Being a mom is not easy. It is a whirlwind experience filled with exhilaration and joy on the one hand, and exhaustion and challenges on the other. There are days when a mom finds deep satisfaction in her new role as a parent, and there are other days when she doesn’t know if she can go on.
During times like this, it is critical that a mom find her joy and her assurance in a stable place that cannot be shaken. And that is found in her relationship with Jesus Christ.
For this reason, I am very excited that this week my wife Melissa’s new book was released, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (Waterbrook, 2015). What makes this book unique is that it is not a How-to book about parenting, but a book that directs moms back to Christ during one of the must crucial stages of their lives.
Melissa takes moms through an eleven-week devotional Bible study on enormously critical topics such as Understanding Your Purpose, Knowing God’s Word, Entrusting Your Child to the Lord, Ordering Your Home, and much more. If you are looking for a great gift to give at a baby shower, this is it.
Here is an amazing list of endorsements:
“In this interactive study Melissa Kruger takes moms, with all our insecurities and inconsistencies and uncertainties, to Scripture, where we find wisdom, encouragement, instruction, correction, and, best of all, grace.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author of One Year of Dinner Table Devotions and Discussion Starters
“During the busy days of motherhood, getting into the Bible can be difficult. Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood is a perfect Bible study tool that equips and instructs us from the Word of God with encouragement specifically geared to a mother’s heart. Reading Melissa Kruger’s words will leave you deeply encouraged and challenged without being overwhelmed.”
—Trillia Newbell, author of Fear and Faith: Finding the Peace Your Heart Craves and United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity
“I speak with the authority of a mom who has investigated paths that led nowhere. Moms don’t need good advice for choosing the best path based on collaborative best practices. What moms need most is to know and be known by the One who said that He is ‘the way and the truth and the life.’ This Bible study is Christ centered and thoroughly encouraging; make the most of it by diving into Scripture with some of your friends.”
—Gloria Furman, author of Glimpses of Grace and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full
“This book is like sitting down for an extended mentoring session with an experienced mother who warmly shares her world and her love for the Lord Jesus. Melissa Kruger shows how she has grounded her mothering in Scripture—and encourages others to do the same. Through a series of topics both practical and theological, she keeps her promise to ‘walk alongside you as you walk with God in the season of motherhood.’”
—Kathleen B. Nielson, director of women’s initiatives for the Gospel Coalition and author of Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word
“This book will be a lifeline for first-time mothers who are feeling their way in their new calling. But it is equally important for the rest of us mothers and even for grandmothers. Each day’s study uses substantive scriptures and soul-searching questions to reorient busy mothers toward walking with God in the mundane moments. With a singular focus on the riches of God’s Word, Melissa Kruger gently helps mothers in all circumstances to step beyond the feeding-schooling-vaccinating-diapering wars into something so much bigger: a life defined by—and dependent on—the glorious call of Christ.”
—Megan Hill, writer for Her.meneutics and the Gospel Coalition and an editorial board member for Christianity Today
“Titus 2 calls older women to train younger women to love their children. In this Bible study Melissa Kruger obeys the Titus mandate. But she does more. She gives the church a practical, gospel-focused resource for older women to disciple younger women in the high calling of motherhood.”
—Susan Hunt, wife of a retired pastor, mother, grandmother, and author of several books for women and children
“Melissa Kruger is a rare find as a friend and mentor to moms! In her devotional Bible study, she walks moms through eleven weeks of daily reflections that will shape a busy mom’s heart to trust in God. Along the way she shares wisdom and tips from her own experience. Key memory verses, certain to transform hearts, are given for both moms and their children. I warmly recommend this devotional study for a mom’s personal reading and for older women wanting to guide younger moms.”
—Margaret Köstenberger, ThD, adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and coauthor of God’s Design for Man and Woman: A Biblical-Theological Survey
Over at Melissa’s blog, Wit’s End, she tells the back story of how she wrote this book and where the inspiration came from. You can check out the story here.
Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood is also being featured at the new book table at major Barnes and Noble stores for the next two weeks. So keep an eye out for it!