Mama’s Got a Fake I.D.

So many women wrestle with their identity once they become moms.

And then they wrestle with it all over again as their kids head off to college!

Caryn Rivadeineira, author of Mama’s Got a Fake I.D. (Waterbrook), wrote this book to address the conflicting feelings moms have about their identity. And while it speaks primarily to young moms, her biblically based conclusions work for moms at any stage.

Caryn explores what God (not culture, not peer pressure, not even best friends) has to say about the role of motherhood in a refreshing, honest, “real” way. She encourages women to love the role of being moms, while not neglecting or undervaluing God-given creativity/talents/gifts that makes them who they are. Caryn has been an editor for many magazines, including Marriage Partnership and Christian Parenting Today, and she has an intuitive sense about what’s relative to readers.

I figured out that Caryn and I are about fifteen years apart. As I read her book, I kept wishing that I had a book like Mama’s Got a Fake I.D. when I was a young mom. I remember experiencing so many of the same feelings she writes about…adoring my baby but feeling intellectually restless. And a little guilty over that.

Caryn’s writing style is such that you feel as if you’re hanging out in her backyard on a warm summer afternoon, sipping iced tea, while the kids are playing on the Slip ‘N Slide. (Wait…do those things still exist?) Anyway…as you read, you’ll feel as if you’re just talking to your friend about heart issues. Mama would be a great read for book clubs and Bible study groups. Caryn has added thought provoking questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter.

Caryn has been kind enough to provide a book as a giveaway, so leave a comment to win a free copy of Mama’s Got a Fake ID. The drawing will be Monday, September 22nd. I bet we could get Caryn to sign it, too.

You can find Caryn on-line at
and also at

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Terri Dryden says:

    I'm with you.. I wish there was such a book when my children were young. My daughter-in-laws should get it tho..
    I found you through Katrina. She is such a dear friend. I think of her like a daughter, sister, and wonderful human being.
    I will follow your blog. I have started my own blog (because of Katrina) and I am also writing. My blog is

  2. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Terri! I'll check out your blog today. How awesome that Katrina inspired you to write. I think of blogging as piano scales…helps get your mind exercised for writing.

  3. Crystal Laine Miller says:

    I'm in! I am a little past this(my boys are grown) but I know lots of young moms, so I'll check things out and spread the word.

    I really just discovered you, Suzanne–on Facebook. I'm checking out your new book, too. So glad to I'm getting to know you.


  4. Grace Winn says:

    I have a daughter about to graduate from college and a son who is a sophomore in high school. Sometimes I don't know who I'm supposed to be. I think I could use a book like this. Looking forward to your facebook party about Amish Peace. With my husband retiring and moving back to the states, my life is not very peaceful. So many unknowns right now. God is leading us along, but I still have issues with worrying that everything will work out. Looking forward to reading this book also. God bless you and your writing.
    Grace Winn

  5. Anonymous says:

    Just dropped off my daughter at college. Now I'm off to get this book! I know God is guiding us and I can use all the wisdom He offers right now. Thanks for another perspective on "the empty nest"

  6. Anonymous says:

    So glad I read your blog today! I'm a stay-at-home mom with three little ones. Mama's Got a Fake I.D. looks very encouraging!