Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel

Long Days of Small Things

Rich, soul-inspiring practices for moms who have neither quiet nor time.Dirty laundry, crayon-smeared bills, and smashed crackers . . . And there's your Bible--buried under a pile of diapers. Bleary-eyed from lack of sleep, without a moment of peace and quiet, you wonder if the spiritual life you crave is even possible. But God sees you. He designed this parenting journey, after all. He understands the chaos of motherhood. And he joins you in eve...

Details Long Days of Small Things

TitleLong Days of Small Things
Release DateMar 7th, 2017
PublisherNavPress Publishing Group
GenreParenting, Nonfiction, Christian, Religion, Faith

Reviews Long Days of Small Things

  • Catherine McNiel
    I have read this book literally hundreds of times! But then again, I wrote it. :)
  • Dorothy Greco
    Catherine McNeil's book, Long Days of Small Things is as refreshing as it is brilliant. I've not read many books that are willing to explore mothering as a spiritual discipline. Catherine's book has the distinction of being grounded in the reality of mothering young children yet deeply spiritual. Here's a sample quote: "There are many forces that form our spirits, and two of the most potent are sacrifice and surrender. How we respond to them will...
  • Michele Morin
    In 1914, when Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to celebrate mothers, there’s no way he could have predicted the century of retail hoopla and family angst that would ride on the coattails of his intention to simply honor mothers and their role in the family. Maybe you, the mother in your home, are already feeling the crush of your generational sandwich: the desire to make time for ...
  • Ashley
    Since I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp, I’ve been extra wary of even small threads of mysticism that find their way into the fabric of a book dedicated to teaching others how to live the Christian life. One might suspect, then, that I wouldn’t readily choose to review a book endorsed by her . . . but I did. By the end of this review, I think you’ll understand why I’m glad I read Long Days of Small Things by Catherine McNiel.Perhap...
  • Aimee Fritz
    Tonight I read the new book Long Days of Small Things-Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline by Catherine McNiel. Every page.I have a thousand thoughts about the redemption, reclamation, and renaming these thoughtful words bring to my history and dreams as a mother and a woman.I have read dozens of books on parenting and and dozens of books on spiritual disciplines, but none that explain, simplify, and expand both topics with this clarity, grace an...
  • Bethany
    This book was just what I needed in my life. Addressing the weary Mother who has no extra time for herself much less to have solitude and quiet to focus on the Lord, this book is an excellent reminder that being a Mother is oh,so important and that you are cultivating some amazing characteristics in the process. There is nothing quite like being a Mother that teaches one to be selfless and put others first as sometimes it feels like that is all y...
  • Heather Caliri
    This is an essential read for Christian moms, methinks--not because we need yet another manual to tell us what to do, but because we need precisely the opposite: a rich resource to remind us of the holiness of what we're already doing.
  • Ebookwormy1
    This will be a personal review because I’m going to tell you, right from the start, that Catherine McNiel is a treasured friend.If you saw this book on the shelf with it’s bright photograph of a mother carrying a child who has muddied her back, and read the title, “Long Days of Small Things,” I love that you would know immediately what this book is about. The challenge to grow in love for Christ, husband and children through the long, har...
  • Collette Broady Grund
    It is so tempting to accept the traditional paradigms of practicing faith: quiet contemplation, hours spent in prayer and scripture study, serving the poor and sick. Yet, as parents, especially when our kids are small, these devotions seem like luxuries far out of reach. This book and its author offer the parched souls of parents a different perspective, helping us to see that the endless work of parenting places the things of God at our fingerti...
  • Nicole Walters
    Honestly, at first, I approached this book with the thought - oh, more spiritual practices I don’t have time for as a busy mom. Another book to tell me what I should be doing and I’ll try for a little bit but then just end up feeling guilty I am not doing better at it. In just the first few pages I knew this wasn’t the “do more” mom book I had been expecting. It was the how-to practice God’s presence in the midst of the noise of mothe...
  • Afton Rorvik
    Catherine McNiel has a gift for pushing through the mundane to discover the spiritual. In the pages of Long Days of Small Things she writes, “Walk with me in these pages through daily life, with all its beauty and pain. We’ll look honestly at the journey of motherhood and the spiritual fruit that hides there.” She calls mothers to pause in the midst of changing diapers, washing piles of grass-stained clothes, and preparing endless meals to ...
  • Shelly Wildman
    On page sixty-six of Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, Catherine McNeil asks this profound question: “Is it possible that, in the wonder of creation and Incarnation and the life-giving routines we are always acting out, we pass through sacraments—are covered in, coated in, up to our elbows in sacraments—every day?” And this is the question she explores throughout the book. Can the mundane moments of motherho...
  • Kelsi Folsom
    With refreshing wisdom and lyrical prose, Catherine invites us to savor the sacred inside of long days full of seemingly insignificant tasks. No job is too small or insignificant in the eyes of God, and it is so easy, as a mom, to feel unimportant and overlooked. This book was encouraging, and nourishing for my mother soul.
  • victoria
    Long Days of Small ThingsMotherhood as a spiritual disciplineBy Catherine McNielThis books is offering rich, soul-inspiring practices specially for mom who have neither quite nor time and also invites us to connect with God better than never before. Catherine has written so beautifully of a woman spiritual pathway to God the author also had passing her experience from the word to word that had been found from her journey of the spaghetti days of ...
  • Elsa
