I have another book to give away!
I was immediately interested in this one when I read that it was about a mother learning life lessons from listening to her children. I have learned so much from looking at life through the eyes of my kids, so I figured this would be a great book.
There were a couple of chapters that were really good. The best chapter, in my opinion, was the one entitled Happiness. I don’t know a mom that doesn’t need a reminder that even though our days might be filled with diapers, snotty noses, too little sleep, too much arguing, too little money and too many bills–happiness can and should still fill our hearts and homes. A quote from this chapter:
Maybe God is naming me as a blessed one after all. One who can experience happiness in the midst of a whining child waking me up and a vomiting cat and way too much laundry. One who can stop waiting to be happy if… One who can be happy because of the blessings implicit within the ordinary-hard-stuff. Happy because of my children’s demands for my attention. Their vulnerability. The trust they have in me that I will take care of them. That I will love them well, even as I lose my temper, even as I dream about vacations and a time to come when they are older and we are more settled. Maybe I can be happy, in a new way, right here, right now.
There were also a few things that didn’t quite sit well with me. Some theology I didn’t quite agree with–particularly in the chapters titled Baptism and Miracles. The author seemed a little fuzzier on those topics than I would have expected. In many chapters, there were questions asked but not answered. I understand that no one has all the answers, but some of those questions are clearly answered in Scripture and could have been resolved in the book. I would hesitate to give or recommend this book to my mom friends who don’t know Christ, because it leaves too many pivotal concepts fuzzy.
The style was also a hang up for me. The storytelling was wonderful, but the style had more of a postmodern feel that just isn’t my preference.
On the whole, it was an easy read with many good reminders to give attention to our children, really listen to what they’re saying, and take time to give them the answers they need instead of just brushing them off. If you know a mom (or if you are a mom) who is solid in theology and won’t be confused by the concepts not explained well, but could benefit from reminders to listen to children and learn from them, comment below for a chance to win this book and knock one more gift off your Christmas list. 🙂
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Winner will be chosen at the end of the day, Monday, November 24.