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

Sarah Mae
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)

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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


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 Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts

You need this book!  I’m buying it for all my friends who are in the mom stage of life. -Linda Dillow, Author of Calm My Anxious Heart and What’s it Like to be Married to Me?

Product Details

  • File Size: 1275 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00CVDN0LU
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GVZ0FK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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74 of 76 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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51 of 53 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: 4:44 Mins
This book has been manna to my soul and courage to my heart!
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Book for Moms March 8, 2013
By Seh
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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15 of 16 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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54 of 73 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Desperately Disappointed March 11, 2013
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Young Moms! Do not spend your precious, limited free time on this book. The only thing to gain is that you will know that you are not the only one who feels like you are spinning your wheels. However, the book offers no real hope, no practical solutions, or any strategies and examples they do offer would only work with children ages 5ish and up (ie have them wash dishes, clean up the kitchen after breakfast, etc)....which is weird since the book clearly targets moms of toddlers and preschoolers. I kept reading because I wanted to like this book, because everyone else raved about it and the authors seem so nice, but the truth is the book left me feeling even more hopeless. It's an empty book. There are conflicting ideas like mothers today are too selfish, but in the same chapter you will be told that you need make time for yourself, even if you have to hire someone. Which is another thing, most of their ways to "breathe" are only possible if you can afford to hire help. Seems like every chapter says something about hiring out or lighting candles (Yea! Open flames with toddlers!). But alas, I wouldn't be desperate if I could afford to hire out. Anyway, if you want real hope spend your precious free time in your Bible or help someone else. I actually gained more hope and ability to cope with and be content in my mommy chaos through leading some teen girls through Emily Freeman's book Graceful. There is a ladies' version of it called Grace for the Good Girl. I haven't read it but I can only imagine it would be just as good if not better than the teen version and would offer some hope, relief, and release of undo stress we young moms put on ourselves. The only real hope offered in Desperate is that everyone is going through the same thing and you will have to tough it out in your own way till your are past the little years, which I already knew. So, I guess I should have saved my money to put towards hiring something out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars inspiring and encouraging read
This book was a great reminder of the importance of showing God's mercy and grace in our children's lives!! Read more
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Wonderfully written and was so easy to read. Thank you for adding beauty to my life.
Published 18 days ago by Jonathan McDonald
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Published 2 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Very encouraging book
Love the book and can truly relate to so many aspects. It's very helpful to have the perspectives and advice from two women in different seasons if life.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best encouragement for moms with little ones I've read thus far
I could go on and on about how much this encouraged me and I think it would be even better with a group of friends (they recommend that in the book--I just wanted to read it first... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is so encouraging!
I first read Desperate last year when my son was an infant and I just finished rereading it. Both times Sarah Mae and Sally spoke so much grace and hope into my life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hualosman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book! I lead a group of ten women through this book and all were profoundly impacted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars so it was easy to dive right in
Very relevant and very well written. I felt as if I could have written about the same issues she did, so it was easy to dive right in. It's also an easy read.
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