God Is Still Good
Each mother’s story is unique. While motherhood brings joy and love, it can also bring pain and heartache. It’s often different than expected and it can be hard to know where to turn when difficulty and loneliness rise up. God Is Still Good: Gospel Hope and Comfort for the Unexpected Sorrows of Motherhood (Crossway, January 2023) invites women to experience God’s comfort and leads moms to put their hope in Christ, despite the unexpected trials of raising children.
Through 9 chapters, God Is Still Good offers a biblical context for suffering and hope, answers common questions, and addresses prevalent temptations and lies that mothers are likely to face:
- Each Chapter Ends with Bible Verses and Questions: Great for individual study or easily adaptable for a women’s ministry or small-group use
- Biblical Context for Suffering and Hope: Points to biblical figures who teach readers about grief, suffering, and comfort
- Lie and Truth Chart: Appendix includes 10 lies that women are tempted to believe during suffering, with 10 biblically grounded answers to those lies
You can download and print this beautiful PDF version of the Truth and Lie chart.
“This book is a lifeline for every mom who has ever felt alienated by the advice to ‘savor the season’ or defeated by the encouragement to ‘enjoy every moment’ of raising her kids—whether because of hard diagnoses, neurodiversity, complicated births, illness, loss, or just the average Tuesday. With gentleness and vulnerability, Katie Faris not only offers suffering mothers validation and permission to grieve their hardships but she also equips them to see their circumstances through the lens of Scripture, renewing their hope and confidence in God’s goodness to them even and especially within the suffering with which they have been entrusted.”
Abbey Wedgeworth, mom of three; author, Held: 31 Biblical Reflections on God’s Comfort and Care in the Sorrow of Miscarriage
“Katie Faris shows us that parenting is not a pain-free experience, nor should that be our goal; it is a deep dependency on Christ. His strength is made perfect in weakness, and he is forming us through our grief and painful parenting experiences. Be encouraged: the gospel does indeed offer hope, comfort, and purpose in our journey.”
Julie E. Lowe, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation
“When the gift of motherhood is overshadowed by the grief of motherhood, we need a solid place to set our hope. Katie Faris helps us honestly engage our sorrows and points us to the only one who is enough to sustain and comfort us through them. If the trials of motherhood are overwhelming you and the heartache feels too heavy to bear, this book will be a balm to your weary heart, reminding you that God is still—and always will be—good. Read and find refuge in him.”
Amy DiMarcangelo, author, A Hunger for More: Finding Satisfaction in Jesus When the Good Life Doesn’t Fill You
“God Is Still Good helps moms to remember what our sorrows can help us to forget: we’re neither alone nor without hope in Christ. In this book, Katie Faris serves readers as a conduit of God’s comfort—a sympathetic sister who, as a result of her own painful trials in motherhood, has learned to lean on sustaining grace in the midst of desperation, grief, and disappointment. If you’re a weary mother in need of encouragement—wondering how you’re going to make it through the troubles of today—then the practical wisdom in this book is especially for you.”
Christine Chappell, author, Help! My Teen Is Depressed and Help! I’ve Been Diagnosed with a Mental Disorder; Host, Hope + Help Podcast; certified biblical counselor
He Will Be Enough
He Will Be Enough: How God Takes You by the Hand Through Your Hardest Days (TGBC, June 2022), with a foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada, is a collection of twenty biblical reflections which examine truths about God that provide an anchor for the soul in hard times. Woven throughout this book is our family’s story of walking through the difficult diagnosis of our children with a serious medical condition, as well as stories of others who found God to be trustworthy in the midst of their perplexities.
