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The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ's Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children

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Because Motherhood Isn’t Just a Job. It’s a Calling.

A mother’s day is packed with a multitude of tasks that require energy and time: preparing meals, washing clothes, straightening and cleaning the house, and caring for children. These jobs all are necessary and crucially important. But in the dailyness of providing for a child’ s physical, emotional, and social needs, v
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 20th 2004 by WaterBrook
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Sara H
Jun 12, 2012 Sara H rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Christian moms
If you're looking for a step-by-step approach to parenting, this isn't the book you are looking for. Sally Clarkson's "The Ministry of Motherhood" is a book of encouragement for mother's designed to show them ways to reach their children's hearts. There are plenty of Christian books out there giving us specifics on how to dole out the discipline and keep our kids in line, but far too often, imo, these books focus mainly on outward behavior, and pay only lip service to the core of the matter, nam ...more
May 18, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it
Clarkson writes about motherhood as a season of life where the mother intentionally plans out how to train and disciple her children. She writes about giving children a foundation of a biblical world-view, proper understanding of the real Christ, showing them what real faith looks like and giving them a pattern to follow. She describes her personal experience raising four children in the Lord outlining the acronym GIFT, in the book as: Gift of Grace, Gift of Inspiration, Gift of Faith, Gift of T ...more
Kimberly Rasberry
Apr 08, 2016 Kimberly Rasberry rated it really liked it
This book was thoroughly encouraging to me in regards to motherhood. There are so many factors to parenting and I believe Sally has given me a lot to consider. My children are young but its never to soon to began training them in the ways of ministry. Thank you for challenging me to be a more hands on parent...because lets face it its exactly what the Lord has designed me to be. God Bless You!
Jan 01, 2015 Tami rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
I read this via an online book club and found it wasn't what I was looking for. This book is geared toward mothers of young children and not for mothers of teens and adult children. I abandoned the book at the midway point as it did not meet my needs in this stage of my life. This would be beneficial to mothers of young children who are interested in homeschooling.
Mar 29, 2012 Kari rated it liked it
Good book with reminders and tips of how to encourage the gifts of: grace, inspiration, faith, training, and service in our children. As another reviewer stated "the narrative licence of the scriptural retellings" at the beginning of each section bothered me.
Feb 10, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This book really gave me a vision for what I wanted for my family.
Katherine Salinas
May 05, 2016 Katherine Salinas rated it really liked it
There were many great lessons for parents to learn throughout this book. I appreciate books that remind me of the big picture and to not get caught up in the little, mundane tasks that so often dominate our time as mothers. This book gave you lots of good "perspective" shots and the "why" of why we mother.
However, I did wish I had had an opportunity to discuss this is a small group setting. Because philosophy is important to remember the "why", I still need to come back to the details and know t
Amanda Tranmer
Oct 21, 2014 Amanda Tranmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of great advice, life examples and modeled behaviors, verses, example prayers and workbook style application summaries at the end of each section. The application workbook questions are vital. I finished reading the book before finishing all the workbook area because I found them challenging, requiring self-examination and thoughtful meditation. That's a good thing, just also time-consuming and at night, in bed, when I have time to read, I don't always want a pen and paper in my hands. Work ...more
Jessica Snell
Sep 16, 2014 Jessica Snell rated it it was amazing
"The Ministry of Motherhood", by Sally Clarkson, is a gift. A pure gift. I'm so grateful for this book.

Now here, full disclosure, before I go on with the gushing, let me tell you what I didn't like about this book. Each section starts with an imaginative retelling of part of the gospels, and I disliked that part. But I think it's primarily a stylistic preference. I only mention it in case someone else like me picks this up and also dislikes that feature. Don't worry about it. Skip it if you like
Nov 12, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
Sally Clarkson is so inspirational. The Ministry of Motherhood is the first book of her's I have read but it is not the first I have heard of her. I follow her on Facebook, Twitter and on her blog I Take Joy. So when I had the opportunity to read this book I jumped on it. I had been wanting too but hadn't had a chance.

