"When I see your arms empty, I mourn and pray with you. When I watch your heart relentlessly pulled in another direction, I cheer for motherhood to capture your eye and fill you with life. When I know of your deep struggle at home or with your children, I feel the pain. I know it to be real, and I kneel and ask God to give you the forever grace to hold on to this dream, even when the daily effort gets hard. When I meet you and see your juggling act, I lend you my hand and tell you it is okay to let something go. And when we gather together, I will champion you in every way possible." (September McCarthy, Why Motherhood Matters)
Sweet heavens did I need this book in my life right now. I am in the trenches of early terrible twos. In fact, today was mortifying in the local Hobby Lobby because Tiny decided to throw her biggest tantrum yet--over candy. And I became a yelling mom once at home because I was done. So. Very. Done.
And Why Motherhood Matters checked me hard. It is in the exact vein of encouragement and reproach needed for a young mother from an experienced mother. It is a balm reminding me of the grace extended to me. And I couldn't imagine reading another Bible Study more accurately done for motherhood.
Keep in mind, this study is for all mothers: those craving to become mothers, those that have lost their children at any point, those in the early stages, and those with children grown. I have gathered a list of all the incredible mothers I know in my own life to make sure I tell them to pre-order this book now.
If you're wondering if this might be geared toward you, it is. There will be chapters that aren't yet, and that's okay. I firmly believe this is one of those things you get, sit it next to your Bible, and pull it out when you're at a loss because the chapters that aren't applicable now will become so.
Do your Christian mothering heart a favor: pre-order this book. You will not regret the beauty, grace, and determination it will introduce to your life.
The only reason this study is not 5 stars is because it felt odd to read on my own and like the author took completed individual lessons and decided to make them a whole book.