Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe MP3 CD – 29 Apr 2014
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About the Author
Sarah Mae, 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. Sally Clarkson is involved in ongoing discipleship and teaching ministries to women, parents, homeschooling mothers, and Christian mothers and their children. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting and leads WholeHearted Mother Conferences. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Sally Mae and Sally Clarkson have been to the edge and back. Desperate is the story of one young mothers trails and one experienced mentor's priceless exhortations. Desperate is not a book about despair, nor is it a rule-laden mothering manual. It's a bouquet from a friend who has been there, reminding us that we are not alone. Sarah Mae's unvarnished account of her own struggles mothering three feisty young children is a lesson in learning patience, loving idiosyncrasies, accepting help, and-most of all-leaning on God.
Each chapter includes a brief bible study with journal exercises to help you find your own quiet centre, and get you back into the fray soul-filled and refreshed. Written with candour, empathy and faith. Desperate is like coffee with a trusted girlfriend; one who knows how hard being a mother can be, and how to navigate the often turbulent road.
Its a great book and I learnt a lot from it its very encouraging and inspired me to take time to be refreshed in God and also its lovely to have other mums sharing their wisdom, it taught me about the importance of mentors too and how we can learn from each other, would highly recommend a great read! The video links at the end of each chapter are great too x
PND with the first baby, a solid faith but needing to find a new way through new challenges, a `fiery' (diplomatic...) middle child and 3 children aged 4 and under. There really is nothing new under the sun!
Needless to say, it resonated with me. I love the format - the way Sarah Mae and Sally take turns to write chapters provide the honest vulnerability of a woman "living it" with the wisdom and advice from a woman who can offer guidance through experience. That is a great formula and one I found very easy to engage with and really feel immersed in.
The challenge from the authors is to find both a mentor and a mentee (apparently, not a word. You know what I mean) to help us through this fairly intense parenting stage. We all feel better when we're giving! I don't know if I can practically make that happen. I'd love to, but I'm stumped. I'm also very fortunate to have a great supportive family around, so I feel less urgent about purposely creating that support network, or village to raise my children. I think it is worth thinking on more though. There will undoubtedly be blessings in diversity, so perhaps there will be more to come in that vein.
Overall, I loved this book. Personally, I am not isolated in the way that Sarah Mae, in particular, describes, but I have been. Or at least I have felt that that way. I recognised the martyrdom in those `inner vows' and I have most certainly muttered them too. I have chosen not to live in the fullness of the joy available to me because I've been gnawing on a bitter root instead. As I have already said, there is nothing new under the sun.
I was given the ePub format to review, which worked perfectly with my Kindle and on the Kindle Fire. It is available on amazon and Thomas Nelson. The links will open in new windows.
If you know a mum who's struggling with her role, with how engulfing it can be, how isolating and how guilty she feels for thinking so, Desperate is a really good gift. Just to tell someone they are not alone in a non-confrontational way, or even for yourself if you don't know how to break out of the rut. I haven't got a bad word to say about it. It was refreshing, honest and very true to Sarah Mae's writing style. If you like her blog, you will love her book.
If you are struggling and wondering if it is worth the pain, this book is for you. Even if you are one of those blessed mums who just seems to glide through parenthood without stress, this book is still for you. It's overall message is to trust yourself as a parent, and pursue God above all things, which is what we all need to hear.
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