Long Days of Small Things:

Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline

Dirty laundry, crayon-smeared bills, smashed crackers … and there’s your Bible, buried under a pile of diapers. Bleary-eyed from a 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 everything—whether you’re scrubbing the floor, nursing a fussy newborn, or driving your kids to soccer practice.

Offering rich, soul-inspiring practices, Catherine McNiel invites you to connect with God right here, in the sacred mundane of every mothering moment.

Editorial Reviews

“Offering simple doable practices to connect to God, McNiel’s beautifully woven words will strengthen you for your journey.”

Margot Starbuck, author of Small Things with Great Love

“Nothing short of a banquet table of nourishment for a hungry mama’s soul…Read and be seen, feel valued, and awaken to the beautiful, spiritual practice of motherhood.”

Aubrey Sampson, author of Overcomer

“[McNiel’s] book can help a weary parent wake up a bit more to the eternal life they’re living.”

Ted Olsen, director of editorial development at Christianity Today

“McNiel shows readers how to keep company with God in the everyday…How I wish I’d had this book—and her example—when I was just beginning my journey into motherhood.”

Jen Pollock Michel, author of the award-winning book Teach Us to Want

“Motherhood is about the sculpting of souls, and Catherine McNiel hands you desperately needed tools.”

Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author and mother of seven

Author Biography

Catherine McNiel survived her children’s preschool years by learning to find beauty in the mayhem. Now, she writes to open the eyes of weary moms to God’s creative, redemptive work in each day. Catherine serves alongside her husband in a community-based ministry while she cares for three kids, works two jobs, and grows one enormous garden.

Reader Biography

Andrea Emmes is an actress and audiobook narrator. She started as a SAG-AFTRA equity actor and has been performing for over twenty years on stage, TV, and film. She is an Audible Approved Narrator known as “the Girl with a Thousand Voices,” her wide range of character voices and dynamic, emotionally invested performances has reviewers and listeners alike commenting on how she effortlessly pulls listeners in, has versatility and charisma, and is quite suited for young adult literature. She has won the LA Music Award for Best Contemporary Christian Artist for her 2008 debut release album I’m On My Way.” She earned an AA in fine arts and a BS in art and design.

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