Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday MomentsEmily Jensen, Laura WiflerHarvest House Publishers / 2019 / Hardcover$9.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 46 Reviews
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brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Gospel truth applied to every area of motherhoodSeptember 10, 2019briannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Emily and Laura encourage, challenge and constantly point me back to the truth of the gospel in every area of motherhood through their podcast and now this beautiful book! It is refreshing to read and there have been tears at times... I'm so enjoying this book that I just want to buy it for all my mama friends!
KLH5 Stars Out Of 5Must-Have for a Gospel-Centered MotherhoodSeptember 10, 2019KLHQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have listened to the Risen Motherhood podcast for over two years, and it has provided so much encouragement and guidance in that time. When I heard Laura and Emily were writing a book, I knew I wanted to buy it. I'm only five chapters in, and it has already been full of truth, conviction, and hope. Motherhood is hard, and this book has been invaluable in learning how to view everything in light of the gospel and to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. I am so excited to finish it and thankful for the opportunity to learn to view the mundane moments of life through the lens of eternity.
sclubmamaKansasAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5gospel-lens mommingSeptember 9, 2019sclubmamaKansasAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've been an avid listener of the Risen Motherhood podcast for about three years, since it's beginnings or pretty close to it (maybe I was behind but motherhood affects my memory so forgive me for having bad timelines). Anyway, I love every second of the podcast, from the jingle to Emily and Laura's laughs and honesty. It's just everything I would want a podcast to be - quick, thoughtful, and about Jesus.
When they said the Risen Motherhood book was coming out, I jumped at the chance to be on the launch team. Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler are my BFFs that I've never met. I can relate to each of them very well in terms of motherhood, writing (although they obviously are more serious about theirs than I), and trying to be a mom/wife/friend/person who follows Jesus and looks at life through the gospel lens.
I received an advanced e-book copy of the book. It was very exciting to have the material but I learned one thing - I hate e-books. I just cannot make it through one as quickly as I can a hard copy book! I don't know what that is? It's very frustrating because I loved the material and writing in the book but had a hard time wanting to read it once I stopped because of the copy. As soon as I got my actual copy of the book - BAM, it was done! So take that for what it is, I prefer the book itself to flip through.
As for the material of the book, whoa - this is just one of the best books I could ever recommend. The format of the book is one of my favorite things. If you're familiar with the podcast, it follows the metanarrative of Scripture: the creation, fall, redemption, and consummation (which was a term I had not heard of prior to listening to their podcast). I like the familiar so it's nice to go through that expected format when reading.
I couldn't pick a favorite chapter if I tried. The closest I could come would be the chapter on special needs children: "The Gospel and our Children with Differences." I feel both gals (who both have kids with special needs) do a terrific job of protecting the privacy of their children while also diving deep into the heart of what it's like to mother a kid with special needs. Having a couple kids with a couple different special needs myself, this chapter is just near and dear. It's not a topic a lot of people would tackle or tackle with such a positive outlook. This is not a "You can do it, you're super mom!" kind of rhetoric we get from the world, but this is a "God is good, even when this is hard, and He is with you" kind of message that we special needs moms really need. A can-do attitude doesn't help me when my son has seizures or anxiety, but Christ does help me. I need this perspective. Every mom needs this perspective. How do you mom without Christ? I couldn't.
The only thing I dislike about this book is that it's taken so long for it to be written (2007 would have been nice lol). And it could be a million pages longer. I'm so thankful for this ministry and this book and these ladies bringing my focus back to Christ all the time.
Kariromaine5 Stars Out Of 5Not just for mothersSeptember 9, 2019KariromaineQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The gospel truth found in these pages certainly has the power to transform your motherhood, but the framework they offer for applying the gospel could be used for any situation in life. Though the authors are quick to point out that this is not a "formula" for success, carefully preaching the gospel to yourself in every circumstance is something all believers should practice. Thankful for this book faithfully pointing me to my need for a Savior and worship of the God who provides rescue from my sin!
Steph5 Stars Out Of 5The truth will set you freeSeptember 9, 2019StephQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"My biggest problem with my motherhood is myself"
"Self care...[is] about losing our lives in faithful obedience"
This is not what our culture today tries to tell us, but this is truth, it is freedom, it is the Gospel.
If you feel like your at the end of your rope, if you can't do it any more, or if your not a good mom, pick up this book and find some hope (and listen to the Risen Motherhood podcast!)
"The gospel is for you, and God's power can work in anyone in any season of life. The little years are not the lost years"
This is a beautiful book - in the truth it speaks and also in its layout. I love the full page artwork. Doesn't everyone love a book that looks beautiful?