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The High Calling of Motherhood Paperback – May 1, 2017
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The High Calling of Motherhood is an important contribution to understanding the importance of a mother's role in the life of the family. Everything I look for in a parenting book is here: specific, practical and doable tips and ideas, the importance of the heart, and above all the centrality of the gospel. Read it and get one for a friend! --Tedd Tripp, Author Shepherding a Child's Heart, Conference Speaker
Thank you Chimene, for reminding all moms of the privilege and high calling of being a mom. All moms have dreams for their children but this book reminds us of the enormous responsibility to love, instruct, and help each child be all God intends them to be. The High Calling of Motherhood is written in a way that will cheer moms on and encourage them in the day-to-day work of raising their children. It reminds us that the work is not wasted but is of great value. God isn't asking moms to be perfect but to be moms who give all that they are to Him, including our daily successes and mistakes, so He can accomplish great things in our children s lives. This book is a great shot in the arm for all moms. --Lon and Brenda Solomon, Senior Pastor, McLean Bible Church; Washington, DC
I have had the privilege of knowing Chimene Shipley Dupler for over 35 years. From a kid growing up in a Godly family, to raising a Godly family herself, Chimene lives out the message of what it takes to be a great mom and raise great kids. In The High Calling of Motherhood we find what every parent is looking for, real practical insight and help in how to do the thing we all care about the most making our kids great. From my own experience, I can say that Chimene lives out what she preaches and teaches. I encourage you to not only read this book, but to believe it and do it yourself. In a world where we are all desperate for real role models, I want to commend to you Chimene Dupler and her new book The High Calling of Motherhood. --Jimmy Seibert, Senior Pastor, Antioch Community Church; Waco, Texas
About the Author
Chimene Shipley Dupler, Founder and President/CEO of Pink Polka Dot Productions and the Passion4Moms ministry, is a well-respected speaker and professional on marriage and parenting. Chimene loves the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and work through struggles to make their marriages, parenting, and life experiences fabulous. Passion4Moms continues to bless, encourage, and inspire mothers through conferences, speaking engagements, and other events. Previously, Chimene worked on Capitol Hill in the United States Senate and with foster homes and residential treatment centers as a social worker. Chimene graduated from Baylor University with a B.S. in Child and Family Studies. Chimene is most proud to be living out her passion for marriage and parenting daily, endeavoring to bring God glory as a wife and mother and living life to the fullest. Chimene and her husband currently reside in Washington, DC, with their three princesses. Chimene's greatest passion in life being a mother!
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Boy, was I wrong! Chimene has a delightful way of speaking to the heart of moms in a straight forward, compassionate, and inspirational manner. She touches on the deepest fears, frustrations, and fables that accompany motherhood. I zipped through the book, delighting in every word, in the space of one day.
Mind you, I read the book as a mother to two adult children and grandmother to one teenaged granddaughter. My years of wrestling with all the daily struggles of motherhood are far behind me. Suffice it to say, I wish this book had been available to me back then!
This insightful author shows moms their right to claim their place in God’s kingdom as esteemed by the Creator to raise the children entrusted to us. Biblical principles are employed throughout The High Calling of Motherhood. The book speaks to SAHMS (stay at home moms), working moms, single moms, moms of one child or many. We can’t do it all, and Chimene explains how to prioritize what is most important, whatever our motherhood circumstances.
Chimene talks about the spiritual battle we are engaged in as we fight against the standards of the world. Social media, the drive to compare our parenting skills and our children to everyone else, the demands on our time are some of the weapons we face. Chimene provides the tools to empower our children to be “world changers” through servant hood to Jesus.
I highly recommend this book to moms, whatever stage of the motherhood journey they are on, to use for an informative and inspirational reference. If you’re a grandmother, as I am, give it to your children who are raising their own kids. It would even make a great baby shower gift!
This author has a heart for moms, a desire to encourage and support moms, and a knowledge of the Bible to teach moms. She has packed all of that useful information into The High Calling of Motherhood to guide moms as they embark on their child-rearing journey.
She doesn't shy away from the hot topics of the day that so many of us are prone to fight in our heads, like comparing our lives with what we see on social media or the struggle between a career and staying home. She reminds us that "motherhood doesn't just matter; it makes a difference" (page 67), and she combats self-serving and self-pleasing mindsets that keep us ever struggling for more: more activities, more opportunities, and more exhaustion.
But instead of leaving us on a pile of greater self-loathing as we realize that we, again, don't measure up, Chimene encourages us to embrace Jesus, exchanging our heart for His, shifting our worldview to His, allowing Him to grow and strengthen us as only He can. She offers practical advice when facing tough times, and admonishes us to seek God "in the midst of pain with an unwavering faith that He is good all the time" (page 126).
Chimene has a warm, encouraging style that motivates me to reconsider what I'm doing without feeling condemnation about my failures and shortcomings. I believe that Christian mothers will find bits of treasure worth uncovering in the pages of this book.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
What I liked: There are words of advice and encouragement in this book and Bible verses to back them up. It encourages moms, and it provides ways to love and thrive as being a mother. It reinforces the Bible’s teaching that motherhood is a gift from God and that the ultimate approval for that task should come from God, not peers. Ms. Dupler offers helpful tips for raising our children: how to point them toward God’s love and to pass that love on to others.
What I didn’t like: I found several concepts in the book to be repetitive—they were worded differently, but the meanings were the same. However, it might have been the intention of the author to purposely repeat these concepts for emphasis. The first pages of the book state the true facts about the value of motherhood in today’s world and tend to be depressing. Although there is a lack of respect for motherhood and no value of marriage in our culture today, the pages addressing this fact were hard to read. However, once again, these facts needed to be stated to show accurately how most mom’s feel today. Calling attention to these facts allows Ms. Dupler to offer hope and concrete ways to thrive as a Biblical parent.
Ms. Dupler is an excellent author. Her insight is refreshing, informative, and practical. Even though the first pages of the book were discouraging in nature, there are many facts and feelings on those pages that apply to most mothers in today’s world. The rest of the book encourages moms to embrace motherhood and use it as a tool to “shape the future” of not only their children, but the world.
I have to say that I’m not a big non-fiction book reader. I love reading fiction books to relax and sometimes escape the responsibilities of my life, so when the publisher asked me to review this non-fiction book, it was not easy for me to say yes. However, once I got into the “meat” between the pages of this book, I became interested and thoroughly enjoyed reading it all the way to the end. I respect the advice in this book enough to buy copies for my daughters ... one who is a new mother, and one who is planning to be. Over all, I give this book five stars, and I highly recommend it to any mom or mom-to-be.
This book was given to me by the publisher who did not ask for a positive review. The views and opinions expressed in this review are are totally my own.