If you are a mom with young children, put this book by your Bible and read it! If you are a mentor of young moms, use this book in a study with them. With humor and honesty, Hawley gives us a treasure chest full of new insights about God’s personal love, a fresh awareness of what our children can teach us, and the sweet companionship of a “friend who gets me!
Susan Alexander Yates
If you’re looking for a book on parenting with a young mother sharing her clichéd precious moments, this is not it. Erin honestly reveals her own struggles as a Christian and as a parent. But this is not really a book about parenting as much as it is a book about child-ing. Filled with personal stories and insightful research, Erin’s intelligent writing style captures deep theological truths that will transform how you think of God as your Father. And with excellent reflection questions at the end of each chapter, it will enable deeper discussions for any small group or even two friends over a meal or drink. Although written particularly to young mothers, as a pastor I recommend this book for everyone. I wish my entire congregation would read it. Whether you are new to the Christian faith or well-versed in biblical knowledge, here is a really really good book you’ll be glad you read.
By the end of the first page of Living Beloved, I was breathing a sigh of relief and solace: this is a safe place. There are no comparisons here, or expectations, only an opportunity to find rest and identity in God’s grace. Erin weaves the stories of childhood and motherhood truthfully, inviting us tired mamas to remember that we are children, perfectly loved and nurtured by the parent-heart of God.
So many of us are moving through this life in “survival mode,” just trying our hardest to make it through each day. We’ve become a generation of do-it-all moms, multitaskers to the max. What a beautiful reminder Erin Hawley has given us to pause, ponder, rest, and purposefully recognize the numerous lessons the Lord wants to reveal to us about Himself and His steadfast love through our children and motherhood.
As a working mom of three, I often find myself measuring my worth by how much I accomplish in a day, a week, or even a year at work, at home, and in my kids’ lives. It can be exhausting. Hawley’s touching personal stories and keen observations as both mother and child, along with theologically-rich teaching about God’s great love for us in Christ, forced me to take a deep breath and remember what it’s like to be a child. Not just any child, but a beloved daughter of our good Father in heaven. Resting secure—not working harder—in our relationship with Him changes everything. I need to read this book once a year.