In The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children Sally (I feel like we could be on a first name basis) walks us through a life of mo
Mar 02, 2013 Dalynn rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, and was encouraged as well as challenged through it. While I didn't necessarily agree with everything in this book, not necessarily in the parenting realm but more in thinking about some of the spiritual truths as I understand them, I still think it will prove useful in my own life. I think it's a great place to start, for those moms who need a starting place (or a starting over kind of place), to create an idea of how they want to go about their motherhood st ...more
Keren A.
Mar 06, 2012 Keren A. rated it really liked it
In The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children, Sally Clarkson looks at Jesus’ pattern of teaching and training of the disciples and makes application to the discipling of our children through the ministry of motherhood.

Sally divides the main portion of her book into five parts–five “gifts”–each comprised of four chapters and then a study and discussion section at the end of each part.

Part One: The Gift of Grace
1. Out of a Boat–a Model for Grace
Lori Porten
Aug 11, 2011 Lori Porten rated it really liked it
This book was very encouraging. In the last chapter, the author wrote, "In the end, the measure of my success as a mother will not be how well I have taught my kids or cared for them but whether I have been faithful in helping them respond to God's call on their lives. ...... Jesus isn't limited by the personalities of our children or by our own personalities or by our education or life skills or lack of the same. He is only limited by our trying to do his will our way, in our flesh. ... If we ...more
Sarah Joseph
Jan 18, 2013 Sarah Joseph rated it it was ok
A good book, but I have reservations. I am a LCMS mother, and see my highest calling in this life as one of bearing and raising children for the glory of God. I do not believe that I need another "ministry", or need to be constantly at an organized church event to be a good mother, or even a disciple of Christ. While this book (especially the last chapter) explored the idea of vocation, Clarkson constantly frames motherhood in terms of a "ministry", thereby implying that if you do NOT have time ...more
Mar 27, 2016 Adrienne rated it it was ok

As Megan aptly put it in her review, the "retelling" of Scripture settled wrong with me. I "hear the heart" behind choosing to do so, but it stopped my reading cold.
Apr 28, 2015 Alissa rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I'm going to need to buy a copy of this. It's got some good principles that go along with a Discipleship series we're doing at church. There's also some good discussion questions although I would like more practical examples. I found it an encouraging, uplifting read and one I could dip into time and again while raising my daughters.
Apr 03, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
This book is fabulous! I *loved* it. It gives great examples of how to direct your kids to live a Christ-centered life. I love her examples and her GIFTS (Grace, Inspiration, Faith, Training, Service)outline. She even gives homework at the end of the chapter -- points to ponder and questions to ask yourself. It inspired me to do things a little differently with my children to make sure they feel God's love and grow their testimony of our Saviour.

