Raising a Daughter after God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George is a must read for any mother concerned about her daughter's spiritual life. George, who is well-known for her devotionals for women, including A Woman after God's Own Heart, uses her own experience as the mother of two daughters to help moms trying to get it right. She first encourages women to start with their own relationship with God by reading the Bible regularly, memorizing Scripture and starting a prayer journal specifically for recording prayers about your daughter. She breaks down our role as a mom into several different roles: cheerleader, teacher, shepherd and more. Each role gets a chapter (in some cases two) with real life examples, practical advice that any mom can do, and Scripture supporting her position. George recognizes that no mother is perfect, including her, and her writing voice is always encouraging and positive, She gives moms a place to start, no matter where they may be in their daughter's life: infancy to school girl to teenager, she doesn't want them to be afraid to begin. The chapters are easily read in a few minutes each night and each ends with a few activities to help moms dig a little deeper.
What do I want to pass on to my children? I can think of many things, but having a heart that truly loves God is the best inheritance. I picked up Raising A Daughter After God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George to figure out how. The author tells me plainly that I must be what I want my daughter to be. It sounds obvious, but anyone of us can be so busy trying to fix someone that we forget our own flaws.
George helps us by going through the roles we must play as mothers to get our daughters to a right relationship with God. We are first given the illustration of a bell sheep. The sheep that stayed neared the shepherd was given a bell around their neck. The bell would ring as that sheep followed the shepherd and other sheep would follow. Mothers must stay near The Shepherd and allow their lives to speak about God so their daughters will follow. At the end of each chapter is a Mom's Think Pad. The Think pad helps you to stop and think about how you will take action.
The author describes 10 more jobs that a mom will do that will help her daughter draw close to God. The chapters that stand out for me are about the prayer warrior, the church lady and the social secretary. Being a prayer warrior allows you to lay everything before God. Your worries, your questions, your failures about parenting can be given to God. I need to pray and watch out for my daughter's welfare.
The author describes for us the importance of a mother's role as a church lady. Church attendance is important in your daughter's spiritual growth. The church lady attends church regularly and brings her daughter with her. She is active and looks for opportunities for her daughter to serve with her and other members of the church.
The social secretary mom knows her daughter's friends and the activities that she is involved in. She allows her home to be a place where her daughter and her friends would want to come. This mom knows about the environment of the homes she visits. She is not afraid to say no to certain people in her child's life for her protection. The social secretary's function is to allow for fun and relationships with others, but not at the expense of her spiritual life.
I like this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their child into a spiritual champion in God. I did have one issue with this book. I wish it was written for boys and girls. I have a son and two daughters and I can say that most of the information in this book can be applied to parenting your son. I think those who only have sons will miss important information. Besides that issue, this book is well written. It helped me to think about my relationship with God more so I can be a mom after God's own heart who raises daughters that chase after Him.
I received this free eBook from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.