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“Preparing for motherhood doesn’t mean you must devote yourself strictly to medical topics–it’s also a time of emotional and spiritual change, a proper focus on which can get lost amid the business of doctor’s appointments and preparing for a baby’s arrival. Great with Child is one woman’s saga of pregnancy, from the first desire to become a parent to the baby’s first birthday. While simultaneously mothering two children and working, author Debra Rienstra has managed to write a lucid and loving journal of her experiences that will resonate with mothers-to-be.

“Combining a richly informed feminism with an equally informed faith, Rienstra’s ruminations on motherhood cover everything from comments on Genesis to happily comparing herself to a “warm, sloppy fountain.” In the afterword, she writes, “My experience with motherhood is very ordinary.” Yet it’s this sense of the ordinary that makes this book so easy to relate to–the balancing of work, children, and personal needs is familiar to any parent. Both sweetly absorbed and intelligently thoughtful, her writings are a welcome addition to the world of books on motherhood.”

– Jill Lightner,

I have published books on motherhood, Christian spirituality, and language in worship. I write regularly about all sorts of topics for The Twelve, and I teach literature and writing at Calvin College, where I have served on the faculty since 1996.

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