Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real - eBook
Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real - eBook  -     By: Jessica Kastner
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781434711885
ISBN-13: 9781434711885

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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. Jennifer
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I like to hide from them
    November 21, 2017
    Jennifer
    Quality: 0
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    Meets Expectations: 0
    here was something reassuring about opening the pages to read another mama words that I think could have been my own. She says that God in all his wisdom and humor had a plan. I totally get that. So often as I read this book I had to smile and nod. Got quite a few good laughs in there as well~



    The prologue alone was such a relief to read. Words that comforted me. Because I didnt feel so alone anymore. Some of these thoughts that I have. And her list that helps you know for sure, if you really are an un-mom or not.. Im not the only one!



    It is so reassuring to know that Im not the only one who finds pretend play boring and really struggles with the image that most have of what it means to be a mom. Thats super gentle and loving and nurturing Mama? Its just not me! The idea of entertaining my children horrifies me. I try to play with them, I really do, but my mind quickly wanders. My kids long ago realized that their mom loves them very much but just isnt cut out for some of these momma tasks that their friends mommas do so eagerly.

  2. Booklover10
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A must-read for all moms!
    August 17, 2017
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I started reading this book and my first reaction was "My personality is the opposite of Jessica Kastner!" I mean, she never wanted kids, but ended up with 3. I was so excited to have kids! I wasn't certain if I should even go past the first page after seeing the huge difference, but I am so glad I did! I laughed a lot in this book. There were some heavy parts in this book because if we're honest, parenting isn't always easy. There's hard things and hard topics. There were some parts where I was a little skeptical of how she was going to tie things into the Gospel, but she did. She did an excellent job of bringing moms together with what matters, instead of dividing moms on issues.

    I'll also admit that the title left me trying to figure out what this book was about when I first saw the book. After completing the book, though, it makes complete sense and it is the perfect title!

    I don't match the author's personality, and you may not either. But give this book a try. It's written in short chapters, so it was really easy to read a chapter in between tasks or running kids where they needed to be. It was refreshing to be able to finish a chapter so quickly!

    Jessica Kastner is very transparent and hides nothing. But it was that transparency that kept me reading. You could see her heart poured out onto each page. She does a great job tying in the bigger picture of raising kids in light of the Gospel. Usually she does that at the end of each chapter. I found that I loved her stories, but she did a beautiful job reminding her readers of what really matters.

    One of my favorite quotes from the book (believe me, there were so many good ones), was:

    "When sitting on the carpet with baby for hours, or roaming the yard bent over with my 'new walker' for hours, I became more mindful of my thoughts. What am I thinking about this whole time? Are my thoughts filled with gratitude and appreciation of the moment--the fact that I'm even able to be home, my child is healthy, I have a husband who loves me and whom I'll eventually see in six hours? 'Twasn't always so. I began praying and worshipping more during these times, which eventually transformed lots of my loneliness into fulfilling times of intimacy with the Lord."

    Wow. That convicted me right then. Many times, if I'm honest, I'm thinking about dinner or work or how I can't wait for bed so I can read. After reading this statement, I have now started using my time with them to pray and worship. Being a homeschooling mom, I'm with my kids a lot and it's easy for us all to get a little tired of each other. If my attitude gets ugly, the whole house falls down. I've thought of this quote so often and it has helped remind me that I can, in fact, give God the glory in all things.

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    I received this book free from David C. Cook in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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