Thursday, May 17, 2012
Heaven in Her Arms - a Book Review
As part of BookSneeze book reviews, I chose Heaven in Her Arms by Catherine Hickem to review. For agreeing to read the book in its entirety and posting a review of it on my blog, I received a complimentary copy of the book.
Oh my gosh, I have to tell you before I begin telling you anything about this book, that I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK! It caught me from the first chapters and held my interest through the rest of the book. Some of her thoughts were so profound in it that I had to actually put the book down and walk away from it for a bit to absorb what she said and to ponder about it, which I think was her intent in writing this book.
Ms. Hickem writes about why God chose Mary to be the mother of Jesus, but she doesn't do it in a way that glorifies Mary or lifts her up on a pedestal like some religions do. She writes it with characteristics Mary had or developed in her walk of faith with God. She takes seventeen scriptures primarily from Luke Chapter One and Two plus other a couple more books from the New Testament and identifies characteristics Mary had that made her the best choice to be Jesus' earthly mother. Some of these included trusting God explicitly, even if she didn't know what the days ahead would be or even if it made sense of what he was telling her would happen. Another one that resonated with me was that God makes no mistakes in who he chooses to be our mothers (fathers for that matter too) or who he chooses to give to us our children, whether it is by birth or adoption, even though we may not feel we can mother such a child.
Her comment from her book about Fear, in Chapter Two, page 37, gripped me; I could totally relate to what she said when she wrote these words "Fear surfaces when we recognize that life may not go as we planned. Will we be able to cope or function if the carpet gets pulled out from under our world?" I think we all like to know what the future holds, want everything to go smoothly, but God never promises us a life like that and he certainly didn't promise that to Mary. Yet she was able to put aside her fear and trust in what God had planned for her.
Ms. Hickem covers the whole span of motherhood, from pregnancy to as your children grow and become adults and how a mother's role will change over time. As a parent of two young adults, I gained valuable information on how I should be parenting at this stage of the game.
The chapters are well written, short, no more than 5-6 pages tops, but packed with wisdom and advice on important traits moms should harvest in their attempts to embrace motherhood and be the best mom they can me, allowing God to direct them and giving their children to God, knowing he knows what is best for them.
Again, I cannot say enough good things about this book. If you are a mother of any age, you will truly enjoy it. If you are a young mom or a mom to be or hope to be a mom one day, you will benefit from this book. I wish it had been written years ago when my children were young, it would have changed my perspective about things and made me trust in God more and ease some of my fears and insecurities as a mom.
This is one book I would not hesitate to give as a shower gift for a mom to be or as a gift to any mother. In fact, I have a very special young woman in mind that I want to pass this book on to; a young mom to be in our church. God brought her name to mind when I was finishing this book.
Again, a very good read!! Highly recommended and totally enjoyed!