Endorsements and Reviews:
Love You More
Cathleen Falsani/Huffington Post on Love You More:
"Intoxicatingly honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny, the memoir manages to be both entertaining and instructive for all parents, whether they have adopted children, are considering adoption or not. Grant's wit and wisdom make for an invaluable user's guide (in the spirit of Anne Lamott's book Operating Instructions) for parents, particularly mothers and fathers of faith who hope to impart a loving, selfless and open-hearted worldview to their children."
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Love You More is a powerful, tender, and eloquent memoir that captures the pain and angst, and ultimately the triumph and overwhelming joy of family, faith, and adoption.
Maurice Possley, author, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and adoptive father
So much written about adoption seems to overlook this essential truth: adoption is about love. Jennifer Grant's story demonstrates this, in every sentence and paragraph, on every page. She tells a story of adoption that is smart, funny, and brutally honest, in prose that shines. I finished her book feeling like I'd found a wise new friend.
Jessica O'Dwyer, author, Mamalita
Jennifer Grant writes beautifully, and from the heart. Her journey through mothering, parenthood, family life, and the serendipity of adoption is shared with infinite wisdom and humor.
Christie Mellor, author, The Three-Martini Playdate
If you're looking for a warm cuddly story of the miracle of adoption, you should probably find a different book. But if you are longing for someone to unveil the beauty, the mystery, the grief, the wonder, the pain, and the messiness of adoption and parenting, then you have come to the right place. Jennifer Grant doesn't gloss over the hard truth that every adoption begins with a loss but that's what makes her story so compelling, so honest, so, so, so good. Told with grace, humor, and a generous spirit, Love You More is a gift for every parent who has ever loved a child.
Carla Barnhill, author, The Myth of the Perfect Mother
Tender, touching, and informative. The red thread Jennifer talks about will reach out and touch every person who picks up Love You More. It is a story that will make you laugh, give you goose bumps, and make you cry, sometimes within the span of a paragraph. More importantly, it is a story of God’s movement within the heart of a woman and her family that leads to a divine destiny called Mia!
Anita Lustrea, executive producer/co-host, Midday Connection and author, What Women Tell Me
I could not love Love You More more! Jennifer offers readers wisdom, wit and laid-bare honesty, resulting in a beautiful book that not only shows the Divine at work in her family, but helps us all see the Divine at work in our own families.
Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, author, Grumble Hallelujah and Mama's Got a Fake I.D.
Love You More is a wonderful story of family and faith, hope and love. For those considering adoption, this book is both inspirational and practical. To the rest of us, the book is a delightful and personal story of a very special family.
Dale Hanson Bourke, author, Embracing Your Second Calling
’Listen to your life,’ Frederick Buechner famously urged us. The sacred is all around us, all the time, in the sorrows and in the joys, in the moments that seem trivial and in those that feel almost epic. From page one of her courageously vulnerable, intoxicatingly funny memoir about faith, family and so much more, it is clear that Jennifer Grant listens to her life with great care. She finds the God of grace — the One who makes connections between people that we’d never make ourselves — in each pot of mac-and-cheese, sticky little hand, doctor’s visit, late-night lawn mowing and unlikely-friend-turned-family-member that decorate her life. Love You More will bring a tear to your eye, a lump to your throat and more than a few gut-busting laughs to your soul as Grant invites us into her life, gives us a seat at her kitchen counter (with a cup of fair-trade coffee and a granola bar), and tells us her stories. Love stories, really, written by God for all of us to share.
Cathleen Falsani, award-winning religion columnist and author, Sin Boldly
If you are a mom, or await the privilege, you will be captivated by Jennifer Grant 's Love You More: the Divine Surprise of Adopting my Daughter. It is a love story; a story of a mother's love; for God, for herself, her husband, her children, her friends, and for a toddler, living worlds away, awaiting her adoptive mother's arrival. This book glorifies our most precious role--mom. Read it and then pass it on to every mom you know.
