The first time I saw this book, Desperate by Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae, I was immediately drawn to it. The book was written for moms who needs to breathe. Basically it is for all moms because one time or another, we all needed to breathe. No matter how committed and how much you love your kids, there will be days that you'd feel overwhelmed and didn't know what to do or who to talk to. Sometimes, you'd think that you are ready but then something happens and every thing turns upside down.
Sarah Mae is a young mom to 3 kids and she openly shares the struggles, fears, worries and the desperation she felt as she continues on her motherhood journey. Each chapter begins with an email from her to Sally Clarkson. Sally shares her response which is filled with wisdom and encouragement from her many years of being a mom herself.
Being a mother, I have had moments when too many people would voice out what they think was best for our family and it really bothered me but eventually I learned to listen to that small voice inside, and I was so encouraged to read Sally's words "I had found joy and freedom and pleasure in my life were when I listened to God's voice in Scripture and pursued the dreams God had put on my heart. What other people thought of our path was irrelevant."
Halfway reading this book, I am convinced that I should share this book with other moms out there. I am praying that I might be able to walk alongside other moms who feel loss, lonely and invisible and discuss this book. Each chapter ends with thought provoking and soul searching questions with suggested activities to further solidify what you have learned in the chapter.
We all need someone to walk along with us in our journey. Desperate allows us to bare our souls and find strength through God's love while encouraging us to find a group to grow with us. I highly recommend this book to all moms.
I have waited with great anticipation for this volume--a book written by two of my favorite authors--one who writes with the grace and wisdom of one who has lived to tell the story, and one who writes with freshness and openness so real and humble that the connection I feel with her heart stuns me. And now I've held the book and read it--twice. First with the eagerness of someone who was hungry and, well, desperate! And then after the initial dash through, once more with pen in hand and thoughtfulness of mind.
This book is a lovely marriage. I hear the voice of Sarah Mae so clearly echoing my own--a voice of desperation, fear, loneliness, and concern that she isn't measuring up to her ideals. And I hear the voice of Sally--a voice of calm, measured wisdom speaking truth and courage and assurance into her younger counterpart. While I have loved Sally Clarkson's works in the past, I have found myself thinking that Sally did sound so calm and measured and wise--all admirable qualities to be sure! But it made me wonder if she had ever truly been as haggard and confused and awkward and frustrated as I seem to be at times. With the addition of Sarah Mae's voice and the conversation between them, I began to see that, yes, even Sally had at one time been in my shoes--in Sarah Mae's shoes. Only commitment, faithfulness, obedience, time, and the power of the Holy Spirit had shaped Sally and her family into who they are today. I began to realize with increasing hope, that perhaps with the same commitment, faithfulness, and obedience, God could fashion me and my own family into something beautiful of His making as well.
This book is for every mother who has ever felt as though the circumstances of her roles as mama, homemaker, and wife would surely drown her. Everyone who has ever wondered if she truly has it in her to be the kind of mama she really wants to be. Everyone who is overwhelmed with just how plain hard mothering can be. This book is also for every mom who has walked through the years of raising her children and now stands on the other side. It's a call to reach out a hand of help and grace and challenge to those who are coming up after you--to walk alongside them and infuse them with courage and hope. It's about doing motherhood together.
Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, is pretty much what I found Desperate to be. It is a book of HOPE. I only wish it had been around 15 years ago when I was struggling and overwhelmed as a first time young mother.
Sarah Mae, is candid and venerable about her struggles as a young mom. Young mothers will easily identify with many of the trials that Sarah Mae has gone through. Hope is just around the corner for those who find themselves desperate, as Sally Clarkson offers offers wise spiritual insight birthed from her own life experiences and years of discipling women. I was greatly encouraged and inspired.
Finally a book to share with the young, desperate, moms in my life. I look forward to doing a book study and being a mentor to young moms I know.
-Cherie Werner, author of thewerners.org and contributor & mentor for MomHeart.com
I am so excited about this book! It really is like coming up for air when you've been under the water for too long. It's like having a Godly mentor sitting at my kitchen table helping me see a different perspective of life in motherhood. A desirable perspective of life that I would have never seen if it weren't for Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson being willing to sit down and be transparent about their lives and struggles in the early stages of their growing families. For me, as for most women, sometimes we just need to realize there is an easier way than doing it all by ourselves -- we don't have to face womanhood or mommyhood alone! I am so grateful for their perspectives, ideas and wisdom found within these pages. I am forever changed. Thank you, Jesus, so SO much. <3