True Christian Motherhood {Giveaway}

Are you a mom who is discouraged, tired of the day to day, wondering if it’s really worth it? Are you looking for encouragement and vision? In a society that embraces abortion and fractures families, many women have no idea how true Christian motherhood should look. Mothers who seek to base their decisions on God’s Word rather than societal norms are few and far between and Titus 2 women are hard to find.

June Fuentes  has been sharing her wisdom at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home for the last 8 years. She recently wrote an eBook, True Christian Motherhood, that seeks to fill some of this void. ‘True Christian Motherhood‘ offers encouragement, vision and Titus 2 advice for mothers, single women and grandmothers.

Pay attention to that little boy playing in the sandbox–he might very well be the world’s next church planter. That little girl in the corner who is quietly playing with dolls might one day raise a martyr for Christ. The little baby in your arms whom you cradle today could very well go to Africa one day and share the gospel with lost tribes.

This is a key it’s not about self-fulfillment, it’s about raising children to be mighty men and women of God.

He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

In God’s good providence, powerful world changers are formed in the quiet day to day tasks of motherhood.

True Christian Motherhood‘  provides a glimpse of the vision and then offers practical advice that will change your focus, how you relate to your children and more.  Each chapter is brief (perfect for a busy mom) and ends with challenge questions for further consideration.

 ‘True Christian Motherhood’  is available here for $7 or buy the Kindle edition (also $7).

The Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Amy Mac who won a copy of “True Christian Motherhood”.

One Raising Olives reader will win a copy of ‘True Christian Motherhood’.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me about your journey as a Christian mother or your desire to become one.

For additional entries (please leave separate comments for each) share a link to this giveaway via Facebook, Twitter or your blog.

Giveaway will end Thursday, October 27.

Thanks to The Modest Mom for sponsoring this review. I received a complimentary copy in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

 

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54 Responses to True Christian Motherhood {Giveaway}
  1. Amanda
    October 21, 2011 | 9:10 am

    My journey to be a christian women did not begin until I became a mother, and God humbled me way beyond what I ever could imagine.

  2. Jeanne
    October 21, 2011 | 9:21 am

    I truly want to win a copy of this book, you see we, my husband and I are adopting 6 siblings at one time! We have raised 6 and 1dd is still at home, she is 13. the others are 12yodd, 11yodd, 10yodd, 6yods, 5yodd and lastly 4yods. We know that we can do this with God’s help. but I need help to be all that I can be to help turn them into godly children. These children come so broken and it is a real challange that I need all the help that I can get. So Please, Please consider me for this prise as you see that I have so much to lose here!
    thanks

  3. Lisa
    October 21, 2011 | 9:22 am

    I’m blessed to be raising 5 children under age 7 with another blessing coming in the spring. I am challenged daily in my walk as a christian mother. I never saw my life looking like this. Early in our marriage, the Lord challenged me to lay all my ideas of marriage and family life down. I have something completely different that I ever dared to imagine…but, in all honesty, I feel I’m more authentically me than I ever would have been if I had lived the life I would have mapped for myself. He is so, so good… the humbling process was tough on me, but I couldn’t be more grateful He loved me enough to take the time to change me from the inside out.

  4. Julia
    October 21, 2011 | 9:29 am

    Mothering is such a humbling experience as I realize how much I need to learn the same lessons as my children and need extra strength from him daily.

  5. Dawn C.
    October 21, 2011 | 9:31 am

    I’ve struggled mightily to be the Christian Mom I’m supposed to be. Most of the time, I fail. But…I always get back up again. Having help would be nice 🙂

  6. Maria
    October 21, 2011 | 9:40 am

    A journey of resistance. . . a journey of grace. . . a journey of intention. . . a journey of love. . . a journey that I am in love with!

    You can read more about our journey here:

    http://jungle-journey.blogspot.com/2011/10/0-false-18-pt-18-pt-0-0-false-false.html

  7. Tiffany
    October 21, 2011 | 9:58 am

    I would love a copy of this book, as I am a mother of five…three under 3 and one on the way. I am currently trying to homeschool and I find myself struggling. I lose patience quite often and would love any encouragement! Thanks for the opportunity!

