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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 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 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. 4 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. 5 out of 5

    Megg Allison

    A short, encouraging listen on Hoopla!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thigpen

    I didn’t start this book with interest beyond getting some biographical sketches, but my interest morphed halfway through the first chapter. I wept reading this book. The wisdom and encouragement the lives and legacies these women lived and left for us is truly life-giving. I wanted every nugget I could glean from these short pages. “Often the best ministry for your lost children is the ministry that they will never see — private, faith-filled, daily prayers in the closet” (49).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julia Bickford

    Inspiring and convicting. This book definitely encouraged me in my walk with Christ and as a mother who desires to see her children come to a deep faith in the Lord. I would highly recommend!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    So encouraging, MUST READ for Christian mamas!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    This book shares the stories of ten (?) great Christian men and the mothers who raised them and prayed for them. I actually teared up several times while listening to this book on audio, because I was so challenged and encouraged as a Christian mother! If you ever worry about how your kids might turn out, or if you ever feel like everything you are doing as a Christian mom isn't important enough, PICK UP THIS BOOK. Unlike so many Christian books for mothers that give superficial "cheerleader" en This book shares the stories of ten (?) great Christian men and the mothers who raised them and prayed for them. I actually teared up several times while listening to this book on audio, because I was so challenged and encouraged as a Christian mother! If you ever worry about how your kids might turn out, or if you ever feel like everything you are doing as a Christian mom isn't important enough, PICK UP THIS BOOK. Unlike so many Christian books for mothers that give superficial "cheerleader" encouragement (which I typically find more annoying than encouraging), this book will not only offer encouragement that what you do as a mother is important, but it will challenge you to be a better mother to your children by PRAYING for them. The one thing I noticed with each of these stories was how hard these mothers prayed for their children, and I was challenged to do better at praying for my own children just by listening to the stories of these faithful mothers. I think this book can offer encouragement for every Christian mom, whether your children are young or grown, whether you are married or single, working or staying at home. This book offers godly examples and encouragement for each of these categories of mothers. It was excellent. HIGHLY recommend this one for any Christian mom!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Vincent

    What a sweet gem for my heart this weekend. I’m so encouraged by these godly moms- by their faith in Christ, their prayers, their hard work, and their determination on behalf of their kids. I was especially encouraged by the mama who suffered much physical difficulty as I feel right now. Devoted is a good title for this- Lord help me be so devoted! My one critique is that I wish the book would have mentioned that even if a son has a godly mom, one that does all these acts of godly devotion, this What a sweet gem for my heart this weekend. I’m so encouraged by these godly moms- by their faith in Christ, their prayers, their hard work, and their determination on behalf of their kids. I was especially encouraged by the mama who suffered much physical difficulty as I feel right now. Devoted is a good title for this- Lord help me be so devoted! My one critique is that I wish the book would have mentioned that even if a son has a godly mom, one that does all these acts of godly devotion, this does not mean her son will come to a saving knowledge of Christ. But God is glorified by our devotion and obedience to Him nonetheless. We must point our children to Christ in our motherhood, not primarily for their salvation, although we hope and pray that is the case! But because God has called us to and it brings Him glory, so we obey with all joy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Madison Powell

    Every mom should read this book!! This is a compilation of godly moms that loved and served their families with eyes looking to Christ for their guidance. We ought to desire to live such prayer filled lives as these women, seeking to lead our children to faith in God.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Great book! Being a Mom is such an incredible blessing from God. Awesome reminder of how important it is to daily pray for our children & share God’s Word with them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    So timely, especially with teens! I used this book as a morning devotional and it really helped me shift my focus to important spiritual things with my children and Not just surviving! Simple and Two thumbs up!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Murray

    This was a very encouraging book. I felt like it was just as much a book about the power of prayer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Szczyrbak

    Really enjoyed this book! Would recommend for all new, old, single, married, believing moms!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Hill

    Inspiring, convicting, and a short read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    This is an inspiring, engaging, applicable little book for all mothers. I'm so grateful for the way Challies highlights the privilege and opportunity and beauty of motherhood. This is an inspiring, engaging, applicable little book for all mothers. I'm so grateful for the way Challies highlights the privilege and opportunity and beauty of motherhood.

