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DEVOTED: Great Men and Their Godly Moms

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by Tim Challies  |  128 pages
Women shaped the men who changed the world

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Tim ChalliesDevoted: Great Men and their Godly Moms, by Tim Challies

Endorsed by Nancy DeMoss WolgemuthKimberly Wagner, Trillia Newbell, and Gloria Furman.

 

History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers.

Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you? One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting.

Come take a brief look at some of them. We will look to the church’s earliest days to find a man who owed his salvation to the careful biblical instruction he received on the lap of his mother. We will zoom forward a few centuries to a woman whose constant prayers were at last rewarded when her son came to faith and went on to become one of history’s most influential theologians. We will advance to recent centuries to see how the prayers, teaching, and examples of godly mothers have shaped evangelists, preachers, and stalwart defenders of the faith. We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.

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Devoted offers rich encouragement, wisdom, and hope for any mom who longs for her sons and daughters to follow, love, and serve Christ.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, teacher, and host of Revive Our Hearts

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“Devoted offers rich encouragement, wisdom, and hope for any mom who longs for her sons and daughters to follow, love, and serve Christ.”
—Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, teacher, and host of Revive Our Hearts

Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms challenged, inspired, and encouraged me. Tim Challies takes the reader on an inspirational tour through history to meet moms from the first century all the way to the present day. Challies introduces us to moms who struggled in many of the same ways we moms do today. None of these women parented under ideal conditions. It was fascinating to see how God used eleven mothers, with their own unique personalities, abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, to produce great men. These are the mothers of giants in the faith, but there were no studied theologians or perfect moms in the bunch. Although their skill sets and gifting were quite varied, the common denominator was each mom’s devotion to Christ. Devoted will encourage moms (and even dads) in the trenches, but also pour out grace and hope on parents of prodigals. Reading Devoted was sheer delight and I highly recommend it.”
—Kimberly Wagner, author, Fierce Women

“As mom to a young boy, one of my prayers is that the Lord might enable me to be a great mom, but not as measured by the world. Tim has collected for us the stories of women whose greatness was largely hidden. The devoted lives of women like Elizabeth Newton, Amelia Taylor, Mary Machen, and more will inspire and encourage you. These stories and examples, so easily overlooked, are now collected and presented in this accessible and helpful book.”
—Trillia Newbell, author of God’s Very Good Idea, Enjoy, and Fear and Faith

“We look to our heroes of the faith and wonder, ‘How did she do it?’ Godly moms want their labors to make an impact in eternity, but sometimes persevering to the end of a twenty-four day seems impossible. Challies describes the powerful influence of a godly mother in articulate detail through stories of real women who have gone before us. These women believe the same gospel and cling to the same Christ, and I pray this book encourages many more mothers to follow their lead.”
—Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full


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Tim Challies is a Christian, husband to Aileen and the father of three teenaged children. He is a co-founder of Cruciform Press and has written several books including The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and Sexual Detox. He worships and serves as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario and writes daily at http://www.challies.com.

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History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers.

Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you? One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting.

Come take a brief look at some of them. We will look to the church’s earliest days to find a man who owed his salvation to the careful biblical instruction he received on the lap of his mother. We will zoom forward a few centuries to a woman whose constant prayers were at last rewarded when her son came to faith and went on to become one of history’s most influential theologians. We will advance to recent centuries to see how the prayers, teaching, and examples of godly mothers have shaped evangelists, preachers, and stalwart defenders of the faith. We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.

1 review for DEVOTED: Great Men and Their Godly Moms

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    One of the hardest roles I’ve ever held is that of mother. It’s truly a case of on-the-job training. And because it’s so hands-on, I have tended to focus on the practical day-to-day aspects of mothering. Now that my kids are young adults (though not all launched), it’s a whole new ballgame.

    With that in mind, I was so encouraged to read Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies. This little book is a compilation of blogposts about the mothers of eleven men (some you’ll know, some you may not). I appreciated that the author invited Melissa Edgington to write “A Mother’s Reflection” in response to each biography. She also teamed up with Rebecca Stark to write “questions for reflection” at the end of each chapter.

    Challies introduces the book this way:
    HISTORY TELLS OF WOMEN WHOSE LOVE FOR THE BIBLE SHAPED ITS EARLIEST AND MOST PROMINENT TEACHERS, AND WOMEN WHOSE UNCEASING PRAYERS LED TO THE LONG-AWAITED SALVATION OF THEIR WAYWARD SONS. IT TELLS OF WOMEN WHO WERE GREAT THEOLOGIANS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, YET WHOSE ONLY STUDENTS WERE THEIR OWN CHILDREN. IT TELLS OF WOMEN WHO LAID AN EARLY FOUNDATION IN THE LIVES OF THEIR SONS THAT, DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, THEY COULD NEVER UNDERMINE. IT TELLS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, OF EXCEPTIONAL CHRISTIAN MEN WHO OWE SO MUCH TO THEIR GODLY MOTHERS.

    I gleaned so many lessons from the lives of these women.
    -Don’t assume children are too young to learn important spiritual truths, or that they are too young for church to matter. Give them the opportunity to build a biblical foundation from an early age — and be sure you’re building that foundation in your own life (from John Newton’s mother).
    -When your children, especially adult children, are unbelievers, “often the best ministry. . . is the minstry they will never see — private, faith-filled, daily prayers in the closet.” This ministry is fueled by “daily renewal in God’s Word” (from Christopher Yuan’s mother)
    -A deep relationship with Christ, strengthened through “years of prayer, study, ministry, and the development of a biblical worldview” will enable me to respond to heartache with faith, perseverence, and trust (from William Borden’s mother).
    -“[God] uses ordinary mothers to carry out his purposes” (from John Piper’s mother).
    -While children are young, plead with God for their salvation . . . right in front of them” (Charles Spurgeon’s mother).
    -Respond to rebellion with earnest prayer (from Augustine’s mother).

    Some of these mothers were consistent in their faith, others were weaker, yet God saw fit to use each in her own way to spiritual impact her son. This, too, was encouraging to me.

    I highly recommend this book. It not only makes for great devotional reading, it would also be a good small group (such as a book club) choice, with great application and discussion question already prepared.

    (Note: Cruciform Press provided me with a review copy of this book; however, the views expressed are my own.)

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