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Women shaped the men who changed the world. History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers. Raising children to honor and gl Women shaped the men who changed the world. History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers. Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you? One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting. Come take a brief look at some of them. We will look to the church’s earliest days to find a man who owed his salvation to the careful biblical instruction he received on the lap of his mother. We will zoom forward a few centuries to a woman whose constant prayers were at last rewarded when her son came to faith and went on to become one of history’s most influential theologians. We will advance to recent centuries to see how the prayers, teaching, and examples of godly mothers have shaped evangelists, preachers, and stalwart defenders of the faith. We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.


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Women shaped the men who changed the world. History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers. Raising children to honor and gl Women shaped the men who changed the world. History tells of women whose love for the Bible shaped its earliest and most prominent teachers. It tells of women who were great theologians in their own right, yet whose only students were their own children. It tells, time and time again, of Christian men who owe so much to their godly mothers. Raising children to honor and glorify the Lord is the goal of every Christian mother, but how can you do that? Who can teach you? One of the best ways to learn is to read examples of women who have succeeded at the very task you are attempting. Come take a brief look at some of them. We will look to the church’s earliest days to find a man who owed his salvation to the careful biblical instruction he received on the lap of his mother. We will zoom forward a few centuries to a woman whose constant prayers were at last rewarded when her son came to faith and went on to become one of history’s most influential theologians. We will advance to recent centuries to see how the prayers, teaching, and examples of godly mothers have shaped evangelists, preachers, and stalwart defenders of the faith. We will learn together of Christian men and their godly moms, mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world.

30 review for Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jami Balmet

    Every single mom needs to go get this book immediately! I know I will listen through this many more times in the years ahead. Charlie’s takes a look at great men through out history and their godly mothers who came before them. He’s not offering a glib answer to parenthood questions, but rather pointing us mothers back to the only thing that truly matters: Christ. And where we stand before Christ and where our children stand before Christ. Powerful. Convicting. Extremely thought provoking. Encou Every single mom needs to go get this book immediately! I know I will listen through this many more times in the years ahead. Charlie’s takes a look at great men through out history and their godly mothers who came before them. He’s not offering a glib answer to parenthood questions, but rather pointing us mothers back to the only thing that truly matters: Christ. And where we stand before Christ and where our children stand before Christ. Powerful. Convicting. Extremely thought provoking. Encouraging. I highly recommend you get the audio version as it’s such an easy one to listen through throughout your day! A perfect one to go through slowly, bit by bit. Or binge listen to in one day...like I did ;)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

    Loved this little book. Recommended for dads as well as moms, and sons and daughters alike.

  3. 5 out of 5

    NinaB

    When I picked up this book, I expected it to be good, but it is much better! I recommend all the tired, weary, and sometimes helpless moms (which is all moms at least at some point in our lives) to read this short book. Challies does an excellent job of giving us enough of the great men’s biography to whet our appetite to read more about them, then he highlights how their moms influenced their greatness. All moms will find encouragement from this gem of a book. I hope he will continue this serie When I picked up this book, I expected it to be good, but it is much better! I recommend all the tired, weary, and sometimes helpless moms (which is all moms at least at some point in our lives) to read this short book. Challies does an excellent job of giving us enough of the great men’s biography to whet our appetite to read more about them, then he highlights how their moms influenced their greatness. All moms will find encouragement from this gem of a book. I hope he will continue this series that with include godly women and their dads.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I really should have made this more like a devotional reading, taking one example from history at a time and savoring it. But I couldn’t. I was so hungry to be encouraged by the examples in this book and to be set aright by the actual experiences of others who have loved more challenging lives than I could even imagine. Simple, straightforward affection for the LORD directed right at our kids. Pleading patience and tenderness will have their day in the lives of our children just as they did in t I really should have made this more like a devotional reading, taking one example from history at a time and savoring it. But I couldn’t. I was so hungry to be encouraged by the examples in this book and to be set aright by the actual experiences of others who have loved more challenging lives than I could even imagine. Simple, straightforward affection for the LORD directed right at our kids. Pleading patience and tenderness will have their day in the lives of our children just as they did in the days of Moody’s Mom, Augustine’s Mom, and many others. Simple, straightforward writing about simple, straightforward Lives is powerful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I was so encouraged, challenged, and convicted throughout this short book by the wonderful examples of all the godly mothers that the author discusses. As a mom of boys it really spoke to me, though it certainly is not limited to moms of only boys. I plan on reading it multiple times to remind myself of just how important my role as a mom is in the spiritual development of my kids.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    As a mom of 3 boys, I found this book to be amazingly encouraging as to the influence a godly mother can have on her sons. I’m going to recommend this book to every boy-Mom I know.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Nichols

