As I dive deeper into healthy living, healthy eating and exercise I have been shocked and intrigued by the interconnectedness of our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. As one gets healthy, the others improve, but unhealthy patterns in one area can affect the others negatively as well.
So, I am beginning a book review portion of my blog to give you some thoughts on ‘delicious’ books that can give your mind a healthy diet.
I picked up Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full at The Gospel Coalition’s Women’s Conference. There was an entire large conference area (it was too large to properly call it a room) filled with books – hundreds of books. I wanted to buy so many of them, but this title spoke to me in a way that the others didn’t. The subtitle reads: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms.
More than 300 pages on women’s role in the church, more than 230 pages on how to be effective in one on one counseling, more than any other topic or book in that space, I knew that I needed the gospel and I needed to find a way to meditate on it in the midst of a busy and crazy life. I knew that sometimes I only had 5 minutes in a day (and even those 5 minutes would probably be interrupted or I’d find them only if I could steal away to the bathroom and lock the door) to press into Christ and meditate on His glorious gospel.
So I bought the book and opened it up the morning after returning from the conference.
It’s a short book and the chapters are small. There were several concepts and observations that I found helpful in my season (Chapter 5 “A Mothers Call to Worship” in which the author invites us to hear our children’s and babies cries as a call to worship God has truly helped me when my plans get ‘interrupted’ by my children’s cries.) but there were no ‘earth shattering’ revelations. It was just what I had hoped it would be: a book where this busy mom could go and every SINGLE chapter be met by the rich truths and encouragement of the gospel.
My soul was fed and strengthened by this book and I highly recommend it to every mom who needs a small ray of gospel sunlight to shine into her day.
I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book:
“The gospel stands above and beyond all the most practical, family-friendly, or cost-effective philosophies of mothering. The good news of Jesus Christ is superior to our to-do lists and metaphorical mother-of-the-year trophies. This is because the greatest problem a mother has is not a lack of creativity, accomplishment, or skill, but her inability to love God and others as Jesus loves her.”