and freelance editor. She recently retired as a homeschooling mom when her son graduated high school. Her love of books spans half a century, during which time she has read from a wide range of genres. In her free time she creates quilts and tends to a garden.  
By Beth Burke
Published on January 17, 2012
 



Authors: Jennifer Pate and Barbara Machen

Publisher: Vanguard Press

ISBN: 978-1-59315-683-1



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Authors: Jennifer Pate and Barbara Machen

Publisher: Vanguard Press

ISBN: 978-1-59315-683-1

I was not disappointed to discover that the authors of Jen and Barb, Mom Life have put together a book that not only helps new moms reinvent themselves, but can be applied to women of any age and at any point in life. Reading their new book, The Mothers of Reinvention: Reclaim Your Identity...Unleash Your Potential...Love Your Life through the eyes of a grandmother and empty-nester, I found plenty to inspire me to regain my personal goals and vision for my life.

The authors have compiled anecdotes from their own lives as well as stories from others that illustrate some of the frustrations and roadblocks that new mothers often experience. From these accounts, they analyze the problems and offer thoughtful advice. Much of this is through the use of self-survey questions, allowing the reader to do some introspection and really think about what they need and desire in their new role.

When I read the book with my older perspective, I still found many of these exercises and much of their advice to be applicable to me, as I enter a new phase of life which requires adjustment, decisions, and just looking at the road I’m on and the road ahead. I think it is possible for anyone at any point in their life to use tools such as these mothers offer to keep focused. It’s a lot like having a roadmap handy on a car trip.

The one criticism I have of the book is that the final chapter, which is entitled , “Reinvent You: The ten-Step Guide to Loving Your Life,” isn’t longer. I think the authors might have made this a little meatier, given the abundance of life stories they had to draw on in the rest of the book.

Also, there do not seem to be many links to resources. In this Internet-dependent society, there are myriad blogs, websites, and other linkable resources that apply to the topics in the book, and it might have been beneficial to include some of them for readers to access. Their own website has several links, but the reader has to first get to their site. A simple list of resources as an appendix might have helped.

Overall, the conversational style of the book was warm and inviting.

About the Authors as posted on Amazon

Jennifer Pate is the mother of two, Cooper and Lilah, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband Jonas. After retiring from a professional dance career that spanned ten years, Jennifer became a casting director for TV and film, and co-founded Colloff, Fishman, and Britt Casting. She then went on to her most interesting and challenging career of all: becoming a stay-at-home mom. Currently, Jen is the co-creator and co-host of the award winning web series “Jen and Barb, Mom Life.”

Barbara Machen is the mother of twins, India and Soraya, and lives in Los Angeles with her husband of twelve years, Shahrad. Raised by a single mother on government assistance, Barb received a full scholarship to the University of Southern California, graduating with a BA in Communications. By age twenty-five, Barb owned her own marketing company, but after becoming a mother, she quickly learned how it felt to go from a confident woman to a scared and insecure mother. This led her to co-create and co- host the award-winning web series “Jen and Barb, Mom Life.”

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