4.08.2015

The Waiting - Book Review


I have been given the opportunity to review, the waiting, written by: Cathy LaGrow. The true story of a lost child, a lifetime of longing, and a miracle for a mother who never gave up. 


Description:

An unforgettable true story that will touch your heart and make you believe in love’s enduring legacy, and in the power of prayer.
In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was on a picnic in the woods when she was assaulted and raped. And suddenly this innocent farm girl—who still thought the stork brought babies—was pregnant. The baby was secretly born, named Betty Jane, and given up for adoption. For decades, Minka wrote letters trying to get news of her daughter; she kept loving and praying for her, even though she never dared believe they would meet again. Until nearly eighty years later, when Minka whispered her secret, impossible prayer for the first time: Lord, I’d like to see Betty Jane before I die. I promise I won’t bother her or interrupt her life. I just want to lay eyes on her. Unbeknownst to Minka, that very same day, a judge was releasing the sealed adoption records to her 77-year-old daughter. And soon, Minka’s phone would ring. Written by Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings three generations of this most unusual family together over the course of a century to tell a story of faith that triumphs, forgiveness that sets us free, and love that never forgets.


My Review:

This is one of the best books I have ever read. It will make you cry, make you smile.... you will not be able to put this book down! My heart was so full of love while reading this book. I felt for this mother and longed for the connection she desired. 

This is a very powerful book. It will pull at your heart strings. You feel the very heartbeat of this mother and the love that lives within her. 

Adoption is a subject close to my own heart.. that is why I was drawn to this story. I am so glad I decided to read The Waiting and I know if you give it a chance  you will be glad you did as well. 





Walking With God in the Season Of Motherhood - Book Review


I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to review, Walking with God in the Season Of Motherhood (An Eleven-Week Devotional Bible Study), written by: Melissa B. Kruger. I love when the moment comes that you start reading a new book and feel like it was written just for you. That's just what this Bible study has done! 


Description:: 

Learn how God’s imprint on your heart can make a lasting impression on your children.

Being a mom usually means being busy. Really busy. Whether you’re zipping from your children’s piano lessons to their next ballgame or nursing a baby while comforting a toddler, life is brimming with activities.  Yet one encounter can help shape every moment: time in the Word with Jesus. In Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, you’ll learn how to nourish your own heart, mind, and soul with the wisdom you need to become the mother you long to be.  
As you spend time with God through this eleven-week Bible study, you’ll gain life-shaping insights to help you…
·         Understand and pursue your purpose as a mother
·         Live out your true priorities
·         Entrust your child to God
·         Bear the fruit of the Spirit in your everyday interactions
·         Recover from Perfect Mom Syndrome (PMS)
Each week offers four days of study geared specifically to a mother’s concerns, with the Bible passages already printed out for your convenience. The fifth day is a warm-hearted devotional reading to help you reflect on and apply the truths you’ve learned. 
As your relationship with God deepens through prayer and studying His Word, you’ll discover how His imprint on your heart can make a lasting impression on your children.

My Review:

From the first chapter, Day 1, I was sold on this book. Week 1, Understanding Your Purpose (Walking by Faith). The purpose for which God created us, his view.. not our own.. if we can understand who we are because of Him, then we can learn to grow in our faith, love, devotion for Him. 

This book was beautifully written for mothers in each season of motherhood. For mothers with toddlers, newborns, teens and even children who are grown and out of the home... this book was written for you! 

Personally, I have had those days where I felt like I didn't have time for the Lord. I was wrong and I knew I was wrong.. this book has helped me to reevaluate my connect to Him... to our creator. Even if I feel overwhelmed, stressed I am reminded to come to the Lord in prayer. To visit him daily... to make the time to spend alone with Him. 

Each chapter gives you a deeper look at the mother you were created to be.... 

Chapter 1 - Understanding Your Purpose
Chapter 2 - Knowing God's Word
Chapter 3 - Entrusting Your Child to the Lord
Chapter 4 - Ordering Your Home
Chapter 5 - Reflecting the Heart of God
Chapter 6 - Encouraging A Thankful Spirit
Chapter 7 - Fighting Against Anxiety and Worry 
Chapter 8 - Letting go of Harshness and Anger
Chapter 9 - Training Hearts Through Discipline
Chapter 10 - Guiding in Godliness by Example
Chapter 11 - Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome 

Also included in this book are Mom's verses to Memorize, Twelve Topical Verses for Children, Study Guide and my favorite part is during each daily lesson there is a place to answer each question asked! 

I recommend this devotional book to any mother in need of a little encouragement.