Monday, April 20, 2009

Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today by Kathi Macias

**Just in time for Mother's Day. This Blog tour has a giveaway. Read to the end to find out how to enter.**



(Homeland, CA) - If you've ever wished for a real live interview from an experienced mother found in God's Word, you'll be thrilled with the message of Kathi Macias' new book, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today. Thankfully the trials, heartaches and transitions mothers face are not new to this generation. Traveling back in time with Eve, Hannah, Sarah, Mary and others, readers will recognize the common struggles that still plague our world today.

This hardback gift book gently calls women to study the lives of biblical moms who were challenged with their own set of circumstances. From fear to insecurities, heartbreak to disappointments -- Kathi's words capture the heart of every woman with hope and encouragement to become the mother God wants them to be. After studying these fifteen biblical mothers, readers will have a solid example of biblical parenting. At the end of each chapter, mothers will find a special place for prayer and application.


Book Excerpt:

I can think of no more awesome an experience than the birth of my first child. At the young and naïve age of eighteen, it was the most joyous, as well as the most terrifying thing that had ever happened to me. It was as if I were experiencing love for the very first time as I gazed at that precious little life that had been entrusted to me by God. And I thought, What in the world do I do now? How do I care for him? How do I make sure I'm doing everything right? What if--God forbid--I do something wrong?

Now, two more sons, nine grandchildren, and nearly four decades later, I smile at the memory, knowing those babies weren't quite as fragile as I'd once imagined. But I can't help but wonder how much more challenging and overwhelming motherhood must have been for Eve, who was not only the first woman but also the first mother. What can women today learn about mothering from studying the life of this exiled Garden dweller who had no role model to imitate, no how-to-be-a-good-mom books to read? Quite a bit, I believe. Let's take a look.

Eve, whose name means "life giver," was the only woman ever to become a mother without first having had a mother of her own. In fact, not only did Eve not have a mother, she also had no sisters, aunts, grandmothers, or girlfriends to turn to for advice. In short, she had no role models and no one with whom to compare notes.

She had Adam, of course, who, like her, had been made in the image of God. She had the greatest assortment of pets anyone could ever imagine. And, of course, she had her relationship with God. But as we know from the creation account in Genesis, all of Eve's relationships changed because of sin.

How alone she must have felt once those relationships were no longer perfect. And how frightened and overwhelmed she must have been when her two oldest sons, Cain and Abel, were born, thrusting her into an entirely new realm of responsibility. I am quite sure that more than once throughout the ensuing years she heard God's words echoing in her mind: "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children" (Genesis 3:16). By the time Eve's children were grown and she had experienced the horror of her oldest son murdering his younger brother, she must have realized that the truth of God's words tying together pain and motherhood didn't stop at childbirth. The same is true for mothers today, as we will see as we look at Eve's life...as well as the lives of other mothers of the Bible, who will speak to us from centuries past.



Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written almost 30 books, including Beyond Me, How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I'm Surrounded by Loose Cannons?, the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day, and the popular "Matthews" mystery novels. She has written commentary for Thomas Nelson's Spirit-Filled Life Bible (Student Edition) and was part of the devotional writing team for Zondervan's New Women's Devotional Bible. She has ghostwritten for several prominent individuals including Josh McDowell. Kathi has won many awards, including the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild, and the grand prize in an international writing contest. A mother and grandmother, Kathi and her husband, Al, call California home.

Mothers of the Bible

Speak to the Author

As a wife, mother, grandmother--and yes, even a great-grandmother to two-year-old Isaiah--you'd think I'd have this "mom" thing wired by now, wouldn't you? Surprise! We never get too old to learn, and what I learned in my study of Mothers of the Bible has enriched nearly every area and relationship of my life. God loves mothers. We were His idea, after all! And His purpose for our lives as mothers unfolds in beauty and meaning as we listen to the words of the mothers of the Bible....

~author Kathi Macias




GIFT BASKET!

One commenter's name from my site will go into a grand prize drawing for a gift basket which includes Kathi's featured book as well as:


It's Not About Me by Michelle Sutton
Sinner by Ted Dekker
Daisy Chain by Mary E. DeMuth
Shade by John B. Olson
Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity by Keri Wyatt Kent
The Victor by Marlayne Giron
The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka
Word Weavers by Eva Marie Everson and Janice Elsheimer



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Telling me something special about your mom or a Mother in the Bible you love to hear about. This drawing will be up until May 14th. Don't forget to leave an e-mail address or some way for me to find you if you are the winner.






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8 comments:

Crystal said...

I would love to win this book.

My mom is my best friend and my biggest cheerleader. She is a 13-year breast cancer survivor and one of the strongest Christian women I know. She kept plugging away after her mastectomy and during her chemo treatments, being strong for my dad and myself and for herself. I never saw her feel sorry for herself and she was a true inspiration to behold then and now.

Cheerful said...

My mom is now in heaven. She was a beautiful christian lady who loved her Lord, and walked her talk. I miss her dearly and look forward to seeing her again one day.

Kathi Macias said...

Thank you for posting this lovely review/interview about my newest book. And multiplied blessings to all you moms out there!

JaMean said...

My mom always tried so hard for us, and I never undertood or appreciated any of it until now. Now that i"m a mom, I know why she did the things she did. I love her and thank her for her guidance.

Jinxy and Me said...

My mom is a fantastic lady. She put an amazing amount of effort into raising my sister and I well and trying to instill good values and hard work in us. (I think it worked.) I really appreciate everything she has done for us.

babalisme said...

My mom has been through a lot in her life, I guess I might say that she's a very sharp, sturdy rock now, for being tested against all weathers. She had to care for her sick father with 2 little children (me and my bro). And after 10 years of caring, she lost her father. My father wasn't economically stable, so she had to find her way to help the family too. I really really grateful having her as a mom.

Kathy said...

I am the mother of two boys and a girl and I can't even imagine the pain of losing a child. I pray every day that God will bless and keep my children. Eve paid dearly for her sin. What could be a worse punishment? I am interested to see what Kathi Macias thinks Eve would say to other mothers.

Edna said...

I love Kathi's books please enter me.

My Mama has been in Heaven for 30 years and I miss her so much. Her birthday was May 17th and we used to always have a family dinner on Mother's Day. I had 9 siblings and they all had children so you can imagine the fun and food. I am the baby of the family and came late in her life. As of last week I lost my last sister and have one brother left that is in a nursing home with diabetics. He is 7 years older that I.
I have four children and 9 grands so I love Mother's Day, I wish I could get all of mine together for just that one day, would mean so much to me.

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