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Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real Paperback – July 1, 2017
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“Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet, Jessica Kastner’s book about finding grace in motherhood imperfection, gives readers permission to live in the moment. The book embodies the famous quote ‘Comparison is the thief of joy.’ Instead of focusing on failure, Kastner wants moms to transfer that energy into finding happiness in their own messy, imperfect ways. Even though she might lose track of the school calendar or make dinner from a box, she can still enjoy jumping on the trampoline with her boys or having worship dance parties. Kastner’s tales of imperfect, faith-based motherhood will resonate with moms who feel they don’t always succeed at ‘mothering’ but love the path God has put them on anyway.”
Angelia White, publisher of Hope for Women magazine
Simple Grace magazine
Jamie C. Martin, cofounder of SimpleHomeschool.net and author of Give Your Child the World
Rhonda Rhea, TV personality and author of twelve books, including Fix-Her-Upper and Turtles in the Road
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Jessica's book was full of humor - some of which I didn't particularly get because I must not be up to par with "outside-of-the-home-life" in general, movies, TV shows or other things she uses to compare life with kids too. So, obviously, some of the humor was lost on me. She also offers encouragement for those moms who are struggling with being a mom. Jennifer pregnancy was not "planned" and she seriously considered abortion. Her book is an encouragement to be the mom God designed you to be, to accept help and support from others, and to endure the challenges of mother-hood, and realize that one day it will be worth it, even if in the moment you just want to "scream". I can totally see that there are many women who will be able to relate to this book!
I would recommend this book to those women who just don't feel cut out to be a mom, those women who enjoyed the single side of life, and now feel overwhelmed with their new mommy status and the sacrifices they have to make for their little ones.
I was blessed with a free copy of this book by the publisher and Litfuse Publicity book to read. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
While I definitely would never classify myself as an un-mom per Jessica's definition (I always dreamed of being a wife, homemaker, and mom; I love to cook and bake; I like my house to be clean and neat at all times; I love babies; I love working in the church nursery; etc.), I could still relate to so much of Jessica's book. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious and she held nothing back. It's always nice to read a book that affirms your experiences and makes you feel like you're not alone or the only one going through the craziness that is motherhood. I could relate to one major aspect of Jessica's story, however: being a young mom. While I wasn't a single mom, I did have my first baby at the age of 18. I love her heart for encouraging teen/young moms to trust God's plan for their and their child's life and choose life over abortion. I highly recommend Hiding From The Kids In My Prayer Closet to all moms needing a quick pick-me-up and a reminder of their importance in raising godly kids.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
I’m an only child who never babysat as a teenager, so my son was literally the first baby I had ever held or been around. Moms all around me seemed to have their act together quite nicely, and while I kept up a brave front, I was quaking inside. Just like Ms. Kastner, I loved him with everything in me, yet didn’t quite know what to do.
I think that’s where this book shines. We’re all wired in different ways and there’s no one “proper” way to be a successful mom. And that’s okay. I love Kastner’s irreverence when it comes to tradition and society’s expectations. While thoroughly entertaining and keeping you laughing, she hits home with relevant spiritual truths. Will readers agree with all that she says? Probably not, but that’s true of any book. Bottom line: Kastner shares a lot of wisdom gained from experience and walking with God, while allaying your fears and helping you laugh at yourself.
This is a great book to share with young moms, especially new or expecting moms … and it would make a wonderful baby shower gift. Recommended.
I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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