Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom  -     By: Sarah Jakes
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Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom

Bethany House / 2017 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764219111
ISBN-13: 9780764219115

Publisher's Description

Inspiring Message for Moms from Sarah Jakes

Mary, Jesus' mother, is a remarkable example of quiet, resilient faith and courage in the face of adversity. She was witness to our Lord and Savior in a unique way.

Sarah Jakes, a mom herself, examines the life of Mary--and through Mary, Jesus--to better understand what a life of faith looks like. Maybe you struggle to trust God. Perhaps fears keep you from the joy God wants for you. Or maybe the thought of raising little ones overwhelms you. Through Mary, discover the freedom that only true faith can bring.

Author Bio

Sarah Jakes is a businesswoman, writer, speaker, and media personality. She is the senior editor of the online magazine eMotions and, with her husband, Toure Roberts, ministers to those in the TV, film, and music industries. Sarah and her family live in Southern California. Learn more at

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  1. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons Learned
    November 2, 2015
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    When a book comes out that is devoted entirely to women readers I will read it happily. Women writers have an understanding of women readers and a style that is so appealing to me. On a side note as a young woman it never hurts to read on subjects that I am not necessarily a member of yet. Dear Mary: Lessons From the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mom by Sarah Jakes is full of gem worthy thoughts and ideas for any mommy. I would say that if there were any book to give to a mommy-to-be this would have to be one of the few gifted to her. I loved the way in which Jakes was able to share what she learned in her first years a mom to other moms that would be helpful and enlightening. I also believe that the more knowledge is shared the better informed new moms will be and that is empowering. More aware and well informed any one can be about being a mom is better for everyone involved. I received a copy for this review from Bethany House and all opinions are my own.
  2. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Dear Mary
    October 26, 2015
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    In Dear Mary, Sarah Jakes writes letters to Mary, the mother of Jesus. She highlights Mary's courage, as an unwed teenager, to accept the responsibility of birthing and raising the Son of God. She reflects on the life of Mary and draws out encouragement for modern-day mothers. In her writing, Jakes wonders how Mary felt about various parenting challenges and joys and compares these feelings to her modern-day experiences as a mother of two.

    I appreciated Jakes' willingness to ask questions and wonder about Mary's thoughts and experiences, but I also felt like Jakes took some liberties with Mary's story. Perhaps, as Jakes indicates, Jesus was influenced and motivated by Mary to follow God's purpose for his life on earth. Jesus was, after all, fully God and fully human. But scripture does not hold much information about Mary or how she raised Jesus. Therefore, we are left to wonder how much teaching, training, and guiding he needed.

    It is important to note that I am not yet a mother, nor do I know whether I will experience motherhood at some point in the future. Surely this affects the way I read Dear Mary and processed Jakes reflections and leads me to be cautious about critiquing a book that may encourage others in ways I cannot understand personally.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  3. California
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Insightful, but not about Mary
    October 26, 2015
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is the first book I've read by Sarah Jakes. The title really caught my attention as I haven't seen much about Mary. As Jakes concludes, we can learn a lot about Mary from Christ's testimony. Often times we can learn about the parents by the character of their children. It's a good premise, but Jakes falls short of reaching her goal.

    Dear Mary is essentially a collection of letters to Mary in which Jakes tries to relate her parenting journey to Mary's. While there's parallels to be drawn in every parenting journey, Jakes seems to be reaching. While I was hoping to read fresh insight into Mary's character, this is more a deep look into the author's own character and struggles.

    The truth is Jakes does have a lot to offer in the way of insight and encouragement. For any mom struggling in parenthood, she shares stories to encourage all of us. She speaks truthfully about how her own poor choices sent her down a rough path, but the Lord extended grace and redeemed her story.

    While this book wasn't what I expected, it was encouraging. But if you're looking for deeper insight into Mary's parenting journey, this isn't the book.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.
  4. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    I Expected More
    October 25, 2015
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I wanted to read Sarah's first book, Lost & Found, but I haven't bought it yet. It's been on my top 10 books to read for about a year now. I was excited when I received "dear mary" as a complimentary book from the publisher and I had high hopes. After reading "dear mary", I am contemplating taking the first book off my list. I was sorely disappointed.

    This book is full of beautiful lines like "You don't have to pretend life doesn't hurt." and "The more room we make for compassionate understanding, the less space we have for unforgiveness, doubt, and fear.". Sarah did a wonderful job at writing, but I expected more content about Mary and less about Sarah. Without trying to sound mean or overcritical, this book was more a diary or autobiography about Sarah's lessons on motherhood. I felt like she missed the mark. I really wanted to get to know Mary better and I just didn't feel it.

    Even though this book wasn't what I expected, I will say that if you have young children and like Sarah Jakes, then you might like this book. I just had a hard time relating.
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