Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role (Book Review & Giveaway)

beyond-bath-timeMay I recommend an outstanding book to you on motherhood? It’s short, Biblically-based, compelling, encouraging, and honest about the every day struggles we face as mommas. I’m excited that Moody Publishers has given me a copy to give away here on my blog.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes in the book by Erin Davis:

The moms from Nehemiah’s days encourage us to ask, “What if parenting isn’t just about raising good kids but about winning a war? What if you aren’t just building a family, but are building a kingdom that will endure?”

Being fully God, Jesus chose to come to earth. He chose to come as an infant, and He chose to be mothered. He chose to be tied to a sinful, inexperienced, inadequate human in this way. 

Blessings and burdens are not mutually exclusive. Just because something is hard or cumbersome, doesn’t mean it’s not a blessing. 

Erin dives into several lies in Beyond Bath Time that we believe in motherhood:

Lie #1 – Motherhood is a roadblock to my happiness

Lie #2 – Motherhood is defined by the decision whether or not to work

Lie #3 – The ultimate goal of motherhood is perfectionism

Lie #4 – If you can’t stand the heat, remodel the kitchen

Lie #5 – Motherhood will make you holy

This book has encouraged me on so many levels and is definitely worth your time, especially if you are in the throws of motherhood wondering if you will survive without screwing up your children. :)

From the Back Cover:

As a mom of two young boys, author Erin Davis knows what it’s like to face dirty diapers, sleepless nights, and toddler tantrums. She isn’t a perfect mom, parenting perfect kids, but as she studied God’s plan for motherhood she found a message of hope and purpose that moved her beyond the mundane tasks of her role. In this book, she passes those lessons on to you in a way that every mom can relate to.

In Beyond Bath Time, Erin will guide you to the Bible for answers to your questions about God and motherhood. You’ll find that the well is deeper than you ever imagined. Your eyes will be opened to the radical notion that being a mom is a high and holy calling and that nothing you do will outweigh the potential impact of raising your children for Christ.

About Erin Davis: Erin is popular speaker, author, and blogger. She has addressed women of all ages nationwide and is passionately committed to sharing God’s truth with others. Erin is the author of several books, including Graffiti: Learning to See the Art in Ourselves, True Princess: Embracing Humility in an All-About-Me World, The Bare Facts (with Josh McDowell), and Lies Young Women Believe Companion Guide (with Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh). Visit www.BeyondBathTime.com

** To enter to win a copy, please comment with one messy thing and one beautiful thing in your role as Momma this week! I will choose the winner using Random.org and announce on Tuesday. **

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  • samanthakrieger

    I’ll go first on the beautiful and messy part:

    Beautiful: Watching my older two play more harmoniously together than normal.

    Messy: Cleaning out lots of poo poo out of my 5 and 3 year old’s underware this week. Lots of accidents and lots of patience required.

  • Christine

    Beautiful: Coming home from an errand to see our girl asleep in Daddy’s arms.

    Messy: When our girl scratched the face of a little boy she wanted to play with. He cried and cried and was a bit afraid of her after that. Teaching her to play well with other without hovering constantly is messy!

  • Mark Allman

    As I observe mothers the beautiful I see is their willingness to do whatever it takes to provide what their child needs.

    The messy is when a mother has to decide to withhold something their child thinks they need and the mother believes would hinder them.

    Since I am not a mom do not put me in the drawing. :)

    • samanthakrieger

      thanks for your willingness to share Mark!

  • Missy

    Beautiful: anxious joy of a first loose tooth
    Messy: having to explain why F’s and D’s are undesirable, despite it being in a skill that doesn’t come easy :(

    • samanthakrieger

      oh yes. thanks for sharing!

  • Olga

    Beautiful: Our 3 y.o made our eyes tear up when she came up with unexpected prayer for her grandparents who live overseas. In her own words, repeating herself and sweetly stumbling in her speech, she kept praying for their salvation, thanking Jesus that He loves them anyway and requesting Him to let them come visit us and letting us go to the airport to pick them up.
    Messy: Thanks to the warm weather, those 6 leg creatures are finally coming up from underground and crawling into our house from time to time. After discovering one today in the living room, the girls rushed to mommy and daddy turning over chairs and bumping into the walls and each other on the way like if they saw a dinosaur. The story ended up with a few bruises, tears, me smashing the creature with my shoe and then cleaning up that left over vomit from it.

    • samanthakrieger

      Thanks for sharing Olga.