Saturday, October 10, 2009

"Where's Mom?"

Well, I can't sleep, feeling a little antsy(could it be the Diet Dr. Pepper I had this afternoon?) :), so I thought I'd write on my blog about a new book I just read. It's called, "Where's Mom? The High Calling of Wives & Mothers" by Dorothy Kelley Patterson. I picked it up at the Sovereign Grace Church bookstore, when we were in Virginia. It's a small book, a pretty quick read, but challenging for sure. :)

Here's the description on the website of this book:
"An adaptation from an article in Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood by John Piper and Wayne Grudem, this booklet addresses the special calling of a
woman to be a wife and mother. In a world that lacks respect for these two
positions, several vital questions are answered. This questions include, "Is
Homemaking My Job?," "Is Homemaking a Challenging Career?," "Is Being a Mother a Worthy Service?," and "Is Being a Wife a Fulfilling Function?" All the answers affirm the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood's Danvers statement that men and women are created equally in God's image but are designed to perform different functions. With this statement, women are exposed to the Biblical roles and duties assigned to women -- including being a wife and a mother. "

I loved a few of the last paragraphs in the book and wanted to share them with you:

"Homemaking-if pursued with energy, imagination, and skills-has as much challenge and opportunity, success and failure, growth and expansion, perks and incentives as any corporation, plus something no other position offers-working for people you love the most and want to please the most!.....

Homemaking-being a full-time wife and mother-is not a destructive drought of uselesness but an overflowing oasis of opportunity; it is not a dreary cell to contain your talents and skills but a brillian catalyst to channel creativity and energies into meaningful work; it is not a rope for binding your productivity in the marketplace, but reins for guiding your posterity in the home; it is not the bitter assignment of inferiority to your person, but the bright assurance of the ingenuity of God's plan for complementarity of the sexes, especially as worked out in God's plan for marriage; it is neither the limitation of gifts available nor stinginess in distributing the benefits of those gifts, but rather the multiplication of a mother's legacy to the generations to come and the generous bestowal of all God meant a mother to give to those He entrusted to her care."


Becky said...

Great post.It is a struggle for most of stay-at-home moms.

For a minute there I thought you had found a secret hiding place for us Moms ;-)

Kari said...

too funny! If I find one, I'll let you know! There's no where to hide most days around here...they find me! :)

stacyleigh14 said...

I'm going to have to put that on my list of books to read! Another great book I just finished is Womanly Dominion by Mark Chanski.