Dear Mary by Sarah Jakes is the newest book by this author written primarily for young women raising children. It is to be lessons from the mother of Jesus for the modern mom. Each chapter is a different topic with subjects like dinner, working outside the home, needing help both physical as well as financial, and grief. There are of course many other topic discussed. Each begins with scripture then musings on how Mary might have treated each subject, then the majority of the chapter is spent on how the author dealt with each subject while trying to raise her children in a manner that Mary would approve. Her sister, Cora, wrote the introduction of the book in the same format as a letter to Mary. This is an encouraging book for mothers raising children in the modern world and at the same time teaching them to have the courage to walk the faith of Mary of Biblical times.
I liked this book though it did not read as I expected it to do. From reading the back of the book, it says that she explores the biblical stories about Mary and it has more to do with how the author is raising her children to be faithful citizens than the expected how Mary did this. This would have admittedly be much more difficult. I think I would have liked the book better if it had read as the introduction as a letter to Mary on each subject. This is a good book never the less and well worth the time to read.
I received this book from BethanyHouse for this review.