    This was a short, easy read. While it features men from all different upbringings and backgrounds, the theme of a Mother’s perseverance in prayer, steadfast love for her children, and quiet trust in the Lord is laced throughout the book. Each story was an inspiration to me to continue pointing my children to Christ in the mundane activities of life with small children.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bill Pence

    Tim Challies’ latest book, which celebrates mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world, began as a series of articles he wrote on his book. Rebecca Stark and Melissa Edgington added helpful “Questions for Reflection” for each chapter, and Edgington also adds “A Mother’s Reflection” at the end of each chapter. He tells us that it may surprise us to learn how many of our Christian heroes were shaped by the attentiveness and godliness of their mothers. Even though they may have ha Tim Challies’ latest book, which celebrates mothers who were used to shape the men who changed the world, began as a series of articles he wrote on his book. Rebecca Stark and Melissa Edgington added helpful “Questions for Reflection” for each chapter, and Edgington also adds “A Mother’s Reflection” at the end of each chapter. He tells us that it may surprise us to learn how many of our Christian heroes were shaped by the attentiveness and godliness of their mothers. Even though they may have had fathers who were present, involved, and godly, they would insist that their primary spiritual influencer had been their mother. In this book, he takes a brief look at some of them. Below are a few items I highlighted about each of the remarkable women profiled in this short book: The Hidden Strength of a Weak Mother - John Newton • Elizabeth consistently trained her son in Reformed theology. • Elizabeth prayed and hoped God would call him to ministry. • As biographer Jonathan Aitken says, “The spiritual lessons the boy had learned at his mother’s knee were never forgotten. They become the foundation for Newton’s eventual conversion and Christian commitment.” The Prayer of a Godly Mother - Hudson Taylor • She determined to pray for her son until she came to a sense of assurance that God would save him. • Rightly would he be known as one of the great Christian missionaries. And his story cannot be told without giving due credit to the power of a praying mother. The Unbreakable Bond of Training and Tenderness - J. Gresham Machen • It was on her knee that he had first learned the Bible and that he first learned of the Christian life through The Pilgrim’s Progress. In line with her Presbyterian roots, she diligently trained her son in the Westminster Catechism, leading him to understand and embrace its historic, Reformed theology. She consistently prepared Sunday afternoon Bible lessons and discussions for her boys. The Perseverance of a Godly Mother - Christopher Yuan • Little did he know that Angela had been praying. For years, she had been earnestly pleading with God to save her son. The Power of a Godly Mother’s Surrender - William Borden • Every day before school, he and his mother would pray together on their knees, asking that William would experience Christ’s power in his life. • She had consecrated him to the Lord’s service and now had to surrender him. • All through William’s life, he and his mother had prayed that God’s will would be done. And somehow it was, though not in the way either one had anticipated. The Lasting Influence of a Mother’s Devotion - Charles Hodge • She herself took the lead in their Christian education, tutoring them especially in the Westminster Shorter Catechism. • This early theological training laid a foundation that would mark the rest of Charles’s life. The Quiet Grace of the Ordinary - John Piper • Her consistent example left John with a love of hard work. • No one had a deeper spiritual influence on John than his mother, so it seems fitting that when John was 6, it was Ruth who knelt with him and led him in prayer as he received Christ as his Savior. • She shaped the way he approached life. Through her willingness to bear any burden, through her simple but tenacious faith, through her tender empathy, through her ordinary life, she made an immeasurable impact on her son. The Virtue of a Pleading Mother - Charles Spurgeon • Some of Charles’s earliest memories are of his mother gathering the children to read the Bible to them and to plead with them to turn to Christ. • He paid tribute to her for being his foremost teacher and for being the one who had so often begged God for the gift of salvation. The Patience of a Godly Mother - Augustine • It was God’s good plan to use the patient and persistent prayers of Augustine’s mother to draw her son to faith. • She was his first teacher, his first instructor in Scripture and sound doctrine. The Impact of a Hard-Working Mother - D.L. Moody • Betsy was committed to attending church and taught her children from the only books in the house—a Bible, a catechism, and a small devotional. No Greater Accolade - Timothy • Timothy’s mother and grandmother had introduced him to the Bible. And the Bible had done its work in him. • Timothy was a man of the Word because he had been raised by a woman of the Word.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacy M. Patton