Amy Hilbrich Davis, founder of inspiringMoms
Jennifer’s story opens the reader’s eyes and heart to the very personal process of becoming a family. From the opening pages I knew this was a story about the truth of parenting—all the ways that dreams and expectations bump up against reality and our selves. Jennifer’s is a blessed journey as she ‘shortens the thread’ that connects her to Mia and Mia to her destiny to live, laugh, and love with Jennifer, David, Theo, Ian, and Isabel. This book is the Eat, Pray, Love of parenting books with honesty and self-awareness for the divine journey of becoming a family and getting to know, I mean ‘learning to know’ one another.
Karen Deerwester, author, The Entitlement-Free Child
Anyone who has ever welcomed a child, whether through birth or adoption, will see themselves in this sweet family memoir. Jennifer Grant writes beautifully, evoking laughter and tears, often on the same page, as she shares her family’s journey. Her story is not just about adoption, but about how motherhood transforms us.
Keri Wyatt Kent, author, Breathe, Rest, and Deeper into the Word
Using words in place of brushes, Jennifer Grant paints a compelling portrait of a loving family, led by God's invisible threads...Divine Alignment...to adopt a baby born in another land.”
SQuire Rushnell, author, When God Winks book series
Jennifer Grant's moving and memorable Love You More stirs your heart, her thoughtful and beautiful prose engages your mind and soul, and her family anecdotes make you wish you could meet them in person, right away! This is not just a book for those considering adoption or who are currently adoptive parents. It's a book that will touch anyone who has experienced more love for their family members than they can express in words. Thankfully, Grant has found a way to do so.
Helen Lee, author, The Missional Mom
The Englewood Review of Books on MOMumental:
"To encourage and aid the sanity of every mother, Jennifer Grant wrote MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family. Ms. Grant’s own childhood and parenting experiences provide the impetus for the book. “A latchkey kid from a broken home” (5), her ideas about marriage and family began developing early, mostly in opposition to what she lived. MOMumental is an uplifting and enheartening read. Grant’s writing style is authentic and personable. The stories that she shares teach moral and parenting lessons by example (both what to do and what not to do). But, they do so in a relatable way. The reader does not feel as if Grant is displaying her mothering superiority or shining a light upon her extraordinary children - her tone is warm and down-to-earth."
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Wow. Jennifer Grant's, MOMumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family is more than a parenting book. It is a love story, a must read for every Mom (and Dad!). With gut-wrenching honesty, Grant reminds us that imperfection should be celebrated, not feared, because we find beauty, grace and redemption in the messiness of real life. A life-changing book that will inspire you to enjoy a calm, connected life with your children, no matter how imperfect.
Kirk Martin, founder of CelebrateCalm.com and CelebrateADHD.com
After graduate studies in child development I was certain of one thing: the only parenting book that I would ever consider giving to a friend would be Bettelheim’s A Good Enough Parent. The title says it all. With Jennifer Grant’s new book, MOMumental, I could feel confident passing along a companion text. Through her engaging stories, Grant lets us know how she journeyed from the dream of becoming an exceptional mother to her understanding that parenting is a messy and joyous art. Jennifer Grant does not give us prescriptions or answers. She shares the wisdom about parenting that she developed on this journey.
Jim Gill, musician, author and child development specialist
This lovely, honest look at mothering will encourage every woman who has wondered if she has what it takes to succeed at life's most important calling. Filled with humor, poignant anecdotes, and great advice, MOMumental should be on every Mom's shelf.
Dale Hanson Bourke, author of Everyday Miracles and Embracing Your Second Calling
Readers have come to expect humor, warmth and wisdom from Jennifer Grant. And MOMumental does not disappoint. Packed with stories of her successes and failures as a mom, Grant gives moms--and dads--a real treasure in this book: the knowledge that none of us is perfect and yet each of us is up to the momumental task of building a great family.
Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, author of Grumble Hallelujah and Mama's Got a Fake I.D.
Like a much-needed, laughter-filled conversation with the best of friends, reading MOMumental centers me as a mom, reminding me to be content with the blessings of sometimes-messy family life. And it inspires me to ask myself the right questions, to seek after what's truly meaningful, and to dream the very best dreams for my kids.
