Embracing the Mission Field Right Under Your Roof
by Shontell Brewer
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Pub Date 23 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2018
Mission work is not for the faint of heart. We admire those brave souls who leave behind the comforts of home and go to foreign fields to bring the love of Christ to people in need. And sometimes it feels uninspiring to be stuck at home in the day-to-day of parenting when others are out there changing the world, soul by soul.
Shontell Brewer has a message to renew the spirits of everyday moms: they too have a critical calling as the very first missionaries their children meet. In her informal, funny voice, Brewer points out the many unexpected parallels: A missionary may need to learn a foreign language and new customs to understand and communicate with those around her. A missionary has to follow the path God puts before her, sacrificing sleep, comfort, time, and toilets. Sound like any moms you know?
Brewer tackles common challenges from mom-guilt to the temptation to be a martyr to those days when it feels like only a box of cookies and a Netflix binge can restore a sense of peace. But through it all, she shares the truth that there's more to parenting than potty training and orthodontist appointments. Mothers make the love of Christ tangible and understandable to their children. With determination and a few purposeful steps, moms can embrace their own mission field, leading their families--heart, soul, mind, and strength--to Christ.
“I thought this would be a serious tome about mothering. I was right and oh so wrong. Funny, relatable, and to the point, Shontell Brewer brings levity to this weighty conversation. Do yourself a favor and do not skip the marginal notes. My eyes happily skipped to the side of the page every time I saw one!
“Invite your mom friends to buy this book, then discuss it over coffee, even if you have to ignore the piled-up laundry or finally clear the dining room table to have them over.”
—Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist's Daughter: A Memoir
“Missionary Mom serves as both a rallying cry and a battle plan in the fight for our children. Packed with practical advice, woven with Scripture, and seasoned with belly laugh–inducing humor, this book is a delight to read. And yet it is so much more than an easy read. It is a foundational book for those who have the noble task of raising children, influencing children, or simply living on a planet full of children. This is a book I will recommend and refer to often in the years to come. I am so grateful for this invaluable resource.”
—Jennifer Marshall Bleakley, author of Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
“If you are looking for an engaging and intensely practical guide to what on earth you’re supposed to do to raise kids who love one another and God, this is the book for you. I have watched Shontell walk this out and I am changed as a result.”
—Emily Thomas, host of the Mom Struggling Well podcast
“As moms, we sometimes feel as if our daily work of mothering is rather mundane and lacking in importance. Nothing could be further from the truth, however. As Shontell so beautifully points out, motherhood is actually one of our greatest mission fields. What I especially love is that she doesn't merely leave us with that lovely concept—she also provides us with truly practical ideas, wisdom, and inspiration (and let’s face it, a great sense of humor!) for how to go about being intentional missionaries as moms. We have the tools at our disposal, and Shontell teaches us how to use them. I highly recommend this book!”
—Rebekah Hargraves, blogger and host of the Home and Hearth podcast
“No matter how you slice it, parenting is hard. So often we feel unqualified, certain we’re falling short and doing it all wrong. But in the pages of this book, I’ve found encouragement to parent my kids regardless of my imperfections and misguided attempts. Brewer reminds us that ‘nothing you do will screw up your kids so much that God cannot intervene.’ This is the kind of freedom every mom needs. It reminds us that He is capable of our impossible. This is the best parenting book I’ve read in a long time, and a resource I will keep within reach.”
—Carey Scott, author of Unafraid: Be You, Be Authentic, Find the Grit and Grace to Shine
“Embracing the mission field right under your roof requires being ‘willing, not worried.’ With refreshing authenticity and humor, Shontell Brewer invites you to join her in celebrating the value and significant calling of motherhood in her book, Missionary Mom.”
—Tracy Levinson, best-selling author of Unashamed: Candid Conversations About Dating, Love, Nakedness, and Faith
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