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The Mission Of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart For Eternity

4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  1,476 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
A Fresh Vision for Motherhood

-Do you long for your home to be life-giving and peaceful?
-Is it your desire to pass on a legacy of righteousness to your children?
-Do you struggle to balance the duties of motherhood with a loving relationship with your children?
-Would you like creative ideas for keeping your child’s heart open to you and to the Lord?
No calling is greater, no
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 21st 2009 by WaterBrook (first published January 21st 2003)
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Aug 12, 2010 Kori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read for moms.

I was a depressed mom when my children were tiny. I felt like everyday was "Groundhog Day"...looking at the 4-walls of my home and doing laundry, diapers & dishes 24/7 and barely keeping up. I was existing and not really living.

My pastor's wife introduced me to Sally Clarkson's mom's conferences and books and it absolutely changed my life and perspective as a mom. I now love every moment with my precious children and realize that I have the most important respon
Jan 21, 2010 Traci rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book inspiring and spot-on in the philosophy and vision of motherhood that Clarkson shares in the first couple of chapters. However, as I continued reading, I found myself becoming overwhelmed and a little disheartened, as well as a little skeptical that all the things that come up in family relationships and child-rearing could be solved with a cup of tea and a heart-to-heart, as seems to be frequently suggested throughout the compounding list of what being a wholehearted mother en ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of practical helps and wisdom for raising children. Very challenging, motivating and encouraging. Sally shares many personal stories from raising her 4 children that encouraged me to be purposeful and meaningful in everything that I do with my children.

Each chapter ends with thoughts and reflections where Sally shares more personal stories, practical challenges and scripture that speaks to the theme of the chapter.

Here are a few of many noteworthy quotes throughout the book:

Ashley Katsuyama
I really liked the first half of the book, then it all started to get a little too lofty for me. Clarkson makes some very good points about the value of staying home with your kids and being a fully committed mother. As a SAHM myself, I fully agree, and though she catches heat for her stance, I think that it is both biblically relative and based in sound judgement. However, partway into the book she really starts to harp in on having things like teas with the family and lighting candles, reading ...more
Jan 29, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever been so nervous to start a book. And I don't think I have read a better book for mothers. She just got me and my situation, my fears and insecurities, my unfounded feelings of guilt and my concern that I wasn't enough for my husband, myself or for my children. You see I am a stay-at-home mom who also is a free lance editor and writer...from home. And every time that I am writing or working I feel like I should be giving my undivided attention to my children, but when I ...more
Jacinta Read
I was dubious about this at first because in the past I have overdosed on Christian life-help books and then made a conscious effort to avoid them for a while. This was the first one after a long break. It helped to read the author's profile on Amazon, and to chat with ppl who were more familiar with her work. She really does seem to live out what she's written about and I think that's no small feat.
It did grab me though, and seeing as being a mum is really the most important thing for me, this
Oct 10, 2012 Darcy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found this book had some good insight on mothering, but it was very overwhelming. I read this with my book club and most of them quit reading it because they felt it was against working moms. I stay home with my children and was left feeling I'm not doing enough for them after reading this book. My children were 1 and 2 at the time I read this and found a lot of what she talked about wasn't something I could relate to.
Nov 06, 2007 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
This was not a life-changing book for me or my style of mothering. It simply served as a stay-at-home mom pep rally when I needed to be reminded of why I was staying at home (law degree notwithstanding). It is charming in its simplicity and truly offered insight into how mothers serve God by taking the time to lovingly raise our children as God intended.
Jun 16, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is beautiful, inspiring, challenging, encouraging. Read it!
Jan 28, 2009 Paula is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition

While this book sometimes makes me feel like I fall far short of the "mark" as a mother, it also inspires me to pray for changes in my own heart so that I can be a better mom.
Sep 03, 2013 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
highly recommend
Sarah Behan
Oct 30, 2016 Sarah Behan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an exceptional book that encourages mothers to fully embrace the task that God has called them to. Sally is gentle, full of truth, humility, and can guide new mothers after many years of mothering herself. She covers many aspects of a mother's life, but the most endearing to me was the call to be an undivided, wholehearted mother. A favourite book for me.
Deborah Jade
Mar 01, 2017 Deborah Jade rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vt-2017, read-2017
I found this book both challenging and inspiring to read. I liked the strong focus on building a loving relationship with your children, getting to know them as people and spending time with them. She also highlighted how important it is to be honest and open in your faith and being deliberate in passing this on to your children. And I am totally all for drinking tea more often during the day!

