HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms
Author: Gloria C. Furman
Publisher: Crossway, 2014
Related websites: http://www,GloriaFurman.com (author), http://www.crossway.org (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Older teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Furman, Gloria C. Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (published in 2014 by Crossway, 1300 Crescent St., Wheaton, IL 60187). It may seem a bit incongruous for me, a man, to review a book of meditations for busy moms. The fact is that men and women just think differently, and so their approaches to a subject are often quite different. However, having an “outside perspective” can sometimes be helpful. Being a mom can be a difficult task with grocery shopping, soccer practice, dirty dishes, and changing diapers. How can a busy woman cope? If a frazzled mother is simply looking for some nice platitudes on “how to have a better day,” she should look elsewhere. This book contains “gospel meditations” rooted in the nature of God as manifested in the sacrifice of His Son and revealed in the Scriptures to sinful mankind. The approach is definitely from a Biblical worldview which is then applied to motherhood.
There are a few theological presuppositions, such as calling ministers “pastor,” the imputation of the personal righteousness of Christ, total inherited depravity, unconditional perseverance, and the existence of present demonic activity which, though common in many evangelical denominations, may not be shared by all believers, but they are not emphasized. And while the basic principles underlying the book are applied specifically to moms, they also need to be understood and applied by dads as well. Gloria Furman is a wife, homeschooling mother of four young children, and blogger. In 2008 the Furman family moved to the Middle East to plant the Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, who has developed a severe nerve-related disability, serves as minister. I have also read and reviewed her previous book, Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Crossway, 2013).