    In some ways, it didn't feel like this book was written for me. It uses a language for God that makes me squirm and expresses a faith that is a tad bit foreign from my own. There were things that didn't echo with my own heart but there was so much that did. I'm a first-time mom with a six month old baby. I've struggled to find time to read this book simply because she's become the active feeder and it's hard to hold an actual book (rather than my...
  • Traci Rhoades
    An encouraging blend of theology and motherhood. In considering the everyday, often mundane tasks of being a mom, the author reveals all the ways we are already practicing the spiritual disciplines of our faith; things like perseverance, sacrifice and nurture. Full of practical tips for stepping into these spiritual spaces throughout the day as well. What a treasure.
  • Chloe
    I loved this book! This is all about how exhausting and trying motherhood is and how you may feel like you're failing as a Christian but just the act of mothering gives you so many opportunities to practice faith and selflessness. It may look different than before, but motherhood is a spiritual journey and we just need to notice and embrace God in the midst. So good!
  • Robyn Klepfer
    This book is a MUST-READ for mothers everywhere. Whether you carried a child in your womb or in the depths of your soul through adoption, Catherine helps you see the spiritual value and the spiritual disciplines you have at your fingetips every single day. We don't have to wait for the kids to grow up to find time to grow in our relationship with God. So good. I'm going to begin reading it again. It is a read that you can find new insights each t...
  • Kendra
    Christians rarely handle the tension of physical and spiritual well, and as mothers, it’s so easily to feel lost in the physical demands of caring for needy children and, as a result, feel like spiritual failures. Many parenting books I’ve read aim to call mothers to fight for time in the Word (of which I’m a complete advocate as well), but leave them feeling defeated for lack of time, energy, and/or focus. This book was such a compassionat...
  • Melinda
    I read this book accidentally at the same time I was reading "Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters" by Erica Komisar. (see https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) They fit together beautifully.Motherhood is hard. VERY hard sometimes. But with the hardship comes the great peace and contentment and joy which comes from training and running for a marathon. None of us downplay the difficulty of being a mother, ...
  • Linda
    Written with authenticity and humility (and beautiful language), Catherine McNiel shares her struggles as a mom trying to balance a desire for a rich spiritual life with the demands and physical needs of small children who allow little time for solitude and prayer. She acknowledges that moms pass through seasons when time for spiritual practices and disciplines are barely existent. Bringing hope to young and weary mothers, McNiel offers ways to p...
  • Tatyana Claytor
    I have read many books on motherhood and parenting, so I did not expect to find anything really new in this reading. I was pleasantly surprised though with the immense spiritual value presented. In the modern (and not so modern) sacred/spiritual split, mothers are often left feeling too harried to grow spiritually the way we feel we ought to. McNiel beautifully articulates that God is bigger than the craziness of our schedules and that He works t...
  • Chantel
    Does anyone become a mother fully prepared for the chaos of motherhood or for the incredible responsibility in brings? I think I knew that there is not much in the early years of motherhood (or ever?) that sound like “quiet” or “time” or “uninterrupted”. But after nights of little to no sleep, work deadlines that don’t care if you are tired or how much laundry you need to fold, and days of never ending busy, it’s hard to figure ou...
  • Sharolyn
    Loved this take on motherhood as a gift, grace and spiritual discipline - stretching, growing, expanding us as women (and men) through simple, daily acts of service and love. Very affirming that although the traditional spiritual disciplines of quiet, solitude, meditation, prayer, fasting etc may be elusive at this stage of life, God is with us in all of the wonderful mess of raising children. A note on format: if I was being picky, I think the b...
  • Lindsey
    Before reading this book, when I thought about spiritual discipline, I imagined sitting down in solitude, quietly studying the Bible or books and writing about my findings. Catherine McNiel shows how we can pursue a spirit filled life as a mother, amidst the dirty dishes, the screaming babies, the deadlines, the car pools and everything else that motherhood entails. Spiritual growth comes from practicing discipline over time. We find God through ...
  • Heather
    I loved this book, mostly because of the practical application in every single chapter allowing me to truly put into practice the different aspects of abiding with God through my day. Highly recommend!
  • Joy
    Excellent book written for mothers of young children -- or any of us dealing with people, big or small. "Attitudes are a magic wand: They can take something wonderful and make it miserable or take something miserable and make it okay.""Gratitude never ignores the trials; rather, gratitude highlights the gifts and gently moves them over to center stage, allowing us to generate the strength we need to combat real problems.""The disciplines are to c...
  • Angela
    This is one of the best books I have ever read. McNiel uses such edifying words to describe the struggle and desire of motherhood. Her soothing words assured me that I am not alone and I was created for this season, even if I am not reaching the ambitions that have been put on a shelf. She hands her readers a new set of priorities and gives practical, easy things to enjoy the chaos we find ourselves in. Never more have I felt that this sweet seas...
  • Melissa Botelho
    I really enjoyed reading this book as it lets you know amidst the hectic, busy life of motherhood you need to enjoy the small things. This is great fro new or expecting moms so they do not feel overwhelmed when their child is born. I did get this free in exchange for a review and this is solely my own opinion which may differ from yours.
  • Becky
    What a breath of fresh air! Such an encouraging book for moms (and dads, though not specifically written for them). Not preachy or bitter, it's honest and very helpful. I used it as a morning devotional book and I'll be reading it again for sure. It started my days off on the right foot. I highly recommend it for any Christian mom!