NW Healthy Mama Book Club- Schedule and Week 1 Questions 11


Welcome to the first ever NW Healthy Mama Book Club! One of our readers suggested we do this and I thought it was a great idea, so here we are! In my first post about the book club, I gave you all a list of 7 different books. You voted and ‘Yes Please’ won….with the newest book by Jen Hatmaker coming in as a close second. 

I hadn’t read this book before and so I didn’t really know what to expect. Kelle Hampton from “Enjoying the Small Things” gave it a raving review and so, I had it on my wishlist for awhile. As I’ve been reading it, there’s a lot that I really enjoy, like for example, the “Birthing Plan” section had me rolling with laughter, while my husband was trying to fall asleep next to me.  Oh.My.Gosh. SO FUNNY.

But…..To keep it real, I just have to mention that I had NO idea what a potty mouth she has in this book. So, if you think I’m personally endorsing this book or that kind of language, please know that I am not. I just had to get that out there so, we’re all clear. Got it? Awesome.

Okay, so here’s how the book club will work! 

  • Every week we will have a certain amount that we should read and I’ll be posting 3 questions to spark discussion.
  • Here’s the cool part….the discussion questions will be related to the book, but if you didn’t get all your reading done, they will also be general enough for you to still participate! So, no worries if you get behind, or if you want to participate without reading along.  Answer the questions and participate anyway!
  • To grow in community with one another and discuss the book together, you should answer the discussion questions in the comments section below. I encourage you to respond to each other! Don’t be shy! I wish we could all sit around a table and drink coffee together, but since we don’t all live in the same area, we need to make this work. So, be brave and speak up. 

Here’s the schedule!

  • Week 1 (September 20th): Read the beginning of the book through page 61 and answer the questions below
  • Week 2 (September 20th): Read pages 65-93
  • Week 3 (September 27th): Read pages 97-145
  • Week 4 (October 4th): Read pages 149-201
  • Week 5 (October 11th): Read pages 201-245
  • Week 6 (October 18th): Read pages 245-286
  • Week 7 (October 25th): Read pages 287-the end 
  • Possible In-Person Coffee Night to wrap this up? If you think that would be fun, let me know your vote for a location. Even if only some of us could make it, I still think it would be so fun!

Here are the discussion questions to kick off our first week! Answer them throughout this week and be sure to interact with each other. We’re all so new to this so, don’t hold back. 

On page 8 she talks about how we all have an inner voice inside of us. That voice is either kind and encouraging, or negative and degrading. What is your inner voice like? Are you kind and supportive of yourself or do you need to work on this?

On page 20 she talks about being a plain girl with tons of personality.  She says “If you’re lucky, there is a moment in your life when you have some say in what your currency will be…Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who get this are happier.”  She calls herself a plain girl with tons of personality. How would you describe yourself?

On page 61, she talks about calling your parents and asking them to describe the day you were born. What would they say? Share about the day you were born and what you love or don’t love about your birth story. 

Happy discussing! I can’t wait to read your answers!

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Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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11 thoughts on “NW Healthy Mama Book Club- Schedule and Week 1 Questions

  • Jill

    I’m several chapters in and I just can’t motivate myself to pick this book up anymore. I think it’s a combination of the language and the fact that she (Amy) has a completely different set of values than I have… At any rate, I’ll skip this book and discussion. But thank you for the work you put into setting it up. I’ll try to join the next one…

  • Sareh

    HI Angela! Thanks for all the hard work you’ve put into this! I’ve a small group of girls who are meeting up next week to chat. They’re from different “groups” in my life and I’m excited for them to meet one another. I too have not been as in love with this book as I thought I would be after so many great reviews. But I think you pulled great questions out of the content!

    I’m going to answer the questions in different comments to maybe create different threads? We’ll see how it goes!
    1. Inner Voice: 2 years ago, I would have answered that my inner voice was always positive and encouraging. Most of my life I have been able to separate my looks, actions and accomplishments from my value. I didn’t realize that was a big deal until I was an adult and found out how many people struggle with that, especially we women with our appearance. I think this value I’ve always placed in myself is a combination of my innate personality, my mother’s deep love and good handling of appearance in adolescence and teaching from childhood that I am a child of God and loved just for being created as such. After the birth of my second daughter, I was hit with pretty severe postpartum depression and anxiety. One of the biggest places it affected me was my inner voice. I’ve worked hard since diagnosis to realize that the thoughts and feelings I have against myself are results of feelings and not fact and to regain that sense of self apart from anything I do.

    • Angela Strand Post author

      Hi Sareh! I love that you’re gathering a group of girls to get together and visit. Take a picture of you all and tag NW Healthy Mama! I hope you all have so much fun!
      I can relate on the inner voice thing, since I developed anxiety too, after my 3rd baby. I love that you are working towards distinguishing feelings and facts, since I can be definitely driven by my feelings as well.
      You’re awesome.

  • Sareh

    2. Currency.
    I thought what Amy said about this was brilliant! I don’t think I would voice it as bluntly but I think we all do find out our easiest currency when we are young. When we were kids, my sister was labeled ‘the pretty one’ and I was ‘the smart one.’ And both labels were hurtful. But I will say that I am thankful that I was valued for my thoughts more then my looks as a kid. I think at different times in my life, I have used different currencies: being small, being sweet and innocent, being sexier, being smart, being funny, being the caring one. In my thirties, I think I know myself well and can put myself forward more wholly. I am smart and pretty and funny and caring.

  • Sareh

    3. Birth Story
    My mom likes to tell me my birth story every year. She had left my dad to give birth a few states away in a tiny town where her mom and dad grew up. She stayed with her grandmother who fed her huge, homemade meals and told her she was gaining too much weight. On my due date the doctor gave her castor oil, she drank an Indian herb tea and she walked miles and miles of small town sidewalk. Her cousin was the delivery nurse and I was the only baby born in the hospital that day after 7 hours of unmedicated labor. Her mother’s first words upon seeing me, (to her forever embarrassment), were, “I hope that child is as rotten as you were.”
    When I think of this story, I see a girl who was too young to have a baby but determined to figure it out. I see a severely dysfunctional family that still managed to surround her and help her. I see my mom’s pride in her natural birth that has put down my choice for an epidural and misunderstood the medical reasons for my two c-sections. I see a reflection of the ying yang nature of my mother and my relationship still.
    I really hope that the way I tell my girls their crazy birth stories will reflect how much I love them and adore them and how incredibly special those life changing days are to me.