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Today we have Gloria Furman offering her favorite books for moms. Gloria lives in Dubai with her husband Dave, a pastor at Redeemer Church of Dubai. They have four young kids. She is the author of several books for wives and moms including is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms, and is a contributor to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible. Follow her on Twitter: @gloriafurman.
Check out her next book, The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love.
I’m convinced that busy moms don’t have time for fake hope. We need to keep our gaze fixed on Christ. Here are five of the books that I have been recommending to moms lately:
1. Mom Enough by Desiring God contributors
Are you “mom enough”? Because even Christian moms are susceptible to the fear-mongering of the world, here’s a multi-layered book that lays claim to Christ’s sufficiency specifically written to moms.
2. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs
Discontentment is like a cancer to the soul and Paul calls contentment a “mystery” (Phil. 4:12). Where, then, can we find it? Moms will be overjoyed to read this Puritan’s reflections as he mines the Bible for the rare jewel of distinctly Christian contentment.
3. Future Grace by John Piper
Moms are resourceful, creative problem-solvers. They can dominate over even the most harrowing multitasking nightmare. But there’s a kind of chaos that comes from within. This book, more than any other, has helped me see how faith in God’s promises of future grace help me fight my biggest problems– my sin that so easily entangles me during the dinner hour, on the Internet, at bedtime…
4. Dispatches from the Front by Tim Keesee
Mothers share the gospel with more souls than we can count and faithfully raise up the next generation of Christ-followers. But if the farthest a mom can geographically “go” now is to the nursery and back, how can she serve world missions? Consider the stories in Keesee’s book as kindling for a heart aflame to see Christ proclaimed to every people group. The tearful, hope-full petitions of these moms rise to heaven like incense as they are about their priestly task of intercessory prayer.
5. Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung
Words galore. Images worth a thousand words. Daily– even hourly– moms are invited to consume words that give no life and embody images that will fade away. Only in God’s Word do we find the sustaining Bread of Life and understand how God is conforming us to his Son’s image. DeYoung’s book is a friendly, succinct description of what God’s Word is and what that means for us. Read it and you won’t be able to put your Bible down!