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Book Review // Praying for Girls

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Praying for Girls by Terri Lynne Underwood is a helpful guide for moms who want to pray for their daughters but might not be sure where to start. Terri is the mother of a teenager, so she’s been through a few seasons of raising a daughter and it was delightful to read about her experiences thus far. Terri writes in a style that is transparent and truthful which I found to be quite refreshing. At the end of each chapter, Terri provides a few prayers to pray over your daughter and Scriptures to support them. What I liked most about these prayers is that first of all, they are Biblical and second, Terri left blanks in each one so the reader can input the name of their daughter. For example, here’s one of my favorites:
“Lord, I pray ________ will recognize her need for salvation early in life and call upon Your name, knowing it is only through You any of us can be saved. (Acts 2:21, Joel 2:32),” (pg. 160).

This book is aimed at moms whose daughters have already made a profession of faith in Christ but is still really helpful for moms like me who hope that their daughter will do so in the future.

My daughter is only one, but by reading Praying for Girls, I was really encouraged by the opportunity to pray through so much Scripture for her and it made me hopeful that one day, Lord willing, she will turn from her sin and trust in Christ alone for salvation.

In a time where so many “Christian” books for women are lacking Biblical truth, it was very exciting to see Terri not only use Scripture abundantly, but to do so in context!

I love that Terri reminds moms that they can’t be the ones to save their daughters and that salvation comes through Christ alone. Addressing this in Chapter 18, Terri wrote, “Our daughters can only walk in the fullness of their identity in Christ when they belong to Him. Their hearts and minds can only be rooted in and guided by Him when they have experienced salvation through Him. The way they relate to others can truly reflect the character of Christ only if they are being conformed to Him,” (pg. 159).

I didn’t have any major theological concerns with this book but thought it might be helpful to provide my thoughts on the following content:

  • Terri includes an excerpt from an email she received from a blog reader who was so encouraged by what Terri wrote that she made a prophecy quilt for her daughter, “But, as a quilter, I felt the Lord place on my heart to make a ‘prophecy quilt.’ I didn’t even know it was a thing (and maybe it’s not, really!),” (pg. 26). I encourage readers to be discerning with such statements and test them against Scripture. No where in the Bible does God instruct anyone to make a prophecy quilt. This doesn’t mean making the quilt or the quilt itself is inherently sinful however, it should serve as a caution to consider how much weight we ought to give things that are inspired outside of Scripture.
  • On page 81 there is a sentence that states, “Discuss with her how important it is for us to listen carefully for the Lord’s voice and then do what He says quickly.” We actually don’t need to listen for God’s voice because everything God has to say has been given to us in Scripture (Hebrews 1:1-2, John 1:1). Referring to Jesus, Revelation 19:13 states, “. . .the name by which he is called is The Word of God.” If we want to know Jesus, we can by simply reading His Word. I believe Terri would agree with this and perhaps I am being too sensitive to the syntax but I felt the need to address this with the plethora of “Christian” books available that focus on the unbiblical practice of listening for God’s voice. 

Overall, I really loved Praying for Girls and my heart was blessed by Terri using so much Scripture throughout its pages. Reading this book made me so hopeful that God will save my daughter and reminded me not only of my need to be in prayer for her but also of my need for God and His Word. This book was a great reminder for my heart to ensure that I am putting my love for Christ and Scripture on display for my daughter.

I highly recommend Praying for Girls for any mama with a daughter who wants to know how she can care for her daughter through prayer. The chapters were short but really impactful and even challenged me to want to grow in my love for Christ, especially by going to Him in prayer.

Praying for Girls is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major booksellers.

I received Praying for Girls compliments of Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review // Still Waiting

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I initially learned about author Ann Swindell by reading a post she had written for The Gospel Coalition titled, Don’t Write Just to Get Published. As a blogger, I could relate to the sentiments expressed in her post and was encouraged by her truthful and intelligent writing. I began following Ann on social media as a result of the blog post and when I found out she was writing a book, I knew I would have to read it. I was ecstatic when she announced that she was accepting applications to be on the launch team for her first book, Still Waiting and I was equally excited when I received an email stating my application had been accepted.

In Still Waiting, Ann begins each chapter with a fictional narrative from the perspective of the bleeding woman in Mark 5:25-27. I appreciate that Ann made it clear that these were her thoughts on what life might have been like for the bleeding woman and they were not actual Biblical accounts. Although I learned much about what life would have been like for the bleeding woman from a cultural standpoint, I felt that the book could have been equally as enjoyable without the accounts but as Ann’s story unfolded, I recognized her reasons for placing them there.

Still Waiting, overall, is Ann’s personal account of a struggle she has with trichotillomania (a disorder, which for her, results in obsessively pulling out her eyelashes) and her hope that God would take it away. She shared various lessons she’s learned in the waiting and questions that she’s challenged her own heart with to make sure that Christ is always first in her life. I love that Ann shared her story without deviating from the truth of the Gospel and unlike many books for Christian women, Still Waiting foregoes the fluff.

There is presently a plethora of books for Christian women that are all about being broken, messy, etc. that encourage women to have their focus on themselves rather than Christ. Still Waiting,thankfully, is not such a book. Evidence of this is a few sentences found of page 87 of the book where Ann elaborates on Colossians 2:13-15, “We now have a new identity. We are no longer known by God as broken and sinful. Because Jesus took our shame, our sin, and our brokenness, our true identity is now found in him.”

Still waiting is chock full of Biblical reminders that I found especially encouraging in my own season waiting when my husband went through unemployment twice this year.

Two of my favorite aspects of Still Waiting are Ann’s abundant use of Scripture within its context and her willingness to challenge women to consider whether or not their suffering has become idolatrous. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, “If I couldn’t have healing, I knew I could still have Christ. He would be enough for me,” (p. 112).

Still Waiting is a bit lengthy but nonetheless a pleasure to read. If you are in a season of waiting, I highly recommend Ann’s book knowing it will be a great encouragement to your heart and soul.

Still Waiting is now available from Amazon and all major booksellers.

I received Still Waiting compliments of Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review // Home

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Elyse Fitzpatrick’s latest book Home is one that spoke to my heart and greatly encouraged me in my own personal journey of what it means to long for home. Fitzpatrick’s book is a Biblical dissertation on the desire every human has to be at home. For those who are in Christ, we have hope knowing that He is preparing a place for us and that our ultimate Home (what Elyse refers to as our capital H Home) isn’t here.

What I appreciate about Home, and I think many readers will appreciate, is that the tone differs from Elyse’s other writings. Most of her books are geared toward Christian women and serve as solid reminders of the Gospel and the hope we have in Christ. Home absolutely includes these reminders but also contains a good deal of personal anecdotes in which Elyse details two very difficult times she recently experienced that caused her to deeply consider what it means for believers to be at home.


I certainly appreciate her other works but there is nothing more consoling, I’ve found, than receiving counsel from a fellow Christian who can simultaneously relate to my personal struggles. Rather than coming across as Biblically academic in nature, Home felt more personable and transparent. At the time I read Home, I was living in Austin, Texas having left the only home I knew in Southern California a little over a year prior. I longed for home and Home, sinfully at times, and found Elyse’s book a great comfort as it not only reminded my heart that Jesus is coming again and also convicted my heart when I found myself idolizing home rather than Home.

Each chapter of Home concludes with compelling questions making this book great for individual or group study. I’ve never had any theological issues with any of Fitzpatrick’s works and can’t say that I necessarily did with Home, however, I did find a few cautions worth noting:

  1. The use of The Message, a paraphrase of the Bible. I personally am not a fan of The Message because I believe it creates a standard of acceptability in making God’s word say and mean what we want it to versus reading it in a manner in which the words have been accurately translated from the original languages of the Bible into English. Pastor Eugene Peterson created The Message to help his congregation better understand the Bible, but the best way to do this is by studying it from an accurate translation (I prefer the ESV but have heard that the NASB is also pretty solid).
  2. Elyse mentions on page 185 of the book that,” As a matter of fact, I’ve been attending two churches for months now. . . Just because I’m that needy.” This statement caused me to pause in confusion. The biggest question that came to mind after reading this was, “Why?” I don’t know of any passage in Scripture that would make it necessarily sinful to attend two churches but at the same time, I question whether or not doing so is wise. Since Elyse didn’t really explain why she attends two churches, apart from the brief statement previously mentioned, my concern is that people will read this and believe that it is okay to not be committed to a local church, which would violate what is set forth for Christians in Hebrews 10:24-25. I hope this isn’t Elyse’s heart and believe it isn’t however, I didn’t see this clearly spelled out.

Overall, Home greatly encouraged me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and helped redirect my heart to longing for the day of Christ’s return and it receives my recommendation.

 

I received Home compliments of Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
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Book Review // 60 Days of Happiness

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I don’t typically post reviews for books until I’ve completed reading them but 60 Days of Happiness by Randy Alcorn is the exception, and this is a good thing. Alcorn adapted 60 Days of Happiness from two other books he’s written on the topic. This devotional book takes readers through 60 days of looking at what the Bible says about happiness and how it should effect the lives of Christians. Alcorn argues that Christians often assign a negative connotation to the word happiness and a positive, more spiritual weight to the term joy. In studying the words “blessed, happy and joy” as written in the original versions of Scripture, it is patent that they can and should be used interchangeably.

