Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood As a Sacred Role   -     By: Erin Davis
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Moody Publishers / 2012 / Paperback

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Having children wasn't in Davis's game plan. A Christian woman with multiple degrees, a loving husband, and a promising career, she thought she had it all---until she realized that God had other ideas! Sharing her journey from childlessness to motherhood, she challenges, convicts, and encourages you to respond to God's divine call to be a mom.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 X 0.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0802405622
ISBN-13: 9780802405623

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Publisher's Description

Where are you in the motherhood journey?

Are you a new mom struggling to redefine the boundaries of your life among a sea of diapers, feedings, and sleepless nights? Have you been a mom so long that you’ve lost yourself along the way? Are you trying to decide if you want to have children?

Erin Davis was a young Christian wife who had made the decision to not have children. She had multiple degrees, a great husband, a promising career—she had it all, according to cultural standards. But most days she felt anything but fulfilled.

In Beyond Bath Time Erin shares her journey to in responding to the call of motherhood. Women will be challenged, convicted, and wonderfully encouraged by Erin's honest and provocative look at motherhood. She unfolds the purpose and privileges of motherhood, revealing how it can be a powerful force for God’s kingdom, helping you:

  • Discover God’s heart on the issue of motherhood
  • See past the endless list of mothering responsibilities to a bigger, more eternal picture
  • Fight through the chaos to connect with your kids and pass on the faith
  • Reclaim motherhood as a high and holy calling

Beyond Bath Time is A True Woman book.

The goal of the True Woman publishing line is to encourage women to:

  • Discover, embrace, and delight in God's divine design and mission for their lives
  • Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
  • Intentionally pass the baton of Truth on to the next generation
  • Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God's Spirit in their families, churches, nation and world

Author Bio

A popular speaker, author and blogger, ERIN DAVIS has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God's Truth with others. She is the author of many books including Connected, Beyond Bath Time, and the My Name is Erin series. When she's not writing books, you can find Erin chasing down chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

Editorial Reviews

What others are saying about Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role

"My family does not come before ministy. My family is my first ministry. Erin's book is a reminder to all moms that raising children well and with joy is ministry and the single best way to reach the next generation with God's truth." -- Josh McDowell, bestselling author and speaker

"In a 'childless by choice' world that measures a woman's worth by her contribution to the paid workforce, motherhood is all too often set aside or given second-class status. But look out . . . here comes Erin Davis! She's on a mission to show you that motherhood matters, and that being a mom might just be the most important thing you'll ever do. If you're a Gen-Xer, who's swallowed the pop culture Kool-Aid, you need to read this book -- and consider if the hand that rocks the cradle does, in fact, rule the world!" -- Mary Kassian, author of Girls Gone Wise

"Authentic. Warm. Inviting. Practical. Insightful. Penetrating. Biblical. Beyond Bath Time is all that and more. Erin is a fresh, clear voice with a timely message, developed in the laboratory of life, with God's Word in hand. She challenges women to reclaim motherhood as a high, holy, and purposeful calling -- a sacrificial vocation with eternal rewards!" -- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, host of Revive Our Hearts radio

"At the end of the day, how do you know you've been a good mom? Whose idea of motherhood are you trying to live up to -- yours, your friend's or God's? Can you be a fulfilled follower of Christ in your role as an everyday mama? Our friend Erin has taken on these questions and more in this insightful and captivating read. She has brought to light truths that will impact you and your family for life. Thank you, Erin, for challenging us even in the seemingly mundane, to capture a big vision picture of motherhood. Motherhood matters because it is the heart of God." -- Wes and Carrie Ward, just an everyday dad and mama, and Revive Our Hearts' senior director of media (him!) and author of Together: Growing Appetites for God (her!)

"What we often encounter about motherhood seems to be a caricature of real life. Either it's the unattainable super-mom of the advertising industry or the unbelievably inconvenienced cranky mom of sitcoms. Fortunately, Erin Davis gives us a real portrait. But more importantly, she doesn't stay grounded in the daily experience of our lives here. She points us to the eternal purposes of motherhood -- purposes that all women share, whether or not we've actually given birth. Read this book to be encouraged, strengthened, and committed to God's wisdom in the beauty of motherhood." -- Carolyn McCulley, author of Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World and Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye? Trusting God with a Hope Deferred

"I love how Erin lays out the big picture for moms. She lifts the curtain to see beyond the piles of laundry and provides a peek into the sacred. Erin challenges you to live beyond the daily monotony that threatens to suck the joy from motherhood. Beyond Bath Time beautifully portrays motherhood's sacred calling but doesn't sugarcoat the hard places. Erin speaks as a mom who doesn't have all the answers, but is learning how to mother with joy. She hands out good doses of practical help and encouragement while inviting mothers to join her in the high and holy battle." -- Kimberly Wagner, author of Fierce Women:  The Beauty of a Soft Warrior (September 2012)

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  1. Ohio
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read
    August 15, 2014
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Counter-cultural, but full of Truth! A must read!
    November 28, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "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!
  3. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2013
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Motherhood in Light of Eternity
    January 13, 2013
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Book For All Mothers
    April 30, 2012
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
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