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 firstname.lastname@example.org before 11:59am on Friday, June 7.