Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full :: a book review

Several weeks ago, I received this book in the mail:Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman

Crossway asked if I would consider reading Treasuring Christ When Your Hands are Full by Gloria Furman. While I planned to look it over, I wasn’t planning to share it with you unless I really loved it.

Let me tell you – I really loved it. Many times, I found myself reading, underlining, and then thinking about the truths later on during the day. This book is not broken into devotional segments {such as the devotional booklet, Gospel Meditations for Women}, but the chapters are relatively short and very easy to read which makes it perfect for busy moms.

The author, Gloria Furman, is a mom to 4 and a pastor’s wife, so she is no stranger to busy times. I found her writing style to be refreshingly practical but very much Gospel centered. This book will refocus your attention on Jesus and encourage you to parent with a focus on eternity. If you are a mom who is feeling overwhelmed but wanting to treasure Christ in your every day tasks, I highly recommend this book to you.

I underlined/starred/drew arrows to many portions of this book. But I’ve chosen some of my favorite quotations to share with you below so that you can get a taste of what this book is all about.

“The greatest problem a mother has is not a lack of creativity, accomplishment, or skill, but her inability to love God and others as Jesus loves her.” [page 20]

“We need to remember that God is no less good to us when we find ourselves in a battle of wills with a preschooler … than he was as his Son dragged a cross up a hill that Friday two thousand years ago.” [page 55]

“We must boast in the gospel, because in it God mercifully gives us Christ to be our valued treasure. Things like “mommy guilt” cannot crush us because Christ was crushed on the cross in our stead.” [page 64]

“What if God wants to fellowship with us right where we are – even in the commotion of ordinary life? Most assuredly he does” [page 74-75]

“There are times when we are not motivated by the love of Christ, and we fume at our children, not because they break God’s law but because they break ours.” [page 89]

“Ironclad faith is not forged by considering how much more pleasant my earthly circumstances are than someone else’s. “It could always be worse” cannot sustain my fragile heart. Only hope in God’s enduring faithfulness is a shatterproof assurance.” [page 90]

“We need to humbly rend our heart before we rend out Internet search engines searching for answers.” [page 102]

“By his grace, God forces our frustrating circumstances to bow to his gospel purposes in our life.” [page 107]

See why I’ve loved this book?

I contacted Crossway to see if they would be able to give away a couple copies to you and they happily agreed. There are 3 options for entry below: {you might need to wait 2 seconds for things to load…}
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UPDATE: this giveaway is now closed, but you can still get a copy of this book here!

Happy Monday, my friends. Stay near to Jesus today.



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