Alcorn notes that there is no difference between happiness and joy and that believers are not less Godly should they proclaim happiness. Rather, they should be the happiest of people because the object of their happiness is God who is happy. What I appreciate most about 60 Days of Happiness is Alcorn’s willingness to challenge the popularly held notion that happiness is less holy. Alcorn also uses many Bible verses, in context, to support what is said in each daily reading. I don’t necessarily love that he uses different versions of the Bible to do so, but I believe he is attempting to help readers understand that the terms happy and joy can be used synonymously and that happiness and holiness go hand in hand. Honestly, I am only 14 days into this book but it has greatly encouraged my heart and really challenged my thinking. 60 Days of Happiness has given my heart the much needed reminder that I can be happy because I serve God, the ultimate source of happiness. I give 60 Days of Happiness my highest recommendation and look forward to reading more from Randy Alcorn in the future.

 

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Book Review // Becoming A Woman of Excellence

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A few years ago, I had the privilege of going through the book Becoming A Woman of Purpose by Cynthia Heald with a group of women at my church in California. I remember being both challenged and encouraged by that book and was ecstatic when I received the opportunity to review the 30th anniversary edition of Cynthia’s book Becoming A Woman of Excellence.

The premise of this book is, taken from Ruth 3:11 in which Ruth is referred to as a worthy woman or, woman of excellence. What I enjoyed most about this work is that it is saturated in Scripture! I presumed that anything by Cynthia would be solid since my previous church had recommended her books but I always like to read books for myself and see how they match up to Scripture. Overall, Cynthia’s book is theologically rich and cuts to the heart of issues women deal with including Godly character, discipline, purity and wisdom. The book can be summed up with Cynthia’s words on page 15,

“We want to become women of excellence because we are children of an excellent God.”

Cynthia does use multiple Bible translations in her book, which I am not a fan of but it seemed she did so in order to help her readers understand the words that are used in the verses mentioned. I appreciate the heart behind this but when we don’t know what Scripture says according to translations that are closest to it’s original languages, I fear that we may become lazy students of Scripture. Let this be an exhortation to you to study and know God’s word!

One small concern I had with this book was Cynthia’s admission of “unmistakbly hearing God’s voice” in her heart (pg. 50). If you’ve read previous book reviews of mine, you may be tired of me pointing out that God doesn’t speak to us today outside of His word (Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6Revelation 22:18). Since Becoming A Woman of Excellence is overall theologically sound, I doubt that Cynthia was meaning to convey this sentiment yet since some may find it concerning, I found it necessary to point it out.

I really enjoyed Becoming A Woman of Excellence and am pleased to give it my highest recommendation. I can’t wait to gift a copy of the book to my sisters for Christmas and my mom for her birthday. Ladies, if you are looking for a Bible study that will enhance your knowledge of Scripture while challenging you to grow into the woman God is calling you to be, look no further.

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Book Review // The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces

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Whether you are a mom of littles or your kids are in the teen years, The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces by Dannah Gresh, is a must read. I follow Dannah on Facebook and was interested when a few months back, she took a poll amongst her followers asking them about the hardest questions mom face. Dannah received hundreds of responses and used the most commonly asked questions as the premise for her book. The questions address issues ranging from sleepovers to schooling and are most applicable for moms with children 16 and under. I didn’t necessarily agree with every single thing Dannah includes in her book but I appreciated the broad overview of what moms deal with on a daily basis. I enjoyed reading The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces because it helped me realize that I’m not the only mom asking certain questions and seeking wisdom in certain areas. Dannah’s book also gave me insight as to how I can use Biblical wisdom to help my daughter process through certain issues as she grows older.

While overall, this book was helpful, I had one very minor concern that I want to shed light on because I feel that not mentioning it would be neglecting to write an honest review. I noticed as I read the book that Dannah used a plethora of Bible verses which I am all for. However, she used multiple translations of Scripture which may not bother some, but is a concern to me. One of the Bible “translations” that Dannah used is The Message which I don’t recommend for the reasons mentioned here (I do know many solid believers who reference The Message and aren’t opposed to using it however, I believe that learning Scripture as it was originally written is the best way to understand it – two versions I know of that do this well are the ESV and NASB).

One aspect of  The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces that I found extremely helpful, is Dannah’s chapter on vaccines. I know this is a hot button issue in this day and age and I didn’t really understand why until my daughter was born and I researched the vaccine debate for myself. I appreciate that Dannah was willing to step into a dangerous battleground in the Mommy Wars. I’m grateful that Dannah rightfully points out that this is a wisdom issues (i.e. the Bible doesn’t explicitly say whether we should vaccinate or not) .

