Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Book Review: The Extraordinary Mother



This weekend I finally made some headway with my six books a month goal. I finished John MacArthur's The Extraordinary Mother. While it wasn't earth-shattering, it was timely encouragement and worth the read. It is an easy read, in the size and style of a gift book you might place on your coffee table. Pictures of lovely flowers are scattered throughout it's pages. This would be the perfect Mother's Day gift for special women in your life (a little early, I know, but this is what it made me think of!).

How many women today are experiencing deep anxiety over their infertility? How many mother's hearts are breaking for ungodly children? Struggling to know how to train their children in a fallen, broken world? Living in the guilt of their own mistakes and wondering how past sin will effect their children? Wondering how when the time comes they'll ever be able to let them go? Many women have been there before. Even and especially women in the Bible. These women rose to the challenges of parenting with grace and godliness, and experienced great blessing.

I really appreciated Dr. MacArthur's insights into these women's stories. Suddenly I was identifying with women I'd read about for years on an entirely more human level. He brings out parallels to modern mothering that I had never noticed. Because some things never change, and there is nothing new under the sun. With these parallels clearly presented the reading mother can find hope. Hope in the God who is the same yesterday, today and forever. Hope in His Word which never fails. Hope for her children's tomorrows. Because God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

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