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The Beauty of Motherhood - by Kimberly Knowle-Zeller & Erin Strybis (Paperback)

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Moving devotions for mothers, inspired by common milestones associated with raising young children.

Book Synopsis

Moving devotions for mothers, inspired by common milestones for young children

Moms, get ready to reclaim your grace with this tender collection of stories, vibrantly recounted by two women working to embrace God's presence during their own parenting journeys. Each narrative reflection opens with scripture and concludes with a practice or questions to ponder, followed by a prayer. Spanning infancy to early childhood, The Beauty of Motherhood encourages mothers and caregivers to take a deep breath and find the holy in those everyday moments that inspire laughter, frustration, and awe.

Together, the authors explore an unflinching spectrum of parenting experiences, including growing pains, pregnancy, birth, weaning, body image, exhaustion, delight, comparison, vocation, friendship, and more. Readers will feel empowered to recall memories of God's grace in their own journeys and be inspired to claim and share their own truths.

Busy parents will appreciate the short, engaging reflections that can be picked up and read between feedings, or use them to conjure up a brief oasis after a hectic day. A wonderful gift for baby showers, baptisms, birthdays, and Mother's Day, The Beauty of Motherhood offers a warm and knowing embrace to mothers everywhere.

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"You will not meet more tender guides for your mothering journey than Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis. A beautiful blend of story, application, and prayer, The Beauty of Motherhood is a master class in experiencing God in the everyday moments of motherhood. These pages are soaked in love, glimmering with grace, and will surely be a gift to mothers everywhere." -Ashlee Gadd, Founder of Coffee + Crumbs and author of The Magic of Motherhood and Create Anyway: The Joy of Pursuing Creativity in the Margins of Motherhood

"These poignant and prayerful meditations will bring you back to yourself - and the love God has for you and your children. The spiritual reflections and soulful prayers in this book affirm what many of us know to be true: On our wonderful, messy mothering journeys, we experience God in new ways. I'm grateful for the depth Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller bring to these chapters, which are short enough for us to receive even in our most depleted moments. May their words care for your soul as you care for your family." -Kayla Craig, creator of Liturgies for Parents and author of Every Season Sacred and To Light Their Way

"Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller share their deep intimate reflections of motherhood with profound tenderness. While reading, I found myself thinking of my own children while also imagining my mother as a young woman, cradling me in her arms decades ago. Certainly, no single devotional can address every aspect of motherhood. Yet, Knowle-Zeller and Strybis provide a poignant, compassionate, devotional for young moms that is inspirational and honest." -The Rev. Angela T. !Khabeb, ELCA Pastor, Living Lutheran columnist, Public Theologian, and Good Morning America guest contributor

"Where was this book when my children were young? In an easy-to-read, invitational style, the authors of The Beauty of Motherhood share a myriad of true-life stories that cover the messy, the mundane, and the marvelous moments of being a mom. Readable, relatable, and real, the stories are woven together with prayers, scripture, ponderings, and practices that combine to make this book an inspiring, perfect gift for any mom. Simply lovely." -Glenys Nellist, author of God Made Mommy Special and The Wonder That is You

"With honesty and wit, [the authors] offer mothers stories that will encourage, restore, inspire, and convict. They turn doubt and worry into faith and hope, sadness and frustration into gratitude and joy. Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis look to and write about parenting challenges with a faith and a love that will fill mothers' souls so that they in turn may attend to the souls of those they've been called to mother." -Callie R. Feyen, author of The Teacher Diaries and Twirl

"When a new baby is born, a new mother is also born, whether it is her first child or her seventh. With gentle yet incisive wisdom, Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller invite mothers into the beautiful, personal story that God is writing through their parenting journeys, 'one that requires imagination, revision, and plenty of faith.' This devotional is savory nourishment for the postpartum soul, beautifully accompanying the fresh fears, anxieties, frustrations, and tender epiphanies of those early years. I will be buying a copy of this timely book for all of the new moms in my life." -Kelsi Folsom, poet, speaker, and author of Breaking the Jar

"Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis are two women whose words come from hearts that are so for you and your mothering story. Reading these devotions felt like being handed a soft blanket and offered a place on their family room couch to rest. I'm thankful for their stories, their compassion, and their gentle invitation to truly experience God's love as you do the holy work of parenting. "-Katie Blackburn, contributing

Dimensions (Overall): 8.4 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x .8 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 248
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Sub-Genre: Christian Life
Publisher: Morehouse Publishing
Format: Paperback
Author: Kimberly Knowle-Zeller & Erin Strybis
Language: English
Street Date: March 21, 2023
TCIN: 87142693
UPC: 9781640656000
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-8674
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 4 reviews
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3 recommendations

Honest and hopeful

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
JessicaF - 11 months ago
This book is both physically beautiful and full of beautiful words. Kim and Erin are exceptional, gentle writers with a heart for mothers and ability to see the magic in ordinary life. They aren’t afraid to be honest—to talk about hard things and hard moments—but they also have a special gift for noticing, for finding the holy thread in everything they do. I know this book will provide so much hope and solidarity to women like me, particularly those holding the beautiful tensions found in motherhood. This is my new go-to gift for expectant mothers and seasoned mothers alike!
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Relatable and Inspiring

5 out of 5 stars
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Kelsi - 11 months ago
This collection of devotions is written with such honesty and wisdom. It feels like pouring a cup of coffee with two girlfriends who are in it with you and also cheering you on. Kim and Erin invite all moms into the loving embrace of God with clarity and vulnerability. The devotions are short, easy to read, and followed by practical questions/suggestions. I wish I had had a book like this when I brought my firstborn into the world…highly recommend!
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A Book Every Mother Needs

5 out of 5 stars
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- 11 months ago
The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions For the Early Years is a book of 84 short devotions, each comprised of a Bible verse, a short reflection, a practice to fill your cup, and a prayer. I’m no longer living in the early years of motherhood, but this book is the very book I searched for and could never find. All too often devotion books offer hidden judgments or prescriptions. “If you do this, then God will show up.” This book has none of that. It won’t tell you how to parent. It won’t tell you it’s better to to sleep train or co-sleep. It won’t argue that breastfeeding is better than formula. It won’t give you answers for all the questions you have. Instead, Kim & Erin offer encouragement to see God in the midst of the struggle that comes with motherhood. They lift up the beauty hidden within the mess. From the earliest days of considering pregnancy to the milestone of starting school, this book holds all mothers with tenderness and love. It shares grace with us. It reminds us that we are good enough. That we are the exact mother our child needs. This book will sit with you in the muck of sleepless nights, of lonely times, of seasons of grief, loss or infertility. This book is more than a book. Its words are a gift from God.
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