Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Review: More than Bubbles and Fluff

Moody Press provided a complimentary copy of the featured book in exchange for an honest review.
     Erin Davis attempts to reconcile the discord between the noble nature that is motherhood and the self-infatuation and absorbency that is promulgated by modern media and propagated by many working, childless adults. In her book Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role other mothers will breath a sigh of relief and a bit of fresh air into their seemingly mundane routines of bath time, diapers and sleepless nights. (Please note here, those are not my thoughts or stances. I have never found mothering in any sense mundane.)
     After Davis cynically defines the onslaught of anti-child rhetoric in our society, she then gets to the happy part, the hopeful part of the book. God has called us to be mothers of worth. It will be our greatest lasting accomplishment and contribution to society. Raising children that follow God and seek Him out on their own is our highest goal as mothers. Christ called us to the Great Commission, not to put it on hold until our sons and daughters are grown. Our children are our mission field.
     Here I note, that it seemed her outlook was a little too harsh. I, of course, have no idea what experiences you have faced as a mother and for that reason cannot discount her criticism all together. I just simply did not find the cynicism relevant to my world. And then, Beyond Bath Time became good, really good. 
     Davis' passion for Christ is what makes this book worth your time. Her enthusiasm is contagious and captures the heart.Many books may seem daunting for mothers who are changing diapers and/or playing chauffeur amongst the many other tasks of mothering. The great thing is Beyond Bath Time is a mere 140 pages with fast-paced chapters. At least, that can get checked off the to-do list. I encourage mothers who are struggling with their identity as women and mothers to pick up this book. Beyond Bath Time will open your heart and eyes to see that mothering is so much more than bubbles and fluff.


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