Holy Labor: How Childbirth Shapes a Woman's Soul
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Women are valued for their ability to bear children in many cultures. The birth process, though supposedly the most painful experience of a woman's life, is seen as a necessary evil to achieve the end goal of children and motherhood.

And yet, in the face of a typically masculinized Christianity that nevertheless professes that women are equally created in the image of God, shouldn't childbirth - a uniquely feminine experience - itself shape Christian women's souls and teach them about the heart of the God they love and follow?

Drawing on her own experience of giving birth and motherhood - and the conflicting assumptions attached to them, by Christians and the culture at large - Aubry G. Smith presents a richly scriptural exploration of common conceptions about pregnancy and childbirth that will not only help mothers and soon-to-be mothers understand how to think biblically about birth, but also walks them through how to put the ideas into practice in their own lives. Along the way, she shows all readers how to see God's own experience of the birth process - and how childbirth leads to a deeper understanding of the gospel overall.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Kirkdale Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1577997387
ISBN-13: 9781577997382

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Publisher's Description

Women are valued for their ability to bear children in many cultures. The birth process, though supposedly the most painful experience of a woman's life, is seen as a necessary evil to achieve the end goal of children and motherhood.

And yet, in the face of a typically masculinized Christianity that nevertheless professes that women are equally created in the image of God, shouldn't childbirth--a uniquely feminine experience--itself shape Christian women's souls and teach them about the heart of the God they love and follow?

Drawing on her own experience of giving birth and motherhood--and the conflicting assumptions attached to them, by Christians and the culture at large--Aubry G. Smith presents a richly scriptural exploration of common conceptions about pregnancy and childbirth that will not only help mothers and soon-to-be mothers understand how to think biblically about birth, but also walks them through how to put the ideas into practice in their own lives. Along the way, she shows all readers how to see God's own experience of the birth process--and how childbirth leads to a deeper understanding of the gospel overall.

Author Bio

Aubry G. Smith is a writer, childbirth educator, and doula. An Arkansas native, she now lives in the Middle East with her husband and three children. She is also a regular contributor to Faithlife's Bible Study Magazine.

Aubry writes, teaches, and speaks on Christ-centered pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, and how these can be profound contributors to spiritual formation when combined with thoughtful intention and spiritual disciplines.

Editorial Reviews

Holy Labor is a much-needed positive Christian account of childbirth. Aubry Smith's appreciation that "we understand God better when we understand childbirth better" is spot on. Holy Labor is a thoughtful guide to approaching birth with wisdom, grace, and yes, even joy! A must-read for expectant and experienced mothers, as well as anyone seeking a deeper understanding for how the love of God shows up in the meaningful labor of childbirth.
--Courtney B. Ellis, pastor for spiritual formation at Presbyterian Church of the Master; writer at CourtneyBEllis.com
As an experienced childbirth educator and doula, Aubry G. Smith has provided a much-needed book on the topic of childbirth from a Christian perspective. She does so in a way that is both biblically and theologically anchored while being extremely practical. Her personal vignettes lace through the book and accentuate vital spiritual practices that deepen one's faith. I cannot wait to refer this book to the expectant moms I know!
--Diane J. Chandler, PhD, associate professor, Regent University School of Divinity; author, Christian Spiritual Formation: An Integrative Approach to Personal and Relational Wholeness
Nothing has shaped me and my view of God like the experiences of pregnancy, loss, birth, and raising children. Childbirth is more than a metaphor, it's an altar. With this book, Aubry G. Smith has reclaimed childbirth as a profoundly theological and spiritual partnership with our Creator. Holy Labor will set women free, not only to experience an empowered and Christ-centred childbirth, but to encounter the living God in that experience.
--Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith

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