The entire time I was reading Dena Dyer’s Grace for the Race: Meditations for Busy Moms, I had the picture of my daughter-in-law in my mind. The daughter-in-law with the 2-year-old and the infant. The daughter-in-law whose idea of heaven has evolved to a 10-minute shower during the time both boys might be asleep at the same time.
It’s a funny book, this Grace for the Race. It’s a funny book – but also a wise book, written by a mother who has not only been there, but is still there.
Every wonder why all the neighborhood kids cluster at our house and clean out your refrigerator?
Do you ask yourself the question where did this flood of emotion and tears come from?
Do you notice how you’re the only mother in a t-shirt and jeans when you drop the kids off at school – while the other mothers are dressed for tea with the Queen?
Have you tried to sneak the sleeping toddler from the car seat to his bed without waking him up?
Do you discover you’re using exactly the same threats as your mother did – the ones you swore you would never use with your own children?
Dena Dyer has.
Dyer is an author, writer, speaker, and editor for The High Calling – and most importantly, a wife and mother. (She blogs at Mother Inferior.)
The book is designed for a quick read. Each meditation takes about a minute to a minute-and-a-half to read. Each is structured around a story and followed by “Notes from the Coach” – Bible verses that apply to the particular situation. The mediations are grouped into nine thematic sections – Training Well, Warming Up and Stretching Out, The First Lap, Using Proper Equipment, Hopping over the Hurdles, Handing It Off, The Final Stretch, Crosssing the Finish Line, and On the Podium.
It looks like a simple book – but like motherhood, it’s anything but simple. What Grace for the Race should do more than anything else is provide encouragement: mothers, you’re not alone. Someone has gone through this before. And kept her sanity. Or at least most of it.
First published in 2004, it’s been reissued as an e-book by Patheos Press. (I thought of my daughter-in-law here, too – it would work perfectly on her iPad, except the two-year-old knows the pass code and she hasn’t had time to change it.)
The High Calling has published an excerpt from the book, Operation Enduring Sleep.