Long Days of Small Things

Reviewed byAlyssa Roat, a professional writing major at Taylor University



TitleLong Days of Small Things

Author: Catherine McNiel


Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length181 pages


     In this book, McNiel explores what it means to practice the spiritual disciplines as a mother. When does a mom find time, solitude, or enough silence to practice the spiritual disciplines? How is it possible to be “spiritual” when every moment is consumed by fussing babies, screaming toddlers, and messy preschoolers? Is it possible at all, or are mothers doomed to be less spiritual? McNiel would say they are not. Instead, she posits that motherhood itself can be a spiritual discipline.

     McNiel holds nothing back about the pains and messes of motherhood, sharing her own personal stories. In a conversational tone, she uses each chapter to explore a spiritual discipline in the context of motherhood, asking women to open their eyes to the God present in their everyday lives. At the end of each chapter she gives specific practices to try—practices defined by things such as changing diapers, driving, or cooking.

     Though a terrifying glimpse into what motherhood entails for the non-initiate, McNiel offers hope and affirmation for her fellow mothers, assuring them of the worth of their lives and their ability to commune with the Father.


Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

This book is written for mothers of young children.

Christian Impact

McNiel gives mothers practical advice to grow closer with God while loving their children.



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