Here are some quotes from the book that stood out to me:

The fundamental mission of motherhood is to nurt
Jan 16, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished this book. I enjoyed this book and thought her stories and examples were encouraging. I particularly enjoyed the "Something to Try . . ." at the end of each chapter as it brought a practical aspect to the principles and ideas she wrote about. I also love her approach to loving her children. She doesn't just discipline them, she takes the time to note if they are having a bad day, to observe if behavior is simply caused by immaturity or a lack of discipline, and she enters their ...more
Katie Casey
Jun 21, 2012 Katie Casey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Must read for every Mom who wants to raise her children in a God-honoring way. Inspiring, encouraging, and not at all overwhelming or guilt-giving like some mothering books.

"And the fundamental mission of motherhood now is the same as it always was: to nurture, protect, and instruct children, to create a home environment that enables them to learn and grow, to help them develop a heart for God and his purposes, and to send them out into the world prepared to live both fully and meaningfully." (4
Mandy J. Hoffman

Reading The Mission of Motherhood is like sitting down for a long, warm conversation with a friend. Sally's approach is compassionate and affectionate no matter whether her words are bringing hope and encouragement or some humbling challenge. I felt loved from cover to cover as she taught God's truth as well as applied it to the stage of motherhood that I am in and that any mother reading this book is currently going through. I felt that Sally - in her written words - came along side a
Catherine Gillespie
Mar 30, 2016 Catherine Gillespie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith, parenting
Sally Clarkson recently joined my shelf of visionaries. In the past I think I misunderstood her platform and thought she was in the motherhood-is-woman’s-only-calling camp so I didn’t really connect with her. However, what I have found after several months of reading Sally’s books and listening to her podcasts is more of a vision for wholehearted living–of being all in as a mother even if you also do other things (she started and ran a business, wrote books, and homeschooled, for example). I lov ...more
Oct 13, 2014 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written and truly touching book about the importance of being a wholehearted mother committed to raising our children according to God’s standards. It is so easy to become frustrated and feel as though our efforts are in vain—but that is a lie from the devil. Our efforts are not in vain. Staying at home with our children, talking to them about the love of God, just being with them, playing with them, praying with them and for them, loving them wholeheartedly, and training and instr ...more
Mar 17, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-christina
I really loved this book- it's built towards an individual or even a group study with Bible passages for further study and practical applications at the end of each chapter. It's a biblical parenting book, focused on the parent's heart attitude and spiritual growth instead of a particular parenting "strategy". There are great suggestions in this book and parts of it reminded me of Robert Wolgemuth's "The Most Important Place on Earth", which I also love.

The reason I gave this book 4 stars instea
Laura Hix
Oct 02, 2010 Laura Hix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been so convicted by the words on each page of this book. While my kids are grown, I'm helping each day of my life now, in raising grandchildren. I want to leave a lasting imprint on their lives of love and care and one of truth in Jesus Christ.
This book convicts me to be a better grandmother, AND Mother to my grown children, as well as a better wife to my husband and daughter to my father and sister to MY sister.
I adore my family and could no fathom my life without them.

I know that the
Jul 28, 2008 polly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers
Shelves: parenting
This is a wonderful book. I have read 'parenting' books (piecemeal usually) that have to do w/ babies, issues surrounding them, etc but this book is for the mother of a child of any age and about building a legacy and impacting a child's heart. It is awesome--it covers everything from being a 'gardener of the soul' to a creative spirit/force...just super inspiring, flecked with nuggets of wisdom. I will be reading Sally C's other books posthaste!

