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Number of Pages: 224
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)|
Being a mom is all of it: light and dark, highs and lows, fever pitch frustration and all-consuming love. By now, you already know that with great love comes great joy . . . and great pain. It can be crazy-making! But it doesnt have to be.
In Starry-Eyed, MOPS CEO Mandy Arioto reveals how the brightest and darkest moments of motherhood alike can become a sacredand sanity-saving opportunity to encounter God. There is a way to flourish in the midst of it all, and it starts with embracing the light and darkness in life with expectation and awe.
Heartening, enchanting, and always unflinchingly honest, Starry-Eyed will show you how to find the unexpected grace in your life as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Consider this your heart-to-heart sit-down with a woman whos been there, and can help you find fresh eyes to see how beauty and pain can mingle with purpose.
Mandy Arioto, as President and CEO for MOPS International, represents the voice of the organizations 130,000+ mother members. Before joining MOPS, Mandy was on the teaching staff at MOSAIC in Southern California. A recognized speaker, Mandy addresses motherhood, spirituality, and cultural trends for both national and international audiences, and she has also been featured on MSN, TheKnot.com, TheNest.com, and Fox News. She and her husband are in the throes of raising three young kids to be adventurous, tender-hearted world-changers. Follow Mandy at www.mandyarioto.com and mops.org.
Starry-Eyed will encourage moms of all ages and stages to embrace grace in the midst of their ordinary life. From the weary to the wonderful, the stressful to the sublime, God is there. We just need a little help seeing him. Mandy Arioto shows us how.
Mandys candid stories about what it means to be a woman, a wife, and a mother had me laughing out loud one moment and crying the next. Starry- Eyed is the kind of book you buy multiple copies of to give away to friends.
I first heard of Mandy when I was a pastor at MOSAIC in Los Angeles. Our campus pastor in San Diego kept saying, You have to meet Mandy! He would tell me, Shes the future, man. I finally got to know Mandy in an RV by the beach on a speakers retreat that turned into a surf session. I was struck by her quiet power and her depth of insight. When Mandy leads, people grow. When Mandy speaks, hearts open. When Mandy cares, our world heals. Mandy is an amazing mom, leader, speaker, and woman of faith. As I read Mandys book, I thought of my own mom, my wife, my sisters, and my daughters. I want them to be informed by Mandys bold and insightful words. I want my daughters to know they were created for the wild light and the beautiful darkness. Im getting this book for every mom in my life.
By dignifying the darkness, Mandy Arioto leads us into the dark night as well as the jubilant light and reminds us there are gifts in both. Whether shes writing about motherhood, vocation, friendship, marriage, or family, we are invited to consider how we are formed by lifes changing skies. You are sure to find yourself and your journey in these pages.