Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role by Erin Davis
Sometimes I hesitate to say “don’t read this book, read that one instead,” since simply because a book is similar to another one doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value. Ideas are presented in a different way, with a perspective shift that might be subtle, but is still there. And yet, that’s really what I want to do here.
While I am not as enthusiastic about this book as other texts on motherhood (such as Loving the Little Years), that doesn’t mean I think it’s a bad book. It’s not, and I’m sure there are plenty of moms who would prefer Davis’ book to Jankovic’s. I’m just not that mom, and I loved Jankovic’s book so much I hate to have someone use precious reading time on this one before the other.
Beyond Bath Time has more emphasis on the need for mothers to connect with other mothers, and encourages readers to consider leading a group for moms in their home or church as a form of ministry. That’s not generally an issue for me, or something I am even remotely thinking is for me at this stage. That combination is part of why the book wasn’t the right one for me, but could easily be a great fit for another mom.
In addition, while some books that are marketed towards mothers are actually almost entirely applicable to all women, whether they are moms or not, this is not one of those – I don’t think I’d have gotten much out of it at all if I’d read it prior to having children.
Motherhood is under attack. Nearly one in five American women ends her childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one in ten in 1970. In 2007, among Christians, 47% felt that the roles of marriage and motherhood should not be emphasized for women. And unfortunately, the church isn’t talking about why motherhood matters, nor is it equipping young mothers to see their family as a mission field. Erin Davis was a young Christian wife who had made the decision to not have children. She had multiple degrees, a great husband, a promising career — she had it all — at least according to cultural standards. But most days she felt anything but fulfilled. In Beyond Bath Time Erin shares her journey to the place of true fulfillment in responding to the call of motherhood. Women will be challenged, convicted, and wonderfully encouraged by Erin’s honest and provocative look at motherhood and its divine call.
Title: Beyond Bath Time: Embracing Motherhood as a Sacred Role
Author: Erin Davis
Category: Nonfiction / Parenting / Christian Living
My Rating: 2.5 Stars
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