The Missional Mom: Living with Purpose at Home & in the World
Author Helen Lee offers women a directive toward becoming Missional Moms no matter where they live, no matter what their background, or social, educational or economic status. Citing women as the secret weapon of the church, Lee gives Christ followers a power-packed resource for recognizing the mission God wants them to be part of and gives them the practical steps to make it happen.
Lee, a longtime journalist, writes both persuasively and with passion. Her voice rings true as women across all denominational lines are waking up to the call that they cannot simply sit passively by and only pray about matters --- rather that God expects believers to pray and act. Lee very rightly quotes from other Christian authors such as Carolyn Custis James and Shane Claiborne, whose own works energize and call Christian women to activism on a global level.
Readers here will be treated to both some encouragement and exhortation as Lee opens her book with a question, "What happened to the joy of parenting?" which examines how culture has taken captive the vision of motherhood and of the family, wresting it from believers' grips with nary a fight from Christians. She discusses what it means to be "a good Christian mom," defining this elusive term from a variety of vantage points and always coming back to the strength of Scripture. Once this definition is set, Lee takes it a step further, opening up the dialogue for defining what a "missional mom" looks like given the fact that it is God who is the mission sender.
Once Lee has convinced women that they are indeed to be missional, she lays out chapter by chapter wonderfully instructive models of women who are living missionally in their hometowns and throughout the world. Readers will begin to rethink all the cultural pressures that have pressed them into not so healthy (or effective for kingdom building) molds; learning how to be a "cultural rebel" in the best sense of the term; how engaging the world in its pain is essential; recognizing and loving "the least of these" and understanding what "third culture" looks like and where to locate it. Lee broadens her scope of service-mindedness beyond women themselves by helping Christian moms to pass on to their children this vision of living missionally as well.
Every chapter offers insightful stories of real life moms who are taking this calling seriously despite being afraid, uncomfortable, or feeling ill-equipped for the task before them. Lee challenges women to live out their faith in the nitty-gritty of hard daily living of this pain-ridden world by exhibiting the same courageous, extravagant love that Christ modeled for us. This text is more than a "can-do" resource; it is a "must-do" for the love of Christ compels each believer to give himself (herself) for the sake of others. Beautifully offered and effectively delivered, this message will stir women to action, and the world will be all the better for it.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on January 1, 2011