  8. Amy Mac
    October 21, 2011 | 10:04 am

    I always wanted to stay home with my children. But my reasoning & how I go about it have changed in the last 17 years of being a Mom. I feel I have definitely grown as a Mom.

  9. Tina Savasuk
    October 21, 2011 | 10:06 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have three children ages 4.5, 3, 1.5. I have never experienced the grace and mercy of God like during this journey of motherhood. It is the most difficult yet the most wonderful and joyful time of my life. Thanks for the opportunity to win! thesavasukfamily {at} comcast [dot] net.

  10. Brandi
    October 21, 2011 | 10:07 am

    Right now, I’m the mom you described in Sentence #1…tired, discouraged, all of it…I could really use a fresh source of encouragement. This book looks great and I’ve read June’s blog over the years. Would love to win a free copy! Thanks for a great giveaway.

  11. Mary
    October 21, 2011 | 10:16 am

    I would love to have this resource. I am overwhelmed sometimes with all that I long to teach my son (and hopefully our future children). I struggle with trying to do things in my own strength instead of relying on God’s grace to raise him biblically.

  12. RG
    October 21, 2011 | 10:24 am

    I have all young children right now, but I see them growing up so fast. Sometimes I stand back and it strikes me that I only have x amount of years left of this much influence in their lives. I truly want to be a godly mamma and give them a good heritage during their childhood.

  13. April
    October 21, 2011 | 10:39 am

    I am a mom of a wonderful 3 year old and have one on the way. I was raised in a Christian home, but chose to rebel when I left home and didn’t come back to the Lord for almost 10 years. Throughout those years I became a very independent, determined, and proud woman. My journey (which will not end any time soon) back to being a Christian woman has been challenging. After being a woman that spoke her mind, ran the house, brought in the majority income, it isn’t easy and doesn’t feel natural somedays to be at home with a 3 year old giving all trust to my husband and God. 🙂 It has been daily surrendering my home, my life, my SELF to God and staying in church, and reading the Bible. Thank goodness for Christian women in my life to be a good example (Titus 2).

  14. Brandi
    October 21, 2011 | 10:55 am

    I tweeted the giveaway: @LillaRoseBush

  15. Rachel
    October 21, 2011 | 12:13 pm

    As a mother of 3 littles, I was trying to please everyone except the LORD. I finally quit my part time job in August and now am a keeper at home. I also said no to other commitments such as playing the piano at church. Our home is noticably different. I am more relaxed and my husband and my children are happy. Life is not easy, but I have no regrets about following the LORD and trying to help my husband raise our little blessings.

  16. Rachel
    October 21, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    My journey as a mother began in February 2010 when I learned I was pregnant with our first child. In August our daughter, Lydia Grace, was stillborn from an unknown cause. The sorrow and grief that filled my heart as I held her lifeless body and buried our first child was unimaginable. But God is faithful and good. He is indeed close to the brokenhearted. God refined and grew my husband and I through our pain and loss.
    God blessed us with another pregnancy soon after Lydia was stillborn. Our son, Isaiah, was born healthy and strong in June of this year. My journey of Christian motherhood has been filled with pain and joy. It is a testimony to God’s faithfulness. I have hope to see my first child again, dancing on streets of gold, and I have the joy and privilege of staying home with our second child.

  17. Michelle
    October 21, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    I would love a copy of this book. As a mama of 5 sweet little ones 7 and under this book would be wonderful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book!

  18. Rachel
    October 21, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    I am just learning to be a Christian mom and need all the help I can get 🙂

  19. Jessica
    October 21, 2011 | 3:58 pm

    I struggle from day to day with only 2 children. I know I need to teach my children the ways of the Lord, yet I know I have responsiblilities around the house. I struggle to find the right balance. I also struggle with where my priorities are. I appreciate all the advice you give. I hope that I can be a Prov. 31 woman one day. I am looking forward to a day when my children are grown and call me blessed. Thanks again!

