My three kids are a huge part of my life. When I introduce myself, I frequently apply the labels wife and mother to myself, yet my role as a parent can also be a place I highly struggle. Over the last twenty years, I’ve found many joy-filled moments. My children have loved me, encouraged me, challenged me, and brought me a lot of laughter. As we prepare to launch a couple of them into the world, I look forward to all God will do in and through them.
Motherhood is messy and hard. But it is also a gift (page 28).
Book Description from the Publisher, Ambassador International
Does motherhood matter?
Have we lost our sense of identity, especially through social media, which can pour both accolades and acid into our hearts and minds? Does our role as a mother have any lasting purpose? What about the hard stuff? Do we self-medicate more than we self-motivate to fight for our families? If we don’t have a sense of purpose, how will our children?
Chimene Shipley Dupler believes you are created for more. You are created in the image of God. You have value, significance, and purpose. You are chosen! In The High Calling of Motherhood, Chimene will challenge and inspire you. Motherhood can change the trajectory of a generation as we discover the authority that God has given mothers. Chimene desires to see mothers experience the joy that comes in the value and worth that God places on motherhood.
Motherhood is a calling — a high calling from God. Chimene will equip you and give you tools for success. You are a difference maker. You are raising world changers. You are a mom!
We have been given the distinct honor to hold, love, and reach these precious children. He is allowing us to have a voice and place of influence in their lives. I am handpicked and chosen by God Almighty, who sits on His throne, to be a mother. Motherhood is a gift to bring God glory (page 40).
What I Thought
I found Chimene’s writing style to be highly encouraging and motivating. She challenged our modern thought processes and societal norms, going back to biblical truths to remind readers of the incredible gift offered to and responsibility placed on mothers.
She doesn’t shy away from the hot topics of the day that so many of us are prone to fight in our heads, like comparing our lives with what we see on social media or the struggle between a career and staying home. She reminds us that “motherhood doesn’t just matter; it makes a difference” (page 67), and she combats self-serving and self-pleasing mindsets that keep us ever struggling for more: more activities, more opportunities, and more exhaustion.
But instead of leaving us on a pile of greater self-loathing as we realize that we, again, don’t measure up, Chimene encourages us to embrace Jesus, exchanging our heart for His, shifting our worldview to His, allowing Him to grow and strengthen us as only He can. She offers practical advice when facing tough times, and admonishes us to seek God “in the midst of pain with an unwavering faith that He is good all the time” (page 126).
You get married. You have kids. It is just something we are expected to do as adults. We have bought into the lie that it is meaningless and insignificant outside of our own satisfaction (page 56).
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Chimene has a warm, encouraging style that motivates me to reconsider what I’m doing without feeling condemnation about my failures and shortcomings. I believe that Christian mothers will find bits of treasure worth uncovering in the pages of this book.
About the Author
Chimene loves the opportunity to help others achieve their goals and work through struggles to make their marriages, parenting, and life experiences fabulous. Even though she’s worked in the United States Senate and with foster homes and residential treatment centers as a social worker, Chimene is most proud to be living out her passion for marriage and parenting daily, endeavoring to bring God glory as a wife and mother and living life to the fullest. She and her husband currently reside in Washington, DC, with their three princesses. Chimene’s greatest passion in life — being a mother!
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DISCLOSURE: The Publisher gave me an Advanced Reader Copy of this book for the purposes of offering a review. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the free book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”