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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe Paperback – January 7, 2013
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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, New York Times best-selling 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?
This book seeps wisdom and truth...I can't recommend this book enough! Read it alone or read it with friends...but read it!
-Tricia Goyer, best-selling author of 34 books, including Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God
Powerful, captivating and gut-wrenchingly honest; if this superb book could get into the hands of every mom, our world
would drastically change, for the good! It's a new classic for a new generation.
-Kristen Habermehl, author & speaker, founder of Mom Nights
Sarah Mae represents so many women who long to be good mamas to their little ones, and Sally embodies the mentor so many of us wish we had. They have given us a gift with the words on these pages--a peek into their conversations about what it means to persevere through the tiring days of parenting small children, and a glimpse at what it's like on the other side.
-Tsh Oxenreider, author and blogger behind SimpleMom.net
About the Author
Sarah Mae (sarahmae.com), listed as one of the Christian Broadcasting Network's "Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter," is an influential blogger, conference host, and author of the best-selling ebook 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way. She makes her home in the beautiful Amish country of Pennsylvania where she celebrates life with her husband and three children.
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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.
In "Desperate," authors Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson write disarmingly, with vulnerability and grace. They create a safe place for moms to admit, "Yes, I am desperate" and a healing place for moms to find hope to move forward. So, yes. I am one of the desperate ones. Thank you Sarah & Sally.
"Desperate" is not a formula book, with all the answers. But it is saturated with godly wisdom. It refuses to offer trite formulas, but rather lays out insights clearly gained from seeking God in the trenches.
Here are some of my favorite insights:
* God is my audience.
* There is a potential connection between frequently administered spankings and shame/self-loathing in young children.
* Home should be a place to be enjoyed. It's not meant to be a place to live in fear of whether I'm adequately following all the standards placed on me by this or that child-rearing manual.
* One of the goals of the authors is to train women to create life-giving homes.
* One way to make home a place to be enjoyed is to introduce my kids to my passions--and in the big picture, I'll be making best friends with my kids.
* Look out for addictions/idols that can crop up as a refuge from spending 24/7 with young children.
* Examine the way Jesus discipled his followers as I seek to disciple my kids.
* A question to ask regularly: "What did I do to whisper the secrets of the kingdom of heaven into the hearts of my children today?"
* Jacob wrestling with the angel is a picture of what God wants me to do as I pray for my kids: to prevail, to keep holding on, to seek God and expect Him to bless us.
"Desperate" isn't just meant to be a read-it-and-forget-it book. It's written with growth in the context of community in mind. Each chapter ends with study/discussion questions. Each chapter also ties in with a 3-minute author interview on YouTube.
Mae & Clarkson have crafted a resource for young moms that is the perfect balm for a worn-out soul. I believe "Desperate" is poised to impact not just a generation of moms, but also, by God's grace, this current generation of children under our care.
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