Saturday, February 23, 2013
I ordered this book back in December as I thought it would be the perfect book for me. After all, the title says it all Desperate Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
The book arrived and I was about to tear into it when we received the news of Jacob's cancer returning and our life took a tail spin. I would glance at the book, intending to pick it up to read a few pages, but kept thinking to myself "This book is about motherhood but won't delve into what I'm dealing with." One evening I realized that while I am dealing with something that most mothers will never have to, I am still dealing with all the other issues that abound in mothering as well. I picked the book and wasn't able to put it down!
Being written by two mothers, one older and one younger, we learn the struggles of motherhood but also some solutions and answers. I couldn't believe how similar my thoughts and feelings were to Sarah Mae's, and I enjoyed reading Sally Clarkson's responses.
This book has a lot of food for thought. It doesn't fit every mother into one mold but rather tells us to follow God's path and not the world's - and that the path will be different for each person. The authors don't present a "right" way to parent; no chastising working mothers or putting homeschooling on a pedestal.
Often times I come away from a book on mothering feeling worse than I did before. Most authors present one way of doing things. The book makes the author look like supermom and that, we too, can be supermom if we just follow their plan. Desperate is the complete opposite - it shows us how all mothers struggle and helps us climb out of the suffocating trenches of mommyhood.
There were so many sentences in this book that spoke to my soul. I kept nodding my head and thinking "I need to write this one down!" This definitely will be read again by me as I feel I didn't absorb it all the first time around.
This is a must have for any mother!
Disclaimer: This book was provided to me through the Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for my honest opinion.