The Christian Mom's Idea Book: Hundreds of Ideas, Tips, and Activities to Help You Be a Great Mom
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Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Crossway Books & Bibles
Publication Date: 2008
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This book features more than 500 family-tested ideas and creative suggestions from real moms to help fellow mothers raise godly kidsand have fun at it too.
Ellen Banks Elwell is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, Jim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Elwell has authored several books for women, including The Christian Moms Idea Book, One Year Devotions for Moms, and When Theres Not Enough of Me to Go Around.
Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5practical and useful suggestionsMay 19, 2013Wayne S. WalkerSalem, ILAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ellen Banks Elwell graduated from Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She enjoys studying the Bible, teaching a few piano students, walking with friends, and taking beach vacations with her family, and lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, Jim. They have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Elwell has authored several other books, including The Christian Grandma's Idea Book. The Christian Mom's Idea Book is intended as a resource book to help the reader make the most of motherhood.
After an introductory chapter with an acrostic on motherhood to emphasize its meaning and importance, 39 other chapters are packed with over 500 ideas and suggestions for fulfilling the all-important role of being a mother that have been gathered from Ellen's own experience plus thoughts from more than eighty other mothersâ€”those with preschoolers, high schoolers, and every age in between; those with one child, a houseful of children, and adopted children; but all with a great desire to raise godly kids and have fun at it too. Some of the topics deal with general motherly activities such as baby-sitters, birthday parties, car trips, planning for college, cooking. Others discuss more personal needs such as Bible study, time alone, and prayer. There's even a chapter with advice for single moms. The goal is to encourage a safe, nurturing environment for the family and to make the home a wonderful place to be.
With all this information available, Ellen says, "I have included many ideas from many moms, in their own words, realizing that no mother can possibly incorporate all of them into her life, but hoping you will find some to enrich yours." Depending on one's religious background and beliefs, there are a few things with which some might disagree, such as calling preachers "pastors," having a single mom's group at church, praying for salvation, and celebrating Christmas and Easter as religious holidays. However, the biggest complaint that I saw about the book is the claim that the word "Christian" in the title is misleading because it fails to address many spiritual issues facing Christian mothers. However, it is not intended as a theological treatise but as a collection of many helpful tips on things to do with kids. One person even pointed out these are good ideas for all moms. And it does definitely approach things from a Biblical worldview. I am not a mother, but I am the father of two sons and I should think that the suggestions in the book would be very practical and useful.
crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A resource for new momsMay 14, 2013crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The Christian Mom's Idea Book has hundreds of tips and ideas, gathered from mom's all over. There are 40 chapters, each starting with a few paragraphs on the topic by the author, followed by a section titled Ideas From Other Moms, most of which are a short paragraph or two. It's not an overwhelming read, as the chapters are simple and concise which is probably practical for most moms anyways!
If you're looking for in depth help in a certain area (discipline, pregnancy or maybe husbands), this likely isn't the resource for you. However, if you would be helped by tips by experienced mom's on meal planning, laundry, what to do if your child has a fever, and any number of other potential problems you may be face while raising small children, then this would be a good read for you. Personally, I would have prettied it up a bit with some pictures and a little colour here and there, and probably covered a few less topics each a little more deeply, but overall it's a solid resource for the new mom.
I received this book from Crossway for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Crossway!