Welcome back to my Good Summer Reads series! (Catch up on the other posts in this series here.)
If you are a regular reader here at My Mommy World, you might have noticed that I usually choose books to read (in my weekly goals posts) that will help me develop personally…as a Christian, a wife and a mother. I am always striving to be a better person to the people I love the most.
Being a good mom
To me, being a mom is the most important job in the world, and I want to be the best mommy I can. Obviously, I am not perfect at mothering, no matter how much I strive to be, so in addition to prayer for guidance, I seek out good books about parenting to help me along my journey.
Meeting Sally Clarkson
Last fall, I attended the Allume conference in order to learn more about blogging. At that point, I had only been blogging for about 6-7 months, and I thought that going to a blogging conference would help accelerate my learning.
Luckily for me, Allume was within driving distance of our home, and my husband graciously said I could go. We even planned for him to bring the kids up on the weekend so that we could stay an extra night and have some family time away from home.
With much excitement, I drove up to the conference hotel all alone. After checking in, I went up to my room to wait for the opening dinner to start and to look at all the “swag” I had been given. Among the items was an Allume t-shirt that I had ordered in advance. It was the correct size, but the shirts must have run small, because it was way too tight. I decided to run downstairs and see if I could exchange it for a larger size.
After a short wait for the elevator, the doors opened, and I stepped inside to join a fashionably-dressed woman, whom I recognized to be one of the keynote speakers of the conference: Sally Clarkson.
A chance of a lifetime…missed
I have to admit, at that time, I wasn’t really familiar with Sally or her books. I didn’t even know what she was to speak about at the conference.
She was very friendly to me, and in my timidness, I told her about my dilemma with the shirt. She wished me a good evening as we exited the elevator and I felt like an idiot for not knowing anything about her 🙁
Fast forward a couple of days, and I had a copy of The Mom Walk (affiliate link) in my luggage to take home. After an inspirational keynote at Allume, I was one of Sally Clarkson’s newest fans.
Mentoring for moms
Through her books, Sally has become almost like a mentor to me. Coming from a background in which I was not taken to church or taught about prayer, quiet time or the importance of reading God’s Word, I quite often feel like I am failing my children, since I am just learning these things myself.
In The Mom Walk, the reader will find instruction on walking her own PATH as a mother:
P – purpose
A – assurance
T – trust
H – heart
Sally’s gentle words of encouragement and very relatable stories of her own journey through motherhood have been such a help to me! She has taught me to make my home a haven for my family, to rely on the Lord for help and guidance, and the importance of relationships, not only with my children, but also with other mothers and friends.
A must read
If you need encouragement on this voyage we call motherhood, I would heartily recommend The Mom Walk or any of Sally’s books to you! So many of us live far from our families, or perhaps have families that do not support a Christian lifestyle and are in special need of inspiration.
How do you find encouragement as a mom?