- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; 1 edition (January 20, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578565820
- ISBN-13: 978-1578565825
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children Paperback – January 20, 2004
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“Ministry of Motherhood is the story of one mother who has dared to go beyond the ordinary in loving, leading, and training her children to follow Christ. In this honest and inspiring book, Sally Clarkson paints a stirring vision of a mother’s mission and challenges women to disciple their children to be passionate, devoted servants of Christ.”
–Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author and host of Revive Our Hearts Radio
“Biblical, practical, motivational. This inspiring book belongs on every mother’s nightstand.”
–Linda Dillow, author of Calm My Anxious Heart and coauthor of Intimate Issues
“Here we have a book to substantiate that the ministry of motherhood and the Great Commission are not mutually exclusive, but a complement and catalyst to each other! With an extraordinary blend of humility, challenge, and encouragement, Sally gives an exalted vision to our calling and stewardship as mothers.”
–Debby Thompson, wife and mother with 30 years of ministry leadership, currently with Campus Crusade for Christ, Eastern Europe and Russia
“If you feel like a hamster on a wheel–you’re running, but you’re not getting anywhere–then The Ministry of Motherhood is for you! Sally Clarkson inspires us to step off that wheel and parent with purpose, not by adding something else to our hectic schedules but by bringing God into everything we do. With down-to-earth, practical examples, she shows us how we, too, can build disciples as we reach our children’s hearts. A very encouraging and easy-to-read book!”
–Sheila Wray Gregoire, author of To Love, Honor, and Vacuum
“My thanks to Sally Clarkson for her sacrifice and dedication and the example her life has been to me. Through her writings she is able to share some of what God has put on her heart. This book, along with her others, reveals her to be a shining example of one committed to honor God in all that they do. May you be blessed as you read this book and continue this journey we call motherhood.”
–Lynn VanWingerden, wife, mother of 23 children, grandmother of 9
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Because Motherhood Isn't Just a Job. It's a Calling.
A mother's day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child's physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked.
This doesn't have to be the case. You "can focus your energy on what matters most. Learn how you can:
- Make Life's Mundane and Nitty-Gritty Moments Work for You and Not Against You.
- Discover Ways to Make Character-Building a Natural Part of Live.
- Teach Your Child in the Same Way Jesus Taught the Disciples.
- Pass on Crucial Gifts that Will Serve Your Family for a Lifetime.
Using biblical wisdom and practical teachings, Sally Clarkson shows how you can make a lasting difference in your child's life by following the pattern Christ set with his own disciples-a model that will inspire and equip you to intentionally embrace the rewarding, desperately needed, and immeasurably valuable "Ministry of Motherhood.
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This book is an amazing blend of beautifully written, easy to read story-book examples of her own life and experiences with her child, principles/root issues behind behavior stuff having to do with the heart and make me cry a few times. I didn't feel ashamed but I actually felt empowered.
Most importantly, she emphasizes the gospel and not focusing so much on fixing your child than on being an example and discipling/training/talking with them and helping them to become all that God designed them to be as a unique individual and develop their own internal compas led by the holy spirit, so that they are led by the spirit. For if you are led by the spirit, you won't fulfill the desires of the flesh. She writes on how your own relationship with Jesus makes these other things flow so much better. It makes so much sense. So many times you can have all the ideas right, but if you're not operating from a place of Rest with God, they become 100 times harder because the root of the heart is the most important. This lady explains the root and also practical ways of dealing with it and loving your children through it all.
I have shared this book with many of my mom friends and they are so thankful I did. It is one I will continue to go back to again and again.
Upon completing the book, I felt motivated to do love my kids more. As other reviewers have said, this book inspires, it doesn't give a list of stuff to do that makes you feel like you are falling short if you are unable to do some huge task list.
I highly recommend this book. I plan to reference it often.