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  1. Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
    Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
    Sarah Mae, Sally Clarkson
    Thomas Nelson / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    We Are Not Alone
    January 4, 2013
    Jenny Anne
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I couldn't put this book down. I struggled to even see the words through my tears. Sarah Mae understands. She knows. I went through my struggles alone when I first had my girls, beaten down by the enemy and awash in grief that I could barely cope with my life.

    Oh, if I'd had this book then. Or a friend.

    Now that I'm through that storm and looking back from this sunshiny other side, I can see that dark place and wonder at our amazing God who saw me through it. I was not alone. But I didn't have any help. I had no mentors. I had no friends who offered assistance in sincerity. My husband was at a loss, not understanding what was happening, why I felt the way I did. I was just overwhelmed.

    Sarah Mae fills that gap that I needed and still need. That so many moms need. Help.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
  2. USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Real
    January 3, 2013
    TrenchMommy
    USA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As a mother of 3 kids birthed within a 4 year window I can relate to moments of desperation. So many books make you feel like you should be Mary Poppins and gloss over the reality of the daily grind. Sally and Sarah Mae address the issues that most of us mothers are too scared to even breath a word about. I remember being caught completely of guard by several things as a young mother in the "desperate days".

    Desperate is 14 chapters of back-and-forth between the desperate mom (Sarah Mae) and the mentor mom (Sally). Personal letters between Sally and Sarah Mae begin each chapter which are then followed by their joint writing of the chapter content. I have not read many "co-authored" books, but of the few I have, this is the best. It flows smoothly together as if only one wrote it with the benefits of two perspectives.

    I really liked how this book didn't just give some broad brush strokes about the reality of motherhood, but rather got nitty-gritty with practical steps to take in living out the big picture. This books also connects everything back to the Word of God and bases our purpose as mothers in Scripture. I also really appreciate how this book is designed to create community among mothers rather than comparison and competition - it makes you want to do life together.

    Most of the chapters I could relate to either today or in remembering the past. Some - like the chapter on cleaning - I just couldn't relate to. Also, I felt that this book, while good for any mother, is probably going to be best for those who did not have a Mom's training and advice growing up or currently in their life. There were issues addressed in this book that seemed basic to me, but I also had a mother who taught me the basics of homemaking and mothering from an early age. The chapter titled All the Voices That Influence Us was probably the most encouraging for me. I frequently find myself looking for the answers from people rather than first go back to the Word of God and use man's creativity to flesh out the Word of God.

    While some will enjoy this book more than others (as with any book), I highly recommend it to mothers of all ages. And for those expecting for the first time, this will help prepare you with a Biblical mindset for the reality of the desperate mom moments by giving you hope and help.

    {This book was a courtesy copy for the purpose of review, but the opinion expressed is my own.}
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Encouragement for Moms
    December 30, 2012
    Dorie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    For me, reading Desperate was both a memory prompter and a source of encouragement. Though my experiences as a young mom were different from Sarah Mae's, I could relate to some of the sentiments and emotions she shared throughout the book. Her honest words captured concerns common to many young mothers. By reading them, I remembered just how hard it was being a young mom with three children under age three. Then, reading Sally's gentle words, I was greatly encouraged. Not only did I find wise words of a mom further on the journey, but I found encouragement in acknowledging some of the things I have learned during my young mom years. With a dozen, or more, years left of intense motherhood ahead of me, Desperate was a sweet oasis of refreshment on my own motherhood journey.

    The included Scripture references and questions are applicable to each of the issues discussed. I particularly liked the brevity of each chapter's devotional. However, it's length is not a reflection on its depth. The Scriptures and questions are ideal for pondering. All the suggestions for journaling or action were also applicable and easy to implement. Overall, these aspects make the Biblical lesson completely doable and effective for even the busiest of moms.

    I'd recommend this book for soon to be moms, new moms, and moms like me, who are only partway down the path of motherhood.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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