Table of Contents and Introduction
This encouraging book uses the charm of timeless literary works and the wisdom of the Bible to reconsider what is seen today as a classic role.
Using selected quotes from novels including Sense and Sensibility, Treasure Island, and Great Expectations, the authors offer encouragement and exhortation to women of all walks of life who struggle and strive to be intentional in their parenting choices. Rather than offering methods and advice on parenting, Brereton and Smith seek to help women make the most out of their motherhood experience by challenging them to:
• Find value and purpose in their motherhood role
• Discover God's design for their family
• Deepen their personal relationship with God, with their families, and with other moms
Mothering Heights includes questions ideal for use in book discussion groups or women's ministry settings!
"Your family life will be enriched from reading and heeding the wisdom contained in the pages of Mothering Heights...The book contains excellent discussion questions suitable for women’s ministries or a mother’s club along with many brilliant suggestions and Godly advice for those struggling to know how to create healthy balance."—as reviewed for the CALEB prize associated with Omega Writers.
"The author's 'novel' approach helps to create a fresh and encouraging look at the important role of a mother. If you are a mother striving to raise godly children, I recommend Mothering Heights."—5 Minutes for Books blog
“Mothering Heights is a beautifully written book that begins with head knowledge and requires you to do some soul searching on the subject of being a mother." —the Joyfull Living blog
"Any Christian mother or mother to be would benefit from reading this book. Especially if there are times that you question your parenting decisions."--This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood blog
"Whether you are a first time mom or a mom three times over, this book will have something to speak to your heart. With study questions that can help to see how you view motherhood and your expectations of others, it could be used as a guided Bible study as well. It's a fast read which any mom will appreciate and the insight in the book will be well worth the time that it takes to read it." —the Growing for Christ blog
"What I appreciate most about Mothering Heights is how the authors understand that there are serious modern day challenges for my generation of mothers."—the Women Living Well blog
"Through reading this book I have been able to understand that God sees my role as a mother, including all the ups and downs, as a way to be a steward to my children."—the To.Be.Thode blog
"Mothering Heights is not a blueprint for being a mom, it's more of a guide to helping moms establish their personal parenting philosophies. It does not endorse one philosophy over another and does not judge parenting choices, rather, it helps new moms to be aware of the choices that lie ahead and to consider what fits individual families best. The authors always lead these decisions back to God's word. It is an excellent resource for new moms, particularly those still expecting."—the Classless and Lovin' It blog
"I would definitely recommend this book for any woman who seeks to be a Godly mother."—the Girls to Grow blog
"I appreciated that this book is full of Scripture."—A Dusty Frame blog
"Mothering Heights is written by mothers for mothers. Even though this book is geared (in my opinion) toward new mothers or mothers of younger children, there are many gems for all mothers inside the cover of this book."—the Marine Corps Nomads blog
"It is full of tidbits of wisdom and encouragement for all moms out there, whether stay-at-home moms or moms who work outside the home. It is a book that really lays everything out on the line, including the misconceptions we had about motherhood before we had children, the expectations we face every day as mothers, and our role as mothers, with our children, within our individual families." —The Real Heart Prints blog
"Mothering Heights has found it's niche on my bookshelf of favorite motherhood books. This is a book that contains though-provoking chapters. Chapters that give me so much food for thought, I could ponder one chapter for several days."—Mama Bzz blog
“I feel the book’s content brings value and confidence to the choices I have made and to the life I lead and love. It contained excellent practical ideas and challenges. It was very inspiring, motivating, and a great encouragement.” —Jo Eberley, mother
“The points you made were great - well planned, scripturally based and relevant to today’s society. It was an enriching book to read and it made me think.” —Nicki Osbaldiston, Associate Director, Tandem (Campus Crusade for Christ) New Zealand
"A useful resource for women's groups." —WomanAlive, June 2009 (UK publication)
Susan Brereton is a former New Zealand resident currently living in England. She is a wife, mother of five children, and an interior designer. For many years, Susan has run a Bible study for mothers of preschool children, and has had a long association with the Navigators and Moms-in-Touch.
Keitha Smith lives in New Zealand with her husband and two children, including one with special needs. With a background in training and education, Keitha leads the women's ministry group at her church and serves on the local school's board of trustees.
Check out Keitha's fictional Mother's Prayer Blog, The Jonah Tree. Also visit www.MotheringHeights.org.