It’s not often we get to read a book written just for us! This month we are exploring For the Joy: 21 M Mother Stories of Real Life and Faith.
I must tell you, I’m not Aussie nor am I am mother, so I wasn’t sure if I would be able to identify with the women who tell each of these stories. But I have! I have found myself smiling, tearing up, and nodding in whole-hearted agreement.
If you have had some of the same questions yourself, I think you will find your own heart moved in some way by these stories, no matter what stage of life you are in. So, the door is open wide for you to join us for book club this month as we read For the Joy!
In case you need a little more convincing, check out this note from the editors of the book, Miriam Chan and Sophia Russell.
“Whether you’re male or female, single or married, with children or without, [Kingdom worker] or not, Christian or not, these stories will draw you in. As each mother speaks of their faith in the face of adversity and experience God ministering to them in their time of need, we hope this book will help you to stand firm in your present troubles and to look ahead to the joy of future glory.”
I love that, don’t you?
This week we read stories from five women. Here’s a quick summary of each of them.
Red served on Milingimbi Island in the Northern Territory of Australia with her family and wrestled with how this would affect her children. My favorite line: “Obeying God, while not always easy, is an awesome way to live”.
Dorcas gave a beautiful picture of pressing close to the Shepherd as the lamb, which helped her and her family after dealing with a terrorist attack at her son’s school. Love this: “Remember, though, that in the midst of everything, He is utterly trustworthy. Press close”.
Penny shared how God changed her heart and shaped His call on her life in ways she wouldn’t have expected as she learned to love Nepal and then learned to find a place back in Australia. My favorite line: “I think, maybe, I could have lived like that forever. But God doesn’t always ask us to stay put, even if we’ve found something that feels like home”. Wow, yes!
Gabrielle detailed the hard and beautiful story of her little son’s accident which caused severe burns and his miraculous healing. She shared openly about her own fears and doubts. I loved her honesty and her ‘I am angry list’. “I am angry that this is the price of my decision”.
Michelle shared her journey of infertility, anxiety, and unexpected story lines. My favorite line: “Despite my distance from God, I have never wanted to let go of Him. And He certainly has not let go of me”.
Which story did you resonate with the most? Was there something you learned from one of these women as they shared? Have you had an experience like any of these women?
Here’s the schedule for the book:
May 12: Chapters 6-10
May 19: Chapters 11-16
May 26: Chapters 17-21
We are so excited to be partnering with William Carey Publishing for this book, and they are offering us a 50% off code for the e-book version of For the Joy! Click on the link HERE and use the code VABOOKCLUB50!