One of these days I’m going to ask God if I can write a book that has nothing to do with my life–so I won’t feel convicted with every little word I write. I mentioned in the last book that it was often easier to sit at my desk and write about sex than to go upstairs and have it. Well, this mothering book is presenting the same challenges. Easier to write about self-sacrifice and finding joy in motherhood. Much harder to actually make the sacrifice–put fun manuscript away and play “baby.”
I wasn’t going to do any “research” for this book. I didn’t want it to sound like I’d read a bunch of other people’s books and then regurgitated it with my own name on it. But then I caved. First of all, because I looooooove to read. And second, because I wanted to get a feel for what some other parenting books are like, in case there were some really important issues I hadn’t thought to address.
Anyway, one of the books I bought is Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas. I mentioned a few months ago that I sent him my other two books with a thank-you for his influence on them (Sacred Marriage). And I was shocked when he e-mailed back, complimented my books, and asked for postcards to pass out at his conferences.
But this is not about name-dropping. This is about an incredible book. If you haven’t read it, do! So many of us have blogged lately about finding significance in motherhood, and it is such a wake-up call. Fabulously written, makes you think long and hard about God’s call on our lives as parents. I’m going to plug it like crazy in my book. Wow.
Did I mention that Livi decided a few weeks ago that she’s going to get married after all? Ava convinced her of the merits of marriage and parenthood, so she caved. After 6+ years of insisting she’d be single and childless for life.
So, we’re driving in the van last week, and Ava pipes up, “If [not when] I grow up, I’m going to be a forcer.” Not sure what a forcer is, but it sounds like a good career path for strong-willed Ava.
Ava: Do you know what that means?
Me: (would’ve said “no” but her question was evidently rhetorical, because she kept going)
Ava: It means I’m going to force people to get married. Like her. (jerking her thumb in Livi’s direction)
Me: (hiding a smirk)
Ava: I like forcin’ people to do stuff.
Livi: (has had enough of Ava’s domineering) I’m going to force you to work at Target! (grabs Ava’s arm and shakes her repeatedly) Work at Target! Work at Target! Work at Target!
Have a great Tuesday! May the Force be with you! (It’ll be with me all day.)