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Mama's Got a Fake I.D.: How to Reveal the Real You Behind All That Mom [Paperback]

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This inspiring and practical guide discusses how to break free from false guilt, learn a new language to express one's true identity, and follow God's lead. It's time to reveal the woman who got hidden behind all that mom.

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No one begins life as a mom. Before you have children, you are an amazing combination of friend, daughter, confidant, visionary, encourager, and thinker. You start out in life using your gifts and abilities in a surprising variety of settings.
Then you have children and the role of mom-as wonderful as it is-seems to consume you. It's easy to lose your identity when others see you as a mom and little else. What happened to the artist, the team-builder, the organizer, the entrepreneur, the leader-the person you've lost touch with?
In "Mama's Got a Fake I.D.", Caryn Dahlstrand Rivedeneira helps moms like you reclaim the person God made you to be. God still wants to use you in ways that let your gifts, passions, and personality shine.
This inspiring and practical guide will show you how to break free from false guilt, learn a new language to express your true identity, and follow God's lead in sharing who you really are. God wants you to discover who he made you to be-in your family and beyond. It's time to reveal the woman who got hidden behind all that mom.

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  • Christianity Today - 09/01/2012 page 82

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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 17, 2009
Publisher   WaterBrook Press
ISBN  1400074932  
ISBN13  9781400074938  

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More About Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! The former managing editor of "Marriage Partnership "and "Christian Parenting Today, "Caryn Dahlstrand Rivedeneira has been writing for and speaking to women for more than a decade. Today she is the managing editor of, an online community for Christian women in leadership. Rivedeneira lives with her husband and their three children in the Chicago suburbs.

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Great read for any female, not just mothers  May 24, 2010
"Mama's Got a Fake I.D.," by Caryn Dahlstrand Rivedeneira, is a great book for moms, anyone who has a mother, knows a mother, or has an identity to read. It is so easy to loose ourselves, our personal unique identities, in the midst of other's perceptions of us. Even as a twenty something, single, not even close to having kids yet individual I learned a lot from this book. Rivedeneira poses questions to the reader that will surely make you think.
My favorite and most thought provoking question she throws out is "What do others need to know about you to know the real you?" That one had me thinking for quite a while. This book is well worth it in that it will surely aide in personal growth! With questions, mom stories, and the straight up sometimes not so easy truth you will be taken through a journey. Caryn, you should know that I actually like correcting grammar too, I live in Wisconsin and love it, and your Romania story touched me because I have heard very similar stories to it. (My uncle is a missionary in Romania). There is your start to getting to know the real me.
A Map for Motherhood: Buy the Book!  Sep 21, 2009
On a quiet morning in mid-March of 2008. A fellow professor and I were softly chatting in a library of the university where we served as professors. Both of us had been encouraged by mentors from early on throughout our academic careers, about our potential for contributing to the academic community, about charting new territories for women scholars. And we loved academia. We loved the life of the mind. And we never thought, in all our years of learning and studying and teaching and writing, that our gender would ever stand in our way. Both the feminists and our fathers had taught us that we could be anything we wanted to be, that the world was ours for the taking, that we were only limited by the things we never chose to do. But on that March morning, we secretly admitted that we didn't feel that the academic world was all we wanted out of life--we didn't just want to be scholars and writers and professors--we wanted to be mothers. And we wondered how on earth such two demanding, seemingly opposing spheres of life could ever be reconciled and how we could participate fully, incarnationally in both worlds. I remember the tension building as we talked, as our minds scrambled for answers to what we thought were new questions. "The problem," I said, "is that there are no maps."

Exactly one year later, I gave birth to my daughter. Motherhood is all and more that I ever dreamed it could be, but tension I felt that March morning remains. Motherhood and academics and writing don't always meld. It's hard to transition from diaper changes to dissertating on the dynamics of spiritual formation. It's a strange, foreign, and sometimes stark borderland where I often check and recheck the path I have chosen. (Did I really invest 13 years for a PhD to spend copious amounts of time every single day force-feeding my daughter-with-no-appetite?) But fortunately, Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira, in her recent book, Mama's Got a Fake ID, has provided me with a map. In a chatty, friendly way, Caryn addresses the identity crisis that many (if not all) women face when they become mothers.

