Put this book on your Mother’s Day wish list. Christian blogger Becky Thompson of Scissortail Silk shares the truth about motherhood as revealed in the nitty-gritty (and sometimes extra-gritty) details in her new book, Hope Unfolding: Grace-Filled Truth for the Momma’s Heart.
Part spiritual memoir, part devotional, Hope Unfolding explores how moms can learn to lean on God: we shouldn’t be trying to do it all by ourselves. My favorite chapter in this book is titled “You Can’t Do It All: Let God Be Your Strength.” The author describes so perfectly what we try to do:
Rather than stay close to Jesus and let Him carry it all for us, we often just give Him some of it. “Here, Jesus. You can hold the things that I can’t, but I can clearly manage the rest of this on my own.” When really, we should just give Him everything. (101)
Each chapter of the book concludes with journal prompts, a prayer and a note of hope, but I’m going to have to go back and look at those again. I didn’t want to stop reading at the end of a chapter to pick up my journal; I wanted to keep going!
Becky Thompson writes from the perspective of a mom with very young children. Though I haven’t fit into that category for quite a while, this book still spoke to me.
Hope Unfolding is packed with encouragement. Even the chapter subtitles lift the spirit:
- God hasn’t forgotten about you
- God’s plans are perfect
- God is good even when life isn’t
- You’re not alone
- Let God be your strength
- You are not your mess
- Have grace for who you are
- God still performs miracles
- God loves you just as you are
- You are enough
If you’re struggling with isolation, discouragement, or the temptation to compete with other moms, this book will give you a good dose of perspective and comfort. Isn’t that what we all really want for Mother’s Day?
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Copyright 2016 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS