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Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood Paperback – February 28, 2013
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Overall, I was extremely happy with this book choice. The feedback from my small group was overwhelmingly positive and I personally opened up to a new view of God's grace. Highly recommend!
This concise, ten-chapter, 120 page book is written for "the mom who has been up all night with the baby, the mom who only has a few minutes waiting for the school bus, and for the mom who relishes her own bathroom breaks." She aims to free moms from the pressures and expectations of motherhood by telling and retelling the liberating truth in the gospel. It was birthed from her own chaos and trials that God used to awaken her heart to the good news - that there is grace for the sinful mother. She writes, "God has changed me through the gospel, giving me a new love and a new life, and I hope the same thing will happen to you as you read the good news of his grace and mercy in this book (14)."
The subtitle is How the Gospel Changes Motherhood, but really it could be how the gospel changes parents, but especially mothers. Though it's not a "parenting" book per se, Kimm's tender writing and soft heart for the gospel truth will reach your impatient, chaotic, messy family context as it did for me: a dad of two small boys. Parenting is no easy task, especially for mothers. Mix in the (verbal and nonverbal) pressures from various Christian cultures (particularly other moms) and life can get quite burdensome, heavy and possibly bitter. I know this from my wife's own experience. That is why in this book, Kimm shouts "The gospel is for Christians too!" And that is why it is for moms, grandma's, moms-to-be and dads who are seeking encouragement from someone who's going through the chaos right now with them. That's this book.
And that is what makes this book stand out for me. In it, I am amazed at Kimm's candor and ownership of the chaos that inevitably ensues all families. It is as if she is inviting the reader to peak inside her front door, to gaze at the messiness of her own family, and see how grace covers a multitude of their failures and victories alike. She basks in the the finished work of Christ daily. Her stories are our stories. And that is why she writes. She's writes to point moms (and dads) to the gospel over and over again. Each chapter is ripe with gospel truth, painted with fine brush strokes suited for tired moms or troubled parents. Yet those who are well and energized parents (do they exist?) will be deeply impacted by this book as well.
Clearly influenced by her friends Elyse Fitzpatrick, Tullian Tchividjian, Paul Tripp and others, Kimm writes humbly but passionately knowing how the gospel has changed her views of motherhood and upon finishing this book, I am convinced it will change yours too.
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Grace abounds in motherhood!