Mother’s Day Giveaway: { The Ministry of Motherhood and a $5 Starbucks Giftcard}

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 Nancy Leigh De Moss asked the question best:

Have you ever considered that in becoming a mother, you have been called to a ministry?

Have you though about motherhood like that- as a ministry?  Or is ministry something you are waiting to do when the kids are a little older and you can leave the house?

These were questions entrenched in my mind as my youngest was little and I was contemplating a new life of serving, and yes, a life of ministry.  And so it was no accident when I happened upon Sally Clarkson’s The Ministry of Motherhood, while at Barnes and Noble one day.

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I could sense that in reading The Ministry of Motherhood, I was going to be led.  But what I did not expect was to be mentored and inspired, through the gentle grace of the woman behind the pages.  Sally Clarkson has a tremendous gift.  Not only is she an engaging writer, but she is wise and she is kind.  Do I know her personally?  I do not.  But there are writers who convey their sensitivity with every word, and Sally Clarkson is one of them.

In reading The Ministry of Motherhood, it was as if layers of discouragement were lifted from me.  Rather than feeling stuck in the monotony of so many same days, I was inspired, renewed and compelled to embrace this sameness- to recognize it as ministry life. 

Last week, I emailed Sally in the hope that she might respond to 2 questions I wished to ask her.  I was eager to give her book away, but I wanted her two cents’ worth on the passion behind her writing.   So, imagine my delight when she not only responded quickly, but was open to sharing her thoughts on the mission behind The Ministry of Motherhood.

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I asked Sally:

What inspired you to write The Ministry of Motherhood?

I felt that the vision for motherhood had been lost and diminished in our culture and even in our churches. I wanted to write a book that would inspire and equip mothers to have confidence and empowerment to truly love, inspire and build the souls of their children with godliness and faith. I wanted them to have a book that would give them handles on how to approach this great task each day.

What do you hope women will gain through reading your book?

When women have a vision for how powerful an influence they can have on their children, and even on generations to come, by training, loving and discipling them, they will have energy to make each day meaningful in light of eternity.

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Are you in need of encouragement?  Do you feel the need to be mentored?

If so, this book is for you.  Sally Clarkson will motivate you.   She will draw you to a deeper walk with God.  She will leave you feeling more directed in your mothering, more purposeful and refreshed.

And she will remind you continually, that ministry to your family is the highest calling.  As she states so honestly:

“I always wanted to be a hero–to sacrifice my life in a big way one time–and yet, God has required my sacrifice to be thousands of days, over many years, with one more kiss, one more story, one more meal.”

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If you are thick in the middle of the ministry years to your family, or if you are a few stages beyond and would like to give this book to a younger friend who needs encouragement, please enter the Giveaway for The Ministry of Motherhood.

Oh, and because books are lonely without drinks, I am also including a $5 Starbucks gift-card with this book.

You may enter the giveaway in one of 2 ways:  1.  Click over to the Facebook page.  “Like” the page and share the link on your FB page.  2.  Comment at the end of this blog post, stating why you would enjoy this book.  3.  Email me at foryourtomorrowblog@gmail.com, and state why you would enjoy winning this book.

Sadly, due to high international postage rates, the hard copy of this Giveaway and the enclosed Starbucks gift-card is open to US residents only.  However, if you are Canadian, please enter and if you win, I will send you the Kindle or Nook copy of the book, instead.

I will announce the winner on Monday morning.

Happy Friday, all!

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12 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Giveaway: { The Ministry of Motherhood and a $5 Starbucks Giftcard}

  1. I think I would appreciate this book very much, as I am raising a 3 and 1 year old and expecting our third blessing. Some days feel so monotonous, but more than that, many days I feel I am failing at raising my kids. Why are they whiny or constantly complaining? If I think and pray about it, I often notice that it is because my attitude is not where it should be. I’d love the encouragement of this book to renew my energies to raise my kids in the fear of The Lord.

  2. I would love to have this book. Having been a teen mother I’ve had to grow up raising a child. Im pretty sure I will never recieve the mother of the year award and even more sure that I’m screwing it up most of the time. I look to the wisdom of other mothers that are wiser in their years and have already had these experiences. Both in child rearing and marriage! I LOVE your blog and you!!

  3. Regardless of whether i win this giveaway…I will order the book! I am reading the Hidden Art of Homemaking right now and am definitely thankful for older women who inspire with the wisdom they have gained through years of mothering.
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  4. Giveaway or no giveaway, I need to read this book! I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom of nine. I defenitely feel a lack of camaraderie with many other woman who seem only to be waiting till their kids are onto the next stage or out of the house. I love where we are, all the ages, stages, blessing abound everyday. I have always seen our children as our first and greatest mission, many little souls that need to know God intimately, placed in our care for such a brief time. Looking forward to reading.

  5. I would love to win this book, because I’ve been drooling over it FOREVER! I just love Sally Clarkson for her grace and love~which has helped deliver me from legalism. :)

  6. This book would definitely be a blessing to me and in turn a blessing for my three children. I am always looking for inspirational content to encourage me every day. Thank you for offering this opportunity at a chance to win this!

  7. I would love to have this book seeing how I think that it could help me in being a better mother and wife. I stay at home with my 2 boys and we homeschool and I also do office work for our business. Life sometimes gets overwhelming and I don’t feel like God is there and I constantly have to remind myself that he sees everything and we are walking in his calling.

  8. Thank you for this awesome give-away! I have read many of Sally’s books but I have not yet read the ministry of motherhood. I would love to win this book. I am a stay-at-home Mom of 3 kiddos (age 7, 4, and 3) and I homeschool my kiddos. My husband and I just stepped out of “ministry” at our church so that we can focus on our little one and raise them in the Lord (our 1st ministry) so when I saw this give-away I thought “perfect timing Lord!”

    My name is Janiene and I blog over at http://bishopsfamilysite.blogspot.com/

    I’d love to win!
    Janiene
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  9. I’d like to win THREE copies of this book for my three daughters in law. But with one copy they could pass it on . . . .

    Appreciated your inteview. And, as always, I appreciate your heartfelt themes. They reflect where your heart is and touch the felt needs of moms everywhere.

  10. I could use some encouragement as I enter my first year of homeschooling. Would be perfect to read over the summer to prepare my heart and mind!! Love Sally’s books!

  11. I find encouragement from other Christian women who have walked the walk of raising children. (and stayed encouraged to tell about it). Sally is one of those women!

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