I read this book last year when it was published. But somehow the review did not get published.
I’ve been there. Soul-weary desperation. Drowning. Not wanting to answer one more question. Gather another dirty towel. Survive a day of tedious motherhood. That very moment is when this momma has a coming to Jesus moment.
I’m not alone.
Sarah Mae spills her heart in her book written with Sally Clarkson. Sarah is a young momma. Sally is a momma with older children. Titus 2 comes to life in the modern world. Real mommas with 21st century problems.
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:3-5 KJV
I loved the format of this book. One momma to another. The younger questioning, how do I survive another day. The older momma responding with hope and encouragement. I felt like I was joining a conversation, not reading a book.
What I learned from this book was to lean into my Savior. Find a mentor in one who is where I am going. Be a mentor to those who are where I have been. Desperation does not mean defeat. For in the moments of quiet desperation our Heavenly Father works.
Written for: The mom overwhelmed by the task of mothering.
Why I like this Book: I love the simple honesty of Sarah Mae. This is not a "supermom." She is a momma doing the best she can. Sally is the type of mentor I would love to one day have in my life. Ultimately this book is one filled with hope and encouragement.
Do I Recommend: Yes.
Desperate is for those who love their children to the depths of their souls but who have also curled up under their covers, fighting back tears, and begging God for help. It’s for those who have ever wondered what happened to all their ideals for what having children would be like. For those who have ever felt like all the "experts" have clearly never had a child like theirs. For those who have prayed for a mentor. For those who ever felt lost and alone in motherhood.
In Desperate you will find the story of one young mother’s honest account of the desperate feelings experienced in motherhood and one experienced mentor’s realistic and gentle exhortations that were forged in the trenches of raising her own four children.
Whether you are a first time mom, or an experienced mom, Desperate will inspire you to be a part of the ultimate goal of the book, to be a part of the no-more-desperate-moms movement.
Included in the Book:
- QR codes and links at the end of each chapter that lead to videos with Sarah Mae and Sally talking about the chapter
- Practical steps to take during the desperate times
- Bible study and journal exercises in each chapter that will lead you to identify ways in which you can grow as a mom
- Mentoring advice for real-life situations
- Q & A section with Sally where she answers readers questions
More info at DesperateMom.com.
About the Authors
Sally Clarkson is the mother of four wholehearted children, a popular conference speaker, and the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, Seasons of a Mother’s Heart, The Mom Walk, Dancing with My Father, and Educating the WholeHearted Child (contributor). After graduating from Texas Tech University with a degree in Speech/English, Sally joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1975, and ministered to women in Communist Poland 1977-1980. Since her marriage to Clay in 1981, she has continued to minister to women and mothers worldwide. In 1994, she and Clay started Whole Heart Ministries to encourage and equip Christian parents to raise wholehearted Christian children. They write and publish books through Whole Heart Press, offer hotel and church-based parenting and motherhood events, and minister online through blogs, email newsletters, and their ministry website (wholeheart.org). Since 1998, Sally has ministered to thousands of mothers through her WholeHearted Mother Conferences. She has spoken across the U.S., and on four continents. The Clarksons live in Monument, Colorado and have home educated all of their children from the beginning. Sally loves family, reading, music, bread-baking, traveling, and long walks.
Discipleship is the heartbeat of Sally’s life, whether it is in teaching and motivating other women, or in training and instructing her children. Through her books and speaking ministries, God has used Sally to bring encouragement and inspiration to mothers who desire to follow God’s biblical design for their lives. All of her messages are filled with stimulating biblical instruction, touching personal anecdotes and illustrations, and wise spiritual insights born out of her own experience in life and ministry.
Sarah Mae (sarahmae.com), listed as one of The Christian Broadcasting Networks Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter, is an influential Christian blogger, conference host, and author of the bestselling eBook 31 Days to Clean.
Because of her drive to inspire women to hold fast to biblical ideals, Sarah Mae has established herself as a social media expert by cultivating blogs and websites that have impacted thousands of women all over the world. She is a self-made popular mom blogger, (establishing four national blogs with a rapidly growing audience of 100,000 followers a month), the founder and co-host of the Allume conference, a national Christian women’s blogging conference that has sold out first its first and second year, and a contributing writer to DaySpring, (a division of Hallmark).
She has also been featured on Good Morning America as an example of someone who has found success at generating an income as a stay-at-home mom.
Sarah Mae makes her home in the beautiful Amish country of Pennsylvania where she celebrates life with her husband and three children.
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