  15. 4 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex Etheridge

    Even though this is written more with moms in mind, I found it really inspirational as a dad. The fact that great fathers of the faith had mothers behind them passionately praying for them speaks volumes to the need to spiritually shepherd our children. I was motivated to better do that with my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky Pliego

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

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Not because it is extraordinarily well written, but because of the simplicity of it! The last page sums up the entire book and was such and encouragement to me. Love Gods word and live by it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kalee Londeen

    Wonderful, simple book about Godly men with wonderful mothers. I wish it would have gotten a little deeper, but overall an enjoyable read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    LeAna Randolph

    I loved everything about this book. As a mother of boys (and a daughter) this book encouraged me to labor in prayer and my faith for their salvation. I encourage every mother to read this!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annette

    Loved this so much, I will re-read as devotional during my quiet time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dana Hinman

    Easy and meaningful read! It gives great perspectives into motherhood. Highly recommend!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Stewart

    A wonderfully encouraging book for mothers. It's a short read and full of inspiring information. A wonderfully encouraging book for mothers. It's a short read and full of inspiring information.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Bambi Moore

    This is a beautiful little book. Makes me want to stay the course.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Jackson

    One of the hardest roles I've ever held is that of mother. It's truly a case of on-the-job training. And because it's so hands-on, I have tended to focus on the practical day-to-day aspects of mothering. Now that my kids are young adults (though not all launched), it's a whole new ballgame. With that in mind, I was so encouraged to read Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies. This little book is a compilation of blogposts about the mothers of eleven men (some you'll know, some yo One of the hardest roles I've ever held is that of mother. It's truly a case of on-the-job training. And because it's so hands-on, I have tended to focus on the practical day-to-day aspects of mothering. Now that my kids are young adults (though not all launched), it's a whole new ballgame. With that in mind, I was so encouraged to read Devoted: Great Men and Their Godly Moms by Tim Challies. This little book is a compilation of blogposts about the mothers of eleven men (some you'll know, some you may not). I appreciated that the author invited Melissa Edgington to write "A Mother's Reflection" in response to each biography. She also teamed up with Rebecca Stark to write "questions for reflection" at the end of each chapter. Challies introduces the book this way: HISTORY TELLS OF WOMEN WHOSE LOVE FOR THE BIBLE SHAPED ITS EARLIEST AND MOST PROMINENT TEACHERS, AND WOMEN WHOSE UNCEASING PRAYERS LED TO THE LONG-AWAITED SALVATION OF THEIR WAYWARD SONS. IT TELLS OF WOMEN WHO WERE GREAT THEOLOGIANS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT, YET WHOSE ONLY STUDENTS WERE THEIR OWN CHILDREN. IT TELLS OF WOMEN WHO LAID AN EARLY FOUNDATION IN THE LIVES OF THEIR SONS THAT, DESPITE THEIR BEST EFFORTS, THEY COULD NEVER UNDERMINE. IT TELLS, TIME AND TIME AGAIN, OF EXCEPTIONAL CHRISTIAN MEN WHO OWE SO MUCH TO THEIR GODLY MOTHERS. I gleaned so many lessons from the lives of these women. -Don't assume children are too young to learn important spiritual truths, or that they are too young for church to matter. Give them the opportunity to build a biblical foundation from an early age -- and be sure you're building that foundation in your own life (from John Newton's mother). -When your children, especially adult children, are unbelievers, "often the best ministry. . . is the minstry they will never see -- private, faith-filled, daily prayers in the closet." This ministry is fueled by "daily renewal in God's Word" (from Christopher Yuan's mother) -A deep relationship with Christ, strengthened through "years of prayer, study, ministry, and the development of a biblical worldview" will enable me to respond to heartache with faith, perseverence, and trust (from William Borden's mother). -"[God] uses ordinary mothers to carry out his purposes" (from John Piper's mother). -While children are young, plead with God for their salvation . . . right in front of them (Charles Spurgeon's mother). -Respond to rebellion with earnest prayer (from Augustine's mother). Some of these mothers were consistent in their faith, others were weaker, yet God saw fit to use each in her own way to spiritual impact her son. This, too, was encouraging to me. I highly recommend this book. It not only makes for great devotional reading, it would also be a good small group (such as a book club) choice, with great application and discussion question already prepared. (Cruciform Press provided me with a review copy of this book; however, the views expressed are entirely my own.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Acalinei

