I would love to buy cases of this book and hand it out to all the moms I know!
Husbands: This would be a great Mother’s Day gift! Buy this book for your wife!
I highly recommend (can you tell?) Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman.
Gloria’s bio states,
I was so thrilled to read a book, written by a young mother, that is so full of godly wisdom and truth. So much so, that I have little doubt that it was written through the power of God and for His great glory.
I love how she points out in the beginning of the book that,
Once I got to this point in the book, I knew I wanted to read more!
Mrs. Furman has an uncanny way of shining a scriptural light upon the lies and misconceptions of motherhood. She is transparent in the motives of the heart and quick to combat her sin and wrong thinking with the Truth of the Word. I so love her heart in this book and her desire to point everything to Christ. Sometimes a book will have a title that is just catchy. Not this book. It is clear that Treasuring Christ is not only the title, but the intent of the entire work. From first page to last, Furman points herself and mothers to Christ: Part 1-God Made Motherhood for Himself and Part 2-Motherhood for Worship. Every section of this book is so filled with Christ and the Truth of scripture, that there are 3 full pages in the back to notate the Scripture references! I always say don’t read any man-written book without your bible right beside…I still say it for this book, though it is wonderfully on point with referencing every thought or statement against the Word of God. So refreshing.
And grace. Grace is a popular topic throughout the history of Christian writers, yet many are seeing and understanding grace in a new light in this generation. Furman stays biblically firm in her application of God’s grace:
Yet, she lovingly causes us to take an honest look and true inventory of our need for grace:
“Do you need God’s grace? Or do you have what it takes to multitask your busy routine? Do you need God’s grace? Or have you been “down this road before” with your husband, and your conflict will sort itself out in time? Do you need God’s grace? Or do you just need Google? Do you need God’s grace? Or do you pretty much have this motherhood gig in the bag?
“Things like “mommy guilt” cannot crush us because Christ was crushed on the cross in our stead. Jesus is our consistency;”
“The Lord is just as near to you when you’re using a bulb sucker on a tiny, congested nose and as you’re summoning the wisdom of Solomon to settle a spat over a disputed toy.”
It is this love—the love of Christ—that compels Christian mothers to love their children.”
“Why was I so depleted in love for others? Why was my attitude so hostile toward the people I love the most? In my prayerful reflections on that incident, the Lord graciously revealed to me that I had a deep craving to satisfy my own needs before the needs of others. I saw how my nearly unceasing service toward my family had actually been powered by attempts to resuscitate myself through sheer willpower and control my environment. “
“There are no perfect moms,” we quip, but we’ll die trying to prove we might be the exception. “
In a time when countless books are being written on how to be a better mom, how to get your kids to love you more or how to get more “me-time”, Gloria Furman’s book stands out as the book that shows us how to treasure Christ more, how to glorify God in the privilege of motherhood, and how to point our children to Christ by showing and embracing grace.
“Treasuring Christ as preeminent in our lives gives our children a self-sacrificing, neighbor-serving, sin-forgiving, grace-extending illustration of how God is worthy to be seen, admired, and displayed as the greatest hope we could ever have. Jesus is the one who loves us most of all with his redeeming love.”
(I was given a copy of this book by Beyond the Page/Crossway Books in exchange for an honest review)