Random Moments Of Grace Book Review
How do you find God in the ordinary moments of your life? Can you find God in the busyness of your day? Is it possible to deepen your faith and find moments of grace in the chaotic, unpredictable moments that accompany motherhood?
These are some of the questions that Ginny Kubitz Moyer asks in Random MOMents Of Grace – Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood.
Ginny explores these questions through a series of vignettes based on her experiences and perspective as a mom to two young boys. She writes about dying to self, losses she’s survived, covenant and sacrifice. She reflects on life before and after marriage and motherhood. She shares how she sees the world differently since becoming a mother – how motherhood inducts you into an invisible community at large – how being a mom has awakened her to new epiphanies.
She processes these experiences through the lens of her Catholic faith.
Here’s what I’ve learned: although silence, solitude, and homilies are all very good ways to deepen one’s faith life, they aren’t the only means of spiritual growth…all of these experiences – even the deeply frustrating ones – are chances for growth and grace.
It’s hard to write about your personal life and the spiritual lessons you’ve learned with the right blend of honesty, humor, and poignancy, but Ginny handles this task with aplomb and grace.
I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too!
For a taste of Ginny’s writing, read the Excerpt at the end of this post!
Feeling lucky? Enter our #Giveaway for a chance to win Ginny’s book!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Loyola Press to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
About Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is an award-winning Catholic author who writes about faith, life and how the two intersect. Ginny is also an English teacher and the mother of two young boys. She and her family live in the San Francisco Bay area.
For More Information:
- Visit Ginny’s blog, Random Moments Of Grace.
- Visit Loyola Press.
- Visit Amazon.
Be sure to read the Excerpt from Chapter 4, Covenant at the end of this post!
Random Moments Of Grace Book Giveaway
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Random MOMents Of Grace – Chapter 4 Excerpt
It’s easy to forget that a constant theme throughout my single years was the innate desire for a husband and children, along with the latent fear that they’d never materialize. As much as I enjoyed the freedom to float wherever I wanted, I also knew that I was called to the relationships of marriage and motherhood and that I would find fulfillment there. My life these days is less exotic and exciting than it once was, but on another level, it’s far more peaceful; I’m living the life I am called to live, and there’s something deeply affirming about that. I can stop worrying about whether I’ll ever have a family of my own. I have that life now, and what remains for me is to live it as intentionally and as gratefully as I can.
And this covenant to my kids—that I’ll always love you, that I’ll always be there for you—is just one more aspect of my life that helps me understand God’s promise to me. In the Old Testament, God promises Noah, and promises Abraham, and those promises are fulfilled. There’s a satisfaction in knowing that I am bound to my little boys as surely as God is bound to me. I reaffirm this covenant over and over, every time I change a diaper or hug someone after a nightmare or pick up my little preschool scholar after nap and snack. And I like knowing that I am providing two little people with a sense of security, that I am giving them the confident assurance that Mom isn’t going anywhere. I hope that, with this security, they can relax and expand into their fullest, strongest, most beautiful selves. I hope that my commitment is helping them grow up to be safe, hopeful, and optimistic about life and the world.
Maybe this is why God made that covenant with us: so that we can exhale and enjoy the world he’s created. Instead of worrying about whether we’ll be abandoned, we can rest secure in the knowledge that God is in it for the long haul. As a result, we’re free to turn our attention to other things; we hope to transform it into creative energy for the good. And I think this process must be as satisfying for God as it is for us.
So I understand now what my colleague meant about marriage and parenthood all those years ago. There’s the promise that you say to the guy in a tuxedo on a very memorable day, but that’s not the end of it. There is also the promise that you say to the little guy in Velcro sneakers who is hanging onto your leg at the threshold of a classroom, and it’s the promise that you repeat day after day in ways that are both spoken and silent. Mommy won’t ever forget you or leave you. Mommy always comes back after nap and snack.
And that’s not Mommy’s burden. It’s her privilege.
This excerpt is from Random MOMents of Grace by Ginny Kubitz Moyer.
Copyright © 2013 by Ginny Moyer, All Rights Reserved.
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Looks encouraging! Count me in…for a chance – one entry I follow you many ways but one chance to win is good for me…I like the perspective she takes with Covenant.
Best of luck Dawn – hope you are well and having a fabulous week! 🙂
Sounds like a great book! I will register, thanks for the opportunity! Speaking of opportunities, NanaHood has a contest going on and a link up today. Would love for you to be a part of it. Blessings to you,
Teresa from NanaHood.com
Awesome Teresa – best of luck to you!
Forgot to say I followed you on Google + I had already liked you on Facebook!
Wow, two bonuses today — I got to learn a new word (I confess, I had to look up “aplomb” on dictionary.com) and I got to hear about a new book. As an author myself, I’m always interested in new authors promoting new books. There’s a lot we can learn from them.
How very cool that I could help you expand your vocabulary! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by – have a fabulous day!
Hi! I follow you on bloglovin – and I’m excited to enter and hopefully win! What moves me about this book? WOW. Well, I’m going through some major upheaval in my life with health issues and I’m working on keeping my focus on things I can control, since many things in my life are OUT OF MY CONTROL.
I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through a challenging time right now Heather.
Your approach sounds level-headed.
Best of luck to you in the giveaway! 🙂
I follow you on facebook and you are on my blogroll and I receive your newsletter!
This looks like a book I need now.
Thanks for entering Bev – best of luck in the giveaway! 🙂
Hi, Wow, what a beautiful book. I wanted to leave my comment to enter the drawing:) I follow you via facebook/bloglovin and I’m sure several other social media connections. xo
Thanks for joining the giveaway Nicole – best of luck – I’m sure you will love this book! 🙂
Hi, I’m following you via pinterest (redeemingher).
This book looks inspiring for taking some weight off of motherhood and learning to let go.
It’s a book that moms will definitely relate too – thanks for entering Rachel – best of luck to you! 🙂
Thank you so much for introducing your readers to this book…it looks quite appealing.
I’d love to be entered to win…
I follow you by email and your hops are all on my sidebar/plus you;re in my blogroll.:)
Love to win, but if I don’t,I will likely treat myself to a copy.
THANK YOU for linking to Memoir Monday this week! What a great post abt this lovely parenting book
Thanks Chris – I thought you’d like this!
Best of luck in the giveaway! 🙂
Thanks for hosting Memoir Monday as well!
I’m following you on twitter now.
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Good luck to you Laura – thanks for entering! 🙂
What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for sharing at Family Fun Friday!
Love seeking (and finding) Grace in the everyday. In fact, that’s my blog’s tagline!
I completed all of the required entries.
I posted a link to this on my tumblr.
I followed you from Campfires linky.
Blessings on your book.