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When I began reading Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman, I found it interesting that the book consisted of two parts. The first part titled, Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God, gives a broad overview of the Bible and part two, The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood, emphasizes the impact of the Gospel on the role of motherhood. Honestly, Furman’s book wasn’t quite what I had expected and this turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
I read through part one expecting to find the typical content that is common to Christian books on motherhood – witty humor, fluffy anecdotes and relatable narratives. However, Furman’s book greatly lacks these and for that I am especially grateful. There are too many modern books aimed at Christian women that gain popularity because of their fluff filled pages. Furman has, in a sense, broken new ground with her books geared toward Christian wives and moms that address heart issues in a way that is both convicting and encouraging.
Part two of Furman’s book helps moms connect the dots between who Jesus is and why He matters in the role of motherhood. There are many ways in which Furman challenges moms to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus as they make disciples of all nations within the walls of their own homes. Perhaps my favorite part was her challenge to moms regarding overprotecting their children. As a new mom, I myself have learned how tempting it can be to go to this extreme. Furman offers a brief section addressing what are known as Helicopter Moms, referring to moms who hover around their children hoping to shield them from every uncomfortable circumstance ranging from unkind words to viruses. In this section, Furman requests that moms consider how overprotecting their children could actually cause them to live in a manner that is so safe and comfortable that they fail to take risks for the sake of spreading the Gospel. Her thoughts on this phenomenon are both timely and refreshing.
Missional Motherhood is not necessarily a light read, but it isn’t too difficult either. Moms, this book is a worthy investment of your time and money as it will cause you to fix your eyes on Jesus while you evangelize young hearts in his name.
Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other major booksellers.