Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You

Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You

by Catherine Hickem
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Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You by Catherine Hickem

Jesus is Mary’s son and Jesus is the Son of God. The God of the universe hand picked Mary to raise His Son!

Mary was there the day Jesus was born and she was there the day he was crucified. Her story is deep and rich and has myriad lessons for any woman—mothers, daughters, sisters, friends.

Mary’s story reveals that a woman’s heart is important to the Father.

When God selected Mary,” Hickem says, “He was looking for heart. God set out to find the precise woman who would give her heart to Him, completely and wholly. He wanted a woman with whom He could entrust His perfect Son. This was going to be no ordinary woman.”

Heaven in Her Arms will touch your heart if you are facing fear and uncertainty, wondering about leaving your plans behind, feeling a need for community and the support of other women, or wanting to deepen your life of faith.

Hickem reflects on Mary’s story and offers practical applications, as well as inspiring real-life stories from contemporary women. With a six-week Bible study for individuals or small groups, Heaven in Her Arms shows the life of faith Mary exemplified and God’s tender heart for His daughters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400200375
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Catherine Hickem, LCSW, a licensed psychotherapist with three decades of experience, is a relationship expert who has made it her life’s mission to equip women for every facet of their lives. She is an author, speaker, coach, and counselor who received a BA in Education and a MS in Social Work from University of Louisville. Hickem lives in Delray Beach, Florida, with her husband, Neil. They have two adult children, Taylor and Tiffany.

