Reviews for Hopes and Fears

cover imageHopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People

“This is a book you can pick up when you are sleep-deprived and emerge laughing with recognition and buoyed by grace. The authors are honest and generous in sharing their parental struggles, joys, hopes and fears. They welcome us into their sticky-floor kitchens and surprise us with moving reflections on faith.” —Heidi Neumark, author of Breathing Space: A Spiritual Journey in the South Bronx

“Moses and McCleneghan have crafted a theology of family that is smart, faithful, and wonderfully expansive. There’s a place for the how-to guides that cover the logistics of parenting. But there’s also a place for Hopes and Fears, which reflects on the soul of parenting: the top of the bedside stack.”
—Katherine Willis Pershey, author of Any Day a Beautiful Change

Hopes and Fears injects some much-needed spiritual wisdom into the sometimes wild, always messy world of baby boot camp—and beyond. Amid the diapers, day care, and discipline, McCleneghan and Moses assure us that God is present in surprising ways. The result is a book that both comforts and challenges. Hopes and Fears is warmly accessible even as it takes us to remarkable new places.”
—MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time

“When looking at the broad landscape of Christianity, we recognize that we stand in an amazing time. Women, who juggle the worries of pregnancy, the thrill of babies, and the exhaustion of breastfeeding, also proclaim the Word of God, pour the waters of baptism, and break the bread of life. In Hopes and Fears, Bromleigh McCleneghan and Lee Hull Moses acknowledge this revolutionary moment through showing us how ordinary it is. By cultivating the rich ground of motherhood and ministry they present us with an abundance of messy, beautiful, and human theology.”
—Carol Howard Merritt, author of Tribal Church and Reframing Hope

“McCleneghan and Moses have composed a beautiful book of stories and re!ections on motherhood and ministry. From the blissful days of becoming pregnant to the harrowing nights of sleeplessness, these two gifted pastors invite us into a view of parenting through the lens of faith. No other parenting book will explore Paul Tillich’s notion of God as the ‘ground of being’ in a chapter about structuring baby’s bedtime, and certainly not with so much humility, honesty, and humor. McCleneghan and Moses have written a jewel of a book to be shared with new parents everywhere.”
—Verity Jones, executive director, Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary