I first learned about this book here, and when I mentioned wanting to read it to my sister, Monica, she told me she owned it and I could borrow her copy. It sat in my stack for months, never making it to the top of the pile. I'm so glad I waited to read it, though--because when I finally picked it up, it was at a time when I really needed to hear the message. I felt compelled to underline a statement on the very first page of the very first chapter, and knew then that I should order Monica a replacement so I could keep the copy I'd just begun.
This book is an inspiration to caregivers of all kinds, but was very affirming to me as a mother, particularly one who stays home full-time. Ashworth says that we need to value "faithfulness in the ordinary, daily needs of life." She writes about boundaries and identity struggles, and she encourages, challenges, and leads by example.
A couple of noteworthy quotes:
"Seeking the good of another person fills our lives with purpose and meaning."
"We can never be all things to all people at all times, but we can be intentional about caring for the relationships that surround us in the present. People will come and go from our lives, and our caregiving responsibilites will shift with the years. Our own needs and our ability to meet the needs of others will change, but our ultimate calling to care remains."
One of the practical ideas Ashworth offers is to write an account of what she does each day. She says, "It helps me understand the calling God has given me so that I can be more faithful to it even when others don't understand." Do any of you write down the activities of your day--whether before or after? Has anyone else read this book? I highly recommend it!