Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom
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Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom  -     By: Jen Babakhan

Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom

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You don't have to have it all to live the life you're called to live. In Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom, Jen Babakhan shares her personal journey of leaving her career behind and becoming a stay-at-home mom, along with the emptiness that came along with the transition.

She unpacks the falsehoods she believed about "having it all" and helps you confront your own misplaced sense of identity, reminding you of who you are in Christ. Motherhood doesn't offer performance evaluations or a pat on the back for a job well done, but when you follow the path God calls you to, you gain so much more.



    Release and Surrender
  1. Having It All Isn't the Goal
  2. Making Room for Honesty
  3. This Was Not in the Job Description
  4. Netflix and Pajamas
  5. Good Grief
  6. More Than Motherhood
  7. Finding Your Way Back to You
  8. Making Friends with Telemarketers
  9. The New Friend in the Mirror
  10. The Beauty and the Balance
  11. Notes

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Title: Detoured: The Messy, Grace-Filled Journey from Working Professional to Stay-at-Home Mom
By: Jen Babakhan
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0736976736
ISBN-13: 9780736976732
Stock No: WW976732

Publisher's Description

Does having it all even exist?

Former marketing executive turned third-grade teacher, Jen Babakhan never expected her transition to stay-at-home mom would bring feelings of grief and loss. She felt God was calling her to be home with her newborn son, and she wanted to be with him—yet she felt conflicted about giving up her career.

Detoured chronicles the often-bumpy path Jen took to contentment and peace in her new role at home.  She honestly shares the struggles and joys of being home, and the truth she uncovered about "having it all."  She invites you to walk beside her on this journey and find:

  • a new confidence and peace in your decision to place your career on hold
  • an invitation to discover your true identity that has nothing to do with your job title
  • a sense of community and the knowledge that you are not alone in your motherhood journey

Stay-at-home motherhood isn’t easy—but it can be the most beautiful detour you ever take.


Author Bio

With a degree in public relations and a background in marketing and education, Jen Babakhan left her career to take on motherhood. Her writing has appeared in Reader’s Digest, and has been featured in MSN, Yahoo, and AOL.  She lives in California with her husband and two young boys.

Editorial Reviews

"Motherhood changes work-outside-the-home mothers in ways that are hard to put into words. Yet if anyone has beautifully captured the before and after of a career "detoured" by family, it's Jen Babakhan. Has your plan for the perfect work/family balance fallen apart? Are you plagued by worries that you'll lose yourself as you pour out your life for others? Jen understands. With tender confessions and hope-filled encouragement, Jen's words will be a soothing balm to your soul. She reminds all of us moms that the truth of God's provision and care for us—and our kids—is something we can depend on. Through these pages you'll discover the joy of living the fullness God intended. It's a wonderful book, and I already have a list of friends I'm eager to share it with!"
Tricia Goyer, mom of ten and USA Today bestselling author of 70+ books, including Calming Angry Kids

"This is the book I wish I would have had when I left behind a news career in the city to become a stay-at-home mom on the farm. I’ve never regretted that decision, but I desperately needed the peace and contentment that Jen holds out to moms in her debut book, Detoured. With personal insights and helpful advice, this book beautifully celebrates the gift of motherhood."
Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of It’s All Under Control and The Happiness Dare

"Jen Babakhan has a life-changing message for anyone who has ever found herself experiencing an unexpected detour in life. Filled with audacious honesty, practical ideas, and deep wisdom, this is the kind of book that will help you regain your perspective and get unstuck from the false beliefs that are holding you back."
Mandy Arioto, president and CEO, MOPS International

Author/Artist Review

Author: Jen Babakhan
Located in: USA
Submitted: March 07, 2019

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I wrote Detoured to encourage other women who are navigating the often-times bumpy transition from working to staying home with children. When I gave up my teaching career to be home I found that no one was talking about the feelings of loss and loneliness of being home with children- especially after having a career. There are so many feelings that come with this transition, all valid, and I believe that God wants us to take our emotions, questions, and doubts about our ability to handle life at home straight to Him. My hope is that Detoured blesses women and draws them into a closer relationship with Christ as they serve their families and find their worth is not found in a job title or performance, but in Christ alone.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I love to connect with readers on social media, so please come find me @jenbabakhan on Instagram, @jenbabakhanauthor on Facebook, and @jenbabakhan on Twitter. You can also find me on my own site,

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