Upon completing the book, I felt motivated to do l
Michaela Jaros
Feb 17, 2016 Michaela Jaros rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
This is a thoughtful and inspirational book for mother's looking to learn more about how to lovingly communicate with their children, fostering maturity and encouraging a relationship with Christ. Like other reviewers, "the narrative license of the scriptural retellings" bothered me. Things similar to "It was a hot day and the wind was blowing in Peter's hair as he walked on the dusty road." I imagine some find this helpful, but I found myself noting the Scripture reference and then skipping (so ...more
Alicia Wood
Mar 31, 2013 Alicia Wood added it
Shelves: religious
I enjoyed this book about motherhood. It didn't fill me with mommy guilt but it did give me some high goals to seek for in mothering my own children. Clarkson talks about how the word GIFTS can be a guide for mothers to teach their children about grace, inspiration, faith, training and service. I did not particularly love the parts where she told Bible stories in her own words because they seemed a little embellished but I felt like the questions to ponder at the end of each section were fantast ...more
Jun 07, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This was not quite what I expected. It was a bit too spiritual for my taste and not at all practical, in my opinion, which is something I look for in parenting materials-practical application. I didn't give this book a mere one star for the reason that the author has good points and good intentions, but the book itself isn't written particularly well and the way she presents her points truly annoyed me- she presented her family in such an idealistic way, it seemed almost fake. It's hard to imagi ...more
Jun 19, 2014 Kari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-studies
I just finished re-reading this book again. So much in here that I could re-read it every month and still come away with some new insight. So real, so practical, so good!
Vicki Riddiough
Oct 14, 2013 Vicki Riddiough rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-book-list
This book took me much to long to get through, but not because it was boring or anything. It offers up so much good stuff to "chew" on; life got in the way; etc. I picked it up again this fall & I plan to revisit a few chapters again after the holidays are over. I recommend this book for any mom who desires to teach Biblical principles their children. Even though I grew up in a Christian home, I'm surprised at how much does not come naturally in regards to passing on Biblical values & pr ...more
Renée Parks
May 06, 2016 Renée Parks rated it it was amazing
Sally Clarkson has blessed me through every one of her books and The Ministry of Motherhood was no exception. I love how Sally encourages moms to see that everything they do in motherhood (even the endless mundane chores) are important and can be used to teach our children wonderful characteristics such as a servant like heart. I read this book at a time when I had just had my fourth child and I was just plain weary. I was having a hard time seeing past the sink full of dirty dishes and the pile ...more
May 16, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I want to complain about this book, because there's certainly nothing worthy of that. It just wasn't my cup of tea. There were some very encouraging thoughts, and a few real gems, but the narrative license in the Scriptural retellings made me a little uncomfortable, and much of the book was episodes of the author's family. No doubt many of the vignettes from the Clarkson home were more illustrative of the author's intended point than just a theoretical/practical explanation would h ...more
Kimberly Bidwell
Jan 14, 2015 Kimberly Bidwell rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I read this book as part of a women's Bible study group. There were times when it was hard for me to read due to Clarkson's writing style, of which I am not really a fan. I did not particularly enjoy her retelling of various parts of Jesus' life and ministry. I understand why she did it but that doesn't make the writing any better. However, I did feel that she made some good points as far as how to apply Jesus' ministry to motherhood. I think this book really helped me see how motherhood is a mi ...more
Apr 20, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it
Shelves: thinking
"Then the obvious answer struck me: Jesus was the model I was looking for."
Oct 16, 2011 Jodi rated it really liked it
This was a book I read with a book club. We started in April and are just finishing this week. That was hard for me to take so long to get through a book. I enjoyed the questions at the end of every fourth chapter and liked to discuss them and put some of the suggestions to use. I did think she had some great ideas on raising children and doing things God's way. I think this is a great book for all the moms out there that are looking for hands on ways to raise children God's way. It also helps t ...more
Amanda Mckinley
Aug 26, 2014 Amanda Mckinley rated it it was amazing
Favorite author. Jesus-focused inspiring call to motherhood.
Jan 28, 2013 Nicola rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
Another good book from Sally Clarkson discussing how we can impart the gifts of grace, inspiration, faith, training and service to our children. I enjoyed reading the ways in which she had done this with her own children and the many descriptive passages about her own life. My only criticism of the book was that it wasn't as engaging as her other book "The Mission of Motherhood" and her retelling and adaptation of the bible stories were not always done well and didn't come across as interesting. ...more
Amber O'Bryant
Nov 16, 2015 Amber O'Bryant rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, parenting
While I agreed with most all of her philosophy on motherhood and how we, as mothers, are uniquely designed to minister to our children, I found myself wishing Clarkson had incorporated more applications in the book. Each chapter came with a narrative from her family experience but often with her teenage children. I would have liked to have been equipped with more practical ways to instill these values and habits in my tiny toddlers. But overall it was a good read and helped reinforce ideas in my ...more
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Sally Clarkson is the mother of four grown children who walk with God. She is the author of many books, including Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe and The Mission of Motherhood. She is the heart of her personal blog, a popular speaker, and the director of Mom Heart Ministry, an initiative to inspire, encourage, and restore moms’ hearts to God’s heart for motherhood.
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“—A MOTHER’S PRAYER— Father of Encouragement Thank you for taking the time to show love to your disciples by affirming and encouraging them. Help us remember that our well-aimed words will carry life to the hearts of our children. Teach us to extol their positive characteristics whenever we can and to resist the temptation to use words only for correction. Give us lips that speak grace and that show the heart of your love through the things we say. Amen” 0 likes
“Jesus’ example of servant leadership sets him apart from so many historical religious leaders. He was not a God who lorded it over his followers and demanded they follow him or coerced their obedience through authoritarianism and fear. Instead, he called them to the excellence of holiness and yet lovingly served them in order to win their hearts and show them the means of reaching others’ hearts as well.” 0 likes
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