Kelli B. Trujillo, author of Faith-Filled Moments: Helping Kids See God in Everyday Life and The Busy Mom's Guide to Spiritual Survival
In MOMumental, Jennifer Grant stares down the monster of idealized parenthood, laying bare her own dreams and failures as a mom, and ultimately offering up a gentler, more effective model. Any mom living the competitive lifestyle that is modern motherhood will find relief, companionship, and encouragement in this delightful book.
Lara Krupicka, writer, speaker and mother
MOMumental is like having a cup of tea with a wise sister. Affirming, funny, and poignant, Jennifer Grant gives us all permission to loosen up, make mistakes, and love our kids like crazy.
Monica Selby, freelance writer, blogger, and mommy of three
Jennifer Grant has done it again. Momumental, marked by Grant’s trademark humor, is a delicious weaving of her insights on parenting and family life. By just a few pages in, I was musing to myself, “Man, she’s the real deal.” Though Grant humbly confesses her faults and foibles, it’s crystal clear to the rest of us that she’s really got a good handle on this whole parenting business. Read this book. You’ll be glad you did. I was.
Margot Starbuck, author of Small Things with Great Love, The Girl in the Orange Dress, and Unsqueezed.
Jennifer Grant's new book MOMumental is as refreshing as a latte or wine break, as forgiving as your best friend, and a lot cheaper than a therapist. By sharing her hard-won personal wisdom and witty, intelligent writing, Grant will make you realize that your kids will be fine -- and so will you. Though her personal faith infuses her philosophy, this book never seems preachy. She provides a great example for all parents trying to raise kids at a healthy distance from the most offensive aspects of popular so-called culture.
Meg Cox, author of The Book of New Family Traditions: How to Create Great Rituals for Holidays & Everyday
Once again, Jennifer Grant has written a memoir about parenting and family life that makes you want to sneak into her house and magically become one of her children, for as long as you can get away with it. And not because she is "the perfect mother," but because she is both candid about her struggles as a mom and yet also inspiring with her dreams and ideals for her family. Grant reminds us that amidst all the craziness and stress of modern-day parenting, no matter how flawed our mothering may sometimes be, we are all more than capable of doing that which is most important for our kids: loving them, connecting with them, being smitten with them. And I know that after you read MOMumental, you'll be smitten with Grant and her wonderful book.
Helen Lee, author of The Missional Mom
MOMumental did two things I didn't believe any book could do: Its wit and wisdom so completely enraptured me, I found myself taking notes — both mental and with actual pen and paper — so that I could return to its vast treasure trove of practical and spiritual wisdom, and share it with others. Moreover, it elicited such from-the-bottom-of-my-soul laughter and delight that I caused a full-blown scene on the cross-country plane ride where I read it, a feat I thought impossible to repeat after my descent into giggle fits at 35,000 feet while reading Tina Fey's Bossy Pants a few years back. ("What are you reading," the passenger next to me asked. I answered her by reading passages aloud, as she jotted down the author's name and title.) MOMumental is a book about parenting, family and intentional relationships for readers who normally avoid such fare like an overzealous street evangelist. (Raises hand.) Through the marvelous honesty and infectious humor with which Jennifer recounts her parenting adventures — each of them grounded in deeply inviting and transparently authentic real-world faith — MOMumental is a delightful and surprising gift to us all, one that I already have begun pressing into the hands of anyone who crosses my path (beginning with my seatmates and the flight attendants on that ride from Washington, D.C. to California.) Fasten your seat belts, folks, you're in for an unforgettable ride. (Oh, and parents: Don't forget to put your own oxygen masks on first before helping those around you. Really.)
Cathleen Falsani, author of The God Factor, Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace, and Belieber.
I love Jennifer Grant." In fact, every mom deserves at least one Jen Grant in her life. Jen's that friend who offers a healthy perspective, a good laugh and a good cry; sometimes all at the same time, while she affirms, honors, and celebrates you and your life as a mom. Jen specializes in joy. We need more Jens in the world! Jennifer's new book, Momumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family is an intelligent, honest, and life affirming memoir celebrating the unparalleled joys, unending rewards, and monumental challenges of motherhood -- the good, bad, and the wacky making.You will love this book!
Amy Hilbrich Davis