When I saw Motherhood: Being Grounded in Christ in the IVP catalog I knew I had to request it. I was thrilled to see a Bible study about motherhood that didn’t look like it was going to revolve around Titus 2, Proverbs 31 and 1 Timothy 2. I am happy to say that none of the lessons feature those passages.
Why in the world would I be thrilled with that? Because who we are as Christian women in general and mothers specifically is so much more than a few difficult to interpret passages. We are above all else in Christ. Our identity is based in Christ, not being women or being mothers. When being women and/or mothers is reduced to a couple of passages in the Bible, we are missing out on so much of what Christ offers us!
The Bible study guide has the following lessons.
The Secure Mother: Finding Our Identity in Christ (Ephesians 1:3-14)
The Healing Mother: Acknowledging Our Own Issues (Mark 5:12-43)
The Trusting Mother: Depending on God (Matthew 6:25-34)
The Wonder-Filled Mother: Gaining Perspective (Psalm 139:1-18)
The Growing Mother: Nurturing Ourselves (Romans 12:1-8)
The Free Mother: Letting Go of Expectations (Psalm 131)
The Humble Mother: Walking in Grace (Luke 18:9-14)
The Concerned Mother: Finding Community (Colossians 3:1-17)
The Influencing Mother: Leaving a Legacy (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)
The Joyful Mother: Living in Gratitude (Philippians 4:4-9)
I am only just starting it myself, but I didn’t want to wait until I had finished the Bible study before getting the word out. If you cannot stomach one more Bible study on the standard “women’s passages,” please check it out. If you are looking for a fresh perspective on motherhood, please check it out. And if you are going to be leading a Bible study in the fall or even just participating, check it out as a potential book for your group!
I received this book for free from IVP in return for my review. All opinions and content are my own.