Sunday, May 20, 2012

Always There Reflections for Moms on God's Presence

Always There
Reflections for Moms on God’s Presence
Susan Besze Wallace, General Editor

About the Book:
Every mom with young children knows there's no such thing as "alone." But that doesn't mean she never feels alone, lonely, or even abandoned. Always There is a devotional for moms, by moms, that assures readers that God's abiding presence remains no matter what the circumstances of life. God is there every step of the way, from the first smile to the everyday feedings to those middle-of-the-night times. From the humorous to the solemn, these short devotions will capture moms' hearts as they reflect on their role as mothers and on their ever-present and steadfast God.

Contributors to Always There include Hayley DiMarco, Kim Hill, Kathi Lipp, Amy Parham, Renee Swope, Ann Voskamp and many others.  The fifty-two devotions are organized around aspects of life with young children.  These include:
-          Firsts
-          Marriage
-          Friendship
-          Overwhelmed
-          In Control
-          Mundane
-          Laughter and Play
-          Sacrifice
-          Work
-          Provision

      My Thoughts:
I      Devotional time is so difficult to come by when you are parenting small children, I know I struggled when mine were young. What is wonderful about this devotional is that they are small enough to sneak one in each morning before you have to feed the kids, or in the eve before you close your eyes. A snippet of encouragement for you from Mom's who have been there. I love how it is organized around topics so if you happen to be struggling on a particular day with control, you can choose one of the devotions in that heading to focus on. Not a daily calendar of devotions that makes you feel discouraged if you miss a day, or week.. or month as it feels sometimes. Despite the doldrums of mothering and the times of feeling inept and alone, God is always there! I love how this devotional reminded me of that with each reading.

Susan Besze Wallace is a magazine writer, the author of The New Mom's Guide to Life with Baby and a columnist for MomSense. She spent twelve years as a newspaper reporter nationwide before the daily deadlines of mothering three boys became her passion. She resides in Northern Virginia.

I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
 “Available May 2012  at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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