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Don't Make Me Come Up There!
I've had one of those weeks where I've been very convicted about how dark my heart is. First, I gloried far too hard when certain politicians that I don't particularly like lost in the Canadian election on Monday night. Victory dance while singing "Hey, hey, hey, good-bye" is probably not appropriate for a Christian, even if it feels good at the time.

And I was also reminded that though it is okay to rejoice in God's victory, it is not God's best to be in glee at a person's death, even an evil person. I'm not saying it's wrong; I'm just saying it's not God's best. And as much as I speak and as much as I write, I keep being reminded that I have so far to go. I hope I never give the impression to all of you that I have arrived already, because I haven't.

One of the things that bugs me about a lot of Christian speakers and writers is that they seem so, well, perfect. I'm not perfect. You should see the piles of laundry waiting to be folded right now. I yelled at my kids when they were little (not that I'm proud of that). I waste time. I'm short with my husband.

I think the Christian church would be a lot healthier if we could admit that we're not perfect. And that's why, when a blogger comes along who deliberately labels herself as "not a perfect mom", I laugh and I know I like her before I even meet her.

That's what I thought about Kristen Welch, whose blog, We are THAT Family, I started reading when she started writing it several years ago. She was quick to share about her foibles with her kids, trying to get them to behave, even though she was definitely not the ideal pastor's wife.

She shared about her struggles. She shared about how her kids didn't always behave. In a series of blog posts she even shared about her husband's battle with pornography (and subsequent healing).


And then Kristen's heart was broken when she went to Africa and saw the poverty there. I understand Kristen's heart; my heart was broken in a similar way. And so I consider Kristen a soul sister.


So when Kristen came out with her first book--Don't Make Me Come Up There--I was thrilled to receive a copy to review.


The book is written specifically for moms with kids at home. Dubbed "Quiet Moments for Busy Moms", she includes 52 2-3 page thoughts to read, each with a verse and a prayer that can help focus your mind and heart while you've locked yourself in the bathroom, praying for a few minutes to yourself. They're not onerous; they're not guilt-inducing. Instead, it's more like talking to a friend who has been where you are, and has some encouragement to offer.

You know I'll love Kristen's book when I tell you that meditation number 24 is "Turned Off", about her family's decision to turn off the TV. I've preached about that relentlessly on this blog, so it's wonderful to see I'm not alone! Kristen explains:

There is a strong pull toward the world and the things in it. Our job as parents is to dig in our heels and fight against the pull.
But lest you fear that all meditations will make you feel less than holy if you haven't achieved this yet, she also throws in "I Lost my Pride in Wal-Mart", "This is Where I Hide in the Garage", or her mortification when a friend realizes that the fcashier at a fast-food restaurant actually knows Kristen by name. (Apparently it's not normal to come to a chick-fil-a so often that you become intimate with the hired help.) The lesson she urges us to learn from this? We're not perfect moms. And please, God, don't let us be plagued by condemnation, but let us rest in Your grace.

If you need some pick-me-ups from a woman who is the exact opposite of the kind of Christian speaker who tries to prove she has it altogether, then Kristen is your woman. And Don't Make Me Come Up There! is your book.

I'm going to give away a copy to a commenter on this post, so leave your name (and fill out the contact part in the comment form) if you want to enter. I'll be drawing the winner next Thursday (May 12)! And remember to visit Kristen at We are THAT Family. You'll be blessed!

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43 Comments:

At 9:04 AM , Blogger Lisa said…

The book sounds fabulous, Sheila! And you are the second blogger I have read today that has posted about We Are THAT Family. I am heading over there right now.

 

At 9:11 AM , Blogger Nancy said…

Sounds like a great book! I'm checking out her blog next. Thanks!

 

At 9:19 AM , Blogger Nancy said…

Would love to win this book! Thanks! I will be adding Kristen's blog to my reader.

 

At 9:42 AM , Blogger Tonia said…

I've been reading that blog for years now and love it. I also followed her stories from her visit to Africa and they broke my heart. Most of the time though her blog makes me laugh in thankfullness that I'm not the only imperfect mom out there. I may just have to buy her book.

 

At 9:50 AM , Blogger Deborah said…

Sounds like a great book! I need to check out her blog ...

 

At 10:10 AM , Anonymous Wendy said…

I've always enjoyed my visits to Kristen's blog. She has such a sense of humor about her. I'd love a copy of her book! <3

Wendy
thewendywood at gmail dot com

 

At 10:52 AM , Blogger Jamie Meyer said…

This sounds like a wonderful book. I'm going to have to check out her blog for sure! Oh, and i'm right there with you about the "perfect moms". I love hearing people admit to mistakes because it gives me so much hope and encouragement that I don't have to me a perfect mom either. :o)

 

At 11:39 AM , Blogger Erin @ Closing Time said…

I would love to win this book! I love your thoughts on it...it's so easy to condemn ourselves rather than resting in God's grace!

erin@closingtimeblog.com

 

At 11:40 AM , Blogger Kendra said…

That book sounds wonderful! I would love to read it! I will definitely be going to stop over at her blog.. she sounds like someone I could definitely relate to!

