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In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start pursuing God. A homeschooling mom of two hard-to-handle boys, McGlothlin examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God's Word and challenges you to seek the power of God daily.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0735289638
ISBN-13: 9780735289635

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It’s Time to Stop Trying to Be the Perfect Mom

You long to be the mom your kids need, but often you’re convinced you come up short. The label "not enough" seems to be stamped across everything you do—and yet parenting is the one thing you want most to get right.
 
What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough—but God is?
 
In Gospel-Centered Mom Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, Brooke examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

        · embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
        · release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
        · learn to fight for rather than against your child
        · believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
        · practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. And you’ll discover that Jesus is more than capable of meeting every need, for your children and for you.

Author Bio

Brooke McGlothlin is cofounder and president of Raising Boys Ministries and The MOB (Mothers of Boys) Society, an online community for BoyMoms. The author of several books and resources for mothers, her words of encouragement and inspiration have been featured on LifeWay’s ParentLife blog, the Proverbs 31 Devotional Site, and Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience. Brooke lives in the mountains of southwest Virginia with her husband and their two sons.

Endorsements

"Brooke McGlothlin doesn't gloss over the hard truths of motherhood or provide quick fixes for our parenting failures. Instead she offers something much more meaningful. Brooke walks us right through the hard truths of motherhood so that we will more deeply treasure the beautiful truth of the Gospel and, as a result, be transformed into Gospel-centered moms." - JEANNIE CUNNION, author of Mom Set Free

"Gospel-Centered Mom is a must-read for every Christian mom who constantly doubts that she is succeeding at motherhood. Brooke cuts right to the heart of what most moms wrestle with day-to-day, and she invites readers in like old friends engaging in an honest conversation with a cup of coffee in one hand and a Bible in the other. This book is chock full of applicable Bible verses and heartfelt stories that meet moms right where they are and gracefully unpacks both the hard truths and beautiful truths that moms need to accept and embrace. This book eased my mama heart, encouraged me to be a stronger advocate for my children, and taught me practical ways to keep God at the center of my parenting and daily life." - ASHLEY WILLIS, coauthor of 7 Days to a Stronger Marriage

"I've watched this message beautifully played out in Brooke's life long before she wrote these words on the page. She isn't saying these things because they are popular; she is saying them because they are true. Brooke is the perfect person to remind us that being a Gospel-centered mom drives us every day to our true source of strength: Jesus. I believe this book will bring a message of freedom and hope to moms everywhere." - STACEY THACKER, author of Fresh Out of Amazing

"Brooke’s warmth and authenticity draw you into each story she shares. Through her honesty you connect with her. Her struggles are your struggles. But she's not throwing a pity party about the trials of motherhood. In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke challenges her readers to embrace their insufficiencies and accept Jesus's enough-ness. She argues against striving and offers rest in Him. Motherhood isn't for wimps. Brooke's book is a dare-a dare to keep the Gospel at the center instead of our kids or ourselves." - RACHAEL CARMAN, homeschool mother of seven.

"As moms we often look at the lives of our children and wonder, Are we doing this thing called motherhood right? In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke McGlothlin, using the truth of God's Word, reconfigures the definition of who and what we are to be. When we direct our energy and focus on Christ first, our roles as mothers flow from that place of fullness-a redirection we all need." - LYNN COWELL, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author of Brave Beauty

"This book is like a compass for moms, offering practical direction as we journey forward in faith, trusting and living from the truth of God's Word, not getting lost in our fading feelings, passing circumstances, or moments of struggle. With vulnerable stories, Brooke echoed my fears and feelings of inadequacy in motherhood and pointed my heart back to the fundamental truth that I will indeed never be adequate, but God always is-and He is with me." - FRANCIE WINSLOW, author and speaker

"Mothering is not a spectator sport. It’'s messy, filled with stories of failure and loss, faith and hope, mistakes and triumphs. Brooke McGlothlin's Gospel -Centered Mom is a revelation for every woman who's convinced she's not enough for the job. We will never be smart enough, godly enough, or patient enough- because we're not meant to be. Our lack reveals our need, and Brooke writes honestly about the hard and beautiful truths of motherhood. She gives practical teaching and conveys deep theological concepts in an easy-to-comprehend manner. If the calling of motherhood has left you feeling empty, this beautiful book is guaranteed to fill you up and give you hope." - KATE BATTISTELLI, author of Growing Great Kids and mother of Grammy award-winning artist Francesca Battistelli

"Motherhood has been so much harder than I ever imagined. Reading Brooke's words helped me realize I'm not the only one to feel that way. Her message of moving past me and always toward Jesus and His Good News is exactly what I need as I navigate life as a mom. I'm grateful for the truth I was reminded of in Gospel - Centered Mom: the hope of the Gospel is enough for me, for my children, for all of us." - ERIN MOHRING, cofounder of the MOB Society and Raising Boys Ministries