    “your labor is setting a strong foundation for years to come... Through your training and your tenderness, you are displaying the love of the Father.” This was an awesomely unique book. I love biographical sketches, but this book was more than that. In outlining the life of some of the greatest Fathers of faith from church history, we get a look into the profound influence of the mothers that poured love, truth, and biblical training into them. Actually, while reading this , I would occasionally g “your labor is setting a strong foundation for years to come... Through your training and your tenderness, you are displaying the love of the Father.” This was an awesomely unique book. I love biographical sketches, but this book was more than that. In outlining the life of some of the greatest Fathers of faith from church history, we get a look into the profound influence of the mothers that poured love, truth, and biblical training into them. Actually, while reading this , I would occasionally glance up to watch my little boy boy play.. and I probably cried more than once. :)) I was especially moved by the stories about Hudson Taylor, Christopher Yuan, and John Piper—their conversions and callings. I realized prayerlessness is an enemy I must fight daily… This book is a great encouragement and challenge to the work we do shaping our young boys into Godly men.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ana Avila

    Encouraging book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Schultz

    I like the concept. A bit like drinking skim milk. And at times patronizing

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Not just for moms of boys. Easy read that was so challenging in terms of how even "simple" disciplines can make eternal impact for your kids. Not just for moms of boys. Easy read that was so challenging in terms of how even "simple" disciplines can make eternal impact for your kids.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Lee

    We just celebrated my mom’s birthday, and as a new father, I felt like it would be a fitting time to read a book like this, and I am glad that I did. While sections of this book are written directly to women, I strongly believe that boys, men, husbands, and fathers need to read this book. Women Shaped the Men Who Changed the World Devoted - Great Men and Their Godly Moms is a 128-page book by blogger, author, and book reviewer Tim Challies. He highlights 11 women who shaped the men who changed the We just celebrated my mom’s birthday, and as a new father, I felt like it would be a fitting time to read a book like this, and I am glad that I did. While sections of this book are written directly to women, I strongly believe that boys, men, husbands, and fathers need to read this book. Women Shaped the Men Who Changed the World Devoted - Great Men and Their Godly Moms is a 128-page book by blogger, author, and book reviewer Tim Challies. He highlights 11 women who shaped the men who changed the world. These men are John Newton, Hudson Taylor, J. Gresham Machen, Christopher Yuan, William Borden, Charles Hodge, John Piper, Charles Spurgeon, Augustine, D. L. Moody, and Timothy. It is clear to me that prayer plays an important role in the lives of these mothers. They are hard-working and faithful to their family. They invest in their children and are dedicated to them. While these women are not perfect, they point their children to our perfect Savior. Reflections and Love There are two features that make this book a worthy read and excellent resource. First, while the book is written by Tim Challies, Melissa Edgington provides a brief response to each of the biographies. These sections are appropriately titled “A Mother’s Reflection,” and she does an excellent job of summarizing the big takeaways in each chapter. Second, each chapter ends with several reflection questions. These are perfect for journaling or group discussion. Challies presents these biographical sketches in a straightforward and simple manner. Many of the stories are marked by tragedy, and you can see the persevering faith and spiritual strength as the quality characteristics of these mothers. In some of the stories, I was moved to tears by the love that these mothers had for their sons, and ultimately, the love that they had for their Lord. Daughters, Wives, and Mothers As a son, I am much more appreciative of my mother, who taught me what it means to stay steadfast in the faith. And now, as a husband and father, I am much more appreciative of my wife, who seeks to raise our children in the fear of the Lord. I am driven to encourage and champion her. And I hope to lead our family to cheer on other godly daughters, wives, and moms along the way. I was provided a complimentary copy of Devoted - Great Men and Their Godly Moms in exchange for an honest review.

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