I was recently given the opportunity to read the book Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom, by Sarah Jakes. From an appearance opinion, the cover definitely did not "sell" me on the book. In all honesty, this book sat on my side table much longer than it should have, just because it didn't appeal to me. Yes, I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover...guilty! But truly, you should not judge this book by it's cover...you'd miss out!!
This book is written in the form of letters to Mary, the mother of Jesus, but is also separated into chapters and themes. It's easy to read, and great to pick up and read a chapter every day or so. It is definitely written for women -- from mother to mother, so to speak....so don't get this if you are wanting to share it with your spouse or pre-teen/teen kids.
Sarah Jakes uses the examples of Mary from God's word, as well as her own personal motherhood experiences to write this book. And, even after reading it, I still love going back through to reread the highlighted sayings that are found spotlighted throughout the book. Even when I don't have time to read a whole chapter, one of those little spotlighted thoughts give me something to think on for the time.
Here are a few of my favorite spotlighted thoughts:
"We can't be faithless and raise faithful children."
"If we are wise, we will build children with only the bricks God hands us, not the rocks life has thrown at us."
"The more room we make for compassionate understanding, the less space we have for unforgiveness, doubt, and fear."
I pray that I will look at Mary, whom I often just pass over in the Bible, as a woman of God to watch and learn from through my Bible study...she was able to trust God without doubt, hesitation, or resistance. She accepted God's call for her life and was used in a mighty way! How many times personally have I chosen to reject God's call for my own life for far less reasons than she had? I am so thankful to have read this book and be given a whole new picture of Mary, and how I can learn from her!
Though reading "letters" isn't exactly my favorite way to read a book, it was worth the read for the challenges and encouragement received. I would love a Bible study on Mary the mother of Jesus (maybe there is one, and I just haven't seen it yet), but this is the reason that desire has even sparked my interest!