Gloria Furman, pastors wife and mother of four, ministers with her husband at the cross-cultural Redeemer church of Dubai on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf in the United Arab Emirates. Her new book, Treasuring Christ releases March 31, just in time for Mother's Day, May 11.
She begins with her husband Dave's ongoing struggle with "chronic pain," something he describes as "living with "white noise." Despite multiple surgeries his arm movements are restricted and painful which led him to ask Gloria jokingly, "What's it like being married to Job?"
She didn't repeat what Job's wife said, "Curse God and die" (Job 2:9) Instead, Gloria shares Dave's condition because her husband's struggles shaped her perception of what it means to "have your hands full." Even though Dave's arm movements are still limited and he still lives with chronic pain, he continues a walk of faith by God's grace.
Although their situations are different, Gloria found her own hands full when she became a mom, a job far more physical than she imagined it would be with what she calls her four "munchkins." That's when she adopted Jonathan Edwards prayer and asked God to "stamp eternity on her eyeballs."
She found when she viewed the world through Christ's perspective from the cross her "vision of motherhood" changed and the mundane chores of parenting became an act of worship. From cleaning up finger smudges and spills, to dashing out the door to soccer practice or accepting what her playful son handed her as a gift. "Boogers or indiscernible food matter from underneath his highchair," she writes.
Gloria learned to" pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ" in spite of the distractions and obstacles of motherhood. She penned these gospel-centered meditations to encourage other frazzled moms with "the good news of Jesus Christ." She writes, that deep theological truth is "superior to our to-do lists and metaphorical mother-of-the-year trophies."
"Treasuring Christ," a small book of eleven chapters, begins with why "God made motherhood for Himself," and then illustrates "motherhood as an act of worship." Although the book is about moms the focus is salvation and the gospel message of Christ. Because Gloria believes the "highest aim of womanhood is being conformed to the image of Christ." When children, who learn more from what they see than what they're told, see Christ in their moms words and actions they are more likely to grow into "image-bearers" of Christ.
This encouraging resource fits nicely in purse, tote bag or on the night stand. It would also be a good choice for a small mom's study group with Crossway's free 29 page study guide.
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"Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms," by Gloria Furman, Crossway, Releases —March 31, 2014, 160 Pages, 978-1433538889, $10.99
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