I love that this book, Desperate, is an exchange between two mothers - one mother that is in the midst of it all and one mother that is able to reflect, remember, and mentor. Personally, I feel in the middle of these two women since my children range in age from 2- 18 years old. I have some reflection and perspective but am overwhelmed some days with the challenges of the different personalities and trying to homeschool them all.
This book expresses the honest feelings and situations that mothers face. Each chapter begins with a letter from Sarah Mae to Sally and Sally's letter back. This is followed by Sarah sharing her challenges of mothering, her response, and how God is growing her in her struggles. Sally also reflects on her years in the similar circumstances. The chapters end with scripture and thought/discussion questions and "something to do." There is also a QR code to scan for a video clip.
This book is an encouragement. It also speaks to the need for Godly mentors and encouragers in our lives. I know that as I have been reading this book and mothering my littlest, who still hasn't slept through the night, I appreciate both perspectives. I hope to be able to mentor moms as I am able. I am thankful for the challenges recently so that I may be able to better be in touch and support new moms who may be feeling desperate.
There is a book club that just began this week hosted at the authors' websites: Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson.
(I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their booksneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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