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God is with you . . .

. . . in the excitement of first steps, first words, and the first day of school
. . . when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, or alone
. . . in the middle of the night and the middle of the unpleasant
. . . in your most important relationships

God is there in every busy, exhausting, and exhilarating moment of being a mom.

It's one thing to know in your mind that God is everywhere. It's quite another to feel in your soul that he is by your side, holding you up, sustaining you. In Always There, you'll find an inspiring combination of real-life mothering stories and Scriptures that assures you of God's abiding presence, written by popular voices such as

Ann Voskamp
Alexandra Kuykendall
Kathi Lipp
Tracey Bianchi
Kim Hill
Renee Swope
and many more

No matter where you are in your mothering journey, Always There offers you hope and encouragement along the way. From the humorous to the solemn, these fifty-two short devotions will capture your heart as you reflect upon your important role as a mother and upon your ever-present and steadfast source of strength.

Susan Besze Wallace is a magazine writer, the author of The New Mom's Guide to Life with Baby, and a columnist for MomSense. She spent twelve years as a nationwide newspaper reporter before the daily deadlines of mothering three boys became her passion. She lives in northern Virginia.

About the Author

Susan Besze Wallace is a magazine writer, the author of The New Mom's Guide to Life with Baby and a columnist for MomSense. She spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter nationwide before the daily deadlines of mothering three boys became her passion. She resides in Northern Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721169
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"God is there in every busy, exhausting, and exhilarating moment of being a mom," says the back cover of Always There, a MOPS ministry supported collaborative project featuring the writing of Amy Parham, Ann Voskamp, Hayley DiMarco, Kathi Lipp, Kim Hill, Renee Swope, and other Christian-mom contributors. Always There is a collection of essays on finding God in the details of motherhood, with a short space for reflection after each piece. I enjoyed the ease of read here, that I could flip a page open while the coffee brewed or the bathtub filled and get a touch of inspiration and maybe a laugh or two.

As an editor myself working on my own collaborative project with many authors, I sympathize with the difficulty of maintaining continuity with so many different voices. Still, I found that this resource was lacking mainly in organization. It felt a little like already-written blog posts and magazine articles were just filed together in no particular order and bound with a pleasing cover. In fact, I recognized some of the pieces as blog posts I'd already read from familiar authors. Still, it's a handy book to keep around for those frequent moments I find myself feeling discouraged, overwhelmed, or ill-equipped. There's nothing like knowing we're not alone in our toughest moments of motherhood.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a copy of this book free from Revell in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.
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By Lollipops on May 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
God is with you...
...in the excitement of first steps, first words, and the first day of school.
...when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, or alone.
...in the middle of the night and the middle of the unpleasant.
...in your most important relationships.

God is there in every busy, exhausting, and exhilarating moment of being a mom.

ALWAYS THERE is a devotional for busy moms of preschoolers. It has a short verse, a story to go along with it, and a reflection for you to ponder as you go about your day. Ideal for moms on the go, it doesn't take much time, and will center your mind on God. This isn't a devotional for a deep feeding of the word, but more of a stolen moment snack.

Some of the stories made me cry, remembering the terror and joy of that first pregnancy... the fear when you realize your preschooler has vanished into a crowd and you don't know where to start looking... watching a baby morph into an adult... and other life events, including the acute pain of miscarriage.

I have five children (not counting three miscarriages) and while some of my children are now considered adults, I still can relate to the stories told in this book. Children are a blessing of the Lord, but some of the confusion, pain, disappointment that accompany them doesn't always seem holy. ALWAYS THERE reminds us that even in moments when you feel alone, God is ALWAYS THERE. Recommended for new moms and mothers of preschoolers.
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Every mom knows there's no such thing as "alone." But that doesn't mean she never feels alone, lonely, or even abandoned. Always There is a devotional for moms, by moms, that assures readers that God's abiding presence remains no matter what the circumstances of life. God is there every step of the way, from the first smile to the everyday feedings to those middle-of-the-night times. From the humorous to the solemn, these short devotions will capture moms' hearts as they reflect on their role as mothers and on their ever-present and steadfast God.
This is an encouraging book for mothers of all ages. There are inspirational and encouraging stories from mothers at each stage of life. I think new mothers especially have a hard time finding time to read things that are encouraging to them and this book has short, two to three page entries. The stories are focused on God constantly being in your life and allowing each of these funny, hard, silly or difficult experiences in your life to draw you closer to Him. I think this book does a great job of keeping our minds focused on God and allows us to laugh at ourselves or our family circumstances as we travel through them.
I received a free copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House. Thanks!
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Being a mom is a full-time, ever present role that a woman is in. It is very rewarding and filled with joy and happiness, but at times it is also tiring, frustrating and overwhelming. It can be so easy to feel alone and going through the struggles and difficulties alone. "Always There: Reflections for Moms on God's Presence, edited by Susan Besze Wallace, is filled with devotionals by several different woman to encourage mothers and remind them that God is always there with them each and every moment.

Each devotional begins with a Bible verse and ends with a reflection question. Each devotional is only a couple of pages long as we all know it is difficult to find a few spare moments to ourselves, so this is a devotional book that is ideal as a tidbit of encouragement is quickly gained! I really enjoyed this book as I could relate so much to many of the topics and stories shared within the pages. This book is such an encouragement and a must-read for moms - new mom and ones whom have been moms for years!

"Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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