Title: Midnight Lullabies
Author: Lauren Eberspacher
“But together, this month, we are going to break through the darkness of our emotions and step back into the light of God’s peace,” Lauren Eberspacher writes in the introduction of her book, Midnight Lullabies: Moments of Peace for Moms 31-Day Devotional.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-seventy-six pages, this small hardbound for young mothers is meant to be read over a month while focusing on God as one deals with emotions. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, it also references the NAS, GW, NIV, and NLT versions. Including the topics of anger issues, conflict, and marital sex, some of its contents may be too comprehensive for young females or immature readers. The book concludes with acknowledgments, an index, and the author’s biography.
With each chapter beginning with a number of a thirty-one day month at the top of the page and title, a written-out Bible verse follows with several paragraphs about a designated topic written from the writer’s experiences or viewpoint. A second section is labeled Take One Step into Peace that focuses on the reader. The chapter ends with a brief prayer to God.
Geared toward young moms, subjects range from dealing with loneliness, lack of confidence, insecurity, anger, sadness, doubt, anxiety, post-partum depression, exhaustion, and envy to concentrating on God being there constantly, ready to get them through the frustrations and challenges of early motherhood.
This book would be good for first-time moms who need encouragement in their daily walk with Jesus as they are reminded of His love and omnipresence. I like that the days’ readings are short, only four to six pages long. Writing out the Bible verses saves time for the reader to have to look up.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not appreciate this devotional. While this is strictly a book from one mom’s approach to having a husband and three young children, it contains a plethora of personal memories and opinions and less Scripture while minimally mentioning Jesus. A devotional should not take the place of reading the Word on an ongoing basis.
~ Wish ~
Since I am in my sixties with grandchildren, I recall dealing with several of the topics as a young mother, but I found this read to be an “I” devotional that is mainly about the writer and what she went through, without considering that other moms may prefer more applications from the Bible. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. Adding an attached ribbon may help keep a busy mom’s place reading it daily.
~ Want ~
If you know a young Christian mother who is struggling in her position in Christ with her husband and children, this may be enjoyed, but I found it too much about the writer and less about Him.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group for this book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2O7V8r9