With no apologies for being repetitive I am going to mention again a book that I think would make a great Mother's Day present. Wrestling with an Angel by Greg Lucas. New in from Cruciform Press (see my previous post) I really enjoyed this book & have now lent it to 2 friends who are both as enthusiastic about it as me! This is a book about a family which includes a child with a disability. It is written with raw & honest emotion, but not overwhelmingly so. The trials & struggles of this one family are used as the backdrop to a book on God's amazing grace to each of us. Through a father's anecdotes we see clearly the biblical lessons learnt through tribulation when sanctified by the Spirit. It is the kind of book that grips you from start to finish & then you sit back, take a deep breath and say 'wow'! Actually friend number 1 rang me & said 'that book... it has so much to say to everyone, you can apply these lessons to any situation you are struggling with'. Friend number 2 particularly mentioned how the book brings out God's individual dealings with each of his people - whether young or old, healthy or disabled, we are each taught by the Spirit in a way that is suitable to our case. I heartily recommend this book!
I can't blog on Mother's Day without also mentioning another book from Cruciform Press - The Organised Heart, a Woman's Guide to Conquering Chaos by Staci Eastin. An amused 'huh' has probably escaped your lips by now, but don't worry, this is a serious book & asks some serious questions. The author's analysis of disorganisation is that it is a form of idolatry - are you disorganised because of perfectionism? Busyness? Possessions? Do we have our priorities right? Have we remembered that God is sovereign & in control of all things? This is a book with many valid points & a useful reminder that we need to commit ALL our way to the Lord.
And if these two don't whet your appetite, I could mention some new historical fiction books we have just stocked up on... but I won't get started now!