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Why Motherhood Matters: An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting Paperback – September 1, 2017
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"The labor of motherhood never ends and sometimes it's hard to remember how to breathe. These pages are like a breathing coach. And each page is a delivery—into more and more of the grace and heart of your Father. Motherhood matters—because what matters like sculpting souls with your Father?"
—Ann Voskamp, mama to 7, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
"For years I've wished I could live next door to September McCarthy. She is the mother we all want to grow up to be and this book is the next best thing to sitting at her kitchen table. For every mom who's wanted a mentor, a big mama sister, and a practical guide all rolled into one, get ready to be fed. Here comes the mother lode of guilt-free advice from the mother to moms everywhere."
—Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood
"September's beautiful words about the journey of motherhood will touch deep places in your heart, provide sympathy for the struggles you have felt, and offer joy and vision to the role that is so profoundly important. You will find in her own personal stories a friend who walks the journey of motherhood by your side."
—Sally Clarkson, author of The Lifegiving Home and Different
"September McCarthy has the heart of a mama, the words of an encourager, and the wisdom of a friend who truly understands the journey. I believe all women are mothers in some way and no matter which season of motherhood you're in, Why Motherhood Matters is an affirmation and celebration of one of the most beautiful, powerful roles we have as women."
—Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Coffee for Your Heart and You're Already Amazing
"It's rare to read a book on mothering that not only causes tears to stream down your face but fills you with gratitude and a profound sense of reverence for the gift and calling of motherhood. September has known real loss, real love, and ultimately real and authentic life deep in the trenches of raising ten children. September is my mom-hero! Her fantastic new book, Why Motherhood Matters, is chock-full of practical wisdom, heart-wrenching stories, deep love for God and her family, and practical applications to real life situations every mother will value. You'll feel like you're sitting at her kitchen table letting her words of grace advise, fill, and encourage you no matter where you are in your mothering journey. Let September's words and wisdom help you navigate motherhood with purpose and grace."
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids, mother of Grammy Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli
"In recent years, there has been a resurgence among Christians about the subject of 'calling'— specifically, the integration of faith and work. Strikingly absent from these books, conferences, and conversations is the unique calling and vocation of motherhood. Enter September McCarthy, who is both writer and practitioner on this essential, image-of-God-bearing art. In the pages that follow, September does a magnificent job helping us reclaim motherhood as no ordinary calling, but a supreme one. Combining practical wisdom and the application of God's grace, she has provided women and men alike with a must-read."
—Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, author of Befriend and Jesus Outside the Lines
"I wish I'd had this book my first ten years of parenting. It's a game changer for new moms! This book points to gospel-based parenting with practical and encouraging steps for even seasoned moms to take."
—Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World
"As moms, we need other women—to sit with us, encourage us, and remind us that what we do today matters because it shapes the world tomorrow. Even before I met September in person, I was deeply touched by her tender, mothering heart when she reached out and spoke words that gave life. Over these years that I have grown to call her my friend, I can say that I wholly trust her hard-fought wisdom and experience in parenting and in life. She is a treasure among women. and if you don't believe me, then know that the very children she has mothered in her home rise up and call her blessed as well. If that isn't a hearty endorsement, then I'm not sure what is!"
—Logan Wolfram, speaker, author of Curious Faith
About the Author
September McCarthy believes every woman needs someone to speak into her life with understanding and truth. She encourages women in each season of motherhood through her blog One September Day and her ministry Raising Generations Today. As a speaker and writer, her vision and mission is for the generations. September lives in rural Upstate New York with her husband and their large family.
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(Why) Motherhood Matters by September McCarthy is a wonderful, Christian-centered book written specifically for moms. The author writes based on her life experiences, what she has learned, what she wished she knew back when she first became a mother, and how we moms can look at motherhood as more than just getting through the hour, the day, the week, and so on. September McCarthy gives us specific, God-centered reasons as to why motherhood matters and how we can teach our children to thrive in their faith.
This 252-page book is broken down into four parts and broken down further into chapters. Each chapter paints a picture of an example from the author's life based on the chapter's title and she writes about how she learned to turn that moment into a faith-centered time. A number of Bible verses are inserted where appropriate that pertain to the topic and she talks about God a lot and how our job as mothers is a gift.
I started this book before Christmas and took a bit of a break to read some other books that I had on my pile. I loved this book and it was just what I needed to read! I'm glad I purchased it, rather than borrowed it from the library, because it's a book I will want to refer to again. Personally, I feel it gives a lot to think about and I found it more beneficial to read a couple chapters at a time so I could take in what I had just read and ponder that. Perhaps that's why it took me so long to read it! I really like the way the author writes because she makes it seem like we are sitting down, enjoying a cup of coffee and having a deep conversation. I felt like she is someone I could talk with and relate to.
If you are a Christian mother, or know someone who is, and you wonder if your work truly matters, I highly recommend picking up this book. It's a great read that I think you will want to refer to throughout your years as a mother!
This book may speak to you beautifully; Ann Voskamp certainly endorsed it eagerly which did influence me to buy it. But I'm passing it on to the free book exchange and I hope it will bless someone else who needs it. If someone writes a good Christian working motherhood book (not a blogger, though I enjoy a good blog! But someone who has to physically get out and go to a job day in and out) about glorifying God in raising our children in His nurture and admonition even while not having as much time and influence as we'd like as moms, that's a book I'd read and highlight and sleep with at night.
If you have a more traditional set-up at home, this book will probably bless and help you with its principles. I know God's word and instructions will work in any family set-up; and believe me, I don't doubt the amount of work that SAHMs do. I wish I was one! But I needed practical help on how to raise these precious challenging children when so much of myself is spent out just physically supporting their basic needs. There is a poverty of time in these situations. This book didn't help me at this point of need. I respect women using their platforms to help other women; but some women don't have men providing the necessities of life so that the mom can focus on motherhood. So obviously, I'm open to other book suggestions!
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