Review: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full

Sorry I missed getting this up on Friday, but better late than never! I was enjoying life and people and my husband and five years of marriage yesterday!!

Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms by Gloria Furman is a must read {multiple times most likely} for moms in all stages of life. Your kids are off to college this year, and your nest is empty? Great! Read this book. You’re up in the middle of the night with the 12:00, 2:00, 5:00 feedings? Great! Read this book. Your baby is still a dream and hope in your heart? Great! Read this book.

When it really comes down to it, this book is written for mothers, but the principles hold true for all walks of life. The Gospel needs to be the center, the prize, the motivation for all we do. This pretty much sums up the basis of the book:

“God made me a mother because he jealously and rightly desires praise for his own name, and this is how he saw fit to do it. God aims to glorify himself through our family, and we get to be carried along by his grace.”

I love this focus. Everything that God has created and orchestrated in this world is for the sake of His own name. While He loves us and loves to see us delighting in Him and in His good gifts, the ultimate goal of everything is to make His name great, to glorify Himself. This is what makes everything right and everything make sense. But, that is another post.

Gloria Furman’s book will make you think about your role as a mother and see how to infuse that role with the Gospel and the Word. If you struggle with the mundane-ness of motherhood: the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning, the starting all over again, she will give you a lens through which the Gospel makes such mundane tasks a means of worship and growth. If you struggle with the anxiety that comes with children, she will show you how the Gospel offers hope and confidence in the One who knows the future.

You will be reminded that there is life beyond today’s harried schedule, missed naps, and rebellious attitudes. Actually, these little people are future adults, and even more importantly, they are eternal beings, and by living your mother life through the filter of the Gospel you can make a difference in their lives both temporally and eternally.

The book is full of theological truth set in the practical setting of home and mothering. Just like Gloria’s other book that I read, this one is going to take a few read-throughs to really glean all that is in the pages. In case it hasn’t been clear from my review, I would highly recommend this book, especially to mothers. Rather than carry on spewing my own words on the page, I’ll leave you with a few encouragements to whet your appetite for the book.

We rejoice in motherhood today, as it is meant to direct us to worship God in everything we do, as a preamble to the worship we’ll enjoy in heaven forever.”

What if God wants to fellowship with us right where we are—even in the commotion of ordinary life? Most assuredly, he does.”

how quickly we can forget Jesus when the days and nights are full of good gifts from God. Too often we are happily circumscribed in our myopic little kingdom where we melt down signposts that point us to Jesus and fashion them into idols to worship.”

My children, although they probably can’t articulate it yet, are relieved that when I treasure Jesus, they are freed from the burden of being the center of my world. No child should have to shoulder the weight of her mother’s glory and reputation.”

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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I received this book from Crossway Publishers for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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