Together: Growing Appetites for God (True Woman)is one of the first books I read when Ellie was a newborn (about 2 years ago now). It is one book that I cannot recommend enough for all moms. Carrie Ward basically shares her story and adventures of reading to her kids throughout the Bible. Nothing is dumbed down for them, and even the baby gets read to.
This book has shaped my thinking in two ways. For one, I am very picky about Biblical resources for kids that come into my home. Most of the God books or Bibles for kids are so dumbed down and made into something very cheesy. Carrie shows that kids do not need to see a goofy illustration with a watered down Bible story to get to know God. Instead, she would read her children a chapter or two out of Genesis and Exodus – big words and all. The amazing thing is that her kids grasped and understood a lot more than she expected. It just goes to show how powerful the Word can be. It also showed me not to underestimate my daughter’s intelligence and level of understanding in many other areas too.
The other important thing this book helped me see is that Bible time does not have to look like an Amish church service. Carrie shared that her kids would not always sit still or look like they were paying attention while she read, but it turned out that they were actually absorbing a lot of the material still.
I think the most important point that Carrie makes with her Bible reading experience is that as moms, we don’t need a substitute for the one true Word of God, we just have to dive-in every day. I love how she shared that one day her kids were sick and it just happened that the chapter they were reading that day dealt with comfort in sickness or afflictions. Coincidence? Never, God is way too intelligent and creative for any of these small miracles to ever be called a coincidence.
As far as reading the book goes, it is easy. When I became a mom, I think half my brain cells went packing. So while I would love to read theological texts, in truth, my mind can really only process the simple but God-glorifying stuff after a day spent pregnant and chasing a two-year old. This book is 100% practical and reading it felt like you were sitting down with Carrie for coffee.
Why this book doesn’t have hundreds of reviews is beyond me, because it is one of my favorite reads.
I was given this book by the publisher for review, but I had purchased a few months after it came out on Kindle back in 2012. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!