- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0718085426
- ISBN-13: 978-0718085421
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's Okay About It: Lessons from a Remarkable Five-Year-Old About Living Life Wide Open Paperback – May 2, 2017
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"Lauren does something beautiful in her book, It's Okay About It. She shows the reader ways in which we should pause and look at the world from the eyes of a five-year-old. From the beginning you feel encouraged and inspired to look at life differently, and in a world where life can seem crazy and chaotic a switch in viewpoints can be quite soothing to our souls."
--Jamie Ivey, host of The Happy Hour podcast
"Balancing personal history with mama-bear sensitivity, Lauren Casper grabbed me by the hand and led me along a path of discovering God's goodness through the lens of her child. There, in Mareto's vibrant world of innocence and wonder, love is inexhaustible, community is essential, and generosity is a reflex. Life shimmers with hope on the other side of It's Okay About It. I am grateful for their story.
--Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted
"Lauren is a dear friend and mama that has journeyed through loss and love. Her tenacity and tenderness bleed from these pages, and Mareto's delightful life lessons will captivate your heart and keep you coming back for more!"
--Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly and You Are Free
"Brimming with joy, self-awareness and truth, Lauren Casper's It's Okay About It is a must-read. This is a beautiful book, one that's written for all of us whose lives crave faith, simplicity and wonder."
--Jessica N. Turner, best-selling author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
"This book is one giant mic drop. You're in the middle of a winsome story and then, Boom!, Lauren brings it. Or maybe it's her son, Mareto. Mostly, now that I think of it, it's Jesus. Which means this book is exactly what we all need. The simple reminders hold deep truths that will help you recapture the joy of your one beautiful life. Don't miss this."
--Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
"Lauren Casper's vulnerable storytelling style makes for a delightful read! Her son and their journey is unique to them, but relatable to any reader who wonders where and how to look for God in unexpected places. I both cried and laughed out loud in public places while reading it, and found myself telling total strangers what had moved me."
--Beth Guckenberger, author, speaker and Co-Executive Director, Back2Back Ministries
"You're going to LOVE this book. Through Lauren's word and Mareto's wisdom, you're going to be drawn in to a delightful and encouraging glimpse of childlike faith. When you read, you'll be slowed down and captured by grace and goodness--and you're going to close the book each time you read feeling a little more peace and sanctuary right where you're at. Read it, pass it on to a friend, and read it again. You'll be nearer to the Lord and more at ease for it."
--Jess Connolly, co-author of Wild and Free, author of Dance Stand Run
"I read this book from cover to cover in only a few days, but that is because Lauren writes like the friend you entrust with your extra house key. I will be gleaning from this book for many years to come--remembering the rich, life-giving innocence Mareto offers me within these pages. Mareto taught me how to love better, breathe deeper, and be "okay about it" more often. Each time I remember to position myself as a student of my own children, I will thank Mareto (and his mom, Lauren) for the gift of this great book."
--Kasey Van Norman, bestselling author of Named by God and Raw Faith
About the Author
Lauren Casper is the founder of the popular blog laurencasper.com, where she shares her thoughts on life, parenting, and faith. She is a top contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and has had numerous articles syndicated by The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She also has the joy of serving on the Created for Care team, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to serving foster and adoptive families. Lauren and her husband, John, have two beautiful children brought home from Ethiopia in 2011 and 2012. They make their home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
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Casper skillfully weaves the details of her life story into the lessons of the different chapters. The structure seems simple at first, but the artfulness of her approach quickly becomes apparent. Every section is, in an important sense, about her son Mareto; equally, however, it is about Casper’s own development into the compassionate, open-hearted woman she is today. Much of the beauty of experiencing this book comes from watching the amazing ways in which difficult life circumstances have shaped Casper. She consistently shows the reader how “all things work together for good for those who love God” (Romans 8:28; cited on It’s Okay About It 90).
For me, one of the most poignant moments of the book was Casper’s description of God’s confirmation that she and her husband, John, were meant to adopt their daughter, Arsema, from Ethiopia. Casper, at her husband’s insistence, reluctantly agrees to delay saying “yes” to the potential adoption until they have had the weekend to pray about it. That Sunday morning, a little girl with no knowledge of the situation approaches the Caspers at church and presents them with two dolls: a blonde-haired one for Lauren, “‘because she looks like you,’” and a dark-skinned, dark-haired one, “‘for your little girl’” (131). As the Caspers look at each other in amazement, John declares, “‘Well, clearly she’s ours!’”
I relate to this story because, when I want something to be the right decision for my husband and me, I feel compelled to say, “Yes!!!” immediately. Even though when I truly consider, I know that I want to have what God desires for my life, when emotions and impulses get in the way, I, too, don’t want to wait and listen for God’s confirmation. What a powerful reminder this anecdote is of God’s constant action in our lives, and of the benefits of waiting for Him even when the wait feels too difficult.
There are numerous encouraging, life-affirming lessons in Casper’s inaugural work. I foresee that I will return to it many times to be reminded of the beauty and power of embracing the joys that are hidden amid the challenges of life. I feel truly blessed to have come across her Godly approach to “living life wide open.”
I assumed the book would be sweet and light and something that you are better for having read, but doesn't necessarily 'stick', you know? I was wrong on that count. The chapters in this book HAVE stuck with me, and certain phrases pop back into my brain each day, especially when dealing with my toddler.
Lauren writes lovingly and movingly about her and her husband's struggle to have children, and their eventual decision to adopt and the hard work and time it took to get there. But this story isn't the focus of the book - it's the background to how Lauren came to live with and love her son, who is a sweet, funny, generous little boy with autism.
The words Mareto had at 5 were a bit garbled, but each time he put together a sentence it had its place and its meaning far beyond just words. Lauren's chapters are well-organized to lead you through why each phrase sticks with her, what she takes from it, and how it applies to our daily lives even if we don't live with a firecracker little boy :)
Highly recommended. A study on how a whole family has their own language, built of all the little in-jokes and references to past events and ways of speaking that they've built together - and how the way a family can understand you and meet you and love you exactly where you are is a huge part of how those bonds are built.
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Such a refreshing read! I think as adults we tend to over-analyze, over-think, over-do...pretty much, we get it wrong a lot because we makes things more complicated than they really need to be. Sometimes it takes a change of perspective to realize these things, and that's just what 'It's Okay About It"does. Viewing life from the eyes of a toddler/child really makes you understand that life is more beautiful, and much less difficult than we tend to make it. I love how Lauren uses Mareto's little phrases, ties in a story, and then incorporates Bible into it all. This would be a wonderful read for any parent, Bible study, someone with an interest in learning about Autism...but honestly, I think it's a great read for anyone. I highly recommend this book!
This is a one day read or a chapter a day, deep read. The author's depth is impressive. I highly recommend this book.
If I can get my dad to read a chapter and "get a speck of dust in his eye", it's definitely worth the read!
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