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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
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.