“Katie Faris serves as a capable and compassionate companion to all who have questions, doubts, and fears brought about by the difficulties of life. Her words are gentle wisdom and helpful guidance toward the truth of who Jesus is to us and what he provides for us in the darkest of times.” Nancy Guthrie, Author, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow
“He Will Be Enough gently reminds readers of God’s character and helps them hold fast to his promises in the midst of suffering. . . . This is a rich read for anyone navigating the waters of grief and hardship.” Hunter Beless, Host, Journeywomen Podcast; Author, Read It, See It, Say It, Sing It
“Katie Faris doesn’t sugarcoat the realities of pain in this world or offer empty spiritual clichés, but, as one who’s walked those realities in her own life, she meets you as a fellow traveler on the difficult road of suffering to gently lead you to the hope of Jesus and the God who is big enough to carry what you cannot.” Sarah Walton, Co-author, Hope When It Hurts and Together through the Storms; Author, Tears and Tossings
“Katie’s raw narrative, deep wisdom, and command of language drew me into both her story and her faith. He Will Be Enough will deepen your trust in the closeness and goodness of your God through the hard.” Jamie Finn, Author, Foster the Family
“Simply put, when in their darkest hours, people need more of God. And when those dark hours turn into dark days and weeks and months and years, they need God still—as if for the first time. Katie’s labor of love in writing this will provide that for many.” Tim Shorey, Pastor, Risen Hope Church; Author, Respect the Image: Reflecting Human Worth in How We Listen and Talk
“In He Will Be Enough, Katie takes readers by the hand into the world of Scripture and walks them through their hard days with the hope of Christ. Reading Katie’s book will help you discover the multifaceted diamond of Christ in all of his splendor for every difficult day and season of life.” Dave Jenkins, Executive Director, Servants of Grace Ministries; Executive Editor, Theology for Life Magazine; Host, Equipping You in Grace; Author, The Word Explored and The Word Matters
Loving My Children
Biblical love is more than a feeling, and it takes more than love at first sight to persevere through the trials and temptations of motherhood. Through the process of writing Loving My Children: Embracing Biblical Motherhood, God taught me more about his love for his children—demonstrated in the gospel of Jesus Christ—and how that love informs and transforms how I love my own children. Studying the Bible and examples of godly women for this book prepared me to embrace Christ-like love for my family in a way I didn’t see coming.
I wrote the manuscript before three of my children were diagnosed with a rare genetic condition, and I’m so grateful for how God used it to equip me to apply the gospel and doctrines of grace to motherhood, giving me solid ground to stand on when everything else in our home seemed to shake.
The material has been taught several times to the moms in my church, and it was published and made available for broader use in 2015. A free study guide is available on my resource page, and I love hearing from women who are reading Loving My Children together!
I’m still in the trenches with little ones, and the truths I learned while writing continue to impact how I think about God, parenting, and children—every day. I hope my book does the same for you.
Related article: Loving Our Children Begins with Loving God
“This book is insightful, encouraging, and rich in Gospel truth! Katie writes with a warmth and honesty that makes you feel like you’re talking with a good friend who is right there in the trenches with you. This is the type of book you’ll want to pick up when you’re struggling with the simultaneous monotony and chaos of motherhood. It will leaving you feeling freshly envisioned and encouraged for the hard but joyous work of raising children. A must read for every mom!”
Amy DiMarcangelo, Author of A Hunger for More and blogger at Equipped for Mercy
“In this gem of a book, our friend Katie Faris winsomely shares biblical wisdom on seeking the best for the children God has loaned us. Sweet but not sentimental, direct but not demanding, Loving My Children helpfully connects the Bible’s teaching on grace, sovereignty, and sanctification to the everyday hard work of being a mom. Heather and I highly recommend it.”
Matthew Mitchell, Author of Resisting Gossip and lead pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church in Pennsylvania
“As Katie Faris clearly states in the first pages of her new book, Loving My Children: ‘The best way that we can love our children is by passing on the Gospel to them.’ (p. 21-22) After affirming the centrality of the Gospel to our parenting efforts, Faris lays out three important ways to do this: directly instructing our children in the truth of the Gospel, cultivating a love for the Gospel in our own hearts, and praying for our children. (p. 23)
“In the course of her warm and well-written book, Faris explains the importance of a Gospel-centered marriage, and exhorts her readers to see their children as the blessing the Bible says they are. (Three of Faris’s children have a rare genetic disease, and she does not speak lightly of the sacrifice children require and the temptation to consider them “burdens.”)
“Furthermore, Faris presses readers to confess and forsake their own sin–‘What is the greatest hindrance to loving my children?’ she writes. ‘I am.’ (p. 74)–and she equips them to deal wisely and graciously with their children’s sin through discipline.
“But perhaps my favorite chapter was the one Faris titled: ‘What Does Doctrine Have to Do with Being a Mom?’ In it, she explains how trusting in God’s sovereignty and providential care for mothers can bring contentment and joy–even in the most difficult days. Faris writes, ‘despite your very real weaknesses, God has a great and specific purpose for you being the mother of your children, and he will be faithful to his purpose and plan both for your life and the lives of any children with whom he blesses you.’ (p. 69)
“And in the midst of competing messages about being a mom, Faris ultimately affirms that ‘Loving my children isn’t about whether I breastfeed or bottle-feed. It’s not about whether or not I let my daughter eat refined sugar before she’s two, or she never gets to eat sugar at all. It’s not even about whether I choose to homeschool, enroll my child in a public school or send him or her to a private school. These decisions and the convictions behind them are important, but they’re not the Gospel.’ (p. 22)
“That is something we would all do well to remember.”
Megan Hill, Author of Praying Together and A Place to Belong and editor at The Gospel Coalition