Review of “How to Love Your Crazy Family” by Angela Howard 10

How to Love Your Crazy Family

52 Quick Reads for No Ordinary Days


I’ve know Angela since Elementary school and always knew she had a heart of gold.  Always one to smile and ask you how your day was going.  Even before I knew the Lord, He was working in my life having me be near people like Angela.  I follow her blog called “No Ordinary Days” and love the stories that she shares.  

Recently, I heard that her book was being released, titled “How to Love Your Crazy Family – 52 Quick Reads for No Ordinary Days” and I couldn’t wait.  Someone else has a crazy family?  It’s not just me?  I love it!!  I ordered it on Amazon and got to reading.  I noticed that as I read, I felt as if we were just sitting in her home drinking coffee together.  Reading this book was always a great way to add a smile to my day.

This book was amazing – I love how in the introduction, she ties in her blog name to the paragraph, saying “For there are NO ORDINARY DAYS — just extraordinary opportunities to live with purpose and love our families.(1)”  I’ve been reading her blog for some time now and never put that meaning to her title – I love it!! 

As you continue reading, she really has so many good points.  As a parent, you always worry that you’re not doing certain things correctly, or that your kids are just out of control.  I’ve wondered this many times, what about you?  In the first chapter, there was an excerpt from C.G. Jung who writes, “If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.(2)”  Wow!! Just like in “2 Corinthians 13:5”, where it says: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”  So many times, we feel that our kids are failing, and when we look in the mirror, it all can become clear.  There’s nothing wrong with that, as I’m sure we’ve all been there.  However, if you’re raising your kids to value God, then you need to ask Him what to do.

Angela continues on with stories of her past, family memories, etc.  All of which ties in to the whole topic of family. I absolutely LOVE finally knowing what MOAB means (see Chapter 2!!), and that it’s not just me!! ha/ha

All in all, this book was amazing.  Would be a perfect title to use for a ladies bible study, home group, etc.  This would also be a great gift for new Mom’s, Mom’s-to-be, those of us who are well into it, and even Grandma’s, I think.  Perfect for Mother’s day coming up…hint…hint!

This is one, for sure, that I will read again, and most likely be able to learn even more.  I can also continue to laugh and feel blessed to know that most of us Mom’s deal with almost all of this in our life.

So, for you Mom’s with hair undone and makeup still in its drawer, when you feel you have a “crazy family”, just remember, that all of us do, too! 🙂


About The Book

Are you wondering how to love your crazy family without going crazy yourself? You’re not alone. Family relationships are rarely neat and tidy. Life amid the messy complications of imperfect people living in an imperfect world leaves us weary and unsure of how we will love families with the genuine love of Jesus. If you’re tired of trying to love on your own, stop and allow these devotions to fill your heart with the truth that Jesus redeems our lives, even through the crazy, painful times and has the power to transform us from the inside out.



About The Author

Angela is an inspirational speaker, writer and credentialed minister who loves to teach the truth of God’s Word in a fun and relevant way. She also is a writing assistant to Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, and compiled her devotional At the Feet of Jesus.  Whatever it is she is doing, she has a passion to see spiritual growth and an increased sense of purpose in people’s lives. In her free time, she loves to read, garden, spend time making her house a fun and warm place to be, and hang out with friends and family. Both her and her husband, Michael, graduated from Northwest University in 1997, and have been married for 18 years.  They live in Washington with their two children, three if you count the dog, where they do their best to stay dry.


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(1) – Taken from the “Introduction” page of the book.


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10 years ago

I love my crazy family. We are crazy because we will do anything for a laugh.

Shirley Light Love Hope

I love this, Jamie! I am going to have to get this book, especially after your review above. I so enjoy things like this!

Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs)

Sounds like a fun book!

10 years ago

My family is so crazy and we all know it. If we’re not then that must mean i’m the crazy one.

Angela Howard
10 years ago

I’m the author of How to Love Your Crazy Family 🙂 Just wanted to thank Jamie for this amazing review! You are too kind!

tara pittman
10 years ago

I agree we cant change people but rather we change the way we look and interact with them.

Patty Hancock
Patty Hancock
10 years ago

I love the title. I would definitely check it out based on the title alone