In Beyond Bath Time, Erin Davis attempts to encourage Christian mothers to embrace their role as a gift, as a blessing, as an opportunity to bring the Gospel to an unreached people group– their children.
Davis reminds mothers in Beyond Bath Time that ‘mothering’ is a learned art, that contentment blossoms when you understand and embrace your purpose in life, that pregnancy is not a disease, and that ultimately, work, marriage, and children will not make us happy, because we were created to glorify God, not man.
But while Beyond Bath Time is a confessional, deeply honest glimpse into motherhood and the Christian life, I cannot say that I agree completely with all that Davis purports in the book. Specifically, I fear that her emphasis on the fact that motherhood is a sacred, high, and holy calling (which it is!) can be detrimental if we do not also remember that motherhood is not more or less sacred than any other calling. God uses mothers in a mighty way for His Kingdom, but He also uses dentists, teachers, factory workers, nurses, painters, and musicians. Every Christian has been called to a high, holy, and sacred calling– to follow Him, make disciples, and be transformed into His Image! I also found Davis’ understanding of feminism to be shallow and misleading.
Overall, however, I believe that Christian mothers will find Beyond Bath Time to be a helpful and encouraging little book. I would give the book a “C”.
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