Book #26: Missional Motherhood

Rosaria Butterfield referenced Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plans of God by Gloria Furman in The Gospel Comes with a House Key as her favorite book on motherhood. Since I really appreciate Butterfield’s view on things, I ordered this to give it a go. This is my second Furman book, and I am beginning to enjoy her writing and insight. From the outset, Furman asserts that the role of motherhood falls to all women because it is the role of nurturing – one we all instinctively do whether towards our own children, others’ children, our husband, younger women, etc.  The first half of Missional Motherhood is a broad overview of Scripture, drawing out the thread of the redemptive story of God throughout. With this foundation, Furman then embarks on the second half which applies these big ideas of who Christ is – our Creator, Redeemer, Prophet, Priest, King, and Resurrection life – to our specific role as women. She shows how the person of Jesus affects and allows us to fulfill our role as nurturers, lifting the burdens placed on us by ourselves, our sin, and the world, and freeing us to trust and serve Him. This is a wonderful book that lifts our eyes higher than the day-to-day mundane grind to see the grand plan of God at work through our lives and the roles and responsibilities He’s given us. It was really helpful to remind me that my life is not about me, but about God’s glory. This is a wonderful book for women of any age and station in life.

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