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  • By Jacey's Mommy on November 26, 2013

    I used this book to lead our Young Mother's small group in church. This book has questions at the end of every which were very helpful. If you use it for this purpose, bear in mind that many of the questions are more personal reflection questions instead of small group type. i.e. "Which mother do you compare yourself to..." and "What sins do you obsess over?" so you may need to supplement with some of your own. Also, the author repeatedly refers to herself and all Christians as "sinners". While this is true, we sin and therefore are sinners, I find it a helpful counterbalance to remember what God call us: sons and daughters of God, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. She does mention this, but not frequently.Overall, I was extremely happy with this book choice. The feedback from my small group was overwhelmingly positive and I personally opened up to a new view of God's grace. Highly recommend!

  • By Kimberly Renihan on April 1, 2013

    I was incredibly blessed and encouraged through reading Christ in the Chaos. In a culture where we are faced with "mommy guilt" every where we turn, whether it be through magazines, blogs, TV, Facebook or even the local church, this book was a refreshing reminder to look to the gospel in our daily struggles in motherhood. Kimm's exhortations to stop making lists and comparing ourselves to other 'super moms' in our attempts to be more lovable to God (and those around us) were laid out in such a clear, honest, down to earth way, it made this book a joy to read. I feel more zealous to bask in the glory of the gospel each day rather than viewing the gospel in a purely evangelistic light as I have done in the past. I too found that "I failed to make the gospel personal in any sense beyond my initial salvation". Another wonderful thing about this book is that it is short, sweet and to the point, which is what Mom's need! Christ in the Chaos is very easy to read and can be read in just a few days. I plan to share this 'short and sweet' treasure with my friends and sisters in Christ so they too can rediscover the joy of their salvation on a daily basis.

  • By Katy in Michigan on November 19, 2013

    Parenting is hard. And scary. And exhausting. And maybe more than anything else, guilt-inducing. Am I raising them right? Am I loving them well? Am I giving them all that I should? Am I? Probably not, to all of the above. And yet, what I need is not just a 12 step plan so that I can stuff another failure under my belt. I need Christ. I am saved, but what does that mean for my life here, now? How does the Gospel influence my parenting? How does it influence my life? Kimm feeds your soul with the Gospel in this book. Her honesty and openness may briefly shock you, just a moment before you realize that you have your own stories that are not so different from hers. Laying your heart open, Kimm comes behind and soaks it in the soothing Gospel of Christ. He loves you, no less for your failures, no more for your successes. He has lived and loved perfectly for you already (and for your kids and husband, if they are in Him). You can now rest and rejoice in His love for you. It's not an easy thing to get through your head, but Kimm is pretty incessant about turning your eyes away from your performance and on to your Savior. I look forward to more books from Kimm in the future.

  • By J. A. B. on May 23, 2013

    Kimm Crandall, in the thick of motherhood with four children, yielding to the turbulence of life, pens a book ripe with gospel truth for mothers. It's a book that wants to combat the "mom laws" and shout "Gospel!" loud and clear to moms who are starved from grace.This concise, ten-chapter, 120 page book is written for "the mom who has been up all night with the baby, the mom who only has a few minutes waiting for the school bus, and for the mom who relishes her own bathroom breaks." She aims to free moms from the pressures and expectations of motherhood by telling and retelling the liberating truth in the gospel. It was birthed from her own chaos and trials that God used to awaken her heart to the good news - that there is grace for the sinful mother. She writes, "God has changed me through the gospel, giving me a new love and a new life, and I hope the same thing will happen to you as you read the good news of his grace and mercy in this book (14)."The subtitle is How the Gospel Changes Motherhood, but really it could be how the gospel changes parents, but especially mothers. Though it's not a "parenting" book per se, Kimm's tender writing and soft heart for the gospel truth will reach your impatient, chaotic, messy family context as it did for me: a dad of two small boys. Parenting is no easy task, especially for mothers. Mix in the (verbal and nonverbal) pressures from various Christian cultures (particularly other moms) and life can get quite burdensome, heavy and possibly bitter. I know this from my wife's own experience. That is why in this book, Kimm shouts "The gospel is for Christians too!" And that is why it is for moms, grandma's, moms-to-be and dads who are seeking encouragement from someone who's going through the chaos right now with them. That's this book.And that is what makes this book stand out for me. In it, I am amazed at Kimm's candor and ownership of the chaos that inevitably ensues all families. It is as if she is inviting the reader to peak inside her front door, to gaze at the messiness of her own family, and see how grace covers a multitude of their failures and victories alike. She basks in the the finished work of Christ daily. Her stories are our stories. And that is why she writes. She's writes to point moms (and dads) to the gospel over and over again. Each chapter is ripe with gospel truth, painted with fine brush strokes suited for tired moms or troubled parents. Yet those who are well and energized parents (do they exist?) will be deeply impacted by this book as well.Clearly influenced by her friends Elyse Fitzpatrick, Tullian Tchividjian, Paul Tripp and others, Kimm writes humbly but passionately knowing how the gospel has changed her views of motherhood and upon finishing this book, I am convinced it will change yours too.

  • By brio on March 29, 2015

    It's so refreshing to read words from another mother who makes no excuses. She flat out says, I'm a bad mom. We are all bad moms. Period. Every other book I've read seems to throw in the "I can be a bad mom sometimes, but..." Or "even though I screw up once in awhile I'm really a good mom." I love that this author doesn't do that. She is real and makes me feel like I can be real, too. Christ is the only good one, and that's what matters. Because our whole existence and beings are wrapped up in Him, and since He is Good that's all I need. Excellent book, highly recommended.


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