Book Review: Letting Go of Perfect by Amy Spiegel


Often times, when I read a book by a Mom geared to Moms, I go through a strange cycle of elation and despair.

The cycle goes like this:

  1. Read book. Get super-psyched because now I have all the weaponry I need to attack the job of mothering and be super excellent, effective and efficient.
  2. Try to implement book ideas. Get mad at my kids when they don’t react like the book said they should.
  3. Yell at kids. Cry on the couch after they go to bed.
  4. Repeat step one (with a new book).

Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity by Amy E. Spiegel is not the kind of book that makes me go through this cycle. It’s not a how-to book, it’s a how-it-really-is book. Which is much more helpful.

In the following video, I share my reflections on Spiegel’s new book, a couple of my big takeaways, and why I believe this is a really helpful read for Moms who are sometimes just trying to make it through the day:

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Title: Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity
Author: Amy E. Spiegel
Publisher: B&H Books (2012)

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  • Ben Thorp

    Great review – you make me want to read the book, and I’m not even a woman! 😉