  20. Betsy
    October 21, 2011 | 4:03 pm

    I am a mother of 5 children, age 7 and under. I homeschool the oldest 3 and we are also self employed so there is that to take care of as well. I find it so easy to get caught up in everything I have to do and forget to focus on the goal of raising up godly children. I think this book would be a great encouragement for me. Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  21. Rebecca
    October 21, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    I shared it on my facebook!

  22. Rebecca
    October 21, 2011 | 4:14 pm

    I tweeted it @rivkareverer !

  23. Rebecca
    October 21, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    I would love to win this book! And if I do not, then I am buying it! haha My husband and I have 3 daughters, ages 7, 4, and 1. 🙂

  24. Rachel
    October 21, 2011 | 4:47 pm

    My journey as a Christian mother is constantly changing. I strive everyday to seek God’s will for my children and to be the mother they need me to be.

    I would love to win a copy of this book.

  25. Lisa
    October 21, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    My walk as a christian mother is challenged all the time, and I continually need to be on my knees before the Lord, needing His strength. He will graciously supply!

  26. Kathy
    October 21, 2011 | 5:15 pm

    My journey is an ever progressing one. I am grateful for the changes it has made in me. I look back at my youthful aspirations and thank God many of those progressed. I love being a mom and am thankful for the opportunity God has given me.

  27. Kathy
    October 21, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    I shared your contest on fb :0)

  28. abba12
    October 21, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    I grew up with a mother who neglected us. I knew I wanted to do differently with my children, but I never realised how differently until I held my baby in my arms. The difference between how I grew up and how I want to raise my baby is vast, but I only know what I want to do in theory, I have never seen it lived out. That’s why I follow so many blogs, to try and watch it lived out. I hope this book might help to that end also.

  29. Wendy
    October 21, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    This sounds like just the book I’ve been looking for. I have 6 little ones and often feel like I’m not doing enough to point them to Christ. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home and it’s hard to know what to do, never having seen a first-hand example.

  30. Jenny
    October 21, 2011 | 7:53 pm

    I didn’t start out planning to have a large family. God changed my heart along the way and now I’m ever so grateful to be the mom to 7 children ranging from 11 months to 11 years. I have struggled to find my way without any mentors around me who’ve walked the same path. (That’s one reason I am SO grateful for the time you put in on your website!) Most people around us don’t seem to be critical of us, but they don’t understand us either. I have longed to have a mentor who has been in the trenches and came pass on wisdom and perspective.

  31. Rebecca
    October 21, 2011 | 8:27 pm

    Motherhood is so challenging, I don’t know how anyone does it without Christ. I became a Christian right before my oldest daughter turned 1. Thank God! It’s been a journey in spiritual growth as well as motherhood.

  32. Bethany Anspaugh
    October 21, 2011 | 9:18 pm

    My husband and I have three healthy daughters, ages 3.5, 1.5, and 3 months, and have lost five babies.

    I have only been a mother a short time, and a wife for not much longer than that, but I have been feeling discouraged with the long hours, sleepless nights, and my own serious health problems. I love my family, but the strain of life is starting to wear me down. I very much want to read this book!

  33. Kimberlee
    October 21, 2011 | 10:25 pm

    I never knew how selfish I was until I had children.

  34. charity
    October 21, 2011 | 11:42 pm

    I am an exhausted mom trying to still find my groove. After working to provide for the family (95 hours a week during part of that time) due to my husband’s disability keeping him from working. I am now finally home with my children. My stay at home journey began June 1, 2011. My husband had brain surgery which cured his disability. Now I am at home with our 2 children and homeschooling. Every day seems like I spend half of it working to break habits and unteaching things that were learned while I was not able to be home. I am hoping to win your book because it might be like a refreshing glass of cool water on a hot summer day.