"Brooke's honest, transparent approach to Gospel-centered parenting is incredibly refreshing. Moms need to hear the truth even when it hurts, and Brooke is the perfect person to deliver it as she shares humbly from her own experience raising hard-to-handle boys. I am grateful for Brooke's obedience in sharing what we need to hear over what we want to hear. After reading Gospel-Centered Mom, I feel like I just finished a much-needed coffee date with a precious friend." - MONICA SWANSON, author and writer

"If you’re looking for answers about how to be a perfect parent, this book is not the one you're looking for. But if you want to know more about how God uses parenting to do the deep soul-level work of changing you, Gospel-Centered Mom can help. Giving keen attention to what's happening inside us as mothers, Brooke unfolds God's greater plan to parent us in the midst of our parenting. Down to earth and practical, this book will help you connect Sunday truth to the rest of your busy, busy week." - HANNAH ANDERSON, author of Humble Roots

"I feel like Brooke McGlothlin is a kindred spirit I have yet to meet. She's been doing for mothers of boys through the MOB Society what I've been seeking to do for mothers of girls through Secret Keeper Girl. You'll find a dozen ways that this book re-anchors your parenting to God's Word. She brings the practical theology of the Scriptures alive!" - DANNAH GRESH, best-selling author and creator of Secret Keeper Girl

Editorial Reviews

"Brooke McGlothlin doesn’t gloss over the hard truths of motherhood or provide quick fixes for our parenting failures. Instead she offers something much more meaningful. Brooke walks us right through the hard truths of motherhood so that we will more deeply treasure the beautiful truth of the Gospel and, as a result, be transformed into Gospel-centered moms."
—Jeannie Cunnion, author of Mom Set Free

"Gospel-Centered Mom is a must-read for every Christian mom who constantly doubts that she is succeeding at motherhood. Brooke cuts right to the heart of what most moms wrestle with day-to-day, and she invites readers in like old friends engaging in an honest conversation with a cup of coffee in one hand and a Bible in the other. This book is chock full of applicable Bible verses and heartfelt stories that meet moms right where they are and gracefully unpacks both the hard truths and beautiful truths that moms need to accept and embrace. This book eased my mama heart, encouraged me to be a stronger advocate for my children, and taught me practical ways to keep God at the center of my parenting and daily life."
—Ashley Willis, coauthor of 7 Days to a Stronger Marriage

"I’ve watched this message beautifully played out in Brooke’s life long before she wrote these words on the page. She isn’t saying these things because they are popular; she is saying them because they are true. Brooke is the perfect person to remind us that being a Gospel-centered mom drives us every day to our true source of strength: Jesus. I believe this book will bring a message of freedom and hope to moms everywhere."
—Stacey Thacker, author of Fresh Out of Amazing

"Brooke’s warmth and authenticity draw you into each story she shares. Through her honesty you connect with her. Her struggles are your struggles. But she’s not throwing a pity party about the trials of motherhood. In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke challenges her readers to embrace their insufficiencies and accept Jesus’s enough-ness. She argues against striving and offers rest in Him. Motherhood isn’t for wimps. Brooke’s book is a dare—a dare to keep the Gospel at the center instead of our kids or ourselves."
—Rachael Carman, homeschool mother of seven, RachaelCarman.com

"As moms we often look at the lives of our children and wonder, Are we doing this thing called motherhood right? In Gospel-Centered Mom, Brooke McGlothlin, using the truth of God’s Word, reconfigures the definition of who and what we are to be. When we direct our energy and focus on Christ first, our roles as mothers flow from that place of fullness—a redirection we all need."
—Lynn Cowell, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and author of Brave Beauty

"This book is like a compass for moms, offering practical direction as we journey forward in faith, trusting and living from the truth of God’s Word, not getting lost in our fading feelings, passing circumstances, or moments of struggle. With vulnerable stories, Brooke echoed my fears and feelings of inadequacy in motherhood and pointed my heart back to the fundamental truth that I will indeed never be adequate, but God always is—and He is with me."
—Francie Winslow, author and speaker

"Mothering is not a spectator sport. It’s messy, filled with stories of failure and loss, faith and hope, mistakes and triumphs. Brooke McGlothlin’s Gospel-Centered Mom is a revelation for every woman who’s convinced she’s not enough for the job. We will never be smart enough, godly enough, or patient enough—because we’re not meant to be. Our lack reveals our need, and Brooke writes honestly about the hard and beautiful truths of motherhood. She gives practical teaching and conveys deep theological concepts in an easy-to-comprehend manner. If the calling of motherhood has left you feeling empty, this beautiful book is guaranteed to fill you up and give you hope."
—Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids and mother of Grammy award–winning artist Francesca Battistelli

