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Why Motherhood Matters
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Release Date: September 2017
Page Count: 256
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-7006-8
Case Lot Quantity: 30

Why Motherhood Matters

An Invitation to Purposeful Parenting

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Mama, Your Work Has Deep Worth

Do you ever wonder if your efforts as a mom make any difference?

Take heart. Whether you’re struggling through sleepless nights with your toddler or endless battles with your teen, September McCarthy’s story offers practical insights and powerful inspiration to encourage you on your own mothering journey.

As a mom for 25 years who continues to raise young children and love her young adults, September imparts words of wisdom and grace in key areas of Christian parenting, including…

  • faith—getting honest with your family about your need for Jesus
  • wellness—learning to take care of your kids…and yourself
  • education—raising a new generation with creativity and character
  • relationships—speaking to the heart of your children in unique ways

In these pages you’ll find sweet anecdotes and gentle guidance for those moments you need both a breather and a lifeline. Motherhood is an incredible labor of love—and in the scope of eternity, it matters more than you know.

Meet the author

September McCarthy

September McCarthy

September McCarthy believes every woman needs someone to speak into her life with understanding and truth. She encourages women in each season of motherhood through her blog One September Day and her ministry Raising Generations Today. As a speaker and writer, her vision and mission is for the generations. September lives in rural Upstate New...

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Editorial Reviews

“McCarthy offers insights, inspiration, and empathy that provide fresh perspective and a loving embrace for mothers who are just hanging on.”

“[Why Motherhood Matters] is being added to the very short list of books that speaks well to the breadth of what it means to be a mother and how to invite the Lord into our mothering.”


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11/04/17 Traci


This book is like a warm arm around my shoulder. A sweet hand guiding me along through the weary and blessed years of motherhood. It has gently but with powerful urgency caused me to reexamine my purpose in motherhood. I matter to God, and His eternal purpose throughout the generations is to bring Him glory and make His great name known… even in our mundane days. I’ve been given a new outlook on the small moments of my day (which are really the big, eternal things). 

I highly recommend this unique book on motherhood. If you feel like you’ve read all the books on motherhood, I would urge you to read this one. It’s very different than any of the other books on motherhood I’ve read. It’s a truly special and life changing read!

08/29/17 Gretchen N.


This book is a must read for moms. It’s not a “how-to” but more like a trusted friend coming alongside to encourage and point you in the right direction. There’s no guilt or shame here, but just a gentle reminder that what we do as moms matters and it’s never too late to stop where we are and change direction. September constantly points us back to God and our need for Him in this mothering journey, reminding us that He gives us all we need to be the mom He desires us to be, and the importance of allowing our children to see our need for God so that they to will learn to rely on Him and not themselves.

I would say this is one of the best parenting books I’ve ever read and would be a great one to use in a book club/discussion group. No matter what stage of parenting you’re in you’ll find encouragement and motivation to keep going and you’ll be reminded why motherhood matters!

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"The labor of motherhood never ends and sometimes it's hard to remember how to breathe. These pages are like a breathing coach. And each page is a delivery—into more and more of the grace and heart of your Father. Motherhood matters—because what matters like sculpting souls with your Father?"
Ann Voskamp, mama to 7, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts

"For years I've wished I could live next door to September McCarthy. She is the mother we all want to grow up to be and this book is the next best thing to sitting at her kitchen table. For every mom who's wanted a mentor, a big mama sister, and a practical guide all rolled into one, get ready to be fed. Here comes the mother lode of guilt-free advice from the mother to moms everywhere."
Lisa-Jo Baker, bestselling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood

"September's beautiful words about the journey of motherhood will touch deep places in your heart, provide sympathy for the struggles you have felt, and offer joy and vision to the role that is so profoundly important. You will find in her own personal stories a friend who walks the journey of motherhood by your side."
Sally Clarkson, author of The Lifegiving Home and Different

"September McCarthy has the heart of a mama, the words of an encourager, and the wisdom of a friend who truly understands the journey. I believe all women are mothers in some way and no matter which season of motherhood you're in, Why Motherhood Matters is an affirmation and celebration of one of the most beautiful, powerful roles we have as women."
Holley Gerth, bestselling author of Coffee for Your Heart and You're Already Amazing

"It's rare to read a book on mothering that not only causes tears to stream down your face but fills you with gratitude and a profound sense of reverence for the gift and calling of motherhood. September has known real loss, real love, and ultimately real and authentic life deep in the trenches of raising ten children. September is my mom-hero! Her fantastic new book, Why Motherhood Matters, is chock-full of practical wisdom, heart-wrenching stories, deep love for God and her family, and practical applications to real life situations every mother will value. You'll feel like you're sitting at her kitchen table letting her words of grace advise, fill, and encourage you no matter where you are in your mothering journey. Let September's words and wisdom help you navigate motherhood with purpose and grace."
Kate Battistelli, author of Growing Great Kids, mother of Grammy Award winning artist Francesca Battistelli

"In recent years, there has been a resurgence among Christians about the subject of 'calling'— specifically, the integration of faith and work. Strikingly absent from these books, conferences, and conversations is the unique calling and vocation of motherhood. Enter September McCarthy, who is both writer and practitioner on this essential, image-of-God-bearing art. In the pages that follow, September does a magnificent job helping us reclaim motherhood as no ordinary calling, but a supreme one. Combining practical wisdom and the application of God's grace, she has provided women and men alike with a must-read."
Scott Sauls, senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, author of Befriend and Jesus Outside the Lines

"I wish I'd had this book my first ten years of parenting. It's a game changer for new moms! This book points to gospel-based parenting with practical and encouraging steps for even seasoned moms to take."
Kristen Welch, author of Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World

"As moms, we need other women—to sit with us, encourage us, and remind us that what we do today matters because it shapes the world tomorrow. Even before I met September in person, I was deeply touched by her tender, mothering heart when she reached out and spoke words that gave life. Over these years that I have grown to call her my friend, I can say that I wholly trust her hard-fought wisdom and experience in parenting and in life. She is a treasure among women. and if you don't believe me, then know that the very children she has mothered in her home rise up and call her blessed as well. If that isn't a hearty endorsement, then I'm not sure what is!"
Logan Wolfram, speaker, author of Curious Faith

"Am I doing this right? Is any of this going to matter? As a mom of ten children I ask these questions often. Why Motherhood Matters is a gift to every mom. A gift that says 'Remember your purpose. You don't have to do this alone. Follow your mother-heart, which God's birthed inside you.' September packs this book with help, inspiration and God's truth to carry mothers through everyday struggles and hard season. I highly recommend it!"
Tricia Goyer, USA Today bestselling author of Walk it Out: The Radical Result of Living God's Word One Step at a Time

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