Surprised by Motherhood

  • by Lisa-Jo Baker
  • Narrated by Lisa-Jo Baker
  • 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most people who talk about motherhood start out by telling you how much they always wanted to be a mom.
Not Lisa-Jo Baker. She was 18 and growing up in South Africa when her mom died, and she swore she would never have kids. But then she fell in love with an American boy with cowboy-green eyes, married him, and now, a decade and two continents later, they have three. This is the unlikely story of how she got there.
Along the way, she has discovered three key things about motherhood. One, motherhood is hard. Two, motherhood is glorious. Three, motherhood is very hard. And while she wouldn’t trade it, she would throw out all the parenting advice that made her feel like she was somehow failing this test of womanhood. Because all the "what to expect" books in the world can never truly prepare you for the sheer exhilaration, joy, and terrifying love that accompanies motherhood.This audiobook is a reminder that being a mom isn’t about succeeding at some parenting checklist - it’s about what motherhood prepares us for while we’re busy preparing for it; how a new identity brings new meaning for our future and new appreciation of our past; and how there is wonder to be found in the daily merry-go-round of dishes, laundry, and tiny humans.

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Encouragement is a Superpower

Would you consider the audio edition of Surprised by Motherhood to be better than the print version?

It's quite special to hear Lisa-Jo's beautiful South African accent.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Surprised by Motherhood?

When Lisa- Jo describe Jesus knitting through the night, weaving the moments of our life and the surprises together and smiling at the beauty of it all.


What does Lisa-Jo Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

You can hear her deep love for her country, her family, and most of all her God. Listening to her story inspired me.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because I didn't want it to end. I stretched the listening out over days.


Any additional comments?

Lisa-Jo’s book is a Mama’s coming of age tale. As a South-African woman-child, who lost her mother at eighteen Lisa-Jo vowed to never have children, yet Jesus in his great patience and wisdom walked beside her towards a man who loved her something fierce and next to her in a new role (one of many she filled) of “Mama” where He could show her the Father’s ferocious love for his daughter. Lisa-Jo’s words are poetic, oftentimes heartbreaking, always Shalom soaked. The truth in her story made me whole. While listening to her read, healing occurred in the deep places where my own hurts around motherhood hid behind lies. Seriously, I think I fell in love with both Jesus and my family anew after listening to, “Surprised by Motherhood”.

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- Osheta

Refreshingly real and relatable

Beautifully written and read by the author. So refreshingly real. My only complaint? It ended too soon.
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- ashley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2014
  • Publisher: Oasis Audio