Would you like some some powerful and practical ways to strengthen your family connection even in, especially in, an unexpected messy family life?

I am so excited to tell you my newest book, Messy Parenting, is releasing today August 20th! It is packed full of easily applicable ways to reinforce  family ties by helping parents break free from common parenting myths and parent in a way that draws family members together.

I’m sure you will recognize most of the names on the Messy Parenting endorsement list. What an honor and huge blessing for these men and women to support Messy Parenting!

Check it out!

MOPS friends, you will know this gal! 

“With vulnerability and refreshing humor, Lori Wildenberg offers a unique take on parenting. By dismantling the unhelpful beliefs that seep into our subconscious and how independence is our ultimate goal, Lori provides a new perspective on parenting that is both inspiring and practical. You will want to read this book over and over as you approach each new season of raising kids.”  —Mandy Arioto, President and CEO MOPS International

Single parents, you know this woman for sure!

“Lori Wildenberg’s book, Messy Parenting, perfectly describes every parents journey—MESSY! Life gets messy and days get long and hard. Thank you, Lori, for stepping out in faith to bring wisdom to all the mothers of the world. We needed to know we weren’t in this thing alone!”—Jennifer Maggio, Chief Executive Officer, The Life of a Single Mom Ministries

Bible Study people, you have most likely done one of this person’s studies!

“If you have ever felt discouraged by our culture’s Pinterest perfect parenting standards, you will find great encouragement in the pages of Messy Parenting. Author Lori Wildenberg joins us in the real world of parenting which is accompanied by difficulties of all kinds. We can sweep our heartbreak under the rug and teach our children to face their struggles on their own, or we can work together in God designed interdependence. Through Scripture, stories, and practical ideas, Lori helps us embrace our family messes by clinging to the Lord and each other.” —Melissa Spoelstra, Speaker and Author of Total Family Makeover: 8 Practical Steps to Making Disciples at Home

Parenting Experts!

“Do you want to interact with your kids in a way that deepens your relationship, encourages responsibility, draws grace into the family fold, and molds a humble countenance? Then devour these pages now. Family connections matter to everyone now and into the future. They’re worth the investment. Lori will show you how.” —Dr. Kathy Koch, founder and president of Celebrate Kids Inc. and the author of 8 Great Smarts and Screens and Teens

“Lori’s book is full of encouragement to never lose hope, always pursue the hearts of your children, and no matter what – keep your eyes on Jesus!” —Dr. Rob Rienow, Visionary Family Ministries, www.VisionaryFam.com 

“The challenges facing our children are diverse and daunting. What we desperately need today is connection and commitment to relationships in the family. Messy Parenting brings this timely message to us.”—Ed Miller, director of development, National Center for Biblical Parenting

“Lori will help you develop a deep and meaningful relationship with your children as well as avoid landmines that lead to emotional distance and disconnected lives. Life is better when family relationships are close and Lori is a trusted guide to walk with you on that journey.” —Josh Mulvihill, PhD Executive Director of Church and Family Ministry at Renewanation and Founder of GospelShapedFamily.com

Trusted Authors!

“Lori Wildenberg’s Messy Parenting is not only a powerful parenting book, but it is a grace-filled, common sense manual for life.” —Mary DeMuth, author of Building the Christian Family You Never Had

“I’m a leader, a reader, a pastor, and a parent, so I’ve read many books on parenting. Without question, Messy Parenting is one of the best parenting books ever. Seriously. I laughed. I cried. I fist-pumped on a regular basis while reading this fantastic book. Lori brings wisdom, wit, and wonder to every parenting scenario.” —Kurt W. Bubna, Pastor & Author

“Does your parenting feel messy and mistake-ridden? Lori Wildenberg can help. In her delightful new book, she gives you practical ways to connect with your children, grow them in godliness, and steer them from isolated independence toward unified interdependence and life-long relationships with one another. Treasure her help on your parenting journey, regardless of your children’s ages. “  —Cindi McMenamin, National speaker and award-winning author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone, Drama Free, When a Mom Inspires Her Daughter, and 10 Secrets to Becoming a Worry-Free Mom.

Messy Parenting encourages, challenges, and equips parents to intentionally develop a family culture of loving interdependence in order to raise respectful, responsible children who receive and give the grace-filled truth that “everybody spills.” —Amy Carroll, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author of Breaking Up with Perfect, and Cheri Gregory, author of Overwhelmed co-hosts of the “Grit ‘n’ Grace” podcast.

“There is no underlying message of: ‘If you had just tried harder, you would have amazing kids!’ No. This book, with every shred of Lori’s wisdom and grace wrapped up inside, gives you real-life, loving strategies to strengthen the family you have, no matter where you are starting from today.” —Kathi Lipp, bestselling author of The Husband Project, Overwhelmed, and Clutter Free

“Crud happens. Heartbreaks and hassles are an inevitable hazard of family life. Parents need a plan for seeing the big picture, and Messy Parenting delivers that plan.” —Jay Payleitner, national speaker and best-selling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?

“This book is chock-full of practical, life-giving, God-centered wisdom. It will quickly become a dog-eared favorite in your parenting toolbox.” —Melinda Means, speaker, life coach, and coauthor of Mothering from Scratch and author of Invisible Wounds

“Ever since I became a mom, I have been praying that my children would grow up to be best friends. Messy Parenting has helped me to envision what that can look like, and has provided me with a roadmap, and a whole lot of grace, for the journey. I love how Lori combines both practical help and encouragement of heart to meet parents in whatever season they are in, from parenting newborns to adult children. The biblical truths she brings in to support each section are foundational in this must-read book for parents.”
Eryn Lynum, speaker and author of 936 Pennies: Discovering the Joy of Intentional Parenting

 Author, Lori Wildenberg hits a home run with her encouragement for parents. Full of messy stories that we can all relate to, Lori has been in the trenches and knows just how to inspire change by wrapping us in a big hug and equipping us with His word.” —Joanne Kraft Author of The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids and Just Too Busy–Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

And…Grands, you will recognize this name! 

“We all have messes in our lives. Messy Parenting is written with you and me in mind. It is filled with practical insights but, more importantly, biblical wisdom that will allow God to turn our messes into miracles.”—Cavin Harper, founder and president, Christian Grandparenting Network

Messy Parenting can be purchased at your favorite book store or online. Here are links to two on-line stores: 

New Hope Publishers


Messy Parenting is a book that will help you create a family connection that lasts a lifetime. I hope you check it out. I pray it impacts the way your family does life together.

With love,


© LoriWildenberg. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Lori Wildenberg is a licensed parent and family educator, parent coach, and co-founder of 1Corinthians13 Parenting.com. She has written 6 books including Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home; The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections; and her most recent book, Messy Hope: Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety, Depression, or Suicidal Ideation. Contact Lori for your next event or for parent consulting or parent training courses. Lori can also be found mentoring over at the MOMS Together Group on Facebook.

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