I enjoy reading books on faith. Scratch that. I enjoy learning. I’ve always been a bit of a nerd like that! And before kids I actually used to read a lot (although not very quickly). When I had a job in town I used to read copious amounts on my commute each way. Not many of them have been fiction books, however, due to my learning predisposition.
But since having kids, I now consider myself fortunate if I can get through a book every couple of months!
That being said, there are some books that I’ve read and re-read (something I don’t do very often since I’m not a speed reader). Books that I have re-read are always ones with nuggets of treasure tucked away in the pages. Epiphanies hidden between the leaves, waiting to be consumed. There are five that I’d like to mention, but due to the length of this post, I’ve had to split it into two!:
I’m currently going through this book for the fourth time! Yup. It’s a fave!
The first time I went through it was with a couple friends in my church as an audiobook. We all had babies within six months of each other and decided to start a mummies group to help us in our faith with newborns. What a fantastic idea! Any new mum can testify that a newborn baby is one surefire way to completely derail your quiet times. Let alone any sliver of perseverance on the narrow path!
I LOVED going through this book with those ladies! It helped me so much and I’ve recommended this book to many people since. I went through it again a few years ago when my second child was little. And then again two years ago. And here I am going through it a fourth time with my third toddler!
Now, I don’t want you to think that this book is designed for mums with little kids. It wasn’t written for such a specific audience. It just so happens that I’ve picked this book up at those times in my life. It’s probably more of a testament to how great the book is! Apparently, I enjoy gleaning from it’s wisdom during those times in life when I’m in the trenches with a young one! This book is for all Christian women – married, single, mothers or not!
I LOVE the audio version of this book. Elizabeth George narrates it and she has a lovely sweet voice that makes you feel like you’re listening to your grandma impart all her treasured wisdom! But after having the audiobook for some time, I had to buy the paperbook version so that I could highlight it to my hearts content. And eventually I also got the study guide when I went through it the third time!
And so, I highly recommend this book and hope that others enjoy it as much as I have!
If people called Martha are more likely to be organiser-checklist-types, then my name should’ve been Martha! This book is based around the story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10. And I had to pick this book up just because of the title!
I’m a serious Martha-type! You know – the orchestrator of elaborate shin-digs when a pizza would have sufficed. The planner of intricate mind-boggling vertical soup plates for afternoon tea! Well, at least in heart!
This book brought me back to the reality that only one thing is needed. And has helped to remind me to stop worrying about the superfluous extras. It’s a reminder that I need constantly! I’ve been through this book twice and I know I will read it again! Perhaps I’ll use the study guide next time…
I highly recommend this book to any Christian parent. It’s a stark reminder in how our lives affect and influence our children and their faith. We can’t, as parents, expect our children to become Christians by sending them to Sunday School or even reading them passages from the bible every now and then.
Ultimately, we might be raising our children to gain the whole world and yet forfeit their very soul – a scary thought indeed.
Parenting With Kingdom Purpose relays the important fact that our personal lives are a testimony to our children. We mentor them in faith by our living example. It will absolutely call you higher in your faith! Furthermore, it will certainly make you question the affect that your schedule and priorities are having on your kids. And the subtle messages you are giving your kids through your activities and what you are willing (or not willing) to give up.
As a result, be prepared to make some sacrificial changes in your life to reap the eternal benefits of children who have an unshakable faith!
Just writing this has made me want to re-read this book again!
Stay tuned for Part 2 in this series!