woensdag 27 november 2013

The Mom Walk: Keeping in Step with God's Heart for Motherhood - Sally Clarkson (Boek)

Sally Clarkson, popular speaker, author, and cofounder of Whole Heart Ministries, inspires women to look beyond the culture’s view of motherhood as a task to manage efficiently and see it as a God–given calling.

With biblical guidance and personal insight, Sally accompanies women through the qualities of a mother’s walk with God to help them:

embrace their home–based ministry
discover the gift of sacrifice
cultivate a heart for God’s Word
set spiritual goals for themselves and their children
nurture fellowship and support other mothers
The Mom Walk reaffirms the role of mothering as a divinely designed calling and encourages moms to lean on God’s strength to prepare their children for whole, fulfilling, and Christ–centered lives.

Sally Clarkson is the mother of four wholehearted children, a popular conference speaker, and the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, Seasons of a Mother's Heart, The Mom Walk, Dancing with My Father, and Educating the WholeHearted Child (contributor). After graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Speech/English, Sally joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1975, and ministered to women in Communist Poland 1977-1980. Since her marriage to Clay in 1981, she has continued to minister to women and mothers worldwide. In 1994, she and Clay started Whole Heart Ministries to encourage and equip Christian parents to raise wholehearted Christian children. They write and publish books through Whole Heart Press, offer hotel and church-based parenting and motherhood events, and minister online through blogs, email newsletters, and their ministry website (wholeheart.org). Since 1998, Sally has ministered to thousands of mothers through her WholeHearted Mother Conferences. She has spoken across the U.S., and on four continents. The Clarksons live in Monument, Colorado and have home educated all of their children from the beginning. Sally loves family, reading, music, bread-baking, traveling, and long walks.

Discipleship is the heartbeat of Sally's life, whether it is in teaching and motivating other women, or in training and instructing her children. Through her books and speaking ministries, God has used Sally to bring encouragement and inspiration to mothers who desire to follow God's biblical design for their lives. All of her messages are filled with stimulating biblical instruction, touching personal anecdotes and illustrations, and wise spiritual insights born out of her own experience in life and ministry.

Author Sally Clarkson, co-founder of Whole Heart Ministries, and husband Clay work side by side with evangelicals across the country and throughout the world, speaking, teaching and encouraging Christians to aspire toward godly parenthood.

Clarkson, whose previous titles include THE MISSION OF MOTHERHOOD and THE MINISTRY OF MOTHERHOOD, writes with candor-laced humor, yet her message is resoundingly bold with biblical mandates. A mother of four who homeschools her children, Clarkson lives out her message. Readers will appreciate her brief narratives and insider looks into her own family, where grace isn't always so visible --- where irritability, tiredness and exhaustion sometimes reign supreme...but only temporarily.

Clarkson's desire is to share honestly with other women about the long, often wearying journey of motherhood as she transparently displays her own struggles with discouragement and depression. She likewise provides the biblical larger-than-life picture from which every mother can draw strength. As a member of a family who has devoted their entire lives to ministry and offering hospitality, Clarkson recounts moments, even seasons, when her family questioned their sacrifice in the face of not-so-gracious guests, specifically Christians. Understanding her youngsters' feelings, Clarkson admits that it's difficult to give and give and give. But still, the fallback is always understanding and focusing upon Christ and His call upon their lives.

The author inspires and energizes readers with her soulful retellings of humorous events that plague every growing family: illness, financial troubles, housing problems, career moves, extended caregiving responsibilities. And in every scenario, she skillfully brings the life lesson back into proper eternal perspective with a winsome grace that will leave her readers warmed and comforted.

Throughout this four-part text, Clarkson invites moms to view mothering as a PATH: walking with purpose, walking with assurance, walking with trust and walking with heart. She discusses such pertinent topics as living with integrity; understanding how restful times are spiritually productive and physically rejuvenate the body; developing a quiet heart that sets aside time to invest in seeking God, His wisdom, His understanding and His purpose; embracing grace for the unknown issues of today and for tomorrow; realizing that forgiveness from past mistakes is total, complete and worth celebrating; and pairing the power of God's truth and love with the motivation never to give up, no matter what the circumstances. Also, there are introspective questions to ponder for further self-examination and as thoughtful send-offs.

Clarkson's methodology is conservative, concrete and uncompromising. Even those moms who don't necessarily agree with all her tenets will find the heart of her message delightfully palatable and nourishing.

--- Reviewed by Michele Howe


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