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is such a positive encouragement to any mom with a son. I read this book very slowly, trying to glean all the wisdom I could from the examples of these amazing mothers! I love how Tim Challies ended each chapter with “a mother’s reflection” and then application questions that really make you think about how to apply these principles to your life! What I loved most about these mothers is that not all of them came from wealth or had easy circumstances, but yet they found ways to model go This book is such a positive encouragement to any mom with a son. I read this book very slowly, trying to glean all the wisdom I could from the examples of these amazing mothers! I love how Tim Challies ended each chapter with “a mother’s reflection” and then application questions that really make you think about how to apply these principles to your life! What I loved most about these mothers is that not all of them came from wealth or had easy circumstances, but yet they found ways to model godliness to their sons, which would ultimately change their lives. My favorite example of this kind of mother was a story I had never heard but yet the most famous name of the whole book...Mrs. Moody (mother of D. L. Moody) in chapter 20. She was a single mother after her husband died and left in terrible financial circumstances. Dwight was just 4 years old when his father died and he already had six siblings! Mrs Moody was also pregnant with twins when her husband suddenly died of a heart attack! I admire Mrs. Moody for keeping her family together despite the fact that everyone was advising her to “give up” some of her children so she would have less mouths to feed. But Mrs Moody was a determined hardworking woman who not only showed her children by example to work hard, but showed them the importance of trusting in God for His provisions. “Trust in God was her creed.” In addition to trusting in God for her own families provisions, she would never turn away someone in need and would often help a poor person from the little bounty the family had left. Mrs Moody was also always faithful in taking her children with her to church each Sunday. She had to be tired from working so hard and raising 9 kids alone, yet she never let her children debate her on missing church! But perhaps the sweetest part of the whole story is how D.L. Moody was always excited and happy to see his mother after his travels evangelizing. He never grew too old to seek her wisdom and love! What a wonderful mother she must have been! My other favorite story was in chapter 5: William Borden. The relationship William and his mother had brought me to tears and really encouraged me. This book will inspire you to lead your sons by teaching them about God, by being a godly example and to consistently pray for them whether they are on the right or wrong path in life. What a strong positive (or negative) influence we can have on our sons! This book portrays 11 examples of this strong influence and how it affected each son. I highly recommend this book!! I loved it so much that I plan on reading it again!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matt Kottman

    This was a great quick read. Challies looks at a number of Christian mothers of sons who impacted the world for Christ. Each story reveals a different facet of the ministry of motherhood and the varying dynamics such as one with a drunken abusive husband, a single mom, and even an atheist mom who later in life comes to faith and is instrumental in her son's faith. We may complicate mothering in our culture and I think this book distills some of the most important aspects of mothering. I would re This was a great quick read. Challies looks at a number of Christian mothers of sons who impacted the world for Christ. Each story reveals a different facet of the ministry of motherhood and the varying dynamics such as one with a drunken abusive husband, a single mom, and even an atheist mom who later in life comes to faith and is instrumental in her son's faith. We may complicate mothering in our culture and I think this book distills some of the most important aspects of mothering. I would recommend this to mom's everywhere. Mother's Day is just around the corner, this would be a good gift to encourage those mothering.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    I love it when a friend recommends a book and it encourages me deeply. When it happens, I give both my friend AND the author credit for improving my reading life, and in this case, my mothering life. Devoted is a short, concentrated, call to faithful, ordinary, persistent raising of children. I’m so thankful for this book and its lender.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    So encouraging! When going through a rough patch with your kids, it can be so encouraging to see that perseverance pays off, faithfulness bears fruit, and simple godly living makes a difference, even if you can't see it immediately. This little book give that encouragement and hope.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JLynn

    I really liked the short vignettes style of this book. It was easy to read and the Tim Challies stories are interesting. I gave this book three stars, because of the Mother's Reflections sections of each chapter. They felt "should-ish" and guilt-inducing. And were unnecessary, because anyone reading Tim's stories could form their own applications from the godly moms he featured.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    If you’re the mother of a son, this book is a MUST read. If you know a mom of a boy, do her a favor and gift her this book. It’s one that I personally will read again and again. So very inspiring and encouraging to see how these eleven moms were diligent to teach, train and pray for their sons. Now, more than ever, we need every Christian mom to go and do the same.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacia

    Great book! Lots of encouragement as a mom, not only in continuing to do what we do, pray and teach scripture. As well as encouragement to step it up and pray more and cultivate a love for scripture more! Only bad thing is that the audible version was not great. The reader was mechanical. ugh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Smooth Via

    Meh. Bland boring writing devoid of almost anything interesting about these amazing women. Save your money.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Excellent. Wonderful encouragement to Moms of all ages!! Trust in God. Stay in the Word. Pray for your children!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was a really encouraging and fairly quick read for a mother in the throes of young boyhood.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    I loved this book. Short, but rich with inspiration. I was brought to tears as I identified with the struggles and the heart work of some of these mothers. It has inspired me to respond to these struggles as they did going forward, by God’s grace. I think this will be my new go-to gift for all of my mama friends.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katy Flores

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Henager

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bre Thompson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Vique

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jack

  27. 5 out of 5

    Keicia Lynn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Ravan

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Smith

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