New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

This Life That Is Ours

Motherhood as Spiritual Practice

Lauren Burdette • April 2019

BUY Print $12.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $9.99

This Life That Is Ours offers 40 gentle meditations with guidance for reflection on the spiritual journey of motherhood. These practical, soul-affirming meditations nurture a mother's heart and spiritual life in a season fraught with overwhelm, exhaustion, and loss of identity. Through the lens of Burdette's real-life stories, the reader is invited to ponder her experience and to contemplate where God might be present.

This book is divided into three sections. Reflections in the first section, "Becoming a Mother," explore the dynamics of being a new mother and the whirlwind experience of those early months and years. The second section, "Becoming Yourself," considers what it means to return home to yourself—to begin to find your identity again, both within the realm of motherhood and outside of it. The third section, "Becoming Holy," names the holy paradoxes of motherhood—the ways it can be both extraordinary and mundane, both gift and sacrifice—ultimately deepening one's experience of the holiness of motherhood.

This Life That Is Ours includes an introduction, a preparatory guide for the reflective journey, a closing spiritual practice, and a conclusion. This book can be used in communities of mom groups, intergenerational groups of women, or spouse groups and would make a great gift for new mothers and mothers-to-be.

Categories: Devotional, Women
Lauren Burdette is a spiritual director and writer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She holds certificates from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in World Christian Discipleship and Individual Spiritual Direction and was honored by Spiritual Directors International with the title and scholarship New Contemplative. Lauren is also the host of the podcast Life As Spiritual Practice. She loves to read good fiction and to dig in the dirt at her local urban farm with her husband and three young children.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1864-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1865-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1866-7

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2019

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x 0.239 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120

BISAC2: REL055000

BISAC3: REL012130