The Minivan Years

I just finished reading The Minivan Years: Celebrating the Hectic Joys of Motherhood by Olivia Bruner. (I love the title of this book.)

In the introduction it lists some ways to know if you’re officially in “the minivan years”. It says in part,

There is at least one car seat in your vehicle – probably filled with pacifiers, cracker crumbs, and smashed French fries or M&M’s.

Snack wrappers and Sunday school take-home papers litter the floor of your automobile.

I don’t know about you, but that describes my minivan on a good day. (Except the pacifiers. We’re a bit beyond that. Though who knows, there could be one lost in there somewhere.)

The book has some Christian based advice sprinkled throughout, but it’s refreshingly non-judgmental. In fact, she reveals some pretty personal mistakes she’s made as a mother. You know the mistakes you’ve made that you don’t want any one to know about! … And she even touched on the difficulty of deciding whether to let her kids get involved in some things which are considered controversial by many Christians, such as reading Harry Potter.

I really loved this book. It’s one of the best all around books on parenting I’ve ever read.

I would like to pass on my copy (It is a paperback advance reading copy) to one of my readers. If you would like a chance at being the one to get it, just leave a comment on this post. That’s all you have to do! I’ll pick a winner at random and announce them as an update at the bottom of this post on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008.


Using the online randomizer at, a winner has been chosen.
Congratulations to… ZOE! … Zoe will be receiving an advance paperback copy of The Minivan Years by Olivia Bruner.



Filed under books, contest, kids, opinion, religion

9 responses to “The Minivan Years

  1. Carrie Moran

    Love your blog and would love to read that book!!

  2. Carrie Moran

    Love to read your blog and I would love to read that book!!

  3. That description fit my van to a T – with roller blades thrown in!

  4. The book sounds intriguing…especially the part about her revealing a bit of her personal shortcomings as a parent. Lord knows I have them and it’s good to know others that have made mistakes and managed not to raise serial killers, KWIM?

  5. Iva

    wow I don’t feel so bad about the french fries and popcorn in my car seats now :)
    Sounds like a great book :)

  6. I’m in! I always love a good read.

  7. Sounds like a great book, Tee. Pass it on, I like that idea. I personally don’t own books, but that is a whole ‘nother story. I’ll try the library. Thanks for the tip.

  8. Oh, BTW, I learned the hard way if you don’t clean up dairy products promptly you’re in a world of hurt.

  9. Zoe

    Oh oh, I am a mini-van mama!! :)

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