Not Enough: The Freeing Truth About How to Be the Mom Your Kids Really Need - eBook
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Publication Date: 2017
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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. Seasons of Grace
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    November 7, 2017
    Seasons of Grace
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    When I received this book I was really feeling the inadequacy of being a Mom. More often than not, I feel like I can't do this, I am not enough, others have it all together me? Help! I'm a failure!

    The timing for this book was perfect. In the very first chapter, Brooke gives and example of feeling like no matter what she did... she was not enough, comparing herself to other moms who seemed to have it all together, trying to work, keep house, maintain a peaceful atmosphere, all the while struggling with the feeling of incompetence. Did she just hit the nail on the head? For me, yes! Oh the relief when in the very first chapter, she says ... you will never be enough. And it's ok! For me that was such a breath of fresh air! I don't have too be enough, I can quit trying so hard, because Jesus is the Only One who will always be enough. It was freeing, encouraging and I couldn't wait to read more.

    Most of the time I do not read, self help books very quickly. Honestly, you have to process, digest, etc... as you read. But I did not want to put this book down. I was able to relate to so much of what she was saying. I felt like I was in the pit, but she was throwing me a life line, and I wanted to climb out as fast as I could.

    Brooke doesn't offer quick fixes, twelve step plans... rather she offers, the GOSPEL - Jesus. She offers encouragement and grace. She offers reminders that we weren't meant to have it all, be everything, or keep it all together. She gives hope for the weary, not in a do-it-better, work-at-it-harder plan, instead in knowing that God is our lifeline, our hope, and that without Him we truly can do nothing. Sounds depressing doesn't it, but it's actually quite freeing to just live in the grace of Jesus!

    She gives a contrast between society's focus on self and the subtle "ME"-gospel verses the TRUE-Gospel in which our hope lies.

    I was blessed with a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multanomah and Blogging for books. I was not asked or required to review positively. All opinions are my own.
  2. Murphycp
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    August 10, 2017
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    I have read most of the chapters in The Gospel Centered Mom several times over, and I keep returning to places in the book that just speak to my heart. Brooke expressed so much of how I feel as a mom, especially in regard to our HTH boy, who I love to the moon and back! I appreciate her wit and wisdom. And I must say there were several chapters that certainly convicted me as well. What a great read.
  3. Adrienne
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    Game Changer
    August 4, 2017
    Adrienne
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    This was an excellent book full of Truth, wisdom, encouragement, challenge. It convicted me and gave me hope. It is practical. I have 4 young and busy sons, which leaves me little time for reading, yet I'm so so glad that I made the time to read this book. It's for every Mom.
  4. Kierstin
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    The mirror you need to look in.
    August 2, 2017
    Kierstin
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    My pen is almost empty, but my heart is so full! This is by far the best and most challenging book I have read this year.

    I liken this book to that dear friend who is often the mirror that tells you the hardest truths to hear. The one that you go to when you know something's not right and you know that, because she loves you so dearly, she won't hold back the punches that you need to hear to get back on track.

    A must-read for all Christian women (whether you have kids or not). It will challenge you, change you, and free you.
  5. Michelle
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    The Truth from Gods Word and the Freedom It Brings to Be the Mom You Long to Be
    August 2, 2017
    Michelle
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    Can I ever be enough? Gospel Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin attempts to answer that question. The author begins by honestly discussing the difficulties faced daily in motherhood and how they can make a mom feel inadequate. Brooke McGlothlin beautifully explains how Scripture tells us that we are not enough on our own and how we do not have to be enough because God is enough. And He is all that we need. Relying on God as our Source is the heart of the freedom He provides to moms. I highly recommend this book to moms that need encouragement to keep going and for all moms to remind us that God is everything we need, even in motherhood. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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