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The Ascetic Lives of Mothers: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Moms Paperback – April 30, 2014
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About the Author
Annalisa Boyd has been married to her wonderful husband for 21 years. Together they have 8 children, through birth and adoption, and have fostered 31 (so far). She is a bread baker, candy maker, self -proclaimed doula, avid tea drinker, and a normal mom working out her salvation with fear and trembling. She and her family live on their one-acre micro farm in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. It is her greatest desire to follow Christ wherever He leads and to encourage children and mamas in their journey heavenward. Annalisa is also the author of Hear Me: A Prayer book for Teens and Special Agents of Christ: A Prayer Book for Young Orthodox Saints.
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My first baby is going to be born soon (within 2 weeks!) and I can't wait to read some of these prayers over him, but I've even now found use for a few of them (against anger, and addiction.) Thank you, Mrs. Boyd, for writing this book! ~A grateful Orthodox mama
PS: Another great resource for this is the CD "Akathist to the Mother of God, the Nurturer of Children," available on Ancient Faith. I've listened to it throughout my pregnancy and plan to play/sing it in the baby's room during naps.
We then get to the meat of this book - PRAYER! Chapters Two through Nine provide mothers with prayers for every occasion. There are daily prayers; prayers in times of trouble; prayers for the sick, dying, and dead; confession and the Beatitudes; prayers of blessing and thanksgiving; prayers through the stages of motherhood; prayers for godchildren and "bonus" children; and prayers for the future. You might recognize or know a lot of these prayers, but Mrs. Boyd did a nice job of compiling them and organizing them in one place for easy reference when words escape you. She also includes ample Scripture passages and quotes from the great saints before us with many of our prayers, which I greatly appreciated. I also loved that scattered throughout the book are brief biographies on saints who were mothers, like St. Anna, St. Elizabeth. and St. Sophia to name a few.
This is a solid book on prayer and full of prayers. In fact, one could argue that this book is unoriginal. However, I would say that is not a bad thing, as originality can lead to heresy. And sure, you could find a lot of these prayers in other prayer books or online, but they aren't specifically geared for mothers, nor are they thematically arranged. So while I might not be the target audience for this book, I can see the value in it. This would make a great birthday, Mother's Day, or just because gift for your mother and/or wife.
I felt that the author did a great a job of communicating the very "real" part of being a mother and the desire we have to
Be devoted followers and mothers.
Along with the prayers, there are personal stories and thoughts that made me feel as if I was sitting in the authors home,
chatting about the blessings and challenges of being a mother.
I believe that this book would be a great addition to any library, orthodox or not.