One thing to note is that this book is written fo
Jul 02, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this book. It gave me encouragement and a new perspective at a time when I feel like I just don't know if I can do this. Of course I know I will do it (be a mother that is) because I have no choice, but I really want to do better than just be a mother. I want to be a good mother. I want to be the mother that God has designed me to be. And this book is just what I need. It is full of words of wisdom, words of encouragement, ideas for building a godly heritage in your family, ...more
Oct 23, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the high view of motherhood presented in this book, especially since with two little ones, I've been struggling to see the value of what I'm trying to do. As other reviews have mentioned, be warned that this book is written from a stay at home, homeschooling mother and that working mothers or mothers who send their children to school instead of educating them in the home could be put off from this stance. While I didn't find this to be the most practical book, it was a book that I read at ...more
Challice Neipp
May 18, 2016 Challice Neipp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time starting this book. I assumed it would be from a very conservative, denim jumper and birkenstock point of view, but how wrong I was. It is a beautiful book on motherhood for all mothers in all walks of life. It really made me think of the verse "for you are all one in Christ Jesus," stay-at-home-moms, work from home moms, single moms, married moms, etc. we all need to glean the wisdom from this book in reaching the heart of our children and realizing the calling of motherhood. ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few times every year, I read a book like Sally Clarkson's The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity. I find most of these parenting books very similar, and I can't remember a specific gem I've gotten from any of them. Their information is basic: spend time with your kids. Love them. Give up your own desires to nurture theirs. Pray for them. Etc. I find that reading books like this is kind of like breathing pure oxygen - even though it's nothing new, it's still refresh ...more
I've read Sally's blog for a while and love her heart for mothering so I expected to really enjoy this book. However, I would probably give a higher rating for the heart behind the message than for the writing - it felt like some chapters or sections went on for too long and could use better editing. I also agree with another reviewer that at times it comes across as a little too formulaic. With that said, if you're looking for some encouragement in your role as a mother or ideas for creating a ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Branson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I can't properly review this book because it took me over a year (at least... It might have been 2?!) to read and I barely remember the beginning. BUT it is one that I will return to time and again to the-read certain chapters, and for me that makes it a 5-star book.
Jan 14, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual-growth
I met the author last year and was impressed by her demeanor and what she had to say. Her book does not disappoint! She strongly believes that women are specially equipped by God to be mothers and this book is based on that belief. It's not a popular perspective these days, but she is very convincing in her compassion and clarity. This book changed my perspective of my goals and methods of mothering, and gave me a renewed purpose for these seemingly endless and fruitless days of infancy and todd ...more
Jun 03, 2011 Ginny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all Christian mothers
Shelves: christian-life
This is the best book on Christian motherhood I've ever read, and I've read a lot of them. Sally challenges you at the same time she is encouraging you. So often when I would pick up this book, the words I would read would be just what I needed to hear. It was a great encouragement to me.

This would be a great book for a group to use, because there are scripture references and questions at the end of each chapter along suggestions to apply what was learned. This is one book I will read again.
Amy Daliege
Mar 16, 2012 Amy Daliege rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a very liberal Christian, I am sure that my beliefs are light years away from Sally Clarkson, but I still loved the peaceful, humble and gentle approach that she has toward parenting. I choose to ignore the few stabs at working mothers, I believe i can pour my soul into both parenting and my teaching career by using a lot of her methods. The book leaves me with the knowledge that parenting my two boys is a sacred gift. I see Christ in them every day!
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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with
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“I often must sacrifice my own needs and desires for the purpose of giving my children what they need and modeling for them the depths of Christ's love.

"...make myself available in the routine tasks and myriad interruptions of daily life b/c I believe it is God's will for me to serve my family through them.”
“Make a list of some things your children like you to do with them but aren’t necessarily fun for you—playing a board game on the floor with a young child, going outside to throw a ball, sitting down with a child to read his or her creative story or to look at an artistic creation, and so on. Commit to saying yes to their requests instead of no, knowing that if you invest in what is important to them, they will be open to believing in what is important to you.” 2 likes
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