The world is filled with messages for women about pregnancy. Popular books and well-meaning family and friends offer unsolicited advice about what to expect and how to stay healthy—sometimes resulting in joy and excitement but other times leading to discouragement and fear.
The Bible, too, has a lot to say about childbirth—offering real hope that nothing in this world can match. InLabor with Hope, Gloria Furman helps women see topics such as pregnancy, infertility, miscarriage, birth pain, and new life in the framework of the larger biblical narrative, infusing cosmic meaning into their personal experience by exploring how they point to eternal realities. Women will see that only Christ can provide the strength they desperately need in order to labor with hope.
I didn't write this book because mothering little ones is easy for me. I wrote it because it isn't. I know that this is a hard job, because I am right here in the middle of it. I know you need encouragement because I do too.
This is a small collection of thoughts on mothering young children - for when you are motivated, for when you are discouraged, for the times when discipline seems fruitless, and for when you are just plain old tired.
"Loving the Little Years is a delightful book... It is a fresh and honest book, because it faces the problem of sin (both in kids and in parents). It is filled with profound insights into living wisely as a Christian parent. It has all the things I look for in a parenting book - the focus is nurture, not just control; the motivation and empowerment is grace and not efforts. This book will help any mom (or dad for that matter) with loving the little years." - Tedd Tripp
Grocery shopping. Soccer practice. Dirty dishes. Motherhood is tough, and it often feels like the to-do list just gets longer and longer every day - making it hard to experience true joy in God, our children and the gospel.
In this encouraging book for frazzled moms, Gloria Furman helps us reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing how to pursue a vibrant relationship with God - even when discouragement sets in and the laundry still needs to be washed - this book will help you treasure Christ more deeply no matter how busy you are.
"These pages are filled with such helpful honesty and gospel centrality as we're invited to look at the wonderful and messy world of motherhood! Reading it was like opening a window in the stuffy room of pretence, guilt, and self-focus that often press in on us as mothers. Let the windows fly open and come breathe the fresh air of grace!"