Friday, March 25, 2011

The Christian Mom's Idea Book: A Book Review

About The Book:

You can make the most of motherhood with this resourceful book. It's jam-packed with 500 ideas gathered from more than 80 mothers just like you: mothers of preschoolers, high schoolers, and every age in between. Mothers with one child. Mothers with a houseful of children. Mothers with adopted children. But most of all, mothers with a great desire to raise godly kids-and have fun at it too!
You'll get fantastic suggestions for fulfilling the all-important role God has given you, including:
  • throwing a great birthday party
  • handling doctor's visits
  • planning alone time & getaways
  • disciplining
  • practicing hospitality
  • babysitting
  • successfully surviving car trips
  • dealing with toddlers
  • teaching music lessons
  • menu planning & grocery shopping
  • keeping your marriage alive
  • spiritual nurturing
… and so much more in nearly 40 categories. Here is everything you need to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your family-and to make your home a wonderful place to be.
About The Author:
Ellen Banks Elwell is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, Jim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Elwell has authored several books for women, including The Christian Mom’s Idea Book,One Year Devotions for Moms, and When There’s Not Enough of Me to Go Around.

My Review:
What a fantastic resource for mom's of all ages and stages of parenting! There is something for everyone. In a well written, and amazingly organized manner, the author covers topics from discipline to party planning to finances and more. I have learned so much from this book and I know you will too.

In part one of the book, Elwell takes an acrynom of the word MOTHER and applies Proverbs 31 to it. It really opened my eyes to what I know the Lord wants me to be as a mom and I was so excited to read this:


M-merciful
O-Observant
T-trustworthy
H-Helpful
E-Energetic
R-Reverent towards God
H-honored
O-orator of Wisdom
O-of noble character
D-Dignified


As I read through The Christian Mom's Idea Book, these are just a couple points that really impacted me:


"How are we doing? Are we living lives before God that are worthy of our children's respect? (p. 24)


"What a host of choices we make in our speech every day -0 in our early-morning words, our getting-read words, our telephone words, our reminder words, our mealtime words, our bedtime words. The actual words, the tone of voice we use, and the timing are all significant in communicating to those around us. Not only does the woman of excellence run an orderly house, but she has an orderly heart, which flows into orderly speech. "The law of love and kindness is written in the heart, but it shows itself in the tongue"...Wisdom and kindness. - she gives a list of verses from Proverbs for the reader to write down on index cards to remind us about wise and kind speech! (25-26)


The rest of the book is ideas on different topics from other moms, real-life moms, who have walked were I am currently in my journey. These ideas are all very easy to implement and I have learned so much from all these chapters, and from this book as a whole.


The Christian Mom's Idea Book is a perfect gift idea for a baby shower, or a gift for a new mom. They will be so blessed to receive such a wonderful tool for the journey we call parenting.
If you want an inspirational book that will help you on your journey as a Christian mom, than I highly recommend The Christian Mom's Idea Book!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Christian Mom's Idea Book by Ellen Banks Elwell online, directly through its publisher, Crossway. It is also available through your local Christian bookseller.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Crossway, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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