Just Moms

Conveying the principles and the practice of justice to young children is no small task. In this poignant, honest, and sometimes witty collection of stories, 27 women share their adventures and misadventures modeling social-justice principles for their children and communities. Just Moms is about moms bending their own rules and redefining success as they work to raise kids who value peace, equality, truth, simplicity, and love. This book is for you if: You teach nonviolence but your preschooler has shot you with a gun fashioned out of a stick; You try to practice contentment but have found yourself drained by the demands of raising special-needs children; or You believe in simplicity but have let your kids cajole you into increasing their collection of useless trinkets. Just Moms is about finding hope in what looks like a perfect mess.

Author

Melanie Springer Mock is a Professor of English at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore. In 2009, she won the GFU Undergraduate Faculty of the Year award, and in 2015, she received the GFU Undergraduate Researcher of the Year award. She is the author or co-author of five books, including the forthcoming Worthy: Finding Yourself in a World Expecting Someone Else (Herald Press, April 2018). Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, Christian Feminism TodayThe Chronicle of Higher Education, and Mennonite World Review, among other places. She blogs about (and deconstructs) images of women embedded in evangelical popular culture at Ain’t I a Woman? Springer Mock lives in Dundee, Ore., with her husband and two teenaged sons; she also has two stepchildren and two grandchildren.