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Heaven in Her Arms: Why God Chose Mary to Raise His Son and What It Means for You 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
PetLover1924 More than 1 year ago
In Heaven in Her Arms Catherine goes into deep explanations of what Mary went through throughout her lifetime as a mother raising the Son of God, Jesus. She gives life lessons that any mothers, grandmothers that they will be able to take with them as their children grow up. It also gives the children an insight on their mother. Giving them a better understanding of who their mother is, and why she said no to something's you wanted in life. When ordering this book from Book sneeze, I was hoping it to give me an insight to what Mary felt while raising Jesus, and educational. As I read the book, I found that it Catherine had delivered. This book kept me interested, and in return, I have received good advice to take along with me when I have children. Reading this book reminded me of my grandmother as Mary. My grandmother had grown up in a poor family. Her mother had become sick, so she had to take care of her sisters and brothers. That meant leaving high school. Later on she met someone and had gotten married. They had seven children. She took care of each of them very well. She would also pray in the morning, midday, and at night. She would pray for her family members. Making sure they are living a good life, or hoping for a cure. It was as if she was the rencardination of Mary. Throughout my life I wanted to follow in her steps to be just like my grandmother and Mary. This book has also helped me to care to love my mother more, and to get a better understanding of why she was upset with me with some of the things that I had did in the past year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine Hickem is a licensed psychotherapist with 30 years of experience, she is also a wife and mother. In the prologue, Hickem writes,“By getting a glimpse of His heart for Mary, women and mothers will be encouraged, challenged, and inspired to live out the same faith-filled, gutsy devotion that Mary’s journey called forth from her.” This is when I decided I was going to like this book and realized how much I needed it. Do we ever really stop and think about why God chose our mother to be our mother or if you have children, why you are their mother? I hadn’t before now. I was drawn to this book as a mother and a woman who doesn’t have the best relationship with her mother. I didn’t really have a maternal role model and I honestly never considered that Mary could be one. We often just see Mary as the woman chosen by God to bear His Son and we rarely think of her as a biblical female role model. I think Hickem does a good job of leading the reader to think about the story of Jesus and Mary (and their Mother-son relationship) instead of just reading over it as we typically do. Each chapter begins with a Scripture from the life of Mary then goes on to talk about an aspect of Mary’s life demonstrated by the Scripture. The chapters conclude with earthly wisdom and experience related to the trait shown by Mary. The author shares much of her own life and wisdom, which I think keeps the book from feeling like a bible study curriculum. I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, I found it enlightening and inspirational. This book would be great for any mother or any woman who hopes to become a mother. I will definitely loan this book out and recommend it in the future. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
TheSpiritedNerd More than 1 year ago
Licensed psychotherapist and devote Christian Catherine Hickem share a great story of Mary, mother of Jesus, in Heaven in Her Arms. Hickem address several key attributes of Mary’s, which fluidly guides readers from one chapter to he next. She presents information in a practical manner, with no preaching or judgmental tone. Although the book is for all women, the ideal audience for this book is mothers. Hickem provides many real-life examples of how Mary’s attributes can uplift mothers from all walks of life. Her honesty in the book’s Prologue about her lifelong desire to be a mother sets a positive tone throughout the book. I found some aspects of the book difficult to digest–mainly the frequent interaction she had with moms who weren’t empowered by/in their role–but a benefit for other women like me who are not parents. That same love and care can be extended to other children within our churches, families and communities. If you know of a woman who’s heart is for Christ and for children, this is a wonderful book to gift them with.
patters2day More than 1 year ago
So, in Catherine’s words, why did God choose Mary to raise His Son and what does it mean for you? Get this book and find out for yourself. Catherine has given a wonderful inside scoop on Mary, the mother of Jesus! Get to know her in a more intimate way, while you learn from the wisdom and the professional expertise of psychotherapist Catherine Hickem. She was a child herself, when an angel of the Lord informed her that she was to be the mother of Christ! It was a moment of disbelief, but also one of complete surrender and obedience. So begins the story of Mary, the mother of Jesus! Her life changed radically from that moment, as she began the journey of motherhood. Many times she could have thrown up her arms and declared, ‘I can’t do this, you expect too much’, but she did not. I see her as the epitome of grace and a true child of God. She trusted Him completely, even during the turbulent times of Jesus’ life. She is never heard complaining and yet her heart must have been pained many times, only then to be eventually torn apart when she looks upon the crucifixion of her beloved son. Catherine Hickem book gives a very personal account of Mary and of her life and I had a sense of truly getting to know her, as well as understanding many of the trials and joys she experienced. Mothers everywhere can read this book and identify with Mary. They will also relate to Catherine’s own family challenges, because they are as real as our own ups and downs. Take a walk back in time and get to know Mary. Be thankful for God in your life just as she was for His strength in hers. Walk her path and share in the stories of other women, who have struggled and then overcome trials and tribulations that have a tendency to beset family life.
ReadWorm More than 1 year ago
Revealing that a woman's heart is important to the Father. A very moving probe into the life of Mary - the woman God chose to be mother to Jesus. Hickem delves into the scriptures surrounding this largely "under" studied and appreciated character of the Bible. From the angel Gabriel's visit to Mary, announcing God's plan for her, we follow her right through to the last mention of Mary in the book of Acts where she along with all the other followers of Jesus, awaited the Holy Spirit's visit. I have to admit that, other than the annual Christmas story being brought to mind (with Mary as one of the lead players in the story), I have never really thought about the significance of this woman in scripture - as a woman and as a mother. She is important because God chose her to be the ultimate mother in the history of the world. Whilst this book's central theme is motherhood, I found many seeds of truth that can be applied to all factor's of today's woman's life. This book specifically spoke to me in the journey that I am on now - helping me (as God does) to see with a spiritual vision how His truth applies to all aspects of my own life. Hickem takes us along with her through Mary's life in a profound way. She exposes scriptural truth in the spirit of Mary and how this woman translates into God's plans for women today. Accompanied by a Bible Study, probing chapter by chapter, this book is a must read for any woman, whether on the journey of motherhood or not. A well written, must read.
MoiraM More than 1 year ago
