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As a Christian mom, whether new or seasoned, it does us good to learn more about what we are experiencing and what’s ahead of us. There is no better place to do this than searching the scriptures in the Bible to see what God says about our situations, and learning from those who have walked before us.
When in the midst of pregnancy and preparing for labor and the new little life to come, this doesn’t ring any less true. Reading books which other Christian women have written about pregnancy, labor, and birth is one powerful way to learn more about birth, to be able to better pinpoint and understand how we can view our pregnancy and birth in the light of God’s word, and to be equipped with confidence and faith for what is to come.
While there aren’t many books about pregnancy and birth written by Christian women out there, that only means there is so much more to be said. Take a look at these titles, read some new or familiar perspectives, and learn more of your body, childbirth, and God’s heart for women in the process. After all, the Gospel transforms your pregnancy – God values pregnancy, Jesus walks alongside you in pregnancy, and the Gospel redeems and transforms pregnancy. Our lives are proof of this.
So with that in mind, here are five books for pregnant Christian moms – as with anything, read at your own discretion, as we may not all agree with the details; Yet this doesn’t make it any less powerful for God’s kingdom.
Holy Labor: How Childbirth Shapes A Woman’s Soul by Aubry Smith tackles how childbirth – a uniquely feminine experience – shapes Christian women’s souls and teaches them about the heart of the God they love and follow. She draws on her own experiences of birth, as well as various assumptions of the culture in the church and at large, and explores scriptures for how to think biblically about birth, while sharing practical ideas for everyday.
Ultimately, Smith tackles how we can see God’s own heart and experiences in the pages of Scripture through the birth process He created – and how understanding childbirth leads to a deeper understanding of the overall gospel.
Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize has become a go-to resource for pregnant Christian mothers, rated by Amazon’s Book Review editor as the best book for expecting mothers. This book is ultimately a personal testimony of how Jackie and her husband prayed Scripture directly, searched deep into God’s promises, and overcame defeat by faith throughout pregnancy and delivery.
It is a short and quick read, and even if you don’t agree with everything, you’ll learn some valuable tools on how to shift your perspective of childbirth from something that you suffer through, to something that exhibits the glory and grace of God.
Woman Designed By God
Woman Designed By God by Drs. Jeremy and Amanda Hess is written to challenge the healthcare industry’s attitude toward women in modern-day childbirth practices and beliefs. God designed a woman’s body with a powerful, innate capability to bring forth life, and to heal itself; Yet modern medicine ignores much of this, wanting to manage and medicate labor too soon for low-risk women, causing distress for mother and baby. In this book, you will be empowered to make the right choices for your body in delivery, as appropriate. (Because we all know there are risks and emergencies). As chiropractors, the authors approach women’s health in a natural and holistic light – and reading this may change the entire way you view your body and how you take care of it.
As 1 Corinthians 6:19-10 states, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Yes – this verse is applicable to childbirth, and anything else you can imagine, too.
Baby Designed By God
Baby Designed By God by Drs. Jeremy and Amanda Hess is one I read and devoured in the newborn days – ultimately this is a book that will empower parents from all backgrounds and belief systems, showing how truly, our bodies are wonderfully and magnificently made, and have the ability to heal from the inside-out, by God’s design (as do us, too). It is easy to become aware of places we lack and feel discouraged; Yet it is equally as easy to make simple lifestyle changes to lead a more fulfilling and healthy life.
The authors share pregnancy and birth stories, research, and daily practice throughout, which all work together to improve the reader’s knowledge, perspective, and faith; A book written for parents “to know the truth about the natural, God-given methods of pregnancy, birthing, and raising healthy children.” This book was very well written, and while not everyone will agree with everything in it (as with anything, right?), it shares such valuable insight for those mamas planning for a homebirth, or a more holistic approach.
Re:Birth: Pregnancy Restored by Alexandra Kulick examines pregnancy and childbirth through the finished work of the cross. At Calvary, Jesus bore the sins of the world for freedom, healing, and adoption into God’s family. This redemption radically changes lives, and it can change births, too. Kulick starts with Genesis, examining how sin is the reason for the pain and trials in this world. Yet, Jesus bore the penalty for all of our sins – And through the beautiful story of God’s love and redemption presented to us through the life of Jesus, readers will uncover God’s heart, love, and redemption of pregnancy and childbirth.
Indeed – it is not what the world and our culture wants us to think – God has been a part of every birth in history, and is a part of yours, too – this book will show you how.
Which of these books have you read, or are planning on reading? We’d love to hear in the comments!
~Katherine Newsom writes at Simple Natural Mama
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