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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Mae , Sally Clarkson
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Book Description

Desperate is for those who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fighting back tears, and begging God for help. It's for those who have ever wondered what happened to all their ideals for what having children would be like. For those who have ever felt like all the "experts" have clearly never had a child like theirs. For those who have prayed for a mentor. For those who ever felt lost and alone in motherhood.

In Desperate
 you will find the story of one young mother's honest account of the desperate feelings experienced in motherhood and one experienced mentor's realistic and gentle exhortations that were forged in the trenches of raising her own four children.

Whether you are a first time mom, or an experienced mom, Desperate will inspire you to be a part of the ultimate goal of the book, to be a part of the no-more-desperate-moms movement. 

Included in the Book:
  • QR codes and links at the end of each chapter that lead to videos with Sarah Mae and Sally talking about the chapter
  • Practical steps to take during the desperate times
  • Bible study and journal exercises in each chapter that will lead you to identify ways in which you can grow as a mom
  • Mentoring advice for real-life situations
  • Q & A section with Sally where she answers readers questions

Editorial Reviews


I hold these pages, words of Sarah Mae's and Sally's, that are a gift to every mother, that welcome mothers everywhere out of hiding and loneliness and into a fellowship of sisters and mentors, that will make you feel not alone, that will make you feel that there is real God-given hope.

-Ann VoskampNew York Times best-selling author of One Thousand Gifts

About the Author

Sarah Mae loves God and is in awe of His kindness. She is a homemaker, blogger, the author of the bestselling eBook 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way, and a lover of salted caramel mochas. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three spunky children.

Sally Clarkson loves drinking strong English tea, reading rousing fiction, and living in Monument, Co, which her four grown children also call home. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting and leads WholeHearted Mother Conferences.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVDN0LU
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GVZ0FK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,715 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Older Women Too January 6, 2013
I recommend this book for us older women to read as well as the young moms. I can forget how big my burden was back when all mine were little if I am not careful. The busy-ness of teens and young adults present me a different burden but I can neglect my duty as a Christian to fulfill Titus 2. Sometimes we older moms close our eyes to the needs of these young moms. The "I paid my dues" mentality is farfrom Christlike. This book will remind us, burden us, and challenge us to step up to the plate and help these young ladies. It is our godly responsibility. Perhaps these young moms are hurting because older ones aren't serving as we should?
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I'm convinced was written just for me. January 7, 2013
Length: 4:43 Mins
This book has been manna to my soul and courage to my heart!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Book for Moms March 8, 2013
By Seh
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I usually order and try and soak up most Christian Mom books. This one takes the cake. It was as if the authors were speaking directly to me. I have three young kids and feel stuck in the mundane and dreariness of life right now. This book helped inspire and outline practical things that I can do today to help me endure. Many books try and give you a bunch of things to do, but this one gave me the tools to endure and persevere and even thrive (well I hope for the long term).

This book also hits on some points that many other books fail to address, and one of them is that other books assume that you desire to play on the floor for hours with your kids. I am stuck in the cycle of being tired of playing with them and not finding joy in playing cars or barbies for hours on end. Many books assume that you want to organize your life so you can sit on the floor with the kids more, this book helps you to figure out how you can enjoy your kids and balance it all. Also many books point out depression and usually just say talk to your doctor. This is the first book that I found that talked about depression as a part of motherhood and one of the parts of the hills and valleys of life. I never felt the need to go to the doctor, but so glad that it is normal that I have cycles of being in a depressive "funk" and that it is okay. I will be able to endure and survive it to encounter the hill at the end of the valley I am in.

Very uplifting and inspirational. I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope for this Desperate Mom December 29, 2012
This book has changed my life. It has transformed my view of motherhood and has given me the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. It is the story of motherhood from two points of view - hip deep in the chaos (Sarah Mae) and survived and thrived (Sally Clarkson). There are honest, hard questions and conversations - the ones you wish someone would have told you about instead of talking about how cute all the clothes would be. There are hard answers - the ones you wish you could ignore, the ones that make you dig deep into your heart and seek God. There is hope, Scripture, encouragement, love, and grace. And the message, at the end of the day? I'm the mother God chose for my daughter. He doesn't make mistakes and I need to trust Him. Desperate is set up to help mamas go further than just another parenting book. It's personal. It's Christ-centered. It's hopeful and full of grace, and just what this desperate mama of a toddler needed to read right now.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for stay-at-home moms, but not working moms February 7, 2013
What I liked

This book showed a beautiful picture of what a meaningful mentoring experience looks like. Sally Clarkson saw something in Sarah Mae, and they began a relationship together that was intentional, and helped both of them grow in their relationship with the Lord. The mentoring seemed to come at a time when Sarah Mae desperately needed it- in the middle of mothering three littles- and battling depression.
I could relate to Sarah Mae, in that I also have three kids incredibly close together in age (almost 4!). And there were times last year when I was staying at home with them that I did feel desperate and like I needed some room to breathe. Running after and caring for a 1, 2/3 and 3/4 year old is physically, emotionally, and mentally difficult. There are no breaks, even with a stellar husband. It takes 2 parents to meet the never-ending needs of such young children.
For moms who stay at home, Sarah and Sally offer some great suggestions on how to create space to breathe in the midst of full-time, never-ending motherhood. They rightly suggest that a lot of it has to do with our attitude towards our kids and being a stay-at-home mom.
They repeated over and over that there is no "right way" to parent. Every family is different. Every child is different. Every mom is different. If you are not good at keeping house, by all means hire a housekeeper and feel no guilt about it! If you don't want to spank your kids, do not listen to those other moms who say if you don't you will have bratty kids. Seek God, follow the promptings you feel about how He has designed your unique family, and then find a few good friends who are going to support you and not criticize your decisions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging and Beneficial for Any Mom August 27, 2013
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Motherhood was something I planned for, something I wanted, so why was living it out so drastically different from my expectations?" This is a question many an honest and searching mother has asked herself. If motherhood is so good, so desirable, so obviously the will of God, then why does it have to be so difficult? Why does it feel so unfulfilling? This was Sarah Mae's question as she faced another day of caring for her children after yet another sleepless night--one of those days where she was just too tired and too worn out to be a mom. "Down to the bone, to the deepest part of my soul, is the love I have for my children. Every day of my life is imperfectly offered to them. But the little years, they're hard and oftentimes lonely. It's like a secret we fear sharing, just how life-altering motherhood is, especially when you don't have training or support."

Mae found both training and support through Sally Clarkson, an author who would also become a dear friend and much-needed mentor. Together they have written Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, a book that, judging by its early reviews, has resonated with mothers.

"Sally and I want to encourage you to keep going even when it feels like you can't, and we want to help you. We won't offer you formulas, but we will offer ideas, perspectives, transparency, and wisdom. We have some ideas for you in getting help, and we are making a plea for older women to remember the tired years and come alongside young mothers, so that our children and our children's children will know how to serve and to receive help."

Mae and Clarkson collaborate in a very natural way. Mae, whose oldest child is just six years old, describes motherhood as she goes through it.
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