I would like to recommend a book that I just recently read to all of my readers, that I think is one of the most unique perspectives on motherhood that I have ever read. The book is Missional Motherhood: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God by Gloria Furman. I first heard about this book from one of my very favorite bloggers—Jami Balmet of Young Wife’s Guide. Jami’s blog, along with her podcast, Homemaking Foundations, is something I always look forward to reading/listening to, and I would also encourage any of my readers to go visit her website—she has a lot to offer for homemakers.
In her podcast, Jami kept talking about Gloria Furman and how much she loved her books. After hearing Jami talk about the book Missional Motherhood, I went and bought it. The book was not what I expected, but in a very pleasant way. Furman definitely has a very unique, verbose writing style. This book looks at the big picture of motherhood in the light of eternity. Furman begins the book by giving a very, very deep and thoughtful explanation of God’s purpose for motherhood in Part 1 of the book. She does this by tying in Biblical insights to a chronological explanation of the major events of the Old Testament. The underlying idea is that, in motherhood, we are striving to “nurture life in the face of death.”
In Part 2 of the book, Furman takes the remaining chapters and expounds on the all-sufficiency of Christ for mothers. Personally, at times, I felt that the first part of the book was difficult to get through. But I am so very glad that I did not put the book down, because the second part was exhilarating. I would have never thought of the ideas and the perspective that Furman presents throughout the book, and so it was very refreshing and thought-provoking. This is one of my favorite quotes from the book, which I copied down into my journal:
“We have a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, a minister in the holy places, in the true tent that the Lord set up, not man. The so-called prosperity gospel would have you looking to God to ‘fix’ your maternal weaknesses so that you overlook your deepest, most urgent need: atonement for your sin. It sure may look like you are being saved when you prosper materially and maternally. It may look like other women are being saved when they prosper financially, healthfully, or educationally. But Jesus is not a vending machine who gives you the stuff your heart desires. Jesus is your priest who gives you the atonement your soul needs. Run away as fast as you can from false teachers who want to sell you a god who exists for your maternal glory.”
Ouch. Wow. That is so deep and so convicting.
This book is saturated in scripture. Furman is not afraid to hit us right in the pride. It is NOT an easy read, but it is applicable to any woman, even if you are not a biological mother to anyone. (She talks about that too.) When I got done with each chapter, I just wanted to worship God. It is obvious that Furman truly loves the Bible and that she has spent a lot of time studying it. On a side note, Furman, her husband, and their four children are living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as missionaries. I am so glad that in her busy life, she used her gift of knowledge of explaining the Bible to write this book.
You can buy Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman here.