I was excited to read Gloria Furman's new book Missional Motherhood after thoroughly enjoying her other books, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full and Glimpses of Grace. I have found all of her writing to be full of gospel-centered encouragement, and Missional Motherhood is no different.
Before reading the book, I imagined that it would be a book of advice relating to "how to take care of small children as a Christian." Having read Gloria's other books, I should have known this would not be the case! Far from writing "how-to" kind of books, she leads the reader to glory in the cross and make much of Jesus in the practicalities of life.
Something that surprised me about Missional Motherhood is that Gloria applies "motherhood" not only to the realm of caring for one's own children, but also to "the spiritual motherhood of making disciples of all nations," which she asserts is a calling of all Christian women. I appreciated this wide inclusion and found the book to indeed be applicable to all Christian women.
Gloria writes to such a wide audience by focusing on God and His story, not on the details of traditional mothering. The first part of the book gives an overview of the Biblical narrative, starting in Genesis and arriving at the beginning of the New Testament. In relating the grand story, Gloria points out how mothering has always been part of God's story and plan. The second part of the book applies the Biblical story to all kinds of mothering and reminds us that "missional motherhood is about a man," namely Christ.
A major theme throughout Missional Motherhood is "nurturing life in the face of death." How true this is for Christian women! So often, the sin of the world, our children, and our own hearts threatens to distract us from our true mission, which, as Gloria writes, is "a strategic ministry designed by God to call people to worship the One who is seated on the throne in heaven." Because our mission is designed by the Author of life, we are truly empowered to nurture life in a world full of sin and death, knowing that Christ is victorious and none of our efforts our wasted.
Missional Motherhood is an encouraging read that reminds us to look beyond our circumstances to the One who designed motherhood for His glory. I highly recommend it!
I received a copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review.
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