Grace for the Race by Dena Dyer boasts a cover with a caricature of a suburban mom in a spiffy pink and purple outfit. She carries an adorable baby girl and a brief case on one arm and a huge purse/diaper bag on the other while jumping a race-track hurdle and answering a ringing cell phone. Her dress, from shoes to sunglasses, is color coordinated, feminine, stream-lined, and fast-paced as the modern woman’s 21st century lifestyle.
Mrs. Dyer, a mom of two boys, leads a busy life with speaking engagements at women’s conferences, plus church work, singing, professional acting, and writing. She knows the problems of being just too, too busy! She writes this book of meditations for just such hurry-scurry mothers.
Each devotional begins with a quotation pertaining to motherhood. Her choices are unique and varied, thoughtfully chosen to fit the with each two-page, easy to read, often humorous reading. For example: “Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur,” by Alvin Toffler is matched with the Going for the Gold chapter, about how athletic a mom must be to care for a house full of children. A third page in each segment titled “Notes for the Coach,” consists of scripture on the subject addressed. Dyer uses Philippians 3:12 and Hebrews 12:1-3 with this devotion.
This is a nice, cheerful book, full of good advice and meaningful answers for the woman who feels herself rushing through life, without a moment to stop and reflect or to draw closer to God in the midst of it all. I would recommend this book for any young mom who feels rushed, and needs guidance to slow down and contemplate her goals and purpose in life. -- Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com
Sometimes motherhood can feel like an Olympic sport. From the early morning vault out of bed, over the hurdles of the day, to the bath-and-bedtime relay, busy moms need a little expert coaching. Dena Dyer, herself a young mom, offers just that in these forty-five biblically based meditations. With real-life stories and gentle humor, Dyer helps readers understand that God isn't looking for perfection. Instead, He invites mothers to surrender their schedules, emotions, and relationships-and rest securely in Him. Honest and funny, this book delivers grace for the race of both motherhood and the Christian life.