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Christ in the Chaos: How the Gospel Changes Motherhood Review by Dawn Winters

Kimm Crandall
Cruciform Press

This 120 page, ten chapter book is exactly what the name is ALL about bringing Christ in to the chaos of life. It is specifically for women, for mothers; for those of us who try to do everything on our own, even though we can often use "the name of Christ" as our reason for doing so.

This is a very real, very down to earth book where the author shares some things that even I can't believe she truly shared. But even so, I am SO GLAD that she did. So glad because it helps me to know that, even though I have never voiced the words to others, I too have done some of those same things. And it is so nice to know that I am not the only one - and that Christ still loves us!

She shares how we need to remove the focus from ourselves - from "self-help" to masks to helping others. So many things can be done "in Christ's name" but we will still have ourselves at the center. We need to remove ourselves and focus on Him. She shares that we need to, as women, love and help each other honestly - not to pretend everything is okay and not to (however unintentionally) make things worse by offering suggestions for improvement but to help by offering Scripture and prayer. See the difference? It is so small, but yet so huge!

Each chapter finishes with "Getting Real" which are questions that "bring home" what you've read. Normally there are only 3 or 4 questions but they get to the point and the heart of the chapter and ask you to look inside yourself for honest answers.

Near the end of the book she says,

The call to motherhood is not about you and your ability to raise your family; it is about a Savior who has called you to serve him as he fulfills a beautiful redemptive plan. Whether you are working joyfully or struggling to keep your head above water, he is loving you and working all things for his glory.

Refreshing, isn't it? Yep, that's pretty much this book.

The book closes with several pages of Scripture references for different times you might need them like when you blow it, are overwhelmed, feeling weak, etc.

Product Review by Dawn Winters, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, 2013