The SOS for PMS: Practical Help and Relief for Moms by Mary Byers

Christy here:

One day this week one of our managers brought a sales person around our department, and was introducing her to each one of us. The manager didn't say anything wrong to me, but it was what she said to my co-worker that bothered me. She mentioned to the salesperson that "Julia has been with us forever..." or something of that nature (Names have been changed to protect the innocent!) Anyway, it set something off inside of me. I thought, Humph. Even though I left for 2 and a half years, I came back! And I was here longer than HER! Thank the Lord, I didn't say this out loud, but I did mention something to Julia after the ladies left. However I admitted I was just being ultra sensitive and that I was being silly.

Am I always this sensitive??? you may be wondering. No. Three weeks out of the month, I'm normal. I'm happy to be a wife and mom. I'm thankful for my job, especially in these hard economic times. But that one, premenstrual week - WATCH OUT!!!

When I found out this book "The SOS for PMS" existed I literally said: "Praise God!"
As I read Mary's book, I realized I was not alone in my struggles. Things are so bad some times, my husband knows to steer clear of me. I related to so many of the examples in the book it was scary, but also made me feel more at ease that no, it is not just my personality that makes me act like this, it's something many women struggle with. And it does get worse after you have children!

If you suffer from PMS or know a woman who does, I highly recommend this book. There are tips on how to handle those tenacious times of the month. Mary offers advice that may be obvious after you read it, but may not have been something you considered. While I was a stay at home mom, I never thought of calling up a girlfriend to see if she could help me out during the "rough days." But that's something we should be doing! It's better to get help from your friends than to explode on your children.

I'm learning to watch the weeks that go by and recognize the times that I'm susceptible to PMS. If I admit that it's the problem, I can almost tackle it better. However the key to handling PMS is realizing we are not alone in this. Although I suggest getting help from friends and family during these times, we should ultimately reach out to God. He is our true hope and only solution. Mary gives great tips, but keeps the focus on God, and that's the most important
truth in this book.

I'm running a contest to give away a FREE copy of this book! Please comment now through Monday October 6th. I'll draw the winner on Monday. Good luck!!!

About the Book:

In her latest book, Mary explores an often frustrating topic, the symptoms of PMS, and offers practical advice and encouragement for mothers. Readers will find comfort in the stories shared by other moms, realizing that they are not alone in their struggles with PMS.

With this book, you will find suggestions designed to inspire healthier lifestyles, relationships, and daily choices for all women.

Gather any group of moms together and the topic of frustrating PMS symptoms rises up in conversation along with the guilt and concern about its effects on family members.

Now Mary Byers, author of The Mother Load, offers mothers encouragement, help, and camaraderie as she shares:

~women's stories-the good, bad, and the hopeful

~overlooked symptoms and how to manage them

~foods and activities to avoid or indulge in

God's first aid for stress, depression, and anxiety a call for help-how husbands can come to the aid of their wives

This gathering of useful advice and shared experiences will comfort readers who have ever felt alone in their PMS plight and will inspire healthier lifestyles, relationships, and daily choices for all women.

To read an excerpt go here:

About Mary:

Mary Byers is a professional speaker and writer whose passion for transforming lives is evident in every project she takes on. In her first book with Harvest House Publishers, The Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring for Your Family, Byers teaches women how to take care of themselves so that they can nurture a happy, healthy family.

The mother of two lively children, she offers down-to-earth suggestions, spiritual truths, and real-life advice on how to juggle family responsibilities while creating a balanced life through supportive friendships, stress-relieving laughter, regular exercise, rejuvenating solitude, and an intimate relationship with the Lord. The founder of Word Works, Byers graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications. She is also a Certified Association Executive. Byers and her husband, Stuart, reside in Illinois with their two children.

To learn more about Mary visit her website at

A Word from the Author

"It’s my hope that this book will bring help, hope and healing to moms who suffer from PMS. It’s been a source of despair in my own life but things are looking up now that I’ve developed my own coping plan. Those I interviewed for this book shared intimately about their own battles and I believe their stories, along with that of Callie’s (the main character in the book) will convince other women that it is possible to change their current response to PMS and encourage them to start today.”


Kimi said…
This sounds like a book that I need to read. Well, PMS is not actaully a problem right now but will be again in a couple of months. :) Thanks for sharing about the book.
silverhartgirl said…
I have never seen a book like this. I am so glad you reviewed it. I would love to read this.
I already have this book, so don't put me in the contest, but I'm so excited to learn about it. And Christy, I LOVE your blog!
Missy Tippens said…
Sounds like a great book. Does it mention paranoia? My friend and I have noticed we get ultra sensitive and paranoid! :)

thanks for the post, Christy. And thanks to Mary for writing the book! I know PMS can be a huge problem for some women.
Anonymous said…
Christy, I am so glad you found this book. Last night I could not fall asleep. I laid awake irritated and agitated over a comment my husband make earlier in the day. I see now that PMS may be why I was so easily put off. Thanks for putting it back into perspective for me ;)

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