Caryn's book contains three main parts. In Part One, she unpacks all the various reasons that women lose their identities when becoming mothers including stereotypes that society place on mothers and losing sight of who God designed us to be, as human beings with individual giftedness that reaches beyond our roles as mothers. In Part Two, Caryn looks at seven ways to uncover--or rediscover--our core identity: overcoming false guilt about our gifts, finding and rooting your identity in Christ, discovering who you are in God's eyes (your God-given likes, dislikes, passions, interests), learning to describe and introduce yourself to others in ways that acknowledge both your giftedness and how God knows you, acknowledging, accepting, and even treasuring your limitations, and admitting that you're not perfect. In the final portion of the book, Caryn advises her readers to look beyond themselves to see how they can be a blessing to other moms.

Mama's Got a Fake I.D. is a candid, thoughtful, and fun meditation on the tensions mothers face when their passions and giftedness extends beyond the home. She provides questions to help those women whose identities were buried long ago under piles of grocery lists and laundry baskets and family schedules. One of the most profound and moving chapters for me personally was the chapter on treasuring limitations. As a person with high achievement standards, accepting the limitations imposed by motherhood is a tremendous effort, but Caryn's book gave me freedom to not only accept these limitations but embrace them. But probably the best thing about the book is its balance: Caryn denigrates neither motherhood nor giftedness outside the home, but rather brings the honor due to them both. A highly recommended read for new and more seasoned moms.
Finally, some truth!  Aug 5, 2009
I'm a mom of two middle schoolers and an author of two devotionals for mothers which means a couple things --- a) I'm halfway through my mothering years and b) I've had the chance to read a lot of books on parenting in those years, and I have never, and I mean never, felt a connection to an author of a mothering book like I have with Caryn Rivadeneira. Within the first few pages, I was thinking, Wait, I'm not the only one who thinks there's more to life than being a mom! Don't get me wrong - I love my kids, but there's so much more to me that I feel God is calling me to pursue, and Caryn gives each one of us moms the permission and encouragement to do so. I highly recommend this book to any mother wondering where she fits.

Elisabeth K. Corcoran, author of Calm in My Chaos and In Search of Calm
Blessing others through authentic identity  Jun 2, 2009
Caryn has dared to allow (and encourage) mothers to look beyond discovering and nurturing the identities of their offspring to include themselves in this marvelous quest. She inspires us to discover this "wonderfully and fearfully made" being who is "me." Caryn shows us this is not a selfish journey, but one which will enrich our own lives and those of others. As we receive the blessing of being known in truth, we are enabled to return that blessing to others. In our authentic selves we reflect our Maker - so let the real you shine! A worthwhile read for the encouragement to discover your full potential and how to use your gifts beyond motherhood for the good of the body of Christ.

Guide for Christian moms who dream of being more  May 22, 2009

Mama's Got a Fake I.D. by Caryn Dahlstrond-Rivadeneira is a compelling, if a bit controversial, look at the role of motherhood in today's Christian woman. Being a mom is hard work, and sometimes the church doesn't make it any easier with its expectations of being the perfect mom. Some women seem to be able to wear the role with ease and make it look good. This book is for the rest of us. When I was growing up, I had lots of dreams for my future, and only a few of them were about being a mother. Of course as soon as Doogie was born, my future was irrevocably and blessedly changed, but my dreams didn't just die. Caryn addresses just that frustration. How do we, as women of God, be great moms and still use the gifts that He has blessed us with? How do we juggle the two roles without shortchanging our children or ourselves? Sometimes it feels as though the church expects every woman to be completely content with her role as mother and wife with no other creative outlet, and any deviation from that is considered abnormal. But God blessed us with a variety of gifts to be used in and out of our home, and as long as we are following his leadership, it's all good. Caryn offers moms hope and encouragement to be all that God created them to be.

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