Title: What a Great Word for Moms
Author: Karen Moore
“Each word is genuinely directed toward aligning your work, your spiritual growth, and your hopes and dreams as you are molded and shaped into the person God intends you to be,” Karen Moore writes in the introduction of her book, What a Great Word for Moms.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-forty-four pages, this small hardbound is designed to encourage, challenge, and bless mothers at any age or stage of life. Using mainly the New Century Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NIV, NKJV, NLT, KJV, and CEV. The ending includes a final poem by the author, acknowledgments, an alphabetical listing of words used, and the writer’s biography.
The book is separated into four sections, with each containing ten chapters of ten different words from the Bible. The divisions include Training Your Children in the Way They Should Go, There’s No One Quite Like Mom, The Lord is Mom’s Shepherd, and God’s Promises. Some of the random words concentrated on include attitude, kindness, hope, prayer, patience, courage, compassion, think, heart, family, laughter, and beauty.
Each word is the entire focus of a chapter, beginning with the word title, byline, and a written-out Bible verse. Several paragraphs are included regarding the topic, followed by quotes by famous individuals and more verses. The ending has a prayer written out in red ink.
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are encouragements that promote a “you can do it by trusting in God” and “the Lord will get you through this” attitudes. Including the quotes further exemplifies the word topic. The prayers are uplifting as they worship our Savior and thank Him for what He has done for us. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.
One of my favorite chapters was on the word persevere, with Hebrews 10:36 NIV written out. The content reminds us that God is always with us so we need to keep moving forward, trusting in Him in all we do. Quotes are from H. Jackson Brown Jr., Bernard of Clairvaux, the Mom’s Creed adapted from Brother Lawrence, Aesop, Calvin Coolidge, Helen Keller, and 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV. The prayer asks for patience during the challenges of parenting, perseverance when exhausted, and thankfulness for the family He has given.
~ Why Not ~
Mothers who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. With the book only containing forty chapters, it may not be for some women who are looking for a daily or yearly devotional. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain the Bible verse in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily time with God.
~ Wish ~
Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal. I prefer using the King James Version for most Bible verse translations.
~ Want ~
If you like a quick read with quotes about keywords in the Bible and how they relate to motherhood, this would make a great gift for that mom, sister, aunt, or friend who needs to be reminded and encouraged of God’s presence. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWords, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2UIe0nv