Missional Motherhood (An Audiobook Review)

I was excited to review the audiobook of Gloria Furman's Missional Motherhood.  This is Furman's newest book, and though I haven't read through an entire book of hers before now, I have heard people speak so highly of her.

This book was not what I was expecting, and I have mixed feelings.  However, I will tell you what I do not have mixed feelings about - the doctrine presented in this book is all sound, with a solid biblical foundation that is clearly explained.  That is not always easy to find these days, and I loved that this book was chock-full of Scripture!

What I didn't love about this book was the title.  That may sound trite at first, but from the title I was expecting a book of encouragement about how being a mom is also being a missionary to these little lives that God has given us to steward.  Maybe I shouldn't have assumed, but I thought the book would be about the "mission work" of teaching our children about the Lord.

Instead, I would say this book is mainly a theological overview that is slightly geared toward moms.  Slightly.  It almost felt like the motherhood element was thrown into the chapters as an afterthought.

The first half of the book was a recap of the Old Testament - I was not expecting this, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!  Furman does a beautiful job of giving you an overview of God's grand story from the Fall to Jesus.  It was at this point I was very glad I was listening to the audio instead of reading the book - these chapters could have gotten a bit tedious since I have already read through the actual Old Testament several times, but I enjoyed the narrator and getting the whole picture all at once.

However, I have to admit, the fact that the book was entitled "Missional Motherhood" made me a bit impatient to get to the parts about...you know, mothering.

Finally in the last five chapters Furman actually speaks to how the gospel affects how we do our jobs as moms.  However, I don't think I was able to enjoy these chapters as much as I could have, because the writing seemed wordy and a bit redundant.  I felt like Furman could have gotten the point across in half the chapters.  I honestly think after reading this book that Furman's writing style is just not for me.  Her train of thought sometimes seemed disorganized and I had to remind myself what the main point of the chapter, or book, was.  I like books that have a clear outline, and her style is too messy for me.

Though I thought the narrator did a wonderful job and was a great fit for this book, it was in these final chapters that the narration style also started to get to me.  The narrator reads in a tone that imparts the importance of each sentence - but I find that when each sentence is emphasized with such gravity, I start to get emotionally drained through the listening.  I would have taken this book more in pieces, but I had to finish it in one chunk for this review, and I was just tired by the time it was over.

Overall, I think the book ultimately got the point across, to view our mothering in light of God's grand plan of Salvation - but the point was made in a very round-about way, through the overview, and then reviewing the gospel again with a slant toward motherhood.  I think this book would have been more appropriately titled "An Overview Of Theology And The Gospel For Mothers".  I would have been more prepared for the way the content of this book was presented if that was the title - but it's not as catchy.  I would recommend it, but I would recommend taking it in pieces (and ideally listening to the first half of the book on audio, and reading the second half).  Each chapter made more sense to me individually than the book did as a whole.

Note:  I received the audio version of Missional Motherhood from christianaudio in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion. 
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