As a mom, I value my daughter’s life and I will do whatever I can to protect her but I believe what moms desperately need is to know that they can trust God with every area of their child’s life and I was encouraged to find this sentiment present in the chapter as Dannah explained that she and her husband decided to trust God and teach their daughter abstinence rather than administering her the Gardasil vaccine.

The trend of the Helicopter Mom is increasing and I have, unfortunately, witnessed this amongst women in the church, and even in my own heart at times. Verbally, we claim to trust God, yet we consider every worst case scenario possible that could happen to our babies and put protections in place to ensure that those things don’t happen. Rather than encouraging our children to take even the smallest risk, hoping that one day they will take risks for the Gospel, we enable them to live safe, comfortable lives making ourselves their hope rather than God.

Overall, I really enjoyed Dannah’s book because it addressed issues I have faced in motherhood and initiated thoughts toward what I will encounter as my daughter grows older. Being a mom herself, Dannah understands how difficult it is in this day and age to raise children who fear and love God and cherish His Word and I appreciate her Biblical wisdom accompanied by her experiential insight.

 

I received The 20 Hardest Questions Every Mom Faces compliments of Harvest House in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review // The Magnolia Story

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If you’re a fan of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, you will certainly enjoy Chip and Joanna Gaines’s first book, The Magnolia Story. Being a fan of the show myself, I was excited when I found out they would be releasing a book and stopped by my local Walmart on the day of it’s release to grab a copy. The Magnolia Story is autobiographical yet reads like a conversation between Chip and Joanna detailing their personal biographies, their love story and how they established their highly successful Magnolia Market in Waco, TX.

Reading about how they overcame many obstacles while working in the real estate/interior design industry brought tears to my eyes because I know, as they acknowledge, that their success is truly due to God’s faithfulness in their lives. While this book is not theological in nature, I believe it is important to point out that Joanna claims multiple times throughout the book to have heard God speaking to her (for example, “Joanna, if you trust me with your dreams, I’ll take them further than you could have ever imagined,” pg. 82.) She also mentions this in her testimony video. Seeing how Chip and Joanna love each other, their children and others, I am convinced that they do love Christ. However, their knowledge of His word regarding direct revelation seems to be somewhat amiss. I would encourage readers to consider what Scripture has to say about God speaking to His people, and not adding to what He has said in His word (Deuteronomy 4:2Deuteronomy 12:32Proverbs 30:6Revelation 22:18). Residing in the Bible belt, I know that direct revelation is a growing trend, yet, I highly challenge readers to practice discernment by taking what they hear about God and comparing it with His word.

This caution aside, The Magnolia Story is a compelling read and like Fixer Upper, I believe it’s appeal lies largely in the fact that Chip and Jo are a couple known for their consistent character. This book became a New York Times Bestseller within it’s first few weeks of release and that, I believe, speaks largely to it’s authentic appeal (which I can personally vouch for having met Joanna’s mom at Magnolia Market back in January). The Chip and Jo viewers see on HGTV is the same Chip and Jo within the pages of The Magnolia Story. In a time when most reality TV shows promote drama, it is refreshing to follow one in which home and family are at the heart. I couldn’t put The Magnolia Story down and finished it within 5 days. If, like me, you enjoy learning about the story behind the story, you will love The Magnolia Story.

The Magnolia Story is available now at Amazon, Walmart and other major booksellers.

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Book Review // Uninvited

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About a year ago, I began reading Lysa Terkeurst’s book The Best Yes. I wasn’t too familiar with Lysa so I did some research and was disappointed to learn that her church permits her to have authority teaching over men, a violation of 1 Timothy 2:12 (please note, however, that women are called to teach women who are younger in the faith as commanded in Titus 2:3). My discouragement grew as I realized that her church also used her book for teaching during regular church services rather than the Bible.

With the release of Lysa’s latest book, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, I was curious to see how she would encourage readers to handle rejection Biblically.

Uninvited begins with Lysa telling the story of how she personally experienced rejection from her father as a child and how it impacted her as she became an adult. Uninvited is largely autobiographical with a bit of Bible sprinkled in.

Uninvited does contain some truths presented in its pages including, “He (Jesus) was betrayed, mocked, abandoned, beaten, crucified, and buried. . . His crucifixion on the cross became the defeat of death. His broken body became the resurrection hope for the world,” (pg. 175).

