Gospel-Centered Mom by Brooke McGlothlin {Book Review}


About Gospel-Centered Mom

It’s Time to Stop Trying to Be the Perfect Mom

You long to be the mom your kids need, but often you’re convinced you come up short. The label “not enough” seems to be stamped across everything you do—and yet parenting is the one thing you want most to get right.

What if the solution is simply to embrace the truth that you are not enough—but God is?

In Gospel-Centered Mom Brooke McGlothlin reveals how our entire approach to motherhood shifts when we stop chasing our vision of a perfect family and start full-out pursuing God. With refreshing candor, Brooke examines the daunting task of raising children in the light of God’s Word and challenges you to:

· embrace your moment-by-moment need for Jesus
· release the stress of believing everything is your responsibility
· learn to fight for rather than against your child
· believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice
· practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting

As you learn to anchor your life in the Gospel, you’ll find increased freedom, purpose, and joy in motherhood. And you’ll discover that Jesus is more than capable of meeting every need, for your children and for you.

My Reaction:  This book surprised me. As the title suggests, it is written for mothers. Not for the position, but for the person. Since my active mothering days are behind me, I didn’t expect to learn so much from the book. Instead I found myself learning Biblical truths and how I can change to become more Gospel centered as a person. This book isn’t just for moms.

Here are some examples from the book:
‘If what I feel and what the Bible says is true are two different things,I’m wrong.’  She goes on to tell how Bible truth can change ME.

Writing about emotions: ‘My emotions are often based on what I see around me, and I’m often tempted to make decisions, form opinions, and ruin perfectly good nights based on emotions alone. They have tricked me and betrayed me over and over when I give them the place of priority.’

‘When I removed all the emotions and stress, focusing instead on who I knew God to be, the decision was quite simple.’ How I wish I’d known this decades ago!

‘Over time His Word becomes the truest truth we know, and IT is what comes out when we’re pressed.’

This book is well worth the read, maybe two or three reads. I highly recommend it for all women. What kids really need isn’t the perfect mom with the perfect wardrobe or a particular skill-set, but rather one who is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. This book is great for group study and discussion.

I received my copy of Gospel Centered Mom from BloggingForBooks in exchange for my honest review. My opinions are my own.

My Rating:  I gave this book a 4-star rating in my Goodreads review. This review is also found on Christianbook.com and Blogging for Books.

About the Author:  

Brooke McGlothlin received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech (1999) and her Masters in Counseling from Liberty University (2003). She served for over 14 years as Director of Clinical Services in local Pregnancy Care ministry before making the best choice of her life—staying home with her boys. Brooke uses her ministry experience to reach women through writing and speaking, and leads them in a vibrant relationship with Christ, despite the surprises and challenges of life.

She’s the author of the best-selling eBooks, Hope for the Weary Mom: Where God Meets You in Your Mess, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, and creator of the 21 Days of Prayer for Sons challenge.

In 2010, Brooke co-founded Raising Boys Media. It’s flagship blog, The MOB Society, is written FOR moms of boys, BY moms of boys, and its two new sites, Boy Dads (In the Trenches of Fatherhood), and Raising Hearty Boys (Keeping them Fit and Fed) are quickly making it THE online space for all things boy.

Brooke currently resides in the mountains of Southwest Virginia with her husband—the man she’s had a crush on since the 3rd grade—their two sons, and two Labs, Toby and Siri. She enjoys playing hard with her boys, searching for beauty through photography, and serving on the Board of Directors for Blue Ridge Women’s Center, a local Pregnancy Care Ministry.

In the fall, she morphs into a slightly different person. Most Saturdays you can find her jumping around the room and screaming at the television as she watches her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies play football.

Learn more about Brooke McGlothln and her ministry to mothers on her website and on the MOB Society website. Find out more about her books by following her on Goodreads. Follow her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

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