Book Review: The Gospel-Centered Mom


Hey, guess what? I finished a book! 

It only took me three months, but that's not the point here. 

A few months after J was born, I picked up The Gospel-Centered Mom from Blogging for Books. As I've mentioned before, I've started listening to the Risen Motherhood podcast and been so encouraged and challenged to think about motherhood in light of the Gospel. This book was the perfect companion to what I've already been learning lately. If you are a mom who desires to explore how the Gospel impacts and connects with our parenting, I think you would enjoy this book.

It didn't feel particularly dense as far as difficulty of getting through it. Even though it took me a while, that is only because I'm having a hard time finding concentrated time to read (and not fall right asleep). The author's tone is pretty conversational, and I would consider it an easy read. Sometimes I found the author's tone a bit too conversational and it annoyed me, and some of her personal stories were either hard to relate to or just kind of odd. But her overall message about how the Gospel applies to motherhood was great and gave me some things to think about. 

I just wish they had included a hyphen to make the cover grammatically correct. 


My favorite part of the book was the chapter where she talks about a few lessons she learned from reading George Muller's autobiography and the connection she makes to motherhood. I definitely want to go check out Muller's book now! I also loved the last chapter, where she recaps the book in a short paragraph form, because she shares the basic truths of each chapter. There is also a discussion section with questions that a leader could use for a book club or group study.

I marked a couple of places and wanted to share one of my favorite takeaways with you, which kind of sums up the book's subtitle: The freeing truth about what your kids really need. 

"Enough will always be out of reach. We never arrive or quit needing Jesus. What's more, the effort of living up to what the world calls enough is exhausting, impossible, constantly changing. It sets us up for failure over and over again. We cannot be enough for our kids. Instead, we must rely on God to meet our needs 'according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus' (Phil. 4:19). When we do this, we're living as an accurate representation of the glorious God who created us and highlighting His glory and power to a watching world." (pg. 197)

As I've done in the past with some of my Blogging for Books books, I would like to mail my copy of The Gospel-Centered Mom to someone who is interested reading it. If you would like to check it out, leave a comment on this post, and I will randomly choose a winner in a couple of days!

I received this book from Blogging for Books, but all opinions are mine.
Jessica Elyse @ Memoirs of a Mommy said...

Would love to read it! I've been listening to the Hod Centered Mom podcast and they have had a couple speakers on this topic. Great challenge for me.

Jessica Elyse @ Memoirs of a Mommy said...

Ok, auto correct fail 😝 God centered mom

Audrey Louise said...

Sounds like a good read! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
(Don't include me in the giveaway- I just wanted to say I'm glad you enjoyed your read! Lol!)

Kari said...

I'd love to read this too! I should be honest...I'm just jealous you got to read a book! I struggle with that 😢

Susannah said...

Ahhh!!! I would LOVE to read this book! I'm always looking for great Gospel-centered parenting books! <3

Laura Morgan said...

I’ve been wanting to start a book club/Bible study with moms. I might consider this! (I would invite you, but I think we’ll meet during the weekday. 😔)

The Lady Okie said...

Girl, it took me THREE MONTHS. So don't be too jealous. ha!