Book Review of Professionalizing Motherhood


Book Review of Professionalizing Motherhood - An Island Family By Grace

I first heard of the book Professionalizing Motherhood, by Jill Savage, in a ‘vlog’ by Nikki of A Farmhouse Full. Jill Savage has written Professionalizing Motherhood as an encouragement for Christian mothers to see their role as a mother as an important and worthwhile calling, and even ‘career’.

The book covers the Biblical foundation for this encouragement, then gives lots of practical advice and ideas on how to learn and grow in our role as mothers and wives. Mrs. Savage covers such subjects as prayer, creativity, organisation, and something I often forget- fun!

Book Review of Professionalizing Motherhood - An Island Family By Grace

One of my favourite sections of the books was where the author discussed the importance of a marriage-centred, as opposed to a child-centred family, with God at the head.

Jill Savage says, ‘We were created to have God as our first love. God then designed the marriage relationship as the cornerstone of the family. Finally, children both enter and leave the family unit.’ (Professionalizing Motherhood, P.72)

As someone who has experienced firsthand the devastation that serious marriage difficulties can cause, I really appreciated the author’s emphasis on this aspect of the family. She goes on to say:

For the marriage relationship to last a lifetime, we must invest in that relationship while the children are still at home… This is contrary to the way our society operates.

(Professionalizing Motherhood, P.74)

I am so thankful to God that by His grace, our marriage has now been restored, but how much better if my husband and I had learned these lessons at the beginning of, or even before, our marriage!

In that way, I would recommend Professionalizing Motherhood, particularly as being helpful to younger mothers, or I should say mothers of young children. It is not a book aimed at home educating mothers like myself, however I still found it to be a very encouraging book, both in reaffirming what an excellent use of time and effort motherhood is, and also in giving practical ideas to bring honour to God in how I mother my children.

Do you have any favourite books on Christian motherhood? Please let me know in a comment.

This book review of Professionalizing Motherhood first appeared on An Island Family By Grace.


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8 Comments on “Book Review of Professionalizing Motherhood

  1. How funny – I read this book way back in 2000 or so and just read through it again this past summer before I passed it along to a friend. I was surprised to see it pop up, but it’s definitely one I felt was worth reading.

    • That’s really interesting, Lisa. It is a book I think I would really have benefitted from as a new mum in 2001! Thanks for your comment 🙂

    • Thank you for the recommendation of Elisabeth Elliot’s book, Michele- I have only read one of her books before, and have not heard of that one 🙂

  2. This book sounds great. I really like the idea of treating motherhood as a “career” since most modern women can understand the value of that terminology. Thanks for sharing!

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