  35. Rachael
    October 22, 2011 | 1:13 am

    I am a mommy to 2 kiddos. Always wanted to have a large family, but so far that has not happened. God has a plan for each family and I am finding out that sometimes allowing God to control your family size can mean not having as many kids as you would like. I have been looking at things through imperfect human eyes thinking, “I want X number of children and I want to accomplish this goal and that goal.” Some days I look at the kids as if they are preventing me from accomplishing certain goals 🙁 I am learning that His ways, goals and timing are not mine or for me to decide! I would love to read this book! It would be very good for our family right now.

  36. Carrie Ayars
    October 22, 2011 | 1:27 am

    I have been a mother for 14 years now…that is amazing! I am the blessed Mommy of 7 children. The most challenging thing about Christian motherhood is that it is on the job training. I was not raised in a Christian home, nor was I surrounded by very many godly women. I feel a lot of pressure since I feel like I am responsible for staring a legacy where there has not been one of loving Christ. Secondly, motherhood is HARD! By far the most challenging thing I have ever endeavored. Would love to read this book!

  37. Cassie B
    October 22, 2011 | 6:55 am

    I’m a young mom. My husband had a daughter before he met me, whom I’v been a mother two since I met her, at the age of 18, and she was 18 months :). I was married by 20 and now at 23 have two more children. I feel like I can always do better. But I didn’t have a great example growing up, nor did my husband, I’ve been wanting to ready up on some christian parenting. It seems since finding Christ two years ago, my husband and I have taken to being followers of Christ, like a fish to water, in all aspects of our life, except parenting. I want that to change. We often find ourselves struggling with money, so I’m unable to buy books more often than I am. I am a stay at home mom, who is trying to raise her kids in Christ the best way she knows how, and I’d love a little help along the way:)

  38. Carron Hefner
    October 22, 2011 | 7:59 am

    What an encouraging book 🙂 I would love to dive deep into it to reflect on sound advice & uplifting words. My mother was neglectful, and I have vowed to be different, God’s grace has enabled me to be ‘different’. I pray daily for strength, endurance, perseverance, patience, & love to sustain me through each day so we can leave a legacy of blessing to each of our children! We will seek Jesus first, ALWAYS. Our children are 7, 4 & 1. Thanks for hosting this giveaway Kimberly 🙂 I love your blog!

  39. Carron Hefner
    October 22, 2011 | 8:02 am

    Shared on facebook 🙂

  40. Mary Kay
    October 22, 2011 | 10:10 am

    I have been pregnant each year over the past four years. My first three ended in miscarriages. It was a hard road, but God blessed our marriage with his grace by growing and refining us each step of the way. God continues to bless our lives. Five weeks ago, I had a healthy baby girl. I know that she is a gift from God and want to bring her up to know and love Him and walk in His ways.

  41. Jennifer W
    October 22, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Am in the depths of motherhood and hsing. This is our 7th yr and boy do the days seem long and not long enough at the same time. Just need encouragement in the midst of the journey. Am blessed to have Christian legacy but sometimes wonder if I’m adequately passing it on as we trod through the day to day. Obviously my kiddos see much of my sinfulness and probably not enough grace. It’s often hard to remember that Jesus takes over when I’m done in. BTW- Your blog has been a blessing over the past yr as I’ve been following your Large Family tips.

  42. Cassie B
    October 22, 2011 | 3:36 pm
  43. AnneJisca
    October 22, 2011 | 5:00 pm

    I am a mother of 2 (3yrs and 8mths). Motherhood is a journey, and I love being on it! I look at back to just 3yrs ago and am amazed at where this journey has taken me. I had no idea it would take me down this path of holiness so much! I am truly a better person because of my children!!

  44. Sara
    October 24, 2011 | 7:05 am

    I’ve always wanted to be a wife and mother, my desire to work outside the home only lasted a few years during my teen years. I’ve never regretted staying home with my children but lately I feel burned out, wondering if it makes a difference. I can’t wait to read this book!

  45. Sara
    October 24, 2011 | 10:37 am

    I have two boys, the oldest is four and being a real pill. I’m trying to love him with grace every day, but this book sounds like it has some real encouragement.

