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Review: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full,
This review is from: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (Paperback)
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Gloria, you had me at “blow-out”. Any mother, in this case author, who talks about their children’s bodily functions and proclaims the gospel has my full and upright attention.
The first chapter has the most thought provoking title: God Made Motherhood for Himself. I have never viewed motherhood that way. Within the first pages of her book, Gloria knocked me off my kilter, but in a good way. Us mothers know we have our hands full. If we have one to one-hundred-one children our hands are full. Gloria challenges the hands-full-with-children statement and dares us to believe our hands are even fuller with the overflowing grace of God. I loved the parallels she draws between God and Motherhood. From our maternal instincts, even to our mommy brain, all are carefully hand-crafted by God. How amazing is that?
Gloria delivers the truths us mothers desperately need: We need the gospel and our children need to hear it even more. She doesn’t condemn mothers, but convicts them to teach the gospel to themselves in the midst of their busy lives. Mothers love their children, but Gloria reminds us that Jesus loves them more. God made our children for his name’s sake, not our own.
An even bigger truth: Mommy doesn’t know best, but our Lord and Savior does.
An even bigger Truth: When we are weak, He is stronger. Gloria directs our minds to the cross Jesus died on, because in our moments of hair pulling, she tells us that Jesus even died for that. So while readers rest in this beautiful, most glorious grace, Gloria reminds them even further they freed from this perfect standard of motherhood because of Christ’s own perfection. So when we us moms do “screw-up”, Gloria tells us, “there’s no better time than all the time to boldly as God for mercy and grace” and that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
Thank you Crossway for allowing the opportunity for review, I can not wait share this book with many of the moms I know.