Thursday, September 22, 2016

Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood- Book Review



I loved this book. Mandy is raw, real and vulnerable in a way that all moms and women can benefit from. The format also makes it an easy read with the topical chapters/essays. As for the negative comments about the lack of scripture, these are not true. Is this a book I'd use for a bible study? No, but that's not what it's intended for. 

It's a real way to draw women to Christ, and there is plenty of scripture. In the second chapter she quotes Isaiah 45:3, "'I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places so that you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.' ...But God reveals that the most precious treasures will indeed be hidden in the darkness." Quickly followed by the story of Abraham and Sarah and how they were blessed by God with the promise of a child and the stars were a nightly reminder of the vast things that God can do. One of my favorite lines when looking back through the book again..."We help one another know God by how well we love each other." And isn't that the greatest commandment Jesus gives in the Bible: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.

The chapters are short and are brutally honest. You will laugh out loud, you will flinch, and you might even gasp--but you will find yourself feeling right at home reading this book. Each chapter also has great questions for reflection at the end. Typically I skip over these questions, but I found myself truly pondering how I would answer some of these with my MOPS group.

This book stood out to me because rather than telling me why I should LOVE motherhood, all parts of motherhood, it instead gently told me it was okay to simply embrace the emotional flood that comes with the territory. There are days of light, there are days of dark. Yet, even in the darkest of days, there is some glimmer of light--the stars shine. That doesn't mean you don't appreciate the darkness for what it is, or try to change the situation as quickly as possible to make everything "okay." Sometimes, it is okay to simply be and let things work out over time. Babies grow, seasons change. One thing is for certain--nothing stays the same forever, Momma.

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