About this book: The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?
When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.
About the author: (from Litfuse) Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovaré, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. She and her family live in San Diego, California.
Genre: Non-fiction/Religion/Christian Life/Spiritual Growth
Would I read this book, judged on its cover alone? Sure would. It’s wholesome and spring-like, suggestive of new growth and fresh beginnings.
Reminds me of… The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ by James Bryan Smith
You’ll want to buy this book if…you are a Christian mom with one or more kiddos under the age of five, who longs for restoration of the kind of God-intimacy you enjoyed before children came along. See what other reviewers are saying here.
Why did I read this book? As a Litfuse blogger, for Abingdon Press for review
Would I read another by this author? Looking forward to it already.
My take: I loved this little book.
There. Pretty simple, huh? And so is this book, which is why it’s perfect for new moms who are struggling to hold onto intimacy in their walks with Jesus.
I remember this season of life so vividly. For me, my road to motherhood had been a long and rocky one, littered with disappointing news and dashed hopes, long needles and longer waits. On the plus side, as I walked that dark valley of infertility, God drew closer to me than at any time in my life until then. He became very real to me. Which was why, when He miraculously answered our prayers and gave my husband and me our beautiful, long-prayed for son, I was a bit bewildered to find my faith growing tepid in the months following Jackson’s birth.
Of course, there was a good reason for this–my attention was otherwise, necessarily, focused elsewhere: on my newborn boy, who depended on me to meet his every need. My own needs, even my need for spiritual nourishment, took a back seat.
I wish I’d had Julia’s book to help me back then. As it was, I somehow stumbled my way back into a fluid relationship with Jesus, but Julia’s sage advice would have made it so much easier. Her godly, Scriptural approach springboards off principles I’ve already tried and found trustworthy–the spiritual disciplines. This word, discipline, may hold for some a rather negative, pedantic connotation. But as Julia points out, practicing the disciplines–rather than something to be avoided or at best endured–is really the vehicle for God’s grace to be unleashed in our lives.
Julia writes amiably and comfortably, and when you read her book I can all but guarantee that you will feel, as I did, that you’ve found not just a mentor but a friend within these pages.
Are you a new mom? Does your spiritual life feel a little (or a lot) dry? If you’re sitting there nodding you’re head, if I could I would push this gem of a book into your hands, and implore you, “Read this! Read it and be refreshed.”
Thanks to Abingdon Press for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
End notes: Julia is celebrating the book’s release with a fun giveaway and connecting with moms during a live Facebook author chat.
One winner will receive:
- A Kindle HDX
- Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 1st. Winner will be announced at “Moms’ May Day” Facebook Party on May 1st. Connect with Julia for an encouraging discussion on spiritual discipline and finding joy in the middle of motherhood. Win prizes, connect with other moms, and be inspired.