  46. jane
    October 25, 2011 | 6:43 am

    This sounds like a book that I need because I am always learning more, ever changing, thinking there needs to be a better way to my old ways.

  47. Faith
    October 26, 2011 | 2:56 am

    I am so thankful to have Jesus helping me to raise my children – through His Word, His Spirit, His wisdom & guidance, His provision of a godly husband, godly older women and wonderful ministries to mothers and wives. I pray every day to be a better mommy to my six wonderful blessings.

  48. melinda
    October 26, 2011 | 11:39 am

    this looks like a great encouraging book. I would love this. I think every mom can use some encouragement especially when they are trying to be a christian mom in a non christian world. All of us have those days, and when we hit them we need Him more!

  49. katie
    October 26, 2011 | 1:51 pm

    My journey to Christian Motherhood is still going, and I imagine it always will be. I became a Christian when I was 15, but motherhood was no where on my radar, or really even marriage. I met my husband when I was 18, 4 months later, we were married. No, not a shotgun wedding, we just did not feel any need to wait. My sister has 4 kids and homeschools all of them. I have to admit, I always thought she was crazy. But when I was blessed with my first child, a lot of things started coming full circle for me. Ihad been a Christian, but God’s love was more real than ever through my pregnancy, labor, and delivery, and then the fist time I held that blessed child!!! The journey has been a long one, but my husband and I whole heartedly agree to accept with open and loving arms any blessins the Lord would desire to give us. After all…if you really believe they are a blessing, who wouldn’t? Now only 4 short years later, we just had our 3rd baby 6 months ago. My first little girl. I am doing my best, trying to seek teh Lord’s best, but I find myself swining like a pendulum between being really driven and excited about the life God has is leading us in, and feeling discouraged about my own shortcomings. I know, because God has put this desire to raise arrows for His kingdom, in both mine and my husband’s heart, that He will provide me with direction as needed, to raise them up in the way they should go. Also, just FYI, trying to start homeschooling my four year old…is this too soon?

    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Hi Katie,

    That depends on you and your four year old. We have typically taught our children to read and done lots and lots of Bible memorization “early”, but we introduce most other academic subjects later than educational institutions.

    One thing I would encourage you to remember is that imaginative play and time to explore the world around them is important and beneficial for young children. But ultimately it all boils down to whether you and your husband believe that your child is ready for homeschooling and if you think it’s the best use of his/her and your time.

    We love homeschooling and hope that you also will find joy and blessing in educating the children that God has given to you.

  50. GiGI
    October 26, 2011 | 10:06 pm

    I would love this book, as a mom of many i strive to raise them according to scripture. I would love this as encouragement!!!

    Xoxo

  51. Elizabeth
    October 26, 2011 | 10:43 pm

    I am a relatively young mom of three boys whom I pray will become Godly men. I have struggled to find mentors or more seasoned Godly women to help me on this journey. This has proven to be very difficult. Generations of ‘working’ women just tell me I’ll survive, as though staying at home and homeschooling is so foreign a concept they have nothing better to offer. Many tell me I should focus solely on my husband, put my children in ‘real’ school and go to work so all of the hardship of provision does not fall on him. Attempts to glean gems of wisdom have instead turned in to efforts to defend myself on what God has put in my heart to do for my family. The Godly elderly women in my church are seemingly wonderful, but their full grown children do not even attend church on holidays, and as far as ‘showing fruit’ that frightens me immensely. This world is a scary place and it would be such a blessing to read wisdom from God’s word and learn what he expects from me.

  52. Brandi Skidmore
    October 27, 2011 | 11:30 am

    When I became a mother, I wasn’t a Christian. My pregnancy was horrible, my marriage was barely held together. After my first, I became a believer and saw my life radically changed! My subsequent pregnancies were dreams as far as my attitude, my marriage has healed and my children are being raised in the fear and admonishing of the Lord. Instead of thinking abortion is ok, I am repulsed by it. Instead of wanting to send my babes to public school, I relish keeping them home. The Lord has truly changed my life and I begin to understand more and more that a woman is saved through childbearing