- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780736970068
- ISBN-13: 978-0736970068
- ASIN: 0736970061
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
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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 is more than a quick read. It is one that stimulates personal refection and will be a great tool for working through one’s own struggles and challenges. September is an obvious teacher and really cares about women. She views motherhood as a sisterhood and comes alongside to offer tenderness, encouragement, ideas, and helpful scriptures, but more importantly, she offers an honest and helpful view from one who is still raising children but who has also raised a few to adulthood and is able to clearly see the fruit of her many labors.
In Why Motherhood Matters, September lays out the “Whys”, which will be especially helpful to those who are going through a dry time, or for those who just feel pulled a thousand different directions and are questioning the worth of their days. I can see women marking places in this book and going back to it again and again.
September writes in such a way that makes you feel as if you are sitting beside her, listening to her story and lessons learned in her 26 year motherhood journey. She is the mentor and friend every mom wishes she had to help navigate through motherhood and to speak truth in our days. Every single word on every single page spoke directly to my heart. It is as if she knew exactly where I'm at in my personal motherhood journey and just what I needed to hear to know that I'm doing the hard, yet faithful work by staying home to care for my 4 children. The days are most definitely long and mundane, but September reminds us that we are doing Godly work and that it is far more valuable than any other work.
Just a few quotes to share from the book.
"Motherhood may feel like a sprint, but it is a slow, careful run to the biggest victory plan ever. Roadblocks and defeat will surely come, but He wants us to come forth as gold." ~September McCarthy
"Love begins in the home. If you cannot love your family well, then how will you love others?" ~ September McCarthy
"Mothers have the power to shift and stabilize the atmosphere of their families and can turn a day right side up or upside down." ~ September McCarthy
I filled up many pages of quotes and notes as I devoured the pages of this book. September not only shares her personal stories, but also includes practical advice, resources, parenting principles and prayers throughout the entire book. She writes about marriage, yelling, teaching responsibility, overwhelm, interrupting/whining, serving and much more.
This is a book I will be referring to frequently throughout the many stages of motherhood. It's not a book that you will read once and set aside or pass on to someone else. It is a book that you will reach for on your most trying days to find hope, encouragement, truth and inspiration to be the best mom for your kids and to bring the joy into the everyday.
I can't recommend this book enough. Buy a copy for yourself and some more to gift away. The perfect gift for blessing a brand new mom as well as a seasoned mom who is in the trenches and really struggling. It is for every mom in between as well.
I was blessed with an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.