The Christian Mom's Idea Book: Hundreds of Ideas, Tips, and Activities to Help You Be a Great Mom

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You can make the most of motherhood with this newly revised, resourceful book. It's jam-packed with 500 ideas gathered from more than 80 mothers just like you: mothers of preschoolers, high schoolers, and every age in between. Mothers with one child. Mothers with a houseful of children. Mothers with adopted children. But most of all, mothers with a great desire to raise godly kids-and have fun at it too!

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Overview

You can make the most of motherhood with this newly revised, resourceful book. It's jam-packed with 500 ideas gathered from more than 80 mothers just like you: mothers of preschoolers, high schoolers, and every age in between. Mothers with one child. Mothers with a houseful of children. Mothers with adopted children. But most of all, mothers with a great desire to raise godly kids-and have fun at it too!

You'll get fantastic suggestions for fulfilling the all-important role God has given you, including: throwing a great birthday party, planning alone time & getaways, practicing hospitality, successfully surviving car trips, teaching music lessons, keeping your marriage alive, spiritual nurturing, handling doctor's visits, disciplining, babysitting, dealing with toddlers, menu planning & grocery shopping. ... and so much more in nearly 40 categories. Here is everything you need to provide a safe, nurturing environment for your family-and to make your home a wonderful place to be.

About the Author:
Ellen Banks Elwell is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, Jim, live in Wheaton, Illinois

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  • ISBN-13: 9780891079309
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Banks Elwell is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She and her husband, Jim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Elwell has authored several books for women, including The Christian Mom’s Idea Book, One Year Devotions for Moms, and When There’s Not Enough of Me to Go Around.

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Table of Contents

Preface     5
Acknowledgments     7
Introduction     8
Connecting with the Bible
An Acrostic on Metherhood     13
Merciful     13
Observant     14
Trustworthy     16
Helpful     18
Energetic     19
Reverent Toward God     21
Honored     22
Orator of Wisdom     25
Of Noble Character     27
Dignified     29
Connecting with Other Moms
Baby-sitters     33
The Bible     36
Birthday Parties     39
Books     46
Calendars and Schedules     51
Car Trips     56
Challenges, Needs, and Stages of Motherhood     60
Clothing     69
College     74
Communication     79
Cooking, Menu Planning, and Grocery Shopping     84
Daughters     93
Discipline     99
The Doctor's Office     102
Education     110
Exercise     127
Forgiveness     130
Friends and Hospitality     135
Getaways and Time Alone     144
Husbands     148
Keepsakes and Art Projects     153
Laundry     158
Manners     162
Moms of Children with Special Needs     167
Moms Who Adopt     177
Music Lessons     184
Organization     193
Pets     199
Photos     203
Prayer     206
Pregnancy and Childbirth     211
Responsibilities and Chores     217
Siblings     222
Single Moms     227
Sons     237
Spiritual Nurturing     245
Television     252
Toddlers     256
Traditions     262
Notes     270
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  • Posted May 19, 2013

    Ellen Banks Elwell graduated from Moody Bible Institute and the

    Ellen Banks Elwell graduated from Moody Bible Institute and the American Conservatory of Music. She enjoys studying the Bible, teaching a few piano students, walking with friends, and taking beach vacations with her family, and lives in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, Jim. They have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Elwell has authored several other books, including The Christian Grandma's Idea Book. The Christian Mom's Idea Book is intended as a resource book to help the reader make the most of motherhood.

    After an introductory chapter with an acrostic on motherhood to emphasize its meaning and importance, 39 other chapters are packed with over 500 ideas and suggestions for fulfilling the all-important role of being a mother that have been gathered from Ellen’s own experience plus thoughts from more than eighty other mothers—those with preschoolers, high schoolers, and every age in between; those with one child, a houseful of children, and adopted children; but all with a great desire to raise godly kids and have fun at it too. Some of the topics deal with general motherly activities such as baby-sitters, birthday parties, car trips, planning for college, cooking. Others discuss more personal needs such as Bible study, time alone, and prayer. There’s even a chapter with advice for single moms. The goal is to encourage a safe, nurturing environment for the family and to make the home a wonderful place to be.

    With all this information available, Ellen says, “I have included many ideas from many moms, in their own words, realizing that no mother can possibly incorporate all of them into her life, but hoping you will find some to enrich yours.” Depending on one’s religious background and beliefs, there are a few things with which some might disagree, such as calling preachers “pastors,” having a single mom’s group at church, praying for salvation, and celebrating Christmas and Easter as religious holidays. However, the biggest complaint that I saw about the book is the claim that the word “Christian” in the title is misleading because it fails to address many spiritual issues facing Christian mothers. However, it is not intended as a theological treatise but as a collection of many helpful tips on things to do with kids. One person even pointed out these are good ideas for all moms. And it does definitely approach things from a Biblical worldview. I am not a mother, but I am the father of two sons and I should think that the suggestions in the book would be very practical and useful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2013

    The Christian Mom's Idea Book has hundreds of tips and ideas, ga

    The Christian Mom's Idea Book has hundreds of tips and ideas, gathered from mom's all over. There are 40 chapters, each starting with a few paragraphs on the topic by the author, followed by a section titled Ideas From Other Moms, most of which are a short paragraph or two. It's not an overwhelming read, as the chapters are simple and concise which is probably practical for most moms anyways!




    If you're looking for in depth help in a certain area (discipline, pregnancy or maybe husbands), this likely isn't the resource for you. However, if you would be helped by tips by experienced mom's on meal planning, laundry, what to do if your child has a fever, and any number of other potential problems you may be face while raising small children, then this would be a good read for you. Personally, I would have prettied it up a bit with some pictures and a little colour here and there, and probably covered a few less topics each a little more deeply, but overall it's a solid resource for the new mom.






    I received this book from Crossway for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Crossway!

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