I’ve seen things, bad things. Things that make mother’s grip their children tighter and awaken with nightmares in their beds. I know fear- at 3000 feet and going 150mph- I stand in its face and say “no!” I’ve learned to take fear by the horns and wrestle it to the ground; will you join me and learn how to as well?
We’ve all heard the term ‘helicopter mom’- parents who ‘hover’ over their children in an attempt to keep them happy, safe, healthy, and alive. They hover because they fear. Helicopter Mom directly addresses the real life terror that all parents face with fearing for their children. Specifically designed for mothers, it gives a Christian, Biblical perspective on how to overcome these fears from the unique point of view of a helicopter flight nurse and mom who has vast experience in ‘hovering’. It takes lessons learned over my years as a flight nurse and puts them into practical, every day, Christian applications. There are anecdotes, stories, aviation information, and more that all knit together to bring about Biblical lessons and encouragement that all parents can easily relate to. Each chapter takes helicopter and EMS/nursing stories and knits them into an ongoing narrative that slowly paints a full picture of how to overcome fear. It is a sassy, funny, in-your-face, yet spiritually grounded journey that will have people laughing and learning spiritual truths all at the same time. This is a totally different approach to ‘self-help’ books, strap in and get ready to lift!
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Shout-Outs for Helicopter Mom
10/23/17 Helicopter Mom 5-star book review by Only a Little While blog.
8/25/17 MEDIA Interview with KODE TV.
7/19/17 Helicopter Mom book review by First and Second Blog.
7/1/17 Helicopter Mom book review by Glimpses of Jesus.
6/16/17 Newspaper Interview with the Lawrence County Record.
5/20/17 Want to know more about Helicopter Mom? Check out this Q&A With the Author at The World Sees Normal!
With literary talent and seemingly effortless transition, Douglas brings the reader to a place of profound understanding of the terror that might be the driving force behind hovering and controlling parental moves. Somehow, despite the weightiness of the subject matter, the author interjects humor at points that literally had me laughing out loud. Helicopter Mom also encourages a reflective spirit and Biblical study as the book helps to uncover the hidden issues that may lie within the reader. A foundational message presented throughout the book is the reminder that God is sovereign and because of this single fact, we can let go of our fears and place them in the hands of the Lord.
My takeaway after reading Helicopter Mom by Bethany Douglas is extensive. I’ll try to be brief, but there is so much goodness in this one, that it’s going to be hard for me to sum up. I’ll do my best. First, I have to mention the cover, because it is beautiful and has a colorful artistic flare that cannot be missed. Next, I believe this book will resonate within the depths of your heart as the sincerity from the author is palpable. The candor within the pages creates an ability to be honest with yourself about struggles that are warring within you. Third, this book begs to be revisited frequently and would make an excellent choice for a Women’s Bible study. Finally, Helicopter Momreminds us that our ultimate pilot is Christ, so we mustn’t panic on the journey, but rather we should apply the word of God to every fearful situation. The intentional action of scripture application in the midst of fear will shift our perspective to the strong arms of God and allow us to LIFT (Living~Intentionally~Fearlessly~Truthfully) above the fear. Excellent read!
-Karen Wiser, MO
Bethany just want to say another thank you for your book, Helicopter Mom. This week I have let Kendrick go to youth group at a different church and a date without me. He had chaperones but they were not me. I let go of the fear and let god be in control. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I went back today and reread some of my page turn downs. Lol.
For any of my friends who have children I highly recommend this book. If you have special needs children I doubly recommend this book. You will not regret the time you spend reading it and will go back again and again as you struggle with being fierce instead of fearful.
Thanks again Bethany, you and God got me through this week. Lots of love sent your way.
“You are a gifted writer–beyond the mechanics of writing…to the intangibles that separate writers from those who write: sense of timing, wit (there were some real laugh-out loud moments, which is rare for books of this type—i.e., a book on fear), appropriate self-disclosure, which I found both bold and endearing; it will serve to draw readers in and has the literary effect of reaching out and taking someone by the hand or a gentle pat on the back that says, ‘We’re gonna be OK.’”
-Scott Stewart of Care Point Ministries
I. Love. This. Book.
Seriously. I’m not even a mama (yet) and it spoke to me in a million ways. I got a little taste of the mom life as a nanny this summer, and even from those six weeks, I related to a lot of this book. That may sound kind of silly, and maybe it is, but it’s genuinely how I felt. The scripture you chose to incorporate is powerful, fierce, and true. Your tone towards the reader is friendly, welcoming, and genuine. You skip right past tough love into truth and conviction, pointing right back at our sweet Jesus instead of to yourself. That’s INCREDIBLE, and something many Christian authors fail to remember to do.
Just finished your book and I loved it!!! I love how you compare our mommyhood to your profession throughout all the chapters. I learned quite a bit about being a part of a rescue helicopter team, and let me tell you…I admire you and applaud you for your work. Thank you for delving into a topic that us mamas need to face….the fear we have for our children. I have lived with this fear since the birth of my first child 30 years ago, actually since the pregnancy of that child. I am a worry-wart by nature, so being a mom has given me the opportunity to compound that into something tremendous. I love what you said in Chapter 5…”Often we do not even realize the state of grime we are in because we see it as justified protection of our children.” I have been grimy for too long. Thank you for walking through the process of overcoming those fears!!!
-Betty Predmore, Mom-Sense founder, Director of Women of Virture Empowerment Network (WOVEN)
Read chapter seven today about HAZMAT situations. It just keeps getting better and better! Truly anointed writing!
I’m not a mama but I got soooo much from this book. I found it to be truly amazing and exactly what I needed at this point in my life. Thank you so much for sharing it.
Just finished the book! Very good throughout! I love how you can use the analogy of being a helicopter mom to being, well, a “helicopter mom”. You did a great job of outlining your job and explaining things that can be useful to anyone in their walk with Christ. I would imagine that someone with anxiety issues could find it quite helpful, even if they weren’t a mom. Very impressed & looking forward to future ones!