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The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child's Heart for Eternity

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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?
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 21st 2003 by WaterBrook
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Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 impo
Jan 21, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
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
Apr 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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:<
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, parenting
Excellent book. I felt like I was needing a fresh vision for motherhood and this book gave me exactly that. Wish I had read this when I was a new mom.

I’m afraid some women will be put off by the first few chapters which encourage women to stay at home. She does acknowledge that not all women can stay at home and I believe she has a good heart and the best intentions. But it could come across as a requirement to some people. I think her point was that it’s easier to accomplish this vision of mot
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5⭐ Such a good reminder of why and how God had called me to mother. I liked the ideas and questions she had at the end of each chapter. Definitely a book I will revisit!
Jacinta Read
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had an extremely hard time finishing this book, it was a really daunting read for me! The first part was definitely the best. Some of the first part, I was like ya preach girl! And then other parts, I was like woah, even if I agree with you, it seemed pretty condemning. It seems like the latter part of the book was if you do this, and this, and have tea with your kids all the time, and take them on lots of trips your kids will turn out to be God-fearing wonderful people, whom are your best fri ...more
I have always admired Sally Clarkson, all her wisdom regarding raising a family, and her solid biblical truths that she applies to her life. The first third of this book, I absolutely loved it. It made me feel like shouting a hearty, “Amen,” and I felt super encouraged as a mom. The rest of the book was spot on as far as topics and themes, but in my experience, the writing wasn’t as engaging and it became a very slow read. There were a lot of passages that I highlighted throughout the book, thou ...more
Lena Satterlee
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend this book enough and consider it required reading for moms! Sally Clarkson is unapologetic in her perspective of motherhood and she definitely ruffled my feathers and frustrated me at times. But if you will allow it to, this book cuts to the heart and is so convicting and challenging. But amazingly, the way she writes and the vision she carries is so hope-filled and inspirational, you will walk away empowered for motherhood!
Kaysie Campbell
Encouraging read for every mom of toddlers or more than two kids. I could probably read this yearly. Also it has some great resources for further reading in the appendix.
Amanda Schneider
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was such an encouraging and inspiring read ❤ ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mandy J. Hoffman
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 and breat
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Challice Neipp
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
I never finished this book. I'm sure it's great for some people, but it's written by an extremely type A, detailed person about the minutia of trying to be a great, Godly mother. That's wonderful, but I'm too busy living life to read about someone else's insanely managed one. Gratefully, I had a wonderful example in my own mother, and have amazing Christian friends who help and encourage me along the way.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 28, 2009 is currently reading it

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.
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, 2017
I'm a space cadet and read this twice in 2017! Not a bad book to read twice in one year :-)
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is beautiful, inspiring, challenging, encouraging. Read it!
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Mission of Motherhood is a gentle devotional on the importance of the calling of motherhood. Coming from a church where I was told that motherhood is an office, not a calling, this idea reinforced what I’d already suspected. In fact, it tells me I wasn’t crazy in thinking that motherhood was a high calling.

I have a rating scale I applied to this book. I explain my scale below.

1. Charlotte Mason: 1: The author has heard of Charlotte Mason and thought she was cool.
10: The au
Lifelong Reader - Lifelong Learner
The acknowledgement that motherhood consists of multiple mundane tasks - day in and out - that actually add up to character building in your children - is so helpful. Dedicating oneself to motherhood doesn't always provide instant gratification or positive results from your efforts. Instead, you must persevere in pursuing your vision for your family, your children, your relationships, and feel confident that the mundane can have impressive impact over the years, as your child(ren) grow to become ...more
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what my heart and souls needed in this very moment! With having two little ones at home the days are long and often repetitious and that was getting the best of me. I often went to bed after a long day home with my boys feeling terrible over the way I handled myself in disciplining my children and that I was potentially destroying our relationship. Within the first few chapters of this book I began to change my tone towards my own children and wow, what a tremendous difference ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be an encouraging, affirming and motivating read. I realise some of the anecdotes may not be everyone’s ‘cup of tea’ (pun intended) but i believe Sally was clear that she did not intend this book as an instruction manual or indeed hold up her family model as a template we are all to cut and paste onto our own family, but as a challenge to take seriously the role we have as mothers to shepherd our children, and to be creative in the ways that we deal with issues that arise- figuri ...more
Taylor Greenwald
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I was in a long depression stage of motherhood at the time I picked up this book, and it has helped me climb back into God's grace and seek His face every morning. It's such a wonderful reminder that being a mother is a mission and an opportunity to advance the Kingdom through our children. Sally Clarkson is an incredible writer. (I even caught my husband picking it up to read it this morning.) I definitely recommend this book to any mom that is struggling to remember her miss ...more
Nicole Morgan
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
“It’s not perfection that God expects from mothers. There is no perfect personality that does the job best. It is not in our background or training or the way we keep house that qualifies us to be godly mothers”

This book really has been an encouragement to me at the start of motherhood. It is peaceful and uplifting along with being convicting. I’d recommend it!

I also think it would be a fun one for a book club - I could imagine getting so much more out of it while talking with others about the
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
I would have done 3.5 stars on this if I was able to. There’s a lot of good info in this book, especially at the end of the chapters with their reflection questions and things you can try at home. The thing I didn’t like was the tone of “I am better than you” sprinkled throughout the book. Maybe that’s just me. It wasn’t really in your face all the time, but it seemed like subtle undertones here and there. Still, I think this book offers a lot of great info and I’d still recommend it.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you want Biblical perspective on the role and "mission" of motherhood, as well as encouragement, insight, and practical suggestions and tips, this book is for you! I loved the heart and vision of this book. However, I will note that it sometimes comes across a bit idealistic (especially if you, or your kid(s), aren't the "throw a tea party and have a heart-to-heart chat" type).
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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
“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.”
“A challenging career suddenly seemed more productive to me because I could measure the results of my work. These precious little ones had endless needs. They were busy little sinful creatures who demanded all of my body, time, life, emotions, and attention! As much as I loved my children, I often felt like a failure. Surely someone else could do a better job with these precious ones than I. And what exactly was I supposed to be accomplishing anyway? Was I wasting my time? What had this husband, who professed to love me, done to me?” 1 likes
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