“And to do this, the heavenly Father had to unwrap His arms from around His only Son.  Unmake the closeness.  Break more than the ties of flesh and blood.  And heaven itself cracked open when He let go of His Son and reached for me.”~ Surprised by Motherhood.


Welcome to week 5 of the Surprised by Motherhood Book Club. Here’s how it works each week:

Every Monday: Discussion video posted on the blog – feel free to leave your questions in the comments.

Every Wednesday: A discussion around some of your questions on the blog.

Every Friday: A Free, Useful, help-you-hold-onto-your-sanity Printable posted on the blog for all book club readers.

OK, grab yourself a cup of something warm and a few quiet minutes of mom-time alone and read along with me.


Chp 10: How to Fall in Like

Chp 11: When You’re Scared Motherhood Means Missing Out on Your Life

{If you haven’t already – you can pick up a copy over here.}


book club week 6

Chapters 10 & 11: digging into my most tender chapter in the book – Chapter 10 – that deals with temper and learning to fall in like with my fiery middle son was good to do with two women who can relate. 

Kristen Strong has three kids and years of experience wrangling the passionate temperaments that can sometimes leave me feeling like all the wind has been knocked out of me. She’s a word sister and parenting mentor and military wife – so her wisdom has been gold to me in these hard parenting times.

Alia Joy also is a mom to three, lives in the Pacific Northwest and writes such beautiful truth about the tensions we moms all live in between wanting to follow our passions and balancing that with the needs of our families.

I’m so grateful for the truths they’ve spoken into my life – join us as we get real honest about the real hard moments of motherhood that can leave a mama gasping for breath in frustration.

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Take a few moments today to think through the questions below and feel free to share your answers in the comments. Or use them as you talk through the book in your MOPS group or with your book club.

Chp 10: How to Fall in Like

  • Describe your relationship with your mother-in-law.  What took getting used to, and what has been a blessing?
  • How has being a parent helped you to worship God more deeply?
  • How has your role as a mother given you a deeper understanding of the Father’s love for you?
  • In what ways are you able to see and understand your children better by looking at yourself, like Lisa-Jo’s experience of ’seeing her son with a mirror’?
    What has helped you to control your own temper as a mom?

Chp 11: When You’re Scared Motherhood Means Missing Out on Your Life

  • What impacted you most about the unfolding and dramatic turn of Lisa-Jo’s story as recounted in this chapter?
  • In what ways does your story overlap with or differ from hers?
  • Deep down, do you believe that motherhood is as high a calling as any other calling for a woman?

Scripture passages for this week:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” ~ Psalm 103:8

A few favorite quotes:

“And God started to show me how to see my own son.  Not with a magnifying glass, but with a mirror.” ~ P. 134



“Sometimes you don’t realize you have a temper until you have kids.” ~ p. 134

“There’s no rage like the exhausted rage of motherhood.” ~ p. 134

OK, YOUR TURN – share your answers and observations in the comments – let’s crowd source encouragement for this journey deep into the heart of motherhood together.

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