This kind of book has the potential to be either twee or holier-than-thou. However this book manages, rather wonderfully, to be neither.
It is a collection of short reflections for, primarily though not exclusively, mothers of young children. There are Bible passages, prayers, practical suggestions and examples from the author's own life (as a mother of four and a vicar's wife!) Different subject areas are covered as you read through the book, including quiet rest, prayer, patience and obedience.
The author understands what it is like to feel trapped and to have constant demands on your time and attention. But she passes on hope that you can find God in that. Her suggestions are immensely practical and do-able. It wasn't many pages through the book when I began to think, `Can it all be this good?' It is a good and helpful format. Her examples from her own life are very honest and familiar, from someone who comes across at not a natural `home bird' I began to be able to both see the future and to appreciate what I have now. She passed on hope.
By the last page of this book, I was in tears. They were tears of hope, joy, repentance, tears of excitement about the future, tears for the passing of time. What I have learned from this book about myself, about God and about prayer will stay with me for a long time. I read this book right through but I definitely plan to reread it in daily devotions size chunks as it was intended to be read.
The feminist in me did occasionally have her heckles up! But maybe that's just me!
I would recommend this book to all mothers, of children of all ages. In fact any woman who felt that time was short and her relationship with God was lacking. Although it is primarily aimed at women who are at home with their children, I think the ideas and observations in here are very applicable to mothers who work outside of the home too.
review by Hilary Cockshaw at [...]