Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Book Review: "Mom Seeks God" by Julia Roller

Mom Seeks God Julia Roller
Published: April 1, 2014
ISBN: 9781426771026
Genre: Christianity
Source: Netgalley
Highly Recommended for Christian Moms

The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?

When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.

Mom Seeks God offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood, itself, is a spiritual discipline, and may be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

My Thoughts:
I find myself reading several of these Christian parenting books--this is the second one in a month that I've come across.  Because of that, I usually start my reading with a sigh and wonder if there is anything new under the sun when it comes to Christian parenting.

I am usually pleasantly surprised and Mom Seeks God was no exception.  I found myself relating to Julia--from her introversion to her dislike of taking her child to play at the park.  She has a very readable writing style that is down-to-earth but not dumbed-down.  I think the fact that her plan was to examine 12 disciplines, but only being able to do 10 just made me like her more.

I do have 2 caveats--not criticisms!--about this book.  First of all, this is not really a parenting book.  It is a book about spirituality for women who happen to be moms.  If you are looking for parenting tips, this is not the book for you (don't worry, there are thousands of other books out there that will fit that bill).  Also, this is not a book for someone new to Christianity.  I won't say that this is an academic book, but it is academic enough that you need to have a firm grounding in theology to really get into it.

All in all, this was an enjoyable read and I plan to implement a few tidbits from it into my own life.  

I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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