Book Review: Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler

What this book is about: 

This Christian nonfic breaks down several different aspects of motherhood and runs them all through the lens of the gospel.

What I liked: 

The writing style is super conversational, yet not overly informal.

I liked the short chapters and the variety of areas they tackled, so even though all may not apply to every mom, there are at least several that will and can provide a new way of thinking about how moms could think about mothering.

I have started reading books right before bed instead of scrolling the internet. This was an easy book to pick up and set down and pick right back up the next night.

What I didn’t like: 

This is a personality difference thing, I think, but in some ways I struggled to connect to the authors. It just seemed so clear that we think so differently about things that there would be entire chapters I would finish and think ‘I have no idea what they’re talking about.’ But again, it’s a personality thing and we’ve clearly thought differently about certain motherhood aspects from the very beginning of mothering, so I just don’t struggle the same way in those areas.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

I think if there’s a mom who is struggling with certain aspects of motherhood and how it can align with her own faith, this is a great place to start. I say to start because of the ‘high view’ it takes of issues – what I mean is the 30,000 foot view. They’re not trying to solve any issues and mention several times that they’re taking one approach of a possible many to address these issues. They’re not aiming to be comprehensive, and I like the honesty. So, as a starting place, this is a good book.

Overall, because I struggled to connect really well to it, I give the book 4 stars.

4 star rating

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