Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Waiting in Wonder by Catherine Claire Larson

Published by: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Number of Pages: 379
How I Got This Book: ARC sent by publisher for review
My Rating: 5/5

Summary from Goodreads:

"A devotional journal inviting women to embrace the spiritual journey that awaits as they prepare for the high and holy calling of motherhood.

Expecting a baby is a time of unfolding wonders--from the jolt of first heartbeat, to the buds of tiny fingers, to the flutter of little kicks. During pregnancy, a mother's body nourishes this quiet miracle's development. But through the trials of morning sickness, the anticipation of labor, and the questions of whether she'll be a good mother, she'll need her own nourishment--both physical as well as spiritual. She'll want to nurture her own heart so that she may one day strengthen the spiritual life of this child entrusted to her.

"Waiting in Wonder "guides readers through the weeks of pregnancy with devotions designed to encourage, strengthen, and inspire. Each devotion includes Scripture and journaling space for writing personal thoughts, prayers, dreams, even love letters to the growing baby. And when baby is born, mother will hold a lifelong keepsake for rereading and reliving a truly wonder-filled time of physical change and spiritual growth."


Where, oh where was this book when I was expecting my kiddos? This is the sweetest, neatest devotional book I've ever seen for expecting mothers! It is not just a devotional, but also a journal where you can record your thoughts and feelings about your pregnancy. For each week (starting at week 5), there are several paragraphs about what is happening developmentally with the baby and the mother's body. Then there is a list of specific areas to pray about and praise God for. Following the list is a Memory verse. There are 4-5 devotions for each week, with questions to prompt journaling. 

I just think this is a beautiful book and the perfect gift for any expecting mother. I really wish I had had something like this - it would be so nice to look back on what I was thinking during those special times in my life. And what a precious gift it would be to hand the completed journal to the child when THEY were expecting their first baby - what a wonderful connection between mother and child!

Here is a sample from Week 40:

One of the points for prayer is " Pray for your little one as he or she arrives that ll vital signs will be strong. And pray for his or her spiritual vitality in the years to come."

The memory verse is 1 Thessalonians 3:9 "How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?" (How precious is that???)

One of the journaling prompts is "Dear Little One, As I wait to finally meet you, I want you to know..."

I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who is expecting, planning a pregnancy, or knows someone who is expecting. 

You can purchase a copy on Amazon or from your local Christian bookstore. And guess what? You can enter below for a chance to win a free copy from Thomas Nelson!  
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