My way of thinking is different than most girls my age.
I look at being a future wife and mother as a career, it's what I dream of doing someday; I love every aspect of what's involved in being a wife and mother. I spend my free time reading how to better myself so I can (one day) be a better wife a mom.
Not being a mom, my view might be different than others ("that's easy for her to say, she doesn't have any children."), I know that being a mom isn't all rainbows and butterflies. Being a mom is my career choice.
Even so, when people ask me what I want to do and I tell them, I get the wide eyed, eye roll where you can tell they're think "One of those...don't you have an ambition?"
Beyond Bath Time is written by a real mom who offers encouragement and hope as she points out how important being a mom is. It's written celebrating and professionalizing motherhood as a career and ministry.
Erin Davis talks about the lies regarding motherhood in our both our culture and even many churches.
My mom was a stay at home mom, and had to put up with people belittling her career choice; so motherhood is a topic I'm extremely sensitive about, and this book reinforces what my mom always taught me; being a mother is the most important thing you can ever do. You are raising the next generation of doctors, police officers, pastors, governors, veterinarians, teachers, etc. As a mom you are teaching them the morals and values they'll have throughout their life.
Motherhood is a sacred calling, and in Beyond Bath Time, Erin Davis encourages mothers not to give up. The biggest lesson through this book is accepting your job of being a mother as a career and ministry. Yes, being a mothers is hard, and you may not seem to see anything growing from it, but being a mom is a God given job.
This book is very well written, easy to read, with sound biblical teachings.
It's a call to all Christian mothers challenging them to take a good look at motherhood, and see it through God's eyes.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
"Beyond Bath Time" was written by Erin Davis, wife and mother to 3 young children. In this book, she uncovers lies about motherhood and replaces them with Truth from the Word of God. She also gives Scripture to teach that children are blessings and that being a mom is a ministry. I personally loved the chapter about Eve and the legacy that she has left. Also about how every mom leaves a legacy, not of things, but of eternal worth and value. I loved and appreciated how Erin Davis painted a beautiful picture of God's plan for motherhood and how she did not sway or leave out things because it may not fit into the culture. She stands apart and you will be thankful for that, as I was.
This is an honest book by a real mom who has gone through the hard, tough times of parenting. But she offers encouragement and hope as she points the reader to the Cross, showing that God says that children are wonderful blessings, that motherhood is a sacred, holy calling, and she encourages moms to press on and not give up. This is a book that every mom or any woman wanting to be a mom needs to read! The words in this book are definitely counter-cultural, but something that our culture desperately needs to hear. I am thankful for this book and am sure that I will be referring back to it time and time again in the future! I can't recommend this book enough!
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for an honest review!
This book was amazing! It talks about how our culture is feeding us lies about motherhood, and we must learn to recognize the lies and replace them with God's Word on the subject.This is a must read for all Christian women!
In Beyond Bath Time, Erin Davis reveals the lies regarding motherhood that are perpetuated by both American culture and many churches. She then guides the reader on a journey of introspection that asks hard questions about surrendering our plans to God and examining if our actions are truly selfless. By clearing out previous perceptions and motives, Davis then builds on a clean foundation as she uses Scriptural examples to create a Biblical view of motherhood as a sacred role. Beyond Bath Time concludes with an invitation for a mother to take thirty days to seek God's will about motherhood and to "mother with God-given confidence, joy, and eternal perspective (Davis 134)."
Reading Beyond Bath Time was enjoyable, challenging, practical, spiritual, and even convicting. The author immediately grabbed my attention by telling the story of her first pregnancy in which the doctor told her the child probably would not survive. The rest of the book was equally engrossing. I'm happy to say the book didn't leave me wondering if there was anyway I could ever live up to unattainable standards. Rather, it is about "Spirit-led parenting, not some oversimplified, assembly line definition of a Biblical woman (130)."
Motherhood is a topic near and dear to me and this book reinforced what I already knew to be true in my heart - being a mommy is the most important thing I've ever done. As far as I know, everything discussed in the book was in line with Scripture. I give this book five stars for its engaging style and timely message. I wholeheartedly recommend it to Christian women, specifically mothers. (It's not written for men or to convert a mother to Christianity, though it does encourage mothers to teach their children about the Lord and indirectly another mother could be influenced.)
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Having trouble finding your purpose as a mother? Do you feel discouraged and overwhelmed with all that needs to be done everyday? Not sure whether you should work or be a stay at home mom? This book is a great resource full of helpful advice as you work through the daily grind of being a Mom.
The biggest lesson of this book is learning to accept your job of being a mother as a ministry. The author stresses that yes it will be hard and may not seem to be bearing any fruit but the job of being a Mom is a God given one. The job of motherhood is rewarding no matter if you are a stay at home mom or a mom that works outside of the home.
I thought the book was written well and enjoyed the personal testimony of the author. She writes in such an open and loving manner and you will really enjoy reading her interpretation of motherhood. I gave this book 5/5 stars because I felt it had plenty of information to help every Christian mother learn how to be a better Mom.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.