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Friday, January 28, 2011

The Missional Mom

For some crazy reason over the past few weeks I have really been processing this thought, "Oh how I would raise my kids so differently if I had the chance to do it all over again."

Tyler will turn 20 and Chrissy will turn 18 this year.  I can't even comprehend that.  I was 17 when I got married and 18 when I had Tyler so they are already at the age I was when I threw myself into adulthood topping it off with wifehood and motherhood. All at the ripe old age of 18!

When I was in school, not so long ago I might add, researching for a paper meant that you would have to go to the library, dig through countless books for the info you needed, then dig through your purse for a dime so you could copy that one page enabling you to take it home where you would write out BY HAND your paper.

Computers are not cheap but the ease in life they and the Internet afford can not have a price tag placed on them.

I say all this to say that if I was raising my kids now, the wealth of information out there and the ease of obtaining it would for sure have changed the way I raised my little (well, now big) darlings.

Please don't misunderstand, I raised them the best I could.  As my parents did me.  And your parents did you.  I turned out ok. You turned out ok.  And I know my kids will turn out ok.  

But as I told my son the other day, I don't care how well he may think we raised him, as a parent you will always think you could have done better.

Anyway, my point in all this is to say, yes, if I was raising my kids today, there are so many great insights out there into raising Godly, missional kids that I for sure would add a few more things to my instructional repertoire. 

And here is one of the them... The Missional Mom by Helen Lee.  Like I said, getting great information is only a matter of a few clicks on a keyboard and this book came to me because of a weekly newsletter I subscribe to at ChristianityToday.com.

I have not been able to put this book down, and my kids are already almost grown and gone.  But the truths, insight and great ideas are so rich that I will for sure use them to help other moms, and one day the moms of my grandchildren.  (Oh dear, am I really getting that old?  Yeah, I didn't think so either.)

So if you are a mom who truly wants to raise children with a Godly vision for their life, then this is a must read.

And for those of you planning on starting a fam soon, don't be surprised if this book shows up on your doorstep in the near future compliments of Aunt Tina. (smiles)

1 comment:

Helen said...

Tina, I'm honored by what you said about my book! Thanks so much for taking the time to read it and to offer your thoughts. I'm so encouraged by what you've written. My prayer has always been that God would use it in the lives of those who read it, and I hope and pray He has done so for you! Thanks again!