Grace for the Contemplative Parent a disappointment

I was looking forward to this book as a mom of two young kids who has spent a considerable amount of time thinking about the spiritual aspect of parenthood, especially young children.  I was hoping for some insights to illuminate what I already experience or some practices to incorporate into our daily life. Unfortunately, I found this book to be less grace filled than I had hoped.

The title is a bit misleading as this book is aimed not at parents in general but more specifically at moms and especially stay at home moms.  The book is geared towards evangelicals and I found the gender exclusive language for God and the emphasis on substitutionary atonement offputting.

While there were a few good points here and there, overall I found the writing to be rambling and hard to follow.  And while the author used Scripture references liberally throughout the book, I found some of her assumptions to be unbiblical.  For example, she claims that the bible says that God is always in a good mood and therefore we are to be optimists always striving to point out the good in people's stories.  That is contradictory to my reading of the Bible and contradictory to my understanding of how to be in good relationships. Also, she demeans the church in several places and also puts down other mothers, both of which I find hurt her point of trying to live like Jesus.

I did not find much to recommend in this book, though I gathered from the first few sentences that I was not the main audience for this material. My only advice would be to look for other titles in this genre that might be more edifying.

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