However, the bulk of this book leaves much to be desired when it comes to understanding how to handle rejection the way Jesus did and would. The tone of the book is saturated with feel good, self help advice that appears to be aimed at scratching the itching ears mentioned by Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3. Uninvited seems to encourage Christian women to pull themselves up by their boot straps rather than fix their eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-4) who Isaiah 53:3 tells us, “. . . was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces. . .”

With all this in mind, here are 3 of the red flags I found while reading Uninvited:

  • Lysa claims to receive direct revelation from God – “And that’s when a very clear sentence popped into my head. You aren’t set aside, Lysa. You are set apart. It wasn’t audible. And it wasn’t my own thought. I knew it was a thought assigned by God that I needed to ponder (pg. 102).” Although it is Biblically true that God’s people are set apart, in the sense that He has redeemed them for Himself, Lysa’s thought isn’t from Scripture and therefore, it is inappropriate to assign it authority from God. Direct revelation is a problem that is all too common in Christian literature today, especially that which is aimed at women. This statement violates multiple passages of Scripture that warn against adding to what God has said in His Word (Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:6Revelation 22:18). If Lysa’s thought truly was assigned by God, it would have made sense for her to mention where she found it in His Word, but she neglected to do so.

Peter was a disciple of Christ and His close friend, the one upon whom He would build His church. Although Peter physically heard God, he still urged believers to consider Scripture more trustworthy than his experience. This same thinking should be applied anytime someone claims to receive revelation from God apart from Scripture.

  • Lysa uses multiple Bible translations – I’m not sure why this is other than certain translations seem to fit better with what she is saying. God’s Word must be handled with care. It is of utmost importance to know the context of what is being said as well as the author’s intended meaning. To truly understand what Scripture says, it makes the most sense to read translations that are based closely on the original text of God’s Word as written in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The Bible is called God’s Word because it’s about Him. Attempting to mold His Word to fit our own understanding is prideful and blasphemous causing us to lose sight of His holiness.
  • One of the multiple translations Lysa uses is The Voice which is a paraphrase of the Bible using modern language. I had never heard of The Voice prior to reading Uninvited so I decided to research it. I found out that the translation team for The Voice included many pastors (male and female), professors and “Christian” artists, including musicians and writers. The Voice website states, “A new Bible translation that reads like a story with all of the truth and wisdom of God’s word,” however, I must greatly question the authenticity of this “translation” when Biblical commands were ignored in its making, including the addition of female pastors as part of the team. I am NOT saying that women can’t help translate the Bible, although that is something I, personally, have rarely seen. I am saying that as those who are commanded to test everything, we must question the authenticity of a “translation” whose team is composed of individuals who are showing a blatant disregard for God’s Word.

These are 3 of the many red flags I found in Uninvited and therefore I do not recommend it. Lysa is a self proclaimed Bible teacher (pg. 126,) so it is my sincere hope that she will grow in her knowledge and application of God’s Word and I know, based on my claims in this post as well as on this blog, that this must be what I hope for myself as well.

Blogger Michelle Lesley said, “It’s my prayer that Lysa will repent of the areas in which she is acting against Scripture, learn biblical hermeneutics so she can rightly handle God’s word, and have a tremendous – doctrinally sound – impact on the thousands of women who love her so much,” – I share the same heart.

With the popularity of Lysa’s books and ministry, I am sure that this review will not be well received but I take knowing and applying God’s Word seriously and I urge believers, especially women to do the same.

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Book Review // Missional Motherhood

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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.

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Book Review // I Don’t Wait Anymore

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When I saw the book I Don’t Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God’s Adventure for You by Grace Thornton, my heart skipped a beat. The title instantly caught my attention because when I was single I read a blog post Grace had written with the same title and it completely resonated with me. Throughout the book, Grace takes readers along with her on a personal journey detailing a bit of how God worked in her life after she decided to ditch the True Love Waits movement. The premise of the book  comes from the blog post that was written in response to the growing number of young Christian women wearing purity rings with the inscription True Love Waits. With her post, Grace challenged her readers that the idea seemed kind of silly and that there was more to the single season than waiting for a spouse.

Thornton’s book is a sweet blend of autobiography and Biblical encouragement. She chose to do singleness apart from the standards of typical Christian culture and while it was hard at times, she saw God work in big ways. Grace describes what it was like to walk in obedience unto the Lord as she moved to another country, experienced the death of a dear friend and endured the pain of a relationship that didn’t work out.

Grace doesn’t shy away from letting readers know how hard it is at times to follow Jesus yet she balances this with uncompromising truth and the telling of His goodness.

I Don’t Wait Anymore is available now at Amazon and other major booksellers.

I received a complimentary copy of I Don’t Wait Anymore from BookLook Bloggers in return for my review.