Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MUST Read Book!: "Desperate" by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to BreatheDesperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was such an excellent book and just what I needed to read right now!  The book is authored by Sarah Mae, a blogger and speaker with young children, and Sally Clarkson, speaker, author, co-founder of Whole Heart Ministries which is focused on developing strong families. This combination is excellent as both women have wonderful insights born of their separate experiences.  Sarah Mae is still in the throes with young children, while Sally's children are almost grown which makes for an amazing "conversation" throughout the book.  The women stress the importance of getting together with other moms for support and finding an older woman as a mentor.

The book really spoke to me as the women are so honest about their struggles with raising their children, with the frustration, fear of failure, selfishness we struggle with every day.  It is so motivating to realize one is not the only one with these struggles, and their insights motivate me to be a better mom.  One of my favorite quotes in the book is the following by Sally:

"Satan knows that the righteousness and faith of the next generation are in the hands of parents, and particularly the moms, who interact with their children every hour of the day. Satan would just love for us to think our labor is in vain and ineffective, and that we are not adequate for the task."

Wow.  How motivating for me to remember that this is a spiritual battle and that my main job right now is to train and prepare my kids for the future. That everything that happens in this house is training them. There is much more on this topic, as well as how to care for oneself, and even a bit on housework!

I strongly recommend this book to any Christian mom, no matter how you feel about how your journey with your kids is going.  But especially if you feel overwhelmed, tired, and "desperate".  This one will be staying handy as one I frequently re-read to keep my mind and heart on track as to my purpose!

I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher (Thomas Nelson) in exchange for my honest review. 

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for your thoughts and the review.

    BTW-I have 7 giveaways going on at my site if you want to pop over. Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Diane :O)