Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents
|by Courtney Ellis|
| Retail: $16.99|
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Pub Date: July 2019
Item Number: 627912
Categories: Christian Living
With the honesty of a close friend, the hilarity of a late-night comic, and the humility of a mom up to her eyeballs in diapers and dishes, Courtney Ellis invites us on a journey to draw closer God amid the joyful, mundane, exhausting days of young parenthood. Probing ancient Christian practices for renewal, Almost Holy Mama: Life-Giving Spiritual Practices for Weary Parents chronicles one mom’s quest to discover an answer to her most pressing question: Can God use the crucible of parenthood to grow us in virtue?
From studying Scripture in the shower to listening in prayer at the foot of Laundry Mountain to being forced into the discipline of stillness by a rough pregnancy, Ellis finds that meeting God in sacred disciplines can breathe new life into one of life’s most joyfilled and trying seasons.
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“It’s easy to think the years of middle of night feedings, long bedtime routines and the constant wiping of hands and
passing out snacks means you don’t have time for a spiritual life. But Courtney Ellis’s book Holy Mama debunks all of
us. She shows us with clarity, humor and tons of #reallife examples what it is like to be present— to yourself, to your
children, to your partner, and God’s presence all around. This book is what tired mamas like me have been looking for:
how we find God in the lives we inhabit (not the ones we used to have or might have ten years from now). I can’t wait
to share this book with my congregation and mom friends.”
“Where was this book three decades ago? After giving birth to three children in the span of 36 months, I found myself drowning in diapers, laundry, and half-eaten PBJ’s. How was I supposed to cultivate my relationship with God in the midst of the (blessed) chaos? Most of my prayers were either ‘Help!’ or ‘Lord, I’ll be back practicing the classic spiritual disciplines that sustained me before I became a parent. Gotta put it all on hold for now.’
“With wit and honesty, Courtney Ellis shares her story of learning to weave disciplines like prayer, fasting, contemplation, and service into the warp and woof of her days parenting small children. Her confessional style and practical, wise insight show parents of young children how to practice the presence of God in the car, in the shower, folding laundry, or through nine months of morning sickness. She is a relatable guide to your Lego-strewn journey with Jesus through the challenging early years of parenting.”
—Michelle Van Loon, author of Born to Wander: Recovering the Value of Our Pilgrim Identity
Courtney Ellis serves as associate pastor for Spiritual Formation and Mission at Presbyterian Church of the Master. She holds degrees from Wheaton College, Loyola University of Chicago, and Princeton Theological Seminary, and has been published in Marriage/Partnership, Rock & Ice Magazine, and Christianity Today Women. She’s a contributor at The Glorious Table and The Mighty.