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Even the most devoted mom can feel overwhelmed and discouraged in the daily trenches of family service. But she can find power in her seemingly endless and ordinary tasks when she sees how they symbolize her covenant relationship with Jesus Christ. In this insightful exploration of domestic life, Stephanie Dibb Sorensen shows how everything a mother does, from folding laundry and washing dishes to refereeing arguments and taking temperatures, is designed to bear record of the Savior’s atoning mission. Through scriptural exploration and personal experience, she illustrates how the ongoing chaos of an active home enables a mother to develop the Lord’s attributes as a creator, teacher, healer, provider, and cleanser—thus giving her the opportunity to do for her family, on a smaller scale, what Christ does for the human family.
- Size: 6" x 9"
- Pages: 128
- Published: 03/2013
About the Author
Stephanie Dibb Sorensen is a mother to three children. She likes to consider them publicly charming and privately relentless. She and her husband, Matt, recently landed in Utah after spending the first decade of their marriage in the South and the Midwest. Their family enjoys camping together and taking road trips, and Stephanie loves to use all of their stories as case studies in studying, teaching, and writing about the gospel. After starting a blog several years ago, she discovered a passion for sharing real life mixed with real doctrine, and that planted a seed that grew into this book. She thinks motherhood is the hardest job in the world; therefore, it must be the most important. Second to mothering, Stephanie also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU and teaches regularly at Especially for Youth. When she’s not busy with her various projects, she loves napping, eating out, reading books, taking long walks, and other activities that make no noise.
by carmen - reviewed on June 29, 2013
This book is one of the most beautiful and inspiring that I ever read . Reading this book I feel that my role as a mother is the most important calling that I had and could feel more closer to my Savior knowing that He loves me. I would like to see this book be translate to other languages so every woman can read it !
Powerful doctrine, powerfully taught.
by Becca - reviewed on March 23, 2013
This book honestly changed the way that I interact with my children and view my role in the world. It is thoughtfully and articulately written; concise, powerful, and absolutely packed with doctrine about motherhood and how it relates to the Savior's mission and ministry. I love that the author dives right in--there is very little filler material. I found myself unable to read it without stopping to highlight and take notes. The index, itself, is an awesome resource for some of the best scriptures and sermons on motherhood ever given. My husband has read it, as well, and we have found ourselves discussing sections over and over again. It is one of those books that you will read, lend, and give as a gift. Probably my best Deseret Book purchase.
by Amy - reviewed on April 14, 2013
I have to admit I was a little skeptical about a book that could relate the daily mundane tasks of mothering (even laundry and changing diapers) to the divine role of our Savior. But the author honestly accomplishes that and so much more in every chapter. As a mother of young children, this book has inspired me and really opened my eyes to my divine role. Stephanie uses the perfect balance of scripture, quotes, and personal experiences. There is so much doctrine in this book. Throughout the day as I interact with my children, ideas I reqd in the book come back to me and inspire me to be more patient - and I feel more divinity and nobility in my work. Also, particularly for me as an adoptive mother, this book filled a need for me in really helping me see that even though I have not had the opportunity to bear children, I am absolutely a mother. Bravo to Stephanie for a great success. There is no other book like this on the market, and she has filled a gap in parenting literature. I highly recommend this, especially to mothers of young children.
Inspiring doctrine about the holy role of motherhood. Great read!
by Kimberlie - reviewed on April 21, 2013
This book was so easy to follow, and easy to understand, yet packed with doctrine and important truths that I want to read over and over so I don't miss a thing. The author does such a great job relating her life experience to Gospel doctrine, helping all moms realize that any act we do for our children--no matter how small or mundane it may seem--has eternal significance. Buy it for every young mom you know! Perfect gift for Mother's Day or a baby shower.
The encouragement I needed to remember the divine calling of motherhood.
by Melanie - reviewed on April 16, 2013
This book is written from the heart of a mother who has been in the trenches with us all. She deftly compares the sometimes mundane day to day role of motherhood to the very real and truly divine calling of being a mother. Motherhood isn't easy, but Sorensen captures the essence of the role of the Savior in the eternally essential role of motherhood. Bravo!
Changed the way I view what I do
by Customer - reviewed on March 18, 2013
I devoured this book. I cried twice just during the introduction. I have read countless books on motherhood and parenting, but this one has catapulted into my top favorite. It outlined in a clear, concise manner how "all things bear record" of the Savior. Yes, even laundry and dishes and hanging pictures on a wall. The book is divided into fairly short, easy-to-read sections about the different roles of Jesus Christ - and how mothers take on those same roles in our everyday lives. Examples are Jesus Christ Creates, Jesus Christ Teaches, Jesus Christ Succors, and so on and so forth. Each of these roles are meant to help us become like Him - everything has a purpose! The book is replete with the author's personal experiences - most of them humorous and always down-to-earth. I never felt preached at or looked down upon or even guilty (a first while reading a parenting book!) I only felt upliftment and encouragement and inspiration to be better. Most importantly for me, the book opened up the floodgates of furthered revelation and learning. The author presented some very simple truths that really got me thinking. I'd recommend reading it with a highlighter and a notebook. I've already given one copy to a friend for a birthday present, and recommended it to another. Both are reading it right now and love it! Note: The book is definitely written for an LDS audience, with "Mormon lingo" and references. But the truths contained therein are really for any Christian mother trying to do her best.