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The Power of Motherhood: What the Bible says about Mothers Paperback – February 18, 2017
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This book is not a measuring stick to tell you if you fall short- it's a mountain-top view of all the implications of your role as a mother, inspiring you to take your mothering more seriously and more excitedly. It is a visionary book by a visionary woman- helping paint a beautiful and often counter-cultural picture of all your motherhood can be, through grace.
Some of Nancy's views on things like family planning and breastfeeding may seem extreme, but perhaps this is only because we let our culture set the norm. Consider whether this would have seemed extreme 100 or 1000 years ago, or when God created the world. We might become more well-rounded mothers to consider the history, traditions, and beliefs of mothering over the ages.
I encourage all readers to live in accordance with the measure of faith God has given to them personally. To follow someone else's ideas without being at peace that God has called you to live "their way" is self-imposed legalism. Nancy is not trying to create a standard for motherhood that everyone must follow. She is just trying to inspire us with all the possibilities of how important and magnificent our roles as moms can be, and to confirm the Bible's support of motherhood as a role to be embraced and cherished. I think she did an excellent job. Whenever I put this book down, I want to run to my toddler and hug him!
I strongly encourage you to let this book encourage you.
This book has changed my view of mothering. Nancy made me realize that the way I mother will not only affect my children, but my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren!
This book provides motivation and suggestions. One thing I try to say each morning now is "I love being your mommy!" (or "I'm so glad you are my son!") and then I'll describe what we are going to do today and how much fun we'll have.
Nancy Campbell has a variety of other books, workbooks, tapes, and a DVD for further motivation and suggestions. There is also a magazine you can subscribe to written by her, her daughters, and many readers (no ads!). My one-year old is always so calm when I play a Nancy tape or DVD - Nancy has a really soothing voice. I am much happier when I follow her advice!
I also greatly enjoyed her daughter's (Evangeline Johnson) tape on "Freedom Mothering." There are many articles on the website as well.
I would highly recommend this manual / workbook. It is very well written and researched.
I absolutely love this book. It is so very encouraging and loving. It brings sanity to my very crazy life!!
Thank you Nancy!
I found that Nancy Campbell twisted scripture to make her point at times. There is no correlation between Paul laboring day and night to preach the gospel and night nursing a child. Many things were more her opinion pushed as if it was gospel. If she had approached the book more as something that has worked for her or her view, I wouldn't have had as much a problem with it. However, it was pushed as if it was Biblically sound gospel.
I personally would never recommend this book to anyone.