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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Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms, by Gloria Furman
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, a pastor's wife and mother of four, encourages us to reorient our vision of motherhood around what the Bible teaches. Showing us how to pursue a vibrant and ever-growing relationship with Christ—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.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, by Gloria Furman
Sometimes life feels a lot like a burden—day-in and day-out its the same chores and tasks, challenges and discouragements, anxieties and responsibilities. Dust bunnies show up on the stairwell, social commitments clutter the calendar, and our families demand daily attention and care. At times, just catching our breath seems like an impossible feat.
So where is God in all of this? Does he care about the way we unload the dishwasher or balance the budget? Do the little things like changing diapers or cooking meals make a difference? And how can we use our spheres of influence for God’s glory and our joy?
Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working woman splitting time between the office and home, Gloria Furman—writer, pastor’s wife, cross-cultural worker, and mom—encourages us to see the reality of God’s grace in all of life, especially those areas that often appear to be boring and unimportant. Using personal examples and insightful stories, her richly theological reflections help us experience the gospel’s extraordinary power to transform our ordinary lives
Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family, by Jessica Thompson
Children need more than behavior modification.
They need the gospel.
But every parent knows how hard it can be to communicate the truth of God’s Word and the message of God’s grace in a way that engages the hearts, minds, and affections of the little ones we love so much.
Assisting parents with this high calling, Jessica Thompson offers us a gospel-centered alternative to merely telling our kids what they must do to please God and be a “good Christian.” Designed for the whole family, this collection of Scriptural meditations will help you teach your children to treasure and rely on Jesus more than anything else.
Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood, by Kim Crandall
Moms: Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop striving to meet false expectations. Stop thinking your performance dictates your worth.
For far too long mothers have been beaten down by the law of “do better” and “try harder.” The burden of “getting it right” threatens to crush weary souls who desire to serve their families faithfully. Christ in the Chaos brings comfort to conflicted hearts that are starved of grace and longing for the freedom in Christ the Bible promises.
In this book, Kimm Crandall emphasizes the importance of the gospel and how Christ’s life, death, and resurrection change every aspect of motherhood. From finding our identity in Christ and understanding God’s grace to taking off the mask of acceptability and dealing with the comparison crud, this book will free you to serve your family knowing that his love for you does not change based on your performance.
Christ in the Chaos is a “must read” for every mother who longs for what is seemingly impossible: peace and freedom in the midst of her chaos.
The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy, by Timothy Keller
What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart? This is one of the questions the Apostle Paul addresses as he writes to the church in Corinth. He s not after some superficial outward tinkering, but instead a deep rooted, life altering change that takes place on the inside. In an age where pleasing people, puffing up your ego and building your résumé are seen as the methods to make it , the Apostle Paul calls us to find true rest in blessed self forgetfulness.
In this short and punchy book, bestselling author Timothy Keller, shows that gospel humility means we can stop connecting every experience, every conversation with ourselves and can thus be free from self condemnation. A truly gospel humble person is not a self hating person or a self loving person, but a self forgetful person. This freedom can be yours...
Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus, by Elyse M Fitzpatrick, Jessica Thompson & Tullian Tchividjian
All of us want to raise good kids. And we want to be good parents. But what exactly do we mean by “good?” And is “being good” really the point?
Mother-daughter team Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson contend that every way we try to make our kids “good” is simply an extension of Old Testament Law—a set of standards that is not only unable to save our children, but also powerless to change them.
No, rules are not the answer. What they need is GRACE.
We must tell our kids of the grace-giving God who freely adopts rebels and transforms them into loving sons and daughters. If this is not the message your children hear, if you are just telling them to “be good,” then the gospel needs to transform your parenting too.
Give Them Grace is a revolutionary perspective on parenting that shows us how to receive the gospel afresh and give grace in abundance, helping our children know the dazzling love of Jesus and respond with heartfelt obedience
Shepherding a Child's Heart, by Ted Tripp
Written for parents with children of any age, this insightful book provides perspectives and procedures for shepherding your child's heart into the paths of life. Shepherding a Child's Heart gives fresh biblical approaches to child rearing.
Instructing a Child's Heart, by Ted Tripp & Margy Tripp
From interaction with their peers to the instruction and correction that they receive at home, Children interpret their experience from a worldview that seeks to answer their fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I exist for? Where can I find joy? We need to provide our children with a consistent, persuasive, biblical framework for understanding the world God has made and their place in it.
Instructing a Child's Heart is essential to Shepherding a Child's Heart. The instruction that you provide for them not only informs their mind; it is directed to persuading their hearts of the wisdom and truthfulness of God s ways. Impress truth on the hearts of your children, not to control or manage them, but to point them to the greatest joy and happiness that they can experience delighting in God and the goodness of his ways.
The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children, by Sally Clarkson
Because Motherhood Isn’t Just a Job. It’s a Calling.
A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, vital opportunities for spiritual nurture and training can be overlooked.
This doesn’t have to be the case. You can focus your energy on what matters most. Learn how you can:
• Make Life’s Mundane and Nitty-Gritty Moments Work for You and Not Against You.
• Discover Ways to Make Character-Building a Natural Part of Live.
• Teach Your Child in the Same Way Jesus Taught the Disciples.
• Pass on Crucial Gifts that Will Serve Your Family for a Lifetime.
Using biblical wisdom and practical teachings, Sally Clarkson shows how you can make a lasting difference in your child’s life by following the pattern Christ set with his own disciples–a model that will inspire and equip you to intentionally embrace the rewarding, desperately needed, and immeasurably valuable Ministry of Motherhood.
Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem, by Kevin DeYoung
“I’M TOO BUSY!” We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.
Just one look at our jam-packed schedules tells us how hard it can be to strike a well-reasoned balance between doing nothing and doing it all.
That’s why award-winning author and pastor Kevin DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots.
Highly practical and super short, Crazy Busy will help you put an end to “busyness as usual.”