A Primer for Gospel-Centered Mothering,
This review is from: Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Paperback)
Gloria Furman delivers seasoned gospel-centered wisdom for today's mothers with fresh clarity, urgency and wit. As a mother it's easy to get overwhelmed with the vast array of articles, blogs, books, and experts telling us how to parent. However, Gloria helps us cut through the noise and singularly drives at the heart of mothering: we cannot do this task without the grace of God poured out upon us moment by moment, day by day. This book is about learning to see His hand in the mundane. Indeed, much of Gloria's thesis can be centered around Paul Tripp's quote: "If God doesn't rule your mundane, then He doesn't rule you. Because that's where you live." When I first read this quote, it cut me to the quick. As a mother to four children, I find myself run over by the mundane every.single.day. Gloria first began exploring this theme through her fantastic blog Domestic Kingdom (http://www.domestickingdom.com/). Over time, these truths are slowly starting to take root in my own heart. A key point she makes is finding our identity in Christ alone; perhaps one of my favorite quotes from the book is, "Because of what Christ has done and will do in the future, I can reject any shame I feel as a mother or any pride that stems from my good works (p. 32)." Through God's great grace, we can thrive in motherhood instead of falling prey to myriad lies mothers regularly believe; lies I regularly believe. This book is a tool to lovingly and graciously usher weary hearts into truth: we can do nothing as mothers apart from Christ. Fruitfulness in mothering necessarily flows from our identity in Christ. Home transformation necessarily flows from heart transformation.
I highly recommend Gloria's work to anyone (mothers and husbands!) longing to see Christ's peace and grace rule in their home. I sincerely believe that I've found an enduring resource to revisit again and again as I seek to extend grace to my family as Christ extends grace to me.