I was prepared to hate this book. This is my first book that I’ve received for free in exchange for a review, and I was totally prepared to give a scathing review. After all, I don’t want to be a softie…but as I opened the cover and began reading the introduction, I knew this would not only be a book that I would give a glowing review of, but it would be a book that I would actually treasure for all my years of mothering.
Walking With God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa B Kruger is an eleven-week Bible study full of nuggets of wisdom. I found Kruger to be conversational in her writing style, which I really enjoyed. Her words spoke directly to my heart at a time when I need guidance (of course, when do I not need guidance in this whole mothering thing??). With each page turn, I felt as though she knew what I was walking through at that very moment in my motherhood journey.
Each day, I sat on my front porch with a pen in hand and underlined, circled and starred my favorite parts of the book so that I could highlight a few of those in my review. However, now that I have finished the book, there are so many underlined, circled and starred portions that I may as well just type out the book again for you. I think one of my absolute favorite parts came from Week 7 entitled, Walking in Peace. As a mom, anxiety and fear is something that I am continually battling. Kruger’s words really encouraged me in this area.
“…anxiety is actually a lack of trust in the Lord and a form of prideful independence.”
“There is no greater threat to the peace of our homes than anxiety and fear directing our actions.”
“While it might not be in my plan to have a sick child, a diaper leaking all over my clothes, or a teenager’s moodiness to address, these tasks take on significance when I realize this is God’s plan for my day.”
I think one of the greatest comforts I received from this study was that Kruger knew every struggle a mother faces, and while she calls out sin, she also gently shows how to find your way to repentance as a mother.
“I cannot protect my children from my weaknesses. As hard as I may try, at some point my sin will affect their lives. However, the way I deal with my failure can provide an example for them to follow.”
I appreciate the many practical suggestions concerning common struggles such as comparison, contentment, fear & worry, and anger. I also enjoyed the last few pages in which the author included a list of verses for moms to memorize and a list of verses and character traits to teach your children.
I would highly recommend Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood to any mother. I believe that mothers will be incredibly blessed by the study in both individual or small group settings.
*As stated above, I received this book free of charge in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are solely my own.