Mary Kassian recently reviewed Helen Lee’s new book, Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home and In the World at the Gospel Coalition. Below is an excerpt and link to the review.
In her book The Missional Mom, author Helen Lee addresses the question, “Why aren’t today’s women, Christian or otherwise, discovering more joy and fulfillment in their journey as mothers?” (p. 19). Her stated purpose for writing was “to shed light on some of the reasons today’s Christian moms encounter despair and difficulty in parenting and provide ideas for positive change” (p. 12).
Lee’s central thesis is that a woman will resolve the ambivalence she feels toward motherhood by becoming more “missional.” Moms need to “explore the idea of calling and understand both the specific part God has given them and also how the melody of motherhood fits into the grand symphony of God’s work” (p. 19). Lee insists that women need to use all their God-given gifts and seek to place God first and foremost, even if it comes at a cost to their families. She suggests that living “missionally” is the answer to the conundrum of motherhood. Missional motherhood will bring conflicted moms a profound sense of heavenly affirmation and peace.
You can read the whole review here.