Catherine Hickem certainly knows the struggles Christian women face today. As mothers the struggles are even more intense: when to push our kids harder and when to back off, when to trust and when to doubt, when to hold on and when to let go. Mary, the mother of Jesus is not much mentioned in the Bible and certainly not as her own person. She enters the Bible when it is time tell of Jesus' miraculous conception and birth. Little is talked of his upbringing, the day to day struggles Mary faced knowing her child was of God, God's own son, and how that impacted her personally as a woman, as a believer, as a mother. I cried a lot while reading this book because Mrs. Hickem shares some fabulous insight into what God wants of us women who believe, who follow Him, who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and she also shows us how to find the answers to our deepest questions. The section which touched me the most was "Love in the Rearview Mirror: Mary Knew God Looks at the Heart." Our hearts are often spoken of as something that leads women down a sinful path or gets us into trouble. It is also the repository of our deepest feelings: joys, triumphs, fears, longings, anxieties and tragedies we often think they are stored in our head but they are truly written upon our hearts. The second most impacting for me was "There Are No Accidents" which states that Mary knew God as Master Designer. This is so very true. Sometimes when God shows us His plan for us, for our life, we think "but I don't want that! That's not what I planned." We don't control our lives, God works everything--good and bad--for our good. Sometimes it is hard to see that in a tough moment such as the loss of a loved one or economic uncertainty but that is what we have to remember. Excellent read!
ebeau More than 1 year ago
“When God selected Mary He was looking for heart. God set out to find the precise woman who could give her heart to Him, completely and wholly. He wanted a woman with whom He could entrust His perfect Son. This was going to be no ordinary woman. Or was it?” Hickem says in the first chapter. She goes on to say that Mary didn’t come from wealth, that she was just another girl and this makes her accessible to the rest of us moms. What made her extraordinary was her willingness to be obedient, to trust in her God completely. This is just one of many lessons that author Catherine Hickem teaches in this book about the mother of Christ, written to mothers by a mother. Hickem takes Mary out of her singular role as the woman who bore Jesus and examines Mary’s role as a molding figure in the life of the Savior. And who could teach us to trust through the tough times better than the mother of Jesus? Touching and poignant, this book follows a scripture in each chapter and is peppered with personal stories that illustrate how Mary’s journeys through motherhood apply to mothers today. A definite must read for mothers with grown children, small children and yet to be born children.
e-erazo More than 1 year ago
Catherine Hickem illuminates the way Mary faced these battles that many of us women will ourselves face. She draws inspirational lessons from the life of Christ's mother by expanding on the small amount of biographical information available in the New Testament, often supplementing it with examples and applications from her own life. Hickem addresses the evangelical fear of Mary early on, lamenting the fact that we regulate this inspirational woman of faith to Christmas scenes. "God's personal selection of Mary to be the mother of His Son is worthy of our faithful attention," she says on page 13 of the prologue, "by allowing Mary to show up...only during the Christmas season, we are removing a role model for women and mothers of all ages and stages of life. To...view her as a woman who bore the Son of God but had little to do with His development as a person and a man, undermines God's sovereignty in the purpose of Christ's advent." In general, this book seemed to be more focused on mothers than on Mary. Usually the first page and a half of a chapter was spent on Mary's actions in a specific verse, then the rest of the chapter was used to explain how mothers can apply this principle in their own lives. The chapters are filled with real-life examples from Hickem's own life, which became rather exhausting for me. I don't particularly like it when author's use themselves as examples, because it can start to sound a bit braggy, especially when it concerns parenting. I also don't particularly like the methodology of taking one verse of Scripture in combination with an example from your life, and creating a universal parenting principle from them. There were also some red flags for me theologically. For example, at one point Hickem refers to the Holy Spirit as an "aspect of God's presence". I think Hickem probably hold to an orthodox view of the Trinity, but this phrase is problematic to me, and seems like it could be misunderstood. The Holy Spirit is not an aspect of God's anything - He is God Himself. Also, she says twice in the book that "while Jesus would become her Savior too, He would first become her son..." (pg 17, prologue) and "...she was His mother first, and He would be her Savior later". The Magnificat makes it clear that Mary understood God as her Savior, and Christ was always God. The dialog between Mary and Gabriel, not to mention the reaction of Elizabeth during the visitation, all illustrate the holiness of the Child Mary bore. Although we could speculate about whether Mary fully comprehended her Child's role in salvation, I don't think it's correct to say she understood Him as her son first and Savior second. Overall, I think "Heaven in Her Arms" could serve as a good introduction to Mary for Christian mothers. In particular, this book could be a great encouragement to any mother who struggles with fear in parenting, or who thinks they might be a bad fit for the child God has given them. Hickem has a unique perspective as a mother who struggled with infertility which led her to adopt, yet shortly thereafter became pregnant with a biological child. Although I give this book three stars for the problematic theological language and being a bit to pop-psych for me, I'm sure there are many Christian mothers out there who can draw inspiration from Hickem's exploration of Mary as the mother of God. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book fr
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
This story concerns feelings and thoughts all mother experience at least once. This is definitely a religious book, if a reader enjoys spiritual or religious books this one is worth a second look. The author addresses different problems, insecurities, worries, etc... and will help to reassure new or struggling mothers. The book focuses on the spiritual aspects of motherhood. Topics in this book concern faith helping with fear, community, heart, obedience, etc... The author writes very well. The reader will not feel preached at and many of the topics may be applied to one's life even if one is not particularly religious. Even though the topics may seem like common sense, we all need to be reminded of them at least once in a while. Heaven In Her Arms is a fast read, but the lessons will stick with the reader long after he/she puts the book down. This book is recommended to adult readers, especially mothers.
jmorrison More than 1 year ago
Heaven in Her Arms uses Mary as an example for all of the fears and emotions that mothers go through. Chapter focuses include (but are not limited to): God looks at the heart, embracing fears, coming to God during times of need, reaching out for help and encouragement, having faith, praise, letting go, and trusting. With Bible teaching and practical application some of the topics covered are: * Faith is central when facing fear and uncertainty * Obedience to God means leaving behind our plans * The heart of a woman is important to the Father * Praise has a deep purpose in shaping our relationship with God * A community of believers is essential to a life of faith I enjoyed this book even though I'm not a mother but I did pass it on to my mother.