The High Calling of Motherhood Book Review

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The High Calling of Motherhood Book Review - I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The High Calling of Motherhood, by Chimene Shipley Dupler, and I gotta say I was very blessed by it.


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I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of The High Calling of Motherhood, by Chimene Shipley Dupler, and I gotta say I was very blessed by it. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.

Chimene is the founder of the Passion4Moms ministry; which holds a yearly conference to encourage moms of all ages and stages of parenting. She is also a speaker on marriage and parenting topics and former social worker.

Mothering is hard because it comes from the heart.

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I have a friend who absolutely loves children, and in turn, children flock to her. For years, she’s expressed her innermost wish is to become a mother, and though she is married to a great man who also longs for a family, they’ve both put it off in fear of what the future might bring. They’re not ready, they say. At the immature ages of 18 and 19, my husband and I were not ready for parenthood, and we were still not ready when our second child was born a year later. I don’t know if anyone is actually ever ready for parenthood. My oldest is now 21 and still feel like a rookie.

Do you ever feel that way?

Motherhood is messy and hard. But it is also a gift. We are leaving a legacy.
We are impacting the culture and the future.
We are leaving 
our mark and handprint on society.
The High Calling of Motherhood, Page 28

While I did find some of the themes to be repetitive, I was blessed by this book. I was also convicted when issues I don’t like to admit to were addressed, particularly in chapter 11 “Reaching Our Child’s Heart”, which discusses mom-anger, obedience, and discipline. Yes, I have been known to express mom-anger at times.

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Chimene reminds us that “while we parent from a place of sin, the redemptive story of God can be told through our families.”

The chapter I found most encouragement on was chapter 12 “Freedom from Fear”.  Motherhood doesn’t get easier as your children get older. On a daily basis, I worry about my older two driving to and from school and work. Yet the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear. “As a child of God, I don’t have to live in fear.”

Whether you’re a momma of littles or a momma of adult children, I recommend you pick up a copy. We all need to remember who we are in Christ, and who He has given us to raise up for His glory alone.

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Finally, as an advocate to reaching the next generation of believers, my favorite quote from the book was:

Are you faithfully influencing your children with an eternal perspective? Perhaps your story and your legacy as a mother will impact a culture and a generation to come? 
The High Calling, Page 156

In response, I say, that I want my legacy as a mother to be remembered one who incessantly pointed her children to Christ.

What will your legacy be?

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