Random MOMents of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood

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Before Ginny Kubitz Moyer became a mother, she spent a lot of quiet time with God. But the moment she became a mom, those deeply meaningful times of serenity all but disappeared, raising a critical question: How do you maintain an active spirituality when your life is consumed by the nonstop mayhem of motherhood? In Random MOMents of Grace, Moyer helps mothers realize that their spiritual lives don’t have to stagnate even though most of their time is now spent in a world of play dates and playgrounds. In ...
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Overview


Before Ginny Kubitz Moyer became a mother, she spent a lot of quiet time with God. But the moment she became a mom, those deeply meaningful times of serenity all but disappeared, raising a critical question: How do you maintain an active spirituality when your life is consumed by the nonstop mayhem of motherhood? In Random MOMents of Grace, Moyer helps mothers realize that their spiritual lives don’t have to stagnate even though most of their time is now spent in a world of play dates and playgrounds. In fact, Moyer contends that all that wiping of noses and reading of bedtime stories can lead to some pretty amazing spiritual growth. For any mom wondering if it’s possible to be fully engaged in the lives of her children without sacrificing her spirituality, Random MOMents of Grace offers a definitive “yes” as it shows moms how to see God’s grace at work in even the silliest, messiest, and most frustrating moments of motherhood.
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“The mystic Meister Eckhart said ‘we are all meant to be mothers of God.’  You don’t need to be a mother of children to benefit from the spiritual wisdom in Random Moments of Grace.  Female or male, married or single, you will learn to birth love moment by moment, and bless the world with gratitude.  I love this book, and so will you."
– Michael Leach, author of Why Stay Catholic? 

 "Moyer writes with the voice of experience and the insight of appreciating what she has. She doesn’t sugarcoat things and yet she taps into the beauty of motherhood. She’s sappy without being sickening, funny without being overbearing, wise without being unreachable."
- Sarah Reinhard, Snoring Scholar

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  • ISBN-13: 9780829438406
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 563,314
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Ginny Kubitz Moyer is a contributor to several print and online publications, including U.S. Catholic magazine, BustedHalo.com, and CatholicMom.com. Her book, Mary and Me, is a Catholic Press Award winner. She and her husband live in the San Francisco Bay area with their two sons. She blogs at RandomActsOfMomness.com.
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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    Sharing God¿s love In March alone, a prominent monthly magazine

    Sharing God’s love
    In March alone, a prominent monthly magazine featured four new books by powerful corporate women advising other women on such issues as workplace leadership, getting the salary you deserve, and achieving success “at work and in life.” By contrast, Loyola Press has just released Random Moments of Grace: Experiencing God in the Adventures of Motherhood, by Ginny Kubitz Moyer, a wife, mother, writer, and high school English teacher. Moyer, too, wants to get ahead in work and in life, and for her that involves tending to the spiritual side of things.

    Make no mistake, her “moments” are not all that different from those of the average mom. For example: “I’ve learned that feelings of love and gratitude for my serial puker can trump even the frustration of giving him three baths in one evening.” Moyer also shares her understanding of the phrase “die to self,” which made sense to her only after becoming a mother. In this reflection she admits to indulging in self-pity at times when she thinks of her former “free-independent-me” self. In those times, she tries to remember that what she is giving up is minor compared to what she is gaining through parenthood.

    Moyer was raised Catholic, left the Church for a period as a young adult, and returned in her mid-twenties. At the writing of this book, she was raising two healthy, active little boys. Before they came to be, she and her husband suffered the loss of two pregnancies, one ectopic, the other ending in miscarriage.

    Those losses, plus the death of a very close family friend, led her to examine why “bad things” happen. She rejects the notion that God willed her ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage or, for that matter, any serious illnesses, accidents, or natural disasters. “It makes no logical or emotional sense to me that God would give us those things deliberately, knowing of the agony and pain they will bring,” she writes. What does make sense to Moyer is that God loves us and wants us to accept and share that love “as far and as wide as we can, as lavishly and as earnestly as possible.”

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