There's no such thing as “just” a mom.
Despite the routine tasks and mundane to-do lists, motherhood is anything but insignificant. God has designed motherhood as part of his greater plan to draw people to himself—instilling all women, whether called to traditional mothering or not, with an eternal purpose in nurturing others.
In this book, Gloria Furman searches the Scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. She opens our eyes to God's life-giving promises—promises intended to empower each and every woman as she makes disciples in her home, in her neighborhood, and around the world.
"Sumptuously written and accessibly presented, Gloria Furman's Missional Motherhood brings the riches of the gospel and the glory of Christ to bear on every mother's work. Her book was like a firm hand of a wise and loving friend, bringing both conviction of sin and a fresh bounty of grace. This book is rich, deep, funny, startling, edifying, encouraging, and God-honoring. It is a book for all women—not just mothers by adoption or childbearing. It shows how being born male and female as image bearers of a holy God matter in all areas of life. In a world awash with gender-neutral language, gender-neutral bathrooms, and and gender-neutral roles, this book is our generation's clarion call that mothering is humble and high women's work, and it matters to God and to the world."
Rosaria Butterfield, former professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
“Gloria’s words, challenges, and high view of mothering were what my heart knew to be true in the years of my own mothering journey. I enthusiastically endorse this call to us as women to nurture, to create, and to believe God for the glory of the gospel in the lives of those he has placed in our paths. May thousands of women accept Gloria’s challenge to be used by God to transform lives for the glory of his kingdom in their homes and in their worlds. Selah!”
Barbara Rainey, Cofounder, FamilyLife; author, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife
“With Christ-centered clarity, Gloria shows that our Savior calls us to a grand, global mission to nurture his disciples for his glory. This book is for every redeemed woman whose mothering heart longs to nurture biological and spiritual children.”
Susan Hunt, Former Director of Women's Ministries, PCA; coauthor, Women's Ministry in the Local Church
“With a firm grasp of the biblical narrative and a sharp focus on the mission of God, Gloria Furman challenges us to see motherhood as it is—not just a high calling but a part of the mission of God. You’ll be encouraged and challenged by this book!”
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair for Church, Mission, and Evangelism, Wheaton College
“Gloria Furman writes from a place of great wisdom and deep trust in Christ, but she also just gets the chaos of it all. She will humbly take you by the hand and help you dream about how to unleash into the world children who actually love Jesus and want to impact their world to do the same.”
Jennie Allen, author, Nothing to Prove; Founder, IF:Gathering
“Missional Motherhood is an excellent reminder of my most important job: to teach my children the glorious gospel. Gloria Furman encourages us as moms, amidst all our other responsibilities, to make disciples, starting in our own home. You will be challenged, encouraged, and blessed as you read this beautiful, powerful book.”
Heather Platt, mother of four; wife of David Platt, President, International Mission Board
“This is no DIY-perfect-parenting book. The cross looms large over its pages as Gloria swings open the gallery doors of Scripture to show us stunning portraits of Christ and the panorama of his far-reaching redemption. Reading this book made me want to get ahead of the kingdom choir in Revelation 5 and sing with joy, ‘Worthy is the Lamb!’”
Tim Keesee, executive director, Frontline Missions International; author, Dispatches from the Front: Stories of Gospel Advance in the World’s Difficult Places
“Gloria shows us that motherhood is more about God than about mothering, and that brings me great comfort as I parent four children and disciple other women around me. Missional Motherhood is about living, doing, teaching, and talking all about the Word of God and not just how we parent our children in our home. If you are a woman who loves Jesus, this is a book you should devour, regardless of whether or not you are a parent. I can’t wait to share this book with all the women in my life!”
Jamie Ivey, host, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey podcast, JamieIvey.com
“Believing that our biblical theology as moms directs the way we view the mission of motherhood, Gloria takes us through a journey in both marveling at the greatness of God’s plan for redemption and embracing the opportunity to make an eternal impact from the everyday context of mothering. Missional Motherhood leads weary moms back to the gospel and reminds us that we are investing our lives in what is eternal.”
Ruth Chou Simons, mother of six boys; artist, writer; owner, Gracelaced.com
“Gloria Furman does an incredible job of helping mothers rediscover the pattern, promises, and power of Jesus in the midst of everyday life. This book will galvanize you to see and treasure Jesus as the aim and fuel of your everyday mission as you make disciples. So, moms: pour over this book to get a renewed vision for the radically significant mission you’ve been called to. Sons and daughters: read this book to catch a glimpse of the soul-stirring vision of Jesus your mother sacrifices to live out in front of you. Fathers and husbands: read this book to see the all-encompassing mission of God that your wife is living out right now.”
Michael "Stew" Stewart , Founding Director, Verge Network and Conferences
Table of Contents:
Introduction: What Is This Book About?
Part 1: Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God: Nurturing Life in the Face of Death
- Mother Is a Verb Too
- Expectations of Our Savior: A Quick Overview of the Old Testament
- Motherhood Is Born: From Creation to Father Abraham
- The God Who Delivers: From Egypt to the Promised Land
- Finally, Settling Down: From Comfort to Captivity
- Mission Rebooted: From Exile to Return to Kingdom
Part 2: The Everyday Ministry of Motherhood: Go, Therefore, and Mother Disciples
- Christ, the Creator of Motherhood
- Christ, the Redeemer of Motherhood
- Christ, Every Mother’s Prophet
- Christ, Every Mother’s Priest
- Christ, Every Mother’s King
- Christ, the Resurrection Life for Mothers
Conclusion: Missional Motherhood Is about a Man