The Beauty of Motherhood: Grace-Filled Devotions for the Early Years
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About the Author
Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is a writer, pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and mother of two. She writes on the intersection of faith and parenting, searching for holiness in the ordinary. Her widely acclaimed stories on faith and motherhood have appeared in The Christian Century, Living Lutheran, Episcopal Cafe, Coffee + Crumbs, and more. She lives in Cole Camp, Missouri.
Erin Strybis is a freelance writer and mom of two. She spent over seven years as an editor of Living Lutheran, the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, where she edited and wrote dozens of faith stories. Erin's writing about motherhood and parenting has appeared in The Washington Post, Coffee + Crumbs, Motherly, Romper, Bold Café, Gather, The Everymom, and Sparkhouse. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.
"You will not meet more tender guides for your mothering journey than Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis. A beautiful blend of story, application, and prayer, The Beauty of Motherhood is a master class in experiencing God in the everyday moments of motherhood. These pages are soaked in love, glimmering with grace, and will surely be a gift to mothers everywhere." -Ashlee Gadd, Founder of Coffee + Crumbs and author of The Magic of Motherhood and Create Anyway: The Joy of Pursuing Creativity in the Margins of Motherhood
"These poignant and prayerful meditations will bring you back to yourself - and the love God has for you and your children. The spiritual reflections and soulful prayers in this book affirm what many of us know to be true: On our wonderful, messy mothering journeys, we experience God in new ways. I'm grateful for the depth Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller bring to these chapters, which are short enough for us to receive even in our most depleted moments. May their words care for your soul as you care for your family." -Kayla Craig, creator of Liturgies for Parents and author of Every Season Sacred and To Light Their Way
"Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller share their deep intimate reflections of motherhood with profound tenderness. While reading, I found myself thinking of my own children while also imagining my mother as a young woman, cradling me in her arms decades ago. Certainly, no single devotional can address every aspect of motherhood. Yet, Knowle-Zeller and Strybis provide a poignant, compassionate, devotional for young moms that is inspirational and honest." -The Rev. Angela T. !Khabeb, ELCA Pastor, Living Lutheran columnist, Public Theologian, and Good Morning America guest contributor
"Where was this book when my children were young? In an easy-to-read, invitational style, the authors of The Beauty of Motherhood share a myriad of true-life stories that cover the messy, the mundane, and the marvelous moments of being a mom. Readable, relatable, and real, the stories are woven together with prayers, scripture, ponderings, and practices that combine to make this book an inspiring, perfect gift for any mom. Simply lovely." -Glenys Nellist, author of God Made Mommy Special and The Wonder That is You
"With honesty and wit, [the authors] offer mothers stories that will encourage, restore, inspire, and convict. They turn doubt and worry into faith and hope, sadness and frustration into gratitude and joy. Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis look to and write about parenting challenges with a faith and a love that will fill mothers' souls so that they in turn may attend to the souls of those they've been called to mother." -Callie R. Feyen, author of The Teacher Diaries and Twirl
"When a new baby is born, a new mother is also born, whether it is her first child or her seventh. With gentle yet incisive wisdom, Erin Strybis and Kim Knowle-Zeller invite mothers into the beautiful, personal story that God is writing through their parenting journeys, 'one that requires imagination, revision, and plenty of faith.' This devotional is savory nourishment for the postpartum soul, beautifully accompanying the fresh fears, anxieties, frustrations, and tender epiphanies of those early years. I will be buying a copy of this timely book for all of the new moms in my life." -Kelsi Folsom, poet, speaker, and author of Breaking the Jar
"Kim Knowle-Zeller and Erin Strybis are two women whose words come from hearts that are so for you and your mothering story. Reading these devotions felt like being handed a soft blanket and offered a place on their family room couch to rest. I'm thankful for their stories, their compassion, and their gentle invitation to truly experience God'