"Motherhood has been so much harder than I ever imagined. Reading Brooke’s words helped me realize I’m not the only one to feel that way. Her message of moving past me and always toward Jesus and His Good News is exactly what I need as I navigate life as a mom. I’m grateful for the truth I was reminded of in Gospel-Centered Mom: the hope of the Gospel is enough for me, for my children, for all of us."
—Erin Mohring, cofounder of the MOB Society and Raising Boys Ministries and writer at HomeWithTheBoys.net

"Brooke’s honest, transparent approach to Gospel-centered parenting is incredibly refreshing. Moms need to hear the truth even when it hurts, and Brooke is the perfect person to deliver it as she shares humbly from her own experience raising hard-to-handle boys. I am grateful for Brooke’s obedience in sharing what we need to hear over what we want to hear. After reading Gospel-Centered Mom, I feel like I just finished a much-needed coffee date with a precious friend."
—Monica Swanson, author and writer at MonicaSwanson.com

"If you’re looking for answers about how to be a perfect parent, this book is not the one you’re looking for. But if you want to know more about how God uses parenting to do the deep soul-level work of changing you, Gospel-Centered Mom can help. Giving keen attention to what’s happening inside us as mothers, Brooke unfolds God’s greater plan to parent us in the midst of our parenting. Down to earth and practical, this book will help you connect Sunday truth to the rest of your busy, busy week."
—Hannah Anderson, author of Humble Roots

"I feel like Brooke McGlothlin is a kindred spirit I have yet to meet. She’s been doing for mothers of boys through the MOB Society what I’ve been seeking to do for mothers of girls through Secret Keeper Girl. You’ll find a dozen ways that this book re-anchors your parenting to God’s Word. She brings the practical theology of the Scriptures alive!"
—Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and creator of Secret Keeper Girl

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  1. Creative2xmom
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    Decent, but Not My Favorite
    February 12, 2018
    Creative2xmom
    California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    In today's world, there is overwhelming pressure on kids. Get good grades, be good at sports, be popular, serve, and do it all with grace and manners. And with that perspective comes unbelievable amounts of pressure on parents as well. If your child is earning B's, hire a tutor. Not playing in the travel league? Get a private coach. Not enough friends, throw big parties. And what if you're not doing enough to ensure your children follow the Lord when they leave your home?

    While all of this is good and well, they are just kids. They're growing and maturing. They're going to mess up. We're going to mess up. None of us are perfect. How do we come to grips with the fact that we just aren't enough as parents? How do we live the perception of always coming up short?

    Brooke McGlothlin tackles this idea of being enough in her new book, Gospel Centered Mom. She asserts that we aren't enough, that we were never meant to be enough. That the only one who is enough for our kids is the one who gave them to us. She encourages her readers that gospel centered parenting is more about leaning on Jesus than developing the picture perfect family life. And that by rearranging our perspective of parenting, we're actually doing more for our kids than trying to live in a Pinterest perfect world.

    My favorite chapter of this book revolved around the idea of fighting for, rather than against your children. I have one of those "hard to handle boys" as McGlothlin would call him. Constantly pushing boundaries and living life on his own terms. How I approach him in our day to day interactions makes a great difference in our day goes. Learning to fight for him without alienating him has been a challenge. This was by far the most valuable chapter of the book as it gave me some very actionable steps in our struggle: Tell God He Can Have You, Learn When to Keep your Mouth Shut, Get inn the Habit of Prayer, Embrace the Power of the Mommy Time-Out, Prepare Ahead of Time, Be Stronger, Love Harder, Be a Student of your Child, Think Outside the Box, and Refuse to Give Up. This was by far the most applicable chapter to my current situation.

    On one hand, this book really spoke to me in that this parenting thing is really more about me than it is about my kids. I really have so little to offer these kids in my finite experience and knowledge. I can give them so little in comparison to to what they deserve. And really that's McGlothlin's point. We will never be enough for our kids. On the other hand, I struggled with this book because it felt like there was so little hope. In McGlothlin's focus on our inadequacy, the Lord's provision seemed to fizzle in comparison. This book was so heavy on the not enough side, our hope in the Lord seemed to get lost. I liked the book, but felt it could use some balance. While I think this would make a good read for most parents, I would warn that you need a healthy dose of joy and perspective as well. Ultimately, our hope, in all things, is in the Lord.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
  2. Lavander
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    pretty good
    February 9, 2018
    Lavander
    Quality: 5
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    I was pretty skeptical about this book because I have read so many books about being a mom and for the most part they are all the same.

