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Now Available, JUGGLING WORK AND HOME

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To many, the idea that women must work outside the home is a given. The days of the “stay-at-home-mom” seem to be gone. However, Jan Voerman—father, grandfather, and seasoned pastor—asks mothers to reflect upon how dropping their child off at daycare amidst tears and cries can negatively impact them in the future. He asks them to recall in comparison the joy and contentment that little face shows when he or she can be home in the presence of the most important person in their life: their mother. The time is brief that Christian mothers have to lead their little ones to Jesus and to raise them to respect God and their fellow human beings. Pastor Voerman recognizes the toll on mothers, their children, the church, and even society at large, when mothers must juggle the dual professions of home and career. His concern for mothers and families is based on the work of social science experts, personal observation, and on the very words of mothers who themselves feel torn in the struggle to be a superhero on all fronts.

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Jan Voerman served as a pastor for more than thirty-five years, receiving his ministerial training at Oud Zandbergen Theological Seminary, Netherlands; Newbold College, England; and Columbia Union College, Maryland. He is now retired and living with his wife in Geesbrug, a small village in the northern part of the Netherlands. Gifted in several languages and an avid student of theology and church history, he has written a number of books and articles and continues to preach and study with others. He loves sailing in the creeks at Giethoorn and playing the organ. Pastor Voerman’s favorite quotation is: “Not a sigh is breathed, not a pain felt, not a grief pierces the soul, but the throb vibrates to the Father’s heart” (The Desire of Ages, p. 356).

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