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Barefoot in the Kitchen: Bible Readings and Reflections for Mothers [Paperback]

Alie Stibbe
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17 Sep 2004
Here is a book of short Bible-based reflections for every mother who has ever felt that parenting young children is something of a desert time. Drawing on her writing from BRF's Day by Day with God Bible reading notes, among other sources, author Alie Stibbe shares her own story and some of the ways she discovered of finding God in the most mundane of everyday tasks. Even when we are 'barefoot in the kitchen', we may in fact be standing on holy ground! Despite the difficulties - even desolation - that we may pass through in the course of our journey, Alie shows that God is faithful to his word and will bring us to the Promised Land in the end. A combination of beautifully honest anecdotes coupled with bite-sized reflections on scripture and peppered with practical suggestions for inviting God into our every day. Lindsay Melluish

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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: BRF (17 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841013463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841013466
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A combination of beautifully honest anecdotes coupled with bite-sized reflections on scripture and peppered with practical suggestions for inviting God into our every day. Lindsay Melluish Alie tackles real issues that affect Christian women, with refreshing honesty and wisdom. I loved this book and appreciated both the spiritual and practical insights it contains. Celia Bowring From: Church of England Newspaper 8 October 2004 In Barefoot in the Kitchen Alie Stibbe's gives hints and information on how to cope with post-natal depression and child parenting in a Christian context, underlining her reflections with Bible verses, psalms and quotes. In her nine chapter book, the author who is a contributor to Day by Day with God, Bible reading notes, tells her personal story of post-natal depression and the problem 'educated women' face when suddenly being squeezed into the role of stay at home moms, having no time for themselves and for their relationship to God anymore. Stibbe describes the chance of finding God in everyday situations and tasks, quoting Exodus 3: 1-12, for example: 'Do not come any closer God said. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.' By taking off your shoes in the kitchen, even this ordinary place can make you feel like standing on holy ground, serving God, the author says. Reviewed by Christina Krey From: Home & Family Winter 2004 Alie Stibbe takes the reader on a sensitive journey through the ups and (sometimes very down) downs of the realities of being the mother of small children. Through sharing her own experiences of post-natal depression and her subsequent struggle as a young mother, she guides the reader from the desert that a person's spiritual life can become when they have young children, to a point where they can again feel the grass underfoot. Throughout the book the author's strong faith and spirituality shine through. She reflects on the nature of humility and servanthood, and finding God in the ordinariness of our own kitchen. Readers are encouraged to see prayer as the thread that gives order and balance to our lives. By reflecting on Bible passages throughout, we are enabled to begin a search for spiritual or inner simplicity until we finally recognise God's guiding hand and the 'open doors of hope' that we are invited to walk through. Refreshing, honest, spiritual and practical, this book will encourage all young mums. Reviewed by Pam Rink From The Methodist Recorder 24 February 2005 The situation of the new mother, so often these days having to cope with a strange new world and a strange new small person far away from a family support structure, is given sympathetic treatment in Barefoot in the Kitchen, 'Bible readings and reflections for mothers' by Alie Stibbe. Written from her own experience as the mother of four children who endured post-natal depression for a time, the author has one chapter headed 'Wandering in the wilderness' and another 'Perseverance and patience': the title of the last one is 'The door of hope'. While acknowledging that life alone with young children has its stresses and strains, Alie Stibbe concludes with the sentiment 'Enjoy your time with your little ones, because time passes faster than you could ever realise.' From: CLC Review - June 2005 A book suitable for every mother of young children. The author once had three children under three herself, so writes with humour and insight from her own experience. She uses eight themes, subdivided into about a dozen entries and each has a three or four page introduction. The readings themselves suggest a brief scripture reading and quote one verse. This is followed by a relevant thought, applied to the lifestyle of young mothers, which can easily be read in under five minutes. The aim is that they should take this fragment into the day and think about it for themselves. It would be an ideal gift for any young mum who didn't want to lose touch with God, but who just didn't seem to have time for prolonged Bible study.

About the Author

Alie Stibbe is a part-time research student, freelance writer and translator and one of the contributor team for Day by Day with God. She is the translator of Word Bytes: The Completely Manageable Bible by Knut Tveitereid (BRF, 2003), and is married to Mark Stibbe, vicar of St Andrew's, Chorleywood. They have four children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Barefoot in the Kitchen ~ immensely practical 18 Jun 2007
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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Rebecca
This book takes a realistic and thought provoking look at the everyday frustrations and joys of bringing up young children. Drawing from her own experiences of post-natal depression and the difficulties of being a mother to young children the author takes you on her journey through them to acceptance, joy and fulfilment. The route will make you laugh, cry and determine to live for God in the here and now.

As an undomestic former career woman who struggles with the practicalities of life with 2 small children, and who can feel insanely jealous of my husband every time he gets to do a presenation or attend a conference, it was a relief to read a book by someone who understood and who had been there too. I've bought copies for 8 of my friends, the short segments make it easy to pick up in the odd spare moment and the chatty writing style means it's also easy to read.

Highly reccomended!

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5.0 out of 5 stars She absolutely knows! 28 Mar 2013
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this fab book from a woman who has been there, done that and got the t-shirt 4 times over. reassuringly down to earth, but upliftingly spiritual, a tonic for a new mother (or an old tired one) who misses church or feels overwhelmed by motherhood, or combining faith/sprirituality with new motherhood - yes, there is room for both, it's just a question of juggling, reclaiming and recognising. this was an amazing book and i have either recommended or bought copies for a few of my new mum friends as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging 8 May 2014
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For any mums of young kids who feel that they are in that 'desert place' spiritually, this is a great book to have to hand. Short snippets to read whenever you get the chance and with a completely guilt-free undertone. Helps mums understand that raising young kids can be part of their daily worship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars all mums could read it 7 Oct 2013
By Anna
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this book helped (and still does) me during the first difficult months with my new baby. I strongly recommend it.
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