 

At 12:16 PM , Anonymous Lisa Marie said…

Wow, book sounds fantastic. Just what a mom of kids needs - something to encourage, not discourage. I'm going to check out her blog. Thanks for sharing.

 

At 12:45 PM , Blogger hothoney said…

Sounds like just what I need.

 

At 1:07 PM , Blogger Terry @ Breathing Grace said…

Am I eligible to enter? If so, count me in.

 

At 1:14 PM , Blogger The Happy Domestic said…

I think I may have stumbled across her blog before. I don't have the leisure to blog-read so much these days, but some bathroom reading material would be great! We can all use encouragement and empathy. :)

 

At 1:39 PM , Blogger Tessa said…

That book sounds great. Do moms actually get "quiet moments" after number 2 comes along? Truly? Thought I must confess... I turned on Curious George for my little man while I was on a business call. And i refuse to acknowledge that there is a lock on the bathroom door because I don't want him to learn how to use it lol!

 

At 2:00 PM , Blogger Kendria said…

This sounds like a book I NEED to read! Would love to win this book.

 

At 3:25 PM , Blogger Berji's domain said…

I would love to read this book!

 

At 3:59 PM , Anonymous sara said…

This book sounds like a must read. Thanks!

 

At 4:01 PM , Blogger April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said…

I would love to win a copy!

 

At 4:29 PM , Anonymous siminoz said…

yep. sounds like my kind book ;-)

 

At 4:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

Would love this book!
bpblazer at hotmail dot com
Beth

 

At 5:29 PM , Blogger karly said…

This book would be great! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

 

At 7:37 PM , Blogger ET @ Titus2:3-5 said…

Sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading! :)

 

At 8:01 PM , Blogger Ellen said…

Sounds like something I could enjoy.. even if I don't win it - I'll put it on my 'wish' list :)

 

At 8:39 PM , Anonymous Pierre William Trudel said…

Being a grandmother at 60 with 1 new one on the way qualifies my wife Pierrette as a recipient of this great book I am sure.She sets the examples our daughters follow and, coming from her, they both will need to read this work.
Being her husband, I would be so proud to tell her the news.
Just being super positively about life.
Thanks Sheila
Pierre Trudel
Thee Quest For Perfect Health

 

At 9:18 PM , Blogger Amanda said…

Sounds like a great book, I would love to read it!

 

At 9:23 PM , Blogger Misti said…

This book sounds fabulous!!! I am so thankful for the honesty of mom bloggers!!

 

At 9:50 PM , Anonymous Heather said…

Thank you, Sheila. What a great reminder that we are not perfect, and that no one else is either. I. too. had conflicting feelings and reactions to Sunday night's news.

I have heard about Kristen's blog a few times, and will now make sure I check it out. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win.

 

At 10:38 PM , Blogger Sheri said…

I love reading her blog and make a point to visit it frequently. I would love to read her book!
Thanks!
sheri.carneal at gmail dot com

 

At 11:36 PM , Blogger Wendy Eckwielen said…

Thank you for this posting, sounds like a great book to read, especially since I have been washing all day, and my dishwasher is still running at 10pm this evening. So glad we can be honest with each other.

 

At 11:45 PM , Blogger Karen1 said…

Thus sounds wonderful!

 

At 1:24 AM , Anonymous Kristin said…

This sounds like a great book! I limit my blogreading, so don't follow her, but I have heard of her passion for orphans in poverty, and would love to read her book.

 

At 7:45 AM , Blogger Heather said…

I would love to win! I've been seeing Kristen's book around blog world and am very interested in it.
hersoccer4 (at) aol (dot) com

 

At 7:48 AM , Blogger Laura said…

I could really use that book! Sounds perfect! :)

 

At 7:52 AM , Blogger 7th Heaven said…

If I don't win it I'll be buying it!! I don't think I've ever said that phrase... but with 7 under the age of 14 I've sure thought it a lot!

 

At 7:54 AM , Blogger 7th Heaven said…

If I'm not the winner of this book I'd sure like to buy it! With 7 under the age of 14 I've sure had the words of the title enter my head many times!! I'm off to check out her blog!

 

At 4:42 PM , Blogger Jess said…

Oh that book sounds like an encouragement for where I am at. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

 

At 8:49 PM , Blogger Cara said…

It sounds like a wonderful book. :)

 

At 10:38 AM , Blogger Amanda said…

I'm a mom to 3 children under 4, and am nowhere near the mom I always thought I would be or that I want to be! The book sounds like such an encouragement!

 

At 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

Would love to win this book - sounds like one I need to read!

My email is albertarose@telus.net

Thanks so much for the opportunity!

 

At 5:52 PM , Blogger how said…

I went amazon because i didnt read the bottom of the page... then went back and saw that your gonna give it away...Should i cancel my order...??! im on the edge of my seat? :)this one will be passed around among friends for sure!:)so if u pick me,then a few moms will win!!:)<3 btw came to your blog thru generous wife,its nice:)

 

At 10:16 PM , Anonymous Louise said…

this sounds terrific!

 

At 10:23 PM , Blogger Kathryn said…

Sounds great!

kathrynbaby2004@yahoo.com

 

At 10:03 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said…

This book sounds wonderful!! I'd love to win it and share it with my friends at church.
I am smverwijs@sympatico.ca

 
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