"Desperate: Hope for the Mom who Needs to Breathe" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson is a devotional written by two moms, a newbie and a veteran. Sarah Mae has three small children, is a SAHM, but also a writer and speaker. Sally Clarkson is a mother of four, the youngest is in her late teens, she is a Home School mom and a missionary. The two moms put together a series of "momisms". Each chapter opens with letters to each other concerning an issue. Then Sarah will give her side, then Sally hers. Each chapter ends with a "Your Turn" which consists of scripture and journaling, followed by "Something to Do" which is a homework assignment.
I am a mom. I have three (two are in high school, one in second grade) I also have four step children (two are graduating college, one is still in, and the younger is joining the army). I have faced the bad from terminal illness, felonies, and head lice. I have also seen the good, from Honor students, beauty queen, star athlete, and hunting trophies. There was a lot in this book I totally got. Sometimes it really hit home. I could relate to both women, though not always on the same issues. This is a good book for the mama. Whatever "season" she is in. I received this book for free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Family Fiction.
What mother hasn't felt overwhelmed and like you were on an emotional roller coaster? Desperate by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson was a breath of fresh air for me. I have long struggled with the myth that being a mom should be a breeze for every woman who lives her children. Desperate examines motherhood with an honest look.
Both Sarah and Sally are mothers who have been there, right in the trenches, struggling to make it through the day, wondering if they were making a positive difference in their children's lives. Sarah is the mother of busy kids and shares her struggles and stories of inspiration. Sally is a mentor mom who shares insight that only a mom who has passed through these trials can share.
You will be transported through, "The Dream Life...Altered", to "Getting Real About Mama-hood", and finish with "The Redeeming". You'll begin each chapter with letters written by the co-authors that hint at what the chapter will hold for you. Each chapter is filled with encouragement, help, and answers to guide you in the journey of being a mother told with stories and examples from the lives of these two mothers. Scriptures and questions close each chapter along with the invitation to watch a video that recaps and summarizes the contents.
I cannot say enough positive about this book as it has encouraged me as a mother to strive to be my best for my kids right now. Comparing myself to others and their standards is never an option that will leave me feeling good in the end. I challenge you to go on this journey to grow yourself as a mother and be encouraged by all that you already do that is excellent.
This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my review. I was not obligated to post a positive review; these are my own opinions.
I love that I have the book on my iphone. As a busy mom, I can read a chapter here and there when we are on the go and I am waiting at one of the kids activities. My only issue is that I can't go to a page # during our book study. I have to scroll through to find the page.