?Ordinary Mum, Extraordinary Mission? by Anna France-Williams and Joy French doesn?t fall into the usual ?Motherhood? book that?s on the market.It doesn?t promise to give you the perfect formula to reach supermum status. It doesn?t give any tips and schedules on how to create the perfect balance between serving God, serving your family and kids and serving the church. Surprised? You needn?t be once you understand the heart of the message that this thought-provoking, challenging book wants you to take away.
?Rather than subscribing to the theory that mission is something we must add onto our already exhausted Christian ?To Do? list, it explores and unpacks the concept of being missional as an attitude. More of who we are, not what we do.
Understanding how this change in thinking can infiltrate all aspects of motherhood has been well explored throughout the book. Becoming a Mum doesn?t diminish our calling to be missional and the authors help by including questions at the end of each chapter to help explore subjects like marriage, our character, building foundations, stepping out as a mission minded mum and surrendering to our own inadequacies? (in my favourite chapter title, Wonder Woman must die).
This book is an enjoyable read. Anna and Joy give authentic and honest insights into their own lives and other frontline stories from Missional Mums. It?s refreshing to come away from a ?Mum? book feeling like the measuring stick of being a follower of Jesus, to serve in the church, to be a Mum, a wife and a champion of the sisterhood has been stripped away and replaced with a more de-compartmentalised whole life missional attitude.
Brooke Jackson, July 2015