    I was surprised to find that Brooke had really written a book that I didnt feel like I had read before which i found really refreshing. I really connected to her personal stories and struggles that were sprinkled throughout the book, she has a way of telling a story that really makes you get the emotion she must have felt in the moment, I really appreciated that.

    I did struggle to get through parts of the book though, the message of the book seemed to get lost a bit in theology.maybe thats not the right word more like she would go so in-depth about a scripture or something for pages that I would kinda get lost in it .

    I would recommend giving this book a read because it opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at parenting and reminds parents to fight for their kids not against them. I received this book to review for blogging for books but all opinions are my own, and I was not required to give a positive review.

  3. ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not For Me
    January 31, 2018
    ChooseWisely
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
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    In Gospel Centered Mom, author Brooke McGlothlin tackles the idea that while we may not feel like enough as a mom, God is. Further, if we can separate ourselves from the ME gospel (where the world and the gospel center around me) we can come to terms with motherhood being worth the sacrifice.

    Maybe its because my husband and I had such a difficult time having children, but I struggled getting through this book. I just want to own that this book is not what I thought it was before I continue with my review. I thought it was about lining up your parenting with the Gospel- to see my home as the most important mission field. There are so many positive aspects within the pages of Gospel Centered Mom that make it somewhat encouraging. Really, I wish i could cut and paste chapters...remove a few ideas...and add a heavy dose of joy.

    While I am certain I understand the difficulty of raising boys (I have two) I found McGlothlin's angst unrelatable. She refers to her boys as the "hard to handle" kind many times in the book. Aren't all kids on some level and in different seasons "hard to handle?" I think a little humor would have helped tremendously. All of us with kids in retrospect can look back and laugh at some of the craziness that we experience raising our babies! Also, I had hard time finding a rhythm or order in the book. The chapters did not flow from one to the next, they felt loosely tied together.

    The best part of the book can be found in the the ninth chapter, Worth Fighting For. It is here you will find helpful advice broken down in a useful way. McGlothlin encourages mom's to fight for and not against their kids. She gives ten ways to fight for your kids: Tell God He can have you, Learn when to keep your mouth shut, Get in the habit of prayer, Embrace the power of the mommy time-out, Prepare ahead of time, Be Stronger, Love Harder, Be a student of your child, Think outside the box, and Refuse to give up. I could be off base, but those could have easily been ten chapters.

    I write one critical review for every hundred positive reviews. I absolutely hate that I did not love this book. I will say, that if you need to read something by a mom who has had a difficult time, you find a friend here. This book just was not for me. I was given a copy of this book by BloggingForBooks. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own and I have not been compensated.
  4. Thistle
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Straight Talk About Gospel Living
    January 6, 2018
    Thistle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book surprised me. As the title suggests, it is written for mothers. Not for the position, but for the person. Since my active mothering days are behind me, I didn't expect to learn so much from the book. Instead I found myself learning Biblical truths and how I can change to become more Gospel centered as a person. This book isn't just for moms.

    Here are some examples from the book:

    'If what I feel and what the Bible says is true are two different things, I'm wrong.' She goes on to tell how Bible truth can change ME.

    Writing about emotions: 'My emotions are often based on what I see around me, and I'm often tempted to make decisions, form opinions, and ruin perfectly good nights based on emotions alone. They have tricked me and betrayed me over and over when I give them the place of priority.'

    'When I removed all the emotions and stress, focusing instead on who I knew God to be, the decision was quite simple.' How I wish I'd known this decades ago!

    'Over time His Word becomes the truest truth we know, and IT is what comes out when we're pressed.'

    This book is well worth the read, maybe two or three reads. I highly recommend it for all women. What kids really need isn't the perfect mom with the perfect wardrobe or a particular skill-set, but rather one who is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. This book is great for group study and discussion.

    I received my copy of Gospel Centered Mom from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.
  5. Danni
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    Danni
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    Have you ever had a book that literally felt like it was handed to you by God himself? (Besides the Bible) Ok, maybe I am being a bit on the dramatic side right now but seriously, Gospel Centered Mom could not have come at a better time.

    If you are looking for a how- to type parenting book, this is not the book for you. Gospel Centered Mom soul purpose is to get you (yeah you the mom) right back into the Gospel.

    This book felt like I was sitting down with one of my girl friends. Not just any girl friends, but the one(s) that you can just pour your soul out to. The ones that wont judge you when you wonder how many more days until your kids can move out.

    McGlothlin tells you right up front that you are not good enough and THAT IS THE POINT!

    There were so many good things I could relate to in this book. I want to buy a copy for all my mom friends! So if you are a mom GO!! Read this book.

    I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for a honest review.
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