At Quieted Waters, Josh talks about books and his faith. It’s a nice place to visit.
Here is Josh’s review.
As my own grandparents have gotten older, I have begun to realize how little I know about their lives. I realize that I know the last decade of their lives, but I have heard almost no stories about the other seven or eight decades. I wish more of their histories were written down or passed down to us younger generations.
Mary McLeary saw a similar need to share her mother’s life and stories with younger generations. When Mary was given her mother’s prayer journals, she was moved by the faith and wisdom she found in them, and she wanted to find a way to share those stories with others. Mary began by writing a few blog posts, each based on a passage from her mother’s journals.
When that blog began to gain a following, Mary saw that a wider audience existed. In order to share her mother’s stories with more people, Mary began to write what later became the book titled In My Mother’s Words.
This book is a collection of single-page short stories, each focused on an entry from Mother’s prayer journals. Mary writes in a friendly tone, and much of this book feels like Mary sharing family stories around the dinner table. This book strikes me as a fantastic gift to the McLeary family. It is a beautiful collection of wisdom from two generations of godly women. Mary shares the faith and wisdom of her mother, and she adds in her own perspective on that wisdom.
Mary’s stories are primarily parables, illustrating godly wisdom through everyday events. Family, friends, and job experiences are the most common topics in these pages, and each story is selected to illustrate a lesson from Mother’s prayer journals. In that sense, In My Mother’s Words could be seen as a devotional, as each short entry offers a spiritual lesson that can be quickly read and easily remembered.
This was a pleasant book to read, and I enjoyed reading a few pages every night. You’ll appreciate Mary’s book most if you read it in several short sittings, because that will allow you to absorb each lesson. Finally, let me recommend In My Mother’s Words as a great encouragement to make the most of the time you have with your older relatives. We can all learn from Mary’s appreciation for her mother’s wisdom.
Thank you, Mary, for providing me with a free, signed copy of your book in exchange for my honest review! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews