Bolstered and trained in love and female friendship, the vulnerable, sleep-deprived, tender, and ferocious Mama Bear inside each of us can bring forth beautiful havoc on our world.
Mama Bear’s Manifesto is a practical, compelling book about devoted friendship and unbridled passion. Leslie Klipsch employs the stress and beauty of motherhood to help you discover life’s marvelous momentum and the ways in which mothers can carve out community, revel in friendship, and outwardly love the world.
As Leslie navigates the terrain of motherhood while seeking to harness the vigor and raw energy that naturally accompanies the journey, you will learn to embrace the powerful Mama Bear lurking inside, seize her power, and use it for good. You will be encouraged to care for other mamas and your community through tangible examples and organizational hints, and feel inspired by stories of impassioned Mama Bears making the world a more beautiful and just place.
EARLY PRAISE FOR MAMA BEAR’S MANIFESTO:
Lynne Hybels, Advocate for Global Engagement, Willow Creek Community Church, Author of Nice Girls Don’t Change the World:
To experts in the fields of justice, development and peacemaking, it’s become clear that engaging and empowering women is one key to the transformation of families, communities and countries. Recognizing that truth, Leslie Klipsch challenged herself to join the global sisterhood by raising awareness and funds for ‘sisters’ in need. Now she challenges others–especially young mothers–to use their compassion and power to make the world a more just and loving place.
Emily T. Wierenga, founder of The Lulu Tree, journalist, speaker, author of six books including Atlas Girl:
Mama Bear Manifesto is a ground-breaking resource for mothers. It is the voice of purpose for the lost woman surrounded by piles of laundry and weeping toddlers; for the grandmother whose home is a vacant nest, for the mama who’s just put her last child in school and is staring bleakly at the long line of empty calendar days. Mama Bear Manifesto reminds us that this very love which rocks our babies late into the night is a kind of love which can change the world. Author Leslie Klipsch not only provides the inspiration, but the know-how to begin to make a difference, right in your very own home. It is with great delight that I endorse this much-needed book.
Peter W. Marty, speaker, pastor, author, publisher of the Christian Century:
The words of Leslie Klipsch contain helium. They’re buoyant, lively, and wrapped in phrases that take your heart for a ride. They’re also full of gravity. Every chapter is grounded, rooted in down-to-earth practicality, and revealing of a great truth – Good parenting and thoughtful citizenship are serious endeavors that belong together. Klipsch pulls back the curtain of the perfect mom to disclose the meaningful life of an authentic mom. Reading her work makes me want to try parenting all over again, this time as a mother.
Becky Straw, co-founder and CEO of The Adventure Project:
Leslie Klipsch is documenting an important cultural phenomenon in our society. Over the last few years I have witnessed a quiet, yet mighty force of millennial women who are transforming our traditional definition of motherhood. It is a movement of moms who choose not to “keep-up-with-the-Jones.” Instead, they seek for something much greater. They get on planes to volunteer in Africa, they organize fundraisers, and they blog about social justice. Across kitchen tables all over the country, women are taking action. Their sense of motherhood is not contained inside their homes, but expands to embrace our broken world. They are not dreamers. They are doers. The world is better because of them. Mama Bear’s Manifesto will inspire thousands of women to join in transforming our world. Leslie has bravery, brains, and beauty and is leading by example. This is a movement that deserves to be told.
Claudia Chapman, author of the memoir Hypothetical Future Baby: An Unsentimental Adoption Memoir:
Modern moms are busy, tired people who want to help the world but often don’t know where to start. Mama Bear’s Manifesto is the book we need! Leslie’s tone is warm, witty and encouraging—just the thing to make us think “I can do this, too.” Her passion and energy shine through every word she writes, and she has just the kind of voice that I love to read. I can’t wait to read more of her work!
Molly Sabourin, author of Close to Home: One Orthodox Mother’s Quest for Patience, Peace and Perseverance:
Author Leslie Klipsch strongly believes that mothers, with their innate compulsion to protect the vulnerable, are in a unique position to change our world for the better. Mama Bear’s Manifesto is an empowering call to action, and a comforting source of encouragement to moms in any stage of life.