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The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity Paperback – January 21, 2003
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“Sally Clarkson has achieved a beautiful balance of biblical teaching and the heart of a mother in The Mission of Motherhood. She gently takes the reader by the hand and stands with her before the truth of her calling. Readers will be entertained by her personal stories, empowered by God’s call to mothers, and encouraged by Sally’s teaching.”
–Vicki Caruana, author of the best-selling Apples & Chalkdust and founder of EncourageTeachers.com
“In The Mission of Motherhood, Sally Clarkson invites the reader into her family and into her heart to see ‘mother’ in action: teaching, comforting, training, enriching, and blessing. This book elevates the mission of motherhood and sends the reader back to her children ‘pumped.’ ”
–Jean Fleming, author of A Mother's Heart
“Sally hasn’t one impolite bone in her body. She so politely passes on what is actually a powerful message. Those who seek affirmation of the value of traditional motherhood will find it here wrapped in biblical principles and a certain sympathetic sweetness.”
–Karen Andreola, author of A Charlotte Mason Companion
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There is no greater, nobler, or more fulfilling calling than that of motherhood. Every day, as they nurture their children, mothers influence eternal destiny as no one else can. Yet often women are drawn to seek fulfillment outside of God's design, despite their inherent desire to embrace motherhood with their whole hearts.
Today's culture minimizes the vital importance of a mother's role. By catching a vision of God's original design and allowing it to shape their lives, mothers can rediscover the joy and fulfillment to be found in the strategic role to which God has called them-for a purpose far greater than they can imagine.
In "The Mission of Motherhood, author, speaker, and mother Sally Clarkson closely examines this God-ordained plan for mothers, introduced in the book of Genesis and upheld throughout his Word. Using practical examples, her own personal anecdotes, a challenging vision, and sound scriptural support, Clarkson upholds the traditional, biblical view of God's plan for motherhood-giving mothers exactly the support they need to persevere in cultivating and sharing their hearts for God, for their children, and for their homes.
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I really felt like Sally Clarkson tried her best to speak to both the working mother as well as the stay at home mother. Being a stay at home mom is a really hard job, and she conveys this as well as offers a lot of encouragement. It is so important that a new (or been there done that) mother to understand how important the tasks of motherhood are. It's so easy to get lost in all the chaos at home, to sit back and realize these years are so fleeting. She offers advice and draws from her own experiences on how to be a stay at home mom. In almost every household, it IS possible for the mom to stay at home. Sacrifices may need to be made, but that's what a parent is supposed to do for their children.
I personally felt that I really wished I could go back to my old job (which I felt was incredibly important) so I could be useful to my household. I struggle with feeling like I don't contribute to my home. There were so many days, and still are sometimes, where I felt like maybe my kids would have been better off with someone else as their mother. I didn't see how God wanted me to be as a mother, and I couldn't find a practical way to be a Godly mother and wife. I am not "beneath" my husband, nor his servant, and it seemed like a lot of these types of books wanted to tell me to forget about my hopes and dreams and just devote every moment to being everyone else's servant. I don't feel at all that this book says that. I was so relived to read that Sally also shared a lot of my feelings of worthlessness and how she was able to change how she looked motherhood and how she now finds it so rewarding.
This book isn't just for the stay at home mom, though I do think that they benefit the most. It's hard in todays society to remember that the stay at home mom DOES have the most important job out there. I highly recommend this book because, let's face it, the world makes moms feel like they are "settling" if they choose to stay home and raise their kids, and we need encouragement and guidance that shows us that we are certainly not settling or wasting our talents.