Monday, April 9, 2012

Missional Mom

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Written by Helen Lee
Published at Moody Publishers

About the book

We all must seek to be missional in our life journey. Today's Christian moms come from a full range of personal and professional context, whether they are homemakers, full-time in the marketplace, or somewhere in between. Numerous Christian mothers are living missional lives, using their gifts and abilities to further God's kingdom by engaging the world around them. They artfully, passionately, sometimes messily, juggle multiple callings and demonstrate in their modern day contexts how they are emulating the woman of noble character in Proverbs 31.

The Missional Mom will affirm Christian mothers who desire to not only to build their homes in a Christ-like way, but engage the world with their skills, abilities, and interests. It won't minimize the importance of a woman's role in her home but it will encourage her to not ignore the stirrings God has planted within her to extend her influence.

Who is Helen Lee?

HELEN LEE is an award-winning freelance writer and editor with nearly two decades of experience publishing in the Christian market. She is the co-editor of and contributor to Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP, 2006) and co-founder of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute, which runs the annual "Best Christian Places to Work" survey. Helen has written numerous articles for publications such as Christianity Today, Today's Christian Woman, re:generation quarterly and Leadership Journal (LJ). In both 2008 and 2009, her articles for LJ earned Higher Goals awards in reporting from the Evangelical Press Association. As a former editor and writer with Christianity Today, she has worked with or interviewed a wide range of evangelical luminaries, such as Michael Card, J.I. Packer, and Chuck Colson. She is married to classical pianist and Moody Bible Institute professor Brian Lee; together they have three young sons. Helen is also a homeschooling mom and seeks to provide her sons with a classical Christian education; she and her family reside in Chicagoland.

My Thoughts

As a stay-at-home mom (or SHAM), I sometimes wonder what worth I have in society.   But reading this book was like having a 2x4 hitting my head because essentially I realized that even though I am a SAHM and homeschool my kids, I am on a mission for God.    My mission is to train my kids to be men and woman of the Lord where they will be able to impact their surroundings.   

Right now, at this point in time in my life, my mission is to be present for them, to teach them, to sacrifice my desires so that they can grow in Christ.   My presence is important for each single one of them and if I am doing what God has called me to do it means the whole word for them.

This book will encourage moms to open their eyes and see where they can have an impact in their kids life but also in other children’s lives as well.    Because like it or not, you can impact other children in your life whether you are involve in the children’s ministry at church or sponsor children in a third world country.

I know that this book has impacted me in ways I was not expecting it would.   It gave me ideas on how to be present for the kids around me.   And to be honest, I suspect that this book will be the kind that I will pick up on a regular basis just to remind myself that my role is important even when I feel like I am not worth much in the world.

This is definitively a great read and I would encourage every mom to consider it.

The Missional Mom is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received the pdf version of the book for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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