I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel my role as a parent is all consuming. I wake up each morning with so many good intentions, but before I know it, it’s noon and I’ve only got one thing done on the giant to-do list decorating my fridge. As a work-at-home mother, it’s tough to be present with the kids and still maintain the responsibilities I’ve committed to as a Kidmin director and small business owner. I desperately want to mold them into people who love and serve the Lord, but sometimes it feels like I’m barely keeping my head above water.
When I spotted Rachael Carman’s book How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You?, I was intrigued. As a mother of seven, surely she has some insight to share! If you have seven kids and are still alive, I’m counting that as a pretty amazing feat in an of itself. In her book, Rachael invites her readers to think about the things we say to our children day after day and consider whether God is trying to say the exact same thing to us.
It was easy to draw the connection with several of her chapter titles such as:
- Slow Down!
- That is not how we treat our brothers and sisters
- Now is not the time
- I know how you feel
However, I’m sad to say that the book fell a little flat for me. I didn’t really connect with the messages in each chapter and though I could certainly see the parallel between our words as parents and God’s words as a Creator, I can’t say it encouraged or nourished my soul. I will admit that I didn’t finish the book, but I did make it to about chapter 20 before deciding that it wasn’t really the right devotional book for me. To check out a different opinion, head to the Happy Housewife blog to read her review.