There are two major audiences in the Christian publishing world, or so I’ve been told. There’s the ministry market, and then there’s the mom market. Christians reading and buying books are either pastors/ministry leaders or women in the church. Over the past decade, we have seen a gospel renaissance of publishing when it comes to the ministry market, but gospel-centered resources for the mom market are not as plenteous. In fact, the majority of books for Christian women/moms are more like “chicken soup for the soul” rather than “gospel riches for everyday life.”
Insert Gloria Furman and her new book Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home. [Currently on Amazon, it has 27 reviews, 25 of them five stars.]
In the Introduction to her book, Furman explains:
“The biggest question I want to explore in this book are: What does the gospel have to do with your lives in the home? Hoe does this grace change the way we live?”
She has written this book because we need to discover God-glorifying answers to the following questions:
- What does the gospel have to do with everyday life in the home?
- Hoe does the gospel impact our dish washing, floor mopping, bill paying, friend making, guest hosting, and dinner cooking?
- How does the fact that Jesus himself bore our sins in his body on the tree so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24) make a difference in my mundane life today?
Every Christian is a theologian whether we admit it or not, and to be frank, many of the resources out there for Christian moms are not providing them solid, biblical, gospel-centered theology. Some resort to moralistic therapeutic deism or other forms of man-centered self-helpism. Others resort to prosperity-style escapism from the ordinary life of the mundane. Others still seem to recommend coping mechanisms to manage life, divorcing spiritual life from the very areas mothers need it most.
What Gloria Furman does in her book is put the gospel right in the center of everyday life–the place where mothers fight the good fight of faith in the home. She challenges women not to make excuses or shift blame but rather recognize the resources available in Jesus who died and rose again on their behalf to discover fresh repentance and faith through the renewing work of the Spirit. At the end of the (mundane) day, Furman wants others to treasure the gospel in the home, propelling them to exult in the hope of God’s glory. Due to her explorations of how the “gospel is the predominant, defining reality” in her life, we too can rediscover the preciousness of Christ and power of His gospel in the midst of whatever circumstances externally or emotional turmoil internally that may want to derail us from living by faith in all that Jesus has promised to be for us.
This is not a book just for women or mom’s in the church. This is a book for husbands who want to better understand the pressures and challenges of their spouse and know how to apply the gospel. It is a faithful guide and discipleship tool grounded not in becoming a better you but becoming more like Jesus. I recommend it as one who anticipates ways of using this book to be serve my wife and grow in grace myself.
For those of you who purchase a copy of Glimpses of Grace from your favorite local or online retailer from June 3-7, you have the opportunity to receive a free copy of the ebook as well as the ESV Study Bible Online (ESVBible.org Web App & Ebook)! To redeem your free extras, simply scan and email your receipt to [email protected] before 11:59am on Friday, June 7.
What Others Are Saying
“I know no one who is leveraging her everyday life more for the glory of God than Gloria Furman. I want to learn about God and grace from people who live it and fight to do so. I’ve seen my friend do both beautifully. Gloria has taken the bigness of God and laid him into the cracks of the mundane, and somehow the mundane starts to feel big.”
– Jennie Allen, author, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and The God Who Sets Us Free
“This is sustaining grace, this is the desired haven: to know his steadfast love that saves and keeps us. Glimpses of Grace is not a how-to. It is a true friend’s invitation to see and know the Lord’s steadfast love displayed in every wave, big and small. Gloria offers encouragement rooted in her personal experience and wisdom from saints who have weathered the storms decades and even centuries before us. May you catch glimpses of his steadfast love and find an anchor for your soul.”
– Lauren Chandler, writer; speaker; singer; wife of Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas
“Gloria is real! She’s going to tell you about the smell of her kitchen floor and the steadfast love of her Savior. Jonathan Edwards is right in there with peanut butter sandwiches and sprinkles. The grace this book shows us is no vague idea; it’s the biblical gospel infusing the stuff of life—the daily life of a homemaker. Strongly, humbly, and winsomely, this book calls homemakers (and all of us) to walk in faith, connecting with the visible and the invisible.”
– Kathleen Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
“Glimpses of Grace is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to see Jesus Christ every day in every circumstance. Our friend Gloria takes the glories of Christ’s life and opens our eyes to their realities in the seemingly mundane circumstances of our lives. She builds a longing to know more of God and to believe that he is present in all of our work as mothers and wives. Her passion for missions and joy in God is contagious. We are excited to recommend this book to anybody wanting to see the ultimate reality of satisfaction in Christ alone for every day of your life.”
– Elyse Fitzpatrick and Jessica Thompson, authors, Give Them Grace
“We need gospel fuel to joyfully serve our families, and that’s what Glimpses of Grace provides. Many days I unload a barrage of law upon my family, when what they need from me is grace, encouragement, and reminders of God’s faithfulness. I thank the Lord for using Gloria to point me to the glorious gospel of his grace so that I might extend the same grace to my husband and children. As homemakers we can be smothered by the ordinary, blinded by the mundane, living in a fog of routine and fatigue, unable to see how to clean messy noses or break up sibling squabbles for the glory of God. In Glimpses of Grace Gloria helps to lift the fog by showing us how the gospel can change our perspective as we serve and love our families.”
– Kristie Anyabwile, homemaker; mom; wife of Thabiti Anyabwile, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
“Every homemaker, every mother, every woman, has experienced the disconnect between what she knows and what she feels, between knowing that what she is doing is good and the reality that it is exasperating and seems unfulfilling. In Glimpses of Grace Gloria Furman brings the gospel to bear on a woman’s distinct calling. With precision and grace she shows that the good news of all that Jesus Christ accomplished, when properly understood and carefully applied, will transform the way a woman carries out the task the Lord has given her.”
– Aileen and Tim Challies, author, Disciplines of Spiritual Discernment; blogger, challies.com