Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real
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* Feeling guilty that you dread pretend play? Are you an "unmom" who loves her children more than the daily experience of parenting? Kastner will help you laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, let go of impossible social media ideals of perfection, and enjoy life as the mother God created you to be! 208 pages, softcover from Cook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.30 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0781414849
ISBN-13: 9780781414845

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Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.
 
In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an "unmom"—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

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Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a contributor for Beliefnet.com, Huffington Post’s Christianity blog, and CBN.com. As Connecticut’s coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, she shares God’s message of hope by leading Bible studies in juvenile detention centers. When she’s not on the trampoline with her three boys in her hometown of Southington, Connecticut, Jessica offers her gritty commentary on Christian life at JessicaKastner.com.

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  1. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Not exactly what I expected but still good
    July 25, 2017
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book was a bit different than what I expected. I was thinking more of a devotional, maybe Bible study type book about the challenges of raising kids and praying more for them. NOT!! I guess the title just grabbed me as often I would love to "hide" from my kids in the "prayer closet". Instead this book is more a collection of humorous stories and tales about being an "un-mom" - mom. That is a mom who doesn't enjoy the usual mommy stuff but does love her children. I am not sure I fit into that particular category exactly, as I got married very young and raising a family has been my life. And I actually do enjoy being a mom, trying to do the Pinterest mommy stuff, albeit I may not be good at some of it. But there are definitely times when I could use a "break" from my kids and the "mommy-ing" part of my life, and would love to hide in my prayer closet.

    Jessica's book was full of humor - some of which I didn't particularly get because I must not be up to par with "outside-of-the-home-life" in general, movies, TV shows or other things she uses to compare life with kids too. So, obviously, some of the humor was lost on me. She also offers encouragement for those moms who are struggling with being a mom. Jennifer pregnancy was not "planned" and she seriously considered abortion. Her book is an encouragement to be the mom God designed you to be, to accept help and support from others, and to endure the challenges of mother-hood, and realize that one day it will be worth it, even if in the moment you just want to "scream". I can totally see that there are many women who will be able to relate to this book!

    I would recommend this book to those women who just don't feel cut out to be a mom, those women who enjoyed the single side of life, and now feel overwhelmed with their new mommy status and the sacrifices they have to make for their little ones.

    I was blessed with a free copy of this book by the publisher and Litfuse Publicity book to read. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
  2. Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a hilarious must-read for mothers!
    July 15, 2017
    Kristie
    upstate NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh my goodness, I loved this book! It was hilarious and just so real! I found myself laughing out loud at different times throughout the book and at other times relieved that I am not the only one who has had moments of feeling that way. Jessica shares her stories of shopping with kids glued to your sides and trying to keep them reeled in while trying on bathing suits, shoes, cloths. How about playdates that feel never ending, play-doh being stuck to everything, the struggle of packing lunches day after day, and the school projects and assignments that feel like the mother is back in school as well considering it takes so much time and involvement. In all seriousness, motherhood is so rewarding and kids truly are a blessing, but it is hard to feel this way when you are completely exhausted and feeling like you just want to sit down and cry when a project is failing and kids are screaming. "Hiding from the Kids in my Prayer Closet" is amust-read for mothers as this will truly help you to not feel as alone in the mothering gig and finding grace in the hard times.
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