Friday, August 02, 2013

Glimpses of Grace- book review

The subtitle of this book speaks so loudly and clearly about its intention: treasuring the Gospel in your home.  Gloria Furman sets out to shine glimpses of God's beautiful grace into the seemingly mundane, everyday moments of mothering young children.  This is not a how to book! You will not be given four steps to perfect parenting or five ways to have peace in your home.  In fact, the average sleep-deprived mom may find that she has to work a little bit to follow some of the theological foundations laid within the book.  But that same mom will find herself richly rewarded as the author includes funny and relatable stories about the crazy moments of mothering, and consistently points back to the work of Jesus Christ on the cross as securing our salvation and our approval before God.  We know it, and can feel it...the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ changes everything! But how does it change how I respond to my two year old throwing themselves on the floor?  Well, this book does not necessarily seek to answer this question, as much as it seeks to point us back to think more fully upon Christ, and by this, our minds are transformed.  The Holy Spirit deepens our understanding of what Christ accomplished on our behalf...and this begins to change us.  This book is a valuable tool which faithfully seeks to "fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith."-- Hebrews 12:2

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