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About The Book

The logistics are easy. Anybody can do laundry and carpool. But what makes a mother the best mom she can be? It’s not better scheduling. Or more activities. Or less. It is passion—the passion to teach, protect, study, and prepare her children for the future. Great, but how?

Susan Merrill, the Director of iMOM and mother of five incredibly different children, has asked that question countless times. And she read countless answers specific to a certain child’s temperament, age, or situation. But nothing she read offered an overall approach to parenting that would enable her to say with confidence, “I am doing this right.” She never guessed she would find a foundational plan—a reliable, universal parenting approach in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.

In The Passionate Mom, Susan takes you on a journey through Nehemiah and into the heart of parenting. Her stories and confessions in every chapter reveal what she has learned: no mom can control her child’s future, but every mom can parent well.

There is a plan— a roadmap for how a passionate mom can parent almost any child, confidently.


Susan Merrill is one of those rare and real women.

As I have journeyed and fumbled my way through motherhood, there are a few seasoned moms I have met along the way that I would love to sit with for hours over coffee to engage in honest, authentic dialogue about the struggle to do what it takes to be passionate, loving moms. Susan Merrill is one of those rare and real women. (Read Full Endorsement)

Jane DeLaney
President & Founder Emeals, Inc.

My friend Susan Merrill regularly inspires me.

Being a mother is the greatest joy of my life. My friend Susan Merrill regularly inspires me in my role as a Mother. In her book, she will inspire you!(Read Full Endorsement)

Denise Jonas
Mother of the Jonas Brothers and Frankie Jonas

A book that will be a vital guide for me for the next 10 years.

Susan Merrill has done her homework, and the result is a book that will be a vital guide for me for the next 10 years, as I try to navigate my kids through grade school, middle school and high school and launch them into life.(Read Full Endorsement)

Shaunti Feldhahn
Social Researcher and Best-Selling Author

Lays out a practical, biblical plan.

In The Passionate Mom, Susan Merrill not only outlines the qualities women need to be successful moms, but also lays out a practical, biblical plan to help develop those qualities.(Read Full Endorsement)

Lauren and Tony Dungy

Buy two of her books—one for you and your best friend.

If you are looking for encouragement as a mom, as well as some very practical help in being a mom, you’ve found it in The Passionate Mom. Buy two of her books—one for you and your best friend…she likely needs it as well.(Read Full Endorsement)

Dr. Dennis Rainey
Host, FamilyLife Today

We know what it is like to ask the question, “Am I doing this right?”

Like the Merrills, my wife, Debbie, and I have five children. We know what it is like to ask the question, “Am I doing this right?” when it comes to raising your kids. Susan gives us solid guidance on how parents, especially moms, can protect our kids and point them to a secure future.(Read Full Endorsement)

Michael W. Smith

She is The Passionate Mom!

I have known Susan Merrill for many years, and I can tell you that she is The Passionate Mom! In this book, Susan shares her own stories as a mom—both her successes and challenges.(Read Full Endorsement)

Walt Larimore, MD
Best-Selling Author

Susan Merrill is a mom who gets it.

Susan Merrill is a mom who gets it. She's honest, wise, experienced, and offers practical strategies to help you be the intentional mom you want to be”(Read Full Endorsement)

Jill Savage
Founder and CEO of Hearts at Home
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