Moms at the Well

Meeting God Through the Mothers of Scripture—A 7-Week Bible Study Experience

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Pub Date Apr 30 2024 | Archive Date May 30 2024
InterVarsity Press | IVP Bible Studies

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Motherhood is hard. Really hard.

Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean know this personally. As moms who have spent decades working with and encouraging other moms, they know the struggles real moms face in our real world. Their survey of more than seven hundred moms revealed that moms experience worry, anger, comparison, escapism, a desire for control, and even heartbreak while raising children. And moms long to connect with God in the midst of it all, but even that can feel like a challenge.

That's why we need a well. For centuries, women met daily at neighborhood wells to draw water for their families, meeting a very significant physical need. But these wells were also gathering spaces, providing much-needed community and relationships.

This seven-week Bible study offers a modern-day "well" for mothers—a gathering place to encourage one another, take an honest look at the challenges we face as moms, and experience the God who invites us into a process of spiritual transformation.

Meet with moms, meet with God, and find much-needed refreshment at the well.

A New Bible Study Experience From IVP

These Bible studies offer you a fresh opportunity to engage with Scripture. Each study includes:

  • weekly sessions for a group of any size
  • access to weekly teaching videos
  • five days of individual study and reflection each week

The refreshing, accessible, and insightful content from trusted Bible teachers will encourage you in your faith!

Motherhood is hard. Really hard.

Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean know this personally. As moms who have spent decades working with and encouraging other moms, they know the struggles real moms...

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Advance Praise

"Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean unpack motherhood—in all its unnerving, beautiful, transformative, exhausting, and confusing aspects—under the warm glow of gospel light. The truths are salient, practical, and delivered with a kind transparency that stands in stark contrast to the ways social media and the culture might afflict 'maternal norms' on women. If you feel inadequate raising your children, if you feel like a failure, if you feel like your kids deserve more than you have to offer, Moms at the Well is a balm of encouragement that can transform the way you see yourself, your family, and your loving God."

-Nancy French, author, storyteller, and investigative journalist

"As I began to read Moms at the Well, I was hooked by the introduction! I teach a women's Bible study with lots of young mothers, and I look forward to gifting each of them with a copy of this book! Moms today experience a loneliness and a sense of helplessness that this delightfully honest book recognizes. Based on Scripture and made readable and interactive by design, this book reads like fresh water for thirsty moms!"

-Robbie Castleman, author of Parenting in the Pew

"This wise and creative study offers a lifeline for less-than-perfect moms, for those who don't have it all together and struggle with self-doubt, anger, competition, invisibility, need for control, and the like. Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean are vulnerable and transparent, courageously sharing their own failures, heartaches, and fears regarding motherhood. Their study invites us to walk with biblical women who lived with circumstances they did not choose and with wounds they could not heal. Their lives become lenses that open our eyes to ourselves and to the God who comes to be with us. You will be thankful for Moms at the Well."

-Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, author of the Spiritual Disciplines Handbook and Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram

"This book is a remarkable resource for moms, but its fundamental focus on spiritual formation is relevant for everyone. It illuminates how the loving hand of God can shape and refine us through the joys and challenges of parenting. Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean invite us to drink deeply from the well of stories of mothers in the Bible, to reflect on the Holy Spirit's activity in our lives, and to practice spiritual exercises that deepen our connection with God."

-Tim and Joyce Dalrymple, president and CEO of Christianity Today (Tim) and author and ministry leader (Joyce)

"Moms at the Well has wisdom that is tested in the world, refined by everyday real-life pressures, and crafted into this helpful resource. Thoughtfully and with reliable insights, the authors developed a study that truly meets parents in their deepest questions. The advice is simple and practical—dinnertime questions that help me connect my faith to my kids or applications of sabbath for different ages. The book works (judgment free) for busy parents navigating complicated time—I highly recommend Moms at the Well."

-Nikki Toyama-Szeto, executive director of Christians for Social Action

"Maybe you love books written for moms. Maybe you usually don't like books written for moms. Maybe you often feel as if books for moms are written for some other kind of mom, not you. Whatever kind of mom you are—and even if rather than a mom, you're an aunt, dad, uncle, or friend—this book offers you a wealth of deep, honest engagement with stories from Scripture of ten people (some moms, some childless women, and even a dad) who encounter God's invitation to be transformed by his love."

-Catherine H. Crouch, mom and professor of physics at Swarthmore College

"To more fully know God, we need community. To be better mothers to our children, we need community. My friends Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean get that, and they want you to get that too. Their new insights into well-known Bible stories beautifully point us to God and encourage our hearts as we walk out being faithful, loving moms. Collect a group of moms you know—whatever their stage of life—and do this study. You will be grateful you did."

-Shaunti Feldhahn, author of For Women Only and Find Rest

"Moms at the Well lives up to its name. Here we find cool, refreshing wisdom and encouragement for mothers everywhere. These devotions are richly researched, raw, and revelatory. They beckon us as moms to freshly encounter Christ, experience healing, and flourish right where we are."

-Michelle T. Sanchez, author of Color-Courageous Discipleship and God's Beloved Community

"In Moms at the Well, Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean offer an honest, practical, thoughtful, and life-seasoned study of mothers in the Bible who encounter God time and again in a process of persistent and patient spiritual transformation. The invitations to reflect on Scripture and personal experience, to engage in breath prayers, to check in with the Holy Spirit, and to practice family sabbath provide helpful ways to integrate this resource into a personal journey taken alongside others. This book will be much appreciated by mothers who need time at the well to be refreshed, renewed, and transformed."

-Maria Liu Wong, provost of the City Seminary of New York and author of On Becoming Wise Together: Learning and Leading in the City

"I have had the privilege of learning from Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean firsthand, witnessing how their tremendous wisdom flows out of more than two decades of deep community and rich spiritual practices. Moms at the Well is a rare gem that combines profound biblical insight, practical tools, and emotional depth. Best of all, it shows you how to engage the hard, holy work of parenting in community with others."

-Alison Cook, therapist and author of Boundaries for Your Soul: How to Turn Your Overwhelming Thoughts and Feelings into Your Greatest Allies

"Tara Edelschick and Kathy Tuan-MacLean unpack motherhood—in all its unnerving, beautiful, transformative, exhausting, and confusing aspects—under the warm glow of gospel light. The truths are...

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