Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos by Julia Roller

Mom Seeks God
Julia Roller has written many different books and articles on spiritual growth and Bible study.  Yet, when her first child became a toddler she faced the realization that her spiritual life was suffering in the busyness of life as a mommy. The spiritual disciplines she'd enjoyed before motherhood didn't seem to fit into her life anymore. So she embarked on a year-long journey to focus on one spiritual discipline per month, discovering how to prioritize them in her life once again.

And that's how Mom Seeks God was born. This book is the record of Julia's attempts to practice these ten spiritual disciplines once again:  prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. Before you sigh and give up, just know that it didn't come easily for Julia, and she shares her struggles and her practical solutions with you. The goal is not perfection, but growth.

In college, I studied Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline in one of my classes. I loved the book, but I have to admit that I haven't fit very many spiritual disciplines into my life lately, either.  I was glad to see Julia Roller refer to that book throughout Mom Seeks God. Knowing we both enjoyed this book helped me feel a connection with Julia.  Her honest admission of her faults, her selfishness, and her failures to focus during prayer and meditation encouraged me to keep reading and not lose heart.  At the end of each month, she may have found practical ways to adapt a discipline into her life and schedule, but sometimes she also discovered that her initial understanding of the discipline's purpose or effect was wrong. 

At the end of the year, Julia realized that although she could no longer fit hours of intense Bible study and focused prayer into her life, God was using motherhood itself to grow and change her.  Motherhood is also a spiritual discipline, and the key to fitting the other disciplines into our life is to live with a daily focus on God and His will for us that day. 

I needed to read this book.  The very title of the book spoke to me.  Mom Seeks God: Practicing Grace in the Chaos.  I often feel as if our family life is chaotic - so many voices, so many tasks, so many people needing me.  I find myself lacking grace in my responses to them.  I don't always respond with Christ's love and later I regret the tone of voice or the words I spoke.  Each day, I pray that I will have more grace and love in my life, and that my family will continue to show me grace and forgive me for my failures.  I often feel dry and thirsty spiritually, exhausted physically. Mom Seeks God encouraged me that God doesn't expect me to give hours of intense Bible study or prayer to Him right now, but I do need to take baby steps once more to be sure I'm modeling a healthy Christian life to my children. Not only do I need to set a better example, I need the strength and grace that would come from more time spent with God.

If you understand what it is to feel dry, thirsty, exhausted, and longing for grace in your life, I am sure that Mom Seeks God will bless and encourage you. It is possible to fit spiritual disciplines into your life as a busy Mom. Julia Roller will walk you through the process.

April E.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  All opinions stated in this post are my own.

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Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller offers a highly relatable story and useful advice to help new moms grow in their faith as they address life changes with grace, patience, and prayer. As readers discover ten essential faith practices, they’ll learn that motherhood itself is a spiritual discipline and can be God’s most effective technique for forming a more Christ-like life.

Julia is celebrating the book's release with a fun giveaway and connecting with moms during a live Facebook author chat.


One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • Mom Seeks God by Julia Roller
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 1st. Winner will be announced at "Moms' May Day" Facebook Party on May 1st. Connect with Julia for an encouraging discussion on spiritual discipline and finding joy in the middle of motherhood. Win prizes, connect with other moms, and be inspired.

So grab your copy of Mom Seeks God and join Julia on the evening of May 1st for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

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