Is motherhood only about self-sacrifice? Or will it bless your life, too?
You know that motherhood makes high demands. Yet you know it's worth the cost because it benefits your child. On some grand level, it's also good for civilization. And of course, it's a calling from God. So is that what you're doing here—pouring out your life for God and others while getting little in return except the consolation that you've done the right thing?
Laura Booz wants you to expect something more out of motherhood—something truly beautiful. You might be asking: Will I lose myself in motherhood? Compromise my career? Squander my potential? What's the point of all that unseen (and uncelebrated) serving, cleaning, caring, snuggling, discipling, and praying? Laura wants to help you see that behind all the giving that mothers do is the receiving of something special—a profound growth in God that is cultivated through motherhood's everyday ups and downs.
Let this book give you a renewed vision of motherhood: to see God's good purpose for you as a mother, a woman, and a follower of Christ.
Praise for Expect Something Beautiful
"With raw honesty, wit, and biblical truth, Laura directs a mother's heart to lean upon God's sustaining power and love in motherhood—in everyday challenges from cleaning up a shattered bowl of whipped cream or facing a fresh day after a sleepless night, to the larger pain of navigating unexpected loss. Prepare to worship the Lord in both the difficult and delightful moments as a mom as you read Expect Something Beautiful. You'll treasure this book!"
—HEATHER HOLLEMAN, author of Seated with Christ: Living Freely in a Culture of Comparison
"This is the book I wish I had in hand when raising my kids. Laura is the perfect mentor to encourage you in the sometimes-daunting assignment of being a mother. Her enthusiasm for motherhood, and for the One who gives us the good gift of children, is contagious. You'll be inspired and challenged as you work your way through these pages."
—MARY A. KASSIAN, Bible teacher, author, Girls Gone Wise and The Right Kind of Strong
"Laura blends a delightful gift for storytelling and a dose of levity with sound biblical wisdom. Expect Something Beautiful will encourage new and seasoned mamas alike to embrace and enjoy the gifts of motherhood and to experience the enabling grace of Christ for this challenging calling."
—NANCY DEMOSS WOLGEMUTH, author, Revive Our Hearts founder, and Bible teacher
"The gap between what we expect motherhood to be and what we experience can often leave us frustrated and disappointed. Expect Something Beautiful lifts our gaze from the mundane to the majestic and invites us to realign our expectations through His Word. You can expect this book to be a gracious gospel classroom taught by a fellow mom about the sacred stewardship of motherhood."
—KAREN HODGE, Coordinator of Women's Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
Coauthor of Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership
"Laura Booz offers an abundant depiction of the reality of God's own self-giving, attentive—and even, yes, mothering—presence to those who sojourn in the short years and long days of the mothering vocation. Mindful of all the longing and loss, the daily victories and failures, her book is full of joy, discovery, encouragement, and wise paths of hope."
—LAURA M. FABRYCKY, author of Keys to Bonhoeffer's Haus: Exploring the World and Wisdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Motherhood is filled with expectations, both for ourselves and our children. But what can we expect from God? In Expect Something Beautiful, Laura Booz paints a beautiful picture of the work God is doing in and through us as we mother our children. We can expect beautiful things—whether we are cleaning up the latest spills, solving sibling spats, or instructing hearts in the Word of God. This gospel-saturated book provides encouragement for every mother's heart."
—CHRISTINA FOX, author of Idols of a Mother's Heart and Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms
"As a mom of four who's walked many difficult roads in motherhood, I found the pages of this book to be beautifully written, intensely practical, and biblically rich. Rather than portraying an unrealistic pursuit of perfection, Laura walks alongside us to show that it's in the very messes, chaos, and challenges of motherhood that we can come to truly expect something beautiful."
—SARAH WALTON, coauthor of Hope When It Hurts and Together Through the Storms
"I wept . . . sobbed, actually . . . through the second half of the book. It was like a mirror, and in my reflection I saw a mother whose gentleness and kindness was largely conditional, as if those traits were something my children earned. But Laura's teaching doesn't just uncover the hard things. She swiftly takes the reader to a place of hope for change and new life for both the woman and the child. This book has literally transformed the way I view motherhood, and I couldn't be more grateful."
—JANET MYLIN, author of Arrows Make Terrible Crowns: How the Holy Spirit Healed My View of Motherhood
"This book will bring hope and encouragement to any mother, grandmother, or spiritual mom. Laura's captivating stories of her adventures in motherhood will make you laugh and cry, while her wisdom, honesty, and Christ-centered approach to parenting will inspire you to look to God and His sufficiency in your times of need."
—NICOLE FURNO, writer, Bible teacher, mom of three
"So many today fear or scorn the beautiful calling of motherhood. It is so refreshing to read Laura's book! She does not hide the struggles inherent to this role, but she beautifully highlights the sure help, abundant grace, and expectant hope mothers receive from Jesus. Mothers are not alone. They are seen, cared for, and strengthened by their Savior as they live this beautiful and rewarding calling of motherhood. A must-read for every mom!"
—LAURA GONZALEZ DE CHAVEZ, Director of Aviva Nuestros Corazones, the Spanish outreach of Revive Our Hearts
"With obvious joy in Jesus Christ, Laura has written a faithful, biblical testament to God's goodness in motherhood through Expect Something Beautiful. I hope this practical book will prompt you to serve the Lord Jesus with gladness and bask in His grace even as you serve your precious little ones."
—KRISTEN WETHERELL, author of Humble Moms and Fight Your Fears
"For any mom who is feeling overlooked, overtired, or simply underwhelmed by the quotidian work of her days, Expect Something Beautiful speaks a gracious and encouraging word. Pick it up, and delight again in the dignity of motherhood, and the remarkable school it can be for discipleship and transformation."
—SARAH DAHL, creator and host of ¿We Wonder
"I wasn't even through the intro before I struck gold. Laura is the mentor you've always wanted: sharing transparently from her own sixteen-year motherhood journey, cheering you on in yours, and pointing you to the beauty of God. Expect Something Beautiful is inspiring, worshipful, Scripture-saturated, and practical. May it bless your heart as it did mine."
PAULA (HENDRICKS) MARSTELLER, author of Confessions of a Boy-Crazy Girl, mom of a preschooler and a toddler
"There is something both fierce and humble about Laura's voice, for she has an old kind of commitment to her chosen path, the kind you might find in a medieval monastic. But at the same time, she is brimming over with compassion for the challenges (both yours and hers) of doubt, struggle, fatigue, and self-recrimination. Come to this book for the lovely prose, for the wise, gentle, and often quite practical advice, but most of all for the rare opportunity to transform your daily motherhood into a joyful vocation."
AMY ALZNAUER, coauthor of Love & Salt, and The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor
"Laura Booz has written one of the most honest, relatable, and beautiful books on motherhood I have ever read. Laura reminds us, when do we need the kindness of our Creator if not now? In your moments of joy and in the inevitable heartbreak, let Laura's words point you back to Jesus. She will show you how to find Him, right here."
CATHERINE MCNIEL, author of Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline