Book Review: Tiny Blue Lines

Recently my writer friend, Chaunie, released her first book and she was kind enough to send me a copy to review it on my blog. First let me say that Chaunie is amazing. I met her when I took her writing class a while back ago and she has been invaluable to me as I have set out to make a writing career of my own. She is always encouraging and available to give advice. So, thanks, Chaunie!

I have really enjoyed following Chaunie's blog, Tiny Blue Lines, which focuses on encouraging young mothers, especially those who have faced unplanned pregnancies. I was excited to hear she would be publishing a book about this very subject and was really interested to read it. 

I'll start off by saying that Liam was not an unplanned pregnancy. Alex and I wanted to get pregnant and were very excited to welcome a new baby into our family. Isabel, however, was not planned (by the way, unplanned doesn't mean unwanted, there is a difference). It's funny because even though I was married and already had a child I felt a lot of the shame and fear Chaunie felt when she found out she was unexpectedly pregnant while in college. I felt like we were in no position to have another baby and hesitated to share the news with our family. Add to that the fact that I look pretty young and my kids are very close in age and people in Miami are always imposing their rude opinions...I just about went crazy while I was pregnant with Isabel. 

Reading Chaunie's book really resonated with me. I especially enjoyed the part where she talks about how having children has helped guide her into a career that she may not have considered otherwise. Chaunie studied nursing in college and has worked as a labor and delivery nurse for several years...but through having children she discovered her passion for writing and she has been working towards her goal of being a full-time writer ever since. She now writes for several websites and hello! - she published a book! Chaunie is basically my hero. I've enjoyed writing since I was very young. I used to keep journals (there's a huge box full of them in my parents garage) and write short stories. I've been blogging for years and years, but never considered making a career out of it. When I took Chaunie's writing class, and read her book, I realized that I don't have to give up on my dreams, especially not because I became a mother at a young-ish age. Chaunie said it best in chapter two of her book, "The bottom line is, don't lose sight of who you are just because you are a mother. Don't sell yourself short. You may need to do a little reconfiguring to get there, but you can combine selfhood and motherhood." Preach it!

You can purchase Chaunie's book, Tiny Blue Lines: Reclaiming Your Life, Preparing for Your Baby, and Moving Forward with Faith in an Unplanned Pregnancy, on amazon. Also check out this link for more info.

Oh, and it's totally Chaunie's birthday today! Make her day and purchase a copy of her book today. You will love it.