Mom Seeks God: Finding Grace in the Chaos - eBook
Mom Seeks God: Finding Grace in the Chaos - eBook  -     By: Julia L. Roller
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781426787379
ISBN-13: 9781426787379

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The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?

 

When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.

 

Mom Seeks God offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood, itself, is a spiritual discipline, and may be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

 

Author Bio

Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include Mom Seeks God,  A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and  25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovaré, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides, including Connecting with God, Learning from Jesus, Living the Mission, and Prayer and Worship. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Street Spirit, Group, Rev.!, and Children's Ministry. She and her family live in San Diego, California. Visit her online at juliaroller.com.

Endorsements

"This is a book for mothers, to be sure. But it is just as much a book for fathers. indeed, it contains ample life lessons for parents-to-be and for parents-who-have-been. The stories charm us. The lessons instruct us. The insights guide us. Tolle lege, take and read." -Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline

"How do we experience the spiritual disciplines when a mom's day is the opposite of 'disciplined'? Julia gives us ancient wisdom boiled down into doable steps so that we can experience our beautiful God in the midst of our messy lives." -Kathi Lipp, author of The Husband Project and 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids

"Julia Roller has written a wonderful book for moms who long to freshly connect with God. She explores spiritual disciplines in a beautifully honest, practical and humorous way. What a wonderful resource for all of us." -Rebecca St. James, singer, author, actress and new mom

"No one ever tells you that motherhood is some of the most amazing spiritual training ground around. Which is why I'm thrilled Julia Roller does it in Mom Seeks God! New moms and veteran moms alike will love and learn from what Roller has to say about discovering God and practicing the disciplines right in the midst of motherhood." -Caryn Rivadeneira, author of Known and Loved: 52 Devotions from the Psalms

"Instead of an idealized (an unrealistic) depiction of 'supermom,' with disarming honesty Julia Roller describes both the difficulties and surprising growth that can be found in the many beauties and struggles of motherhood. And rather than a prescription of more tasks to put on your spiritual to-do list, Mom Seeks God depicts the spiritual disciplines as freeing invitations-opportunities to peel back the "Mom" label and be the real you with God. In this courageously vulnerable book, Roller depicts for us a spiritual richness mined through the deep, hard soul-work of parenting." -Kelli B. Trujillo, author of The Busy Mom's Guide to Spiritual Survival and the Flourishing Faith devotionals

"It is no secret that having a child profoundly changes our spiritual lives. We are never the same. Julia's honest, forthright and beautifully described journey of practically pursuing the with-God life in the midst of motherhood is an encouragement to me as a fellow-mom and follower of Jesus." -Rachel Quan, Executive Director, Renovare

"Julia Roller's book, Mom Seeks God, meets seeking moms like me where they are, telling them how to pray, fellowship, serve and love in a way that draws us closer to the only One we need. If you're looking for a chance to get to know your Savior better--and some great advice from a mom who clearly has been there--then this is the book for you." -Erin MacPherson, author of The Christian Mama's Guide series

"Any parent who has ever struggled with feelings of inadequacy will appreciate Julia Roller's companionable memoir of her experiences with twelve--make that ten--spiritual practices. Written for readers who feel guilt at the very word "prayer" and terror at the idea of an all-out fast, this book offers a friendly introduction to spiritual practice." -Jana Riess, author of Flunking Sainthood and The Twible

"Julia Roller has given a tremendous gift to new parents, especially moms, with Mom Seeks God. In her quest to dive deep into spiritual disciplines, Julia provides practical practices to connect with God, growing one's faith. Her compassion, honesty, and humor encourage parents to deepen their relationship with The Lord. The tips from other moms sprinkled throughout further add to the breadth of the book and the necessity of spiritual growth while on the journey of parenthood. Mom Seeks God is a blessing for those who desire to walk closer to God and to make every moment count." -Becky Danielson M.Ed., cofounder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting, coauthor of Empowered Parents: Putting Faith First

"How appropriate that it was in the midst of feeling chaotic and overwhelmed that I sat down to read Julia's book on practicing the disciplines of a Christian walk. I was immediately renewed in my soul and the rest of the busy-ness seemed to shift into perspective. Julia shares her journey, complete with the successes and the struggles, in a way that is encouraging to the reader who faces their own. She reminds us to get up, each day, and try again. There is no tomorrow or yesterday, only today. Spend some time today with the Lord." -Crystal Lutton, author of Biblical Parenting and Grace Based Living

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