About the Book:
The first months and years of motherhood can be the most challenging and disorienting of your life—and faith. When you’re surrounded by the happy chaos of children, how do you spend quiet time with God if the only quiet time you get is while you sleep? How can you demonstrate a solid spiritual life to your children if you don’t have time to pursue one yourself?
When Julia Roller discovered that her spiritual growth had been stunted by the busyness of life with her toddler, she embarked on a yearlong journey through ten spiritual disciplines: prayer, fellowship, submission, study, simplicity, silence, worship, fasting, service, and celebration. As she focused on each discipline, she discovered practical ways to observe them—even in the chaos of her every day.
You can purchase a copy at Julia’s website.
About the Author:
Julia Roller is an author and editor. Her books include Mom Seeks God (Abingdon Press), A Year with God (with Richard J. Foster), A Year with Aslan, and 25 Books Every Christian Should Read. Working with Renovaré, she has also co-authored four spiritual formation guides. She has written study guides for authors such as Desmond Tutu, Richard J. Foster, Henri Nouwen, Jenna Bush, and Rob Bell. Her articles have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, Street Spirit, Group, Rev.!, and Children’s Ministry. She and her family live in San Diego, California.
You can learn more about her and her books by visiting her website.
I enjoy reading books by moms for moms who are busy and who need to find God in those spaces of times where the children are being quiet and well behaved. I tried very hard to enjoy this book and really ‘see’ myself in it but I just didn’t – while I enjoyed the overall premise of the book I just didn’t like some of the reactions of her to her children. She seemed very much one of those moms who enjoy sending her child away to pre-school or to other babysitting options – while I wouldn’t even join a popular moms group because of their stance on mom time and separating even nursing infants from the mom. I love being a mom, even on the hard days, and would never wish to send my child away.
I like the way she planned to do a different way of connecting with God each month (although life got in the way and she only did 10 instead of 12) even though I don’t agree with contemplative prayer which is what she started out with and she quotes a lot from Richard Foster of whom I know nothing about his beliefs or his theology – even though most of the quotes seemed quite Biblical. In a way I saw this as more of a book geared towards working moms whose children are in daycare or a school setting and not so much for a mom who is a homemaker and who homeschools her children and wants them to be with her.
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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.