Ditch Pressure for Freedom in Christ
Any mom who has tried to create a godly home for her family knows it doesn't happen automatically. Through books, blogs, and Instagram accounts, culture asserts that good moms must follow certain standards and abide by certain rules if she want what's best for her children. She must do everything she can—and she must do it all just right.
Following the suggested steps and recommended rules may seem best, but what if we're missing the point? This is something Maggie Combs came to realize while seeking to be a good mom to her three sons. Though the world around us may have critical expectations and rules for mothering, Christ instead calls moms to an intimate, abiding relationship with a triune God. In Motherhood Without All the Rules, Maggie identifies the main “rules” moms today often feel pressured to follow and counters them with gospel truth. You'll discover how the character of each member of the trinity practically impacts your role as a mom. Join Maggie in forgetting the rules, so that instead of being a good mom, you grow to become a holy mom.
Praise for Motherhood Without All the Rules
Maggie Combs has thrown a lifeline to moms everywhere. With wisdom and vulnerability, she tackles some of the most popular but unhelpful clichés offered to moms today—and shows, instead, how to trade those “stressful standards” for the truth, help, and freedom of the gospel. Motherhood Without All the Rules will encourage you, challenge you, help you, remind you, instruct you, and, most of all, point you to Jesus.
Coordinator of Women's Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible's Story and Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James
Maggie has a gift for relieving unnecessary burdens in motherhood by applying the truth of the gospel. We're grateful for the way she consistently points moms to Christ.
—EMILY JENSEN AND LAURA WIFLER
Cofounders of the Risen Motherhood ministry and coauthors of Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments
If you are ready to find freedom from unhelpful expectations and replace them with hope-filled truth, then Motherhood Without All the Rules is the book you have been looking for. Filled with practical takeaways and transformational ideas, it is sure to gain a place at the top of your favorite books list.
President and CEO, MOPS International
I wish I'd had Motherhood Without All the Rules when I first began my mothering journey. In it, Maggie Combs shows mothers how to walk in the grace of the gospel while prayerfully relying on the Holy Spirit. This book is a gift to mamas in any stage.
Host of the Journeywomen podcast
If there's one thing that can make a person's mind start to sizzle like an overheated engine, it's the heaping pile of unspoken rules the world offers on motherhood. What a relief this book was to my sizzling, overheated mind! Maggie's clear, engaging, and precise writing has a way of cutting through the most frenetic noise. I read this book during one of my most stressful seasons of motherhood, and though the words of most other books seemed to wiggle off the page, Maggie's words sang through clear as a bell. Even the most frazzled readers will come away feeling as if they've engaged in meaningful, freeing conversation with a friend while also suspecting they've been treated with sharp gospel truths by a doctor with an impeccable bedside manner. Maggie, thank you.
As mothers, we so easily lose track of the simple gospel meant to fuel and sustain us. That's why I'm grateful for this resource! Maggie addresses the cultural messages in which we swim these days, pulling down false narratives and erecting beautiful God-oriented truths in their place. Read and let your heart be settled.
Author of With All Your Heart and Messy Beautiful Friendship
Tired of spinning your wheels? In Motherhood Without all the Rules, Maggie Combs helps moms unhitch from burdensome motherhood maxims and mantras and paves the way forward with grace-fueled obedience. With the help of Maggie's disarming personal anecdotes, poignant observations, powerful biblical teaching, and practical action steps, you'll learn how to recognize and let go of (sometimes sneaky or subconscious) stressful standards and embrace the freedom and joy Christ offers to you in motherhood.
Author of Held: 31 Biblical Reflections on God's Comfort and Care in the Sorrow of Miscarriage
Maggie invites moms to find freedom in the gospel from the overwhelming standards that the world sets up for motherhood. She offers words filled with gospel hope as well as practical tips for growing in godliness. Like a close friend, Maggie reminds moms that God is at work in them through this season of motherhood and exhorts them to grow in intimacy with God every step of their motherhood journey.
Founder and CEO of The Daily Grace Co.
With the skill and humility that come only by experience, Maggie walks her readers through the experiences of life, exposing the lies we believe and replacing them with the good news of Jesus Christ. Those weighed down by the stress of worldly standards will find true and refreshing hope in these pages.
Pastor, songwriter with Hymnicity, and coauthor of Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women
Many of us moms don't realize how we're walking around, holding our breaths, tense under the weight of society's unwritten rules of motherhood. With gospel clarity, Maggie removes the burden brick by brick in Motherhood Without All the Rules. She slices through the appearance of wisdom the world offers moms with honesty, grace, and courage, bringing sighs of relief as she replaces the blinding burden with a paved path for our feet and equipping for the journey.
Biblical counselor and co-owner of Words Worth Noting
Reading this book has been like a warm conversation with a graceful friend who is speaking gospel truth directly to my wandering and forgetful heart. Mothering by the world's rules will stress and exhaust you, but embracing the truth of the gospel will lift your burden and make you whole in Christ. Open this book and take Maggie's hands as she invites you to make that trade.
Creative Director for the Spanish Outreach (ANC); leader of initiatives for young women in Spanish, Joven Verdadera podcast and blog
In Motherhood Without All the Rules, Maggie offers moms tangible gospel hope through sharing her experiences and struggles in motherhood and pointing moms to Jesus. She reminds us that the pressure is off to be the perfect mama because we have the perfect heavenly Father guiding us and providing for us. Instead of living for the kingdom of ourselves, where we are the “queens,” Maggie offers us another kingdom to live for—the kingdom of God, ruled by our good and gracious King. This book is for all moms, and I guarantee, after reading these pages, you'll be refreshed and reminded of God's great grace and the freedom He freely gives.
Founder of Well-Watered Women