By Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
Desperate, by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, hits home just a little bit. I have never struggled with the depth of depression that Sally Mae describes, but I have definitely had days where I just want to run away or hide. Sometimes no matter how much you read and plan ahead for your child-bearing years you just are not prepared for the daily grind of motherhood. Children can stretch you and exhaust you beyond anything you could ever imagine.
This is where Desperate, by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson, comes into place. The book gently nudges you to find an older mentor who has “been there, done that” AND survived! You need to find that mom mentor who will get to know your heart and encourage you and cheer you on even in your most darkest of days. Someone who shows you God’s grace and give you that extra boost via phone, email, or in person.
I agree with the book that in today’s society mother’s are expected to be and do a whole lot more than previous generations and ALONE. Yes, we may have a very supportive husband and even mother’s or mother’s-in-laws nearby, but sometimes they just do not get it like a mentor mother does.
I would definitely recommend Desperate to ALL mother’s or mother-to-be in preparation for motherhood or to realize you truly are not alone in your journey!
“I just can’t be a mother today.”
These words have been whispered to God in quiet desperation by mothers who love their children to the depths of their soul, but who are struggling with how hard motherhood is.
Motherhood turns you inside out. Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by how tired you feel; the days go on and on, and you want to be a “good” mom, but you feel like a failure so much of the time. What happened to all your ideals? When did you end up feeling so…lost?
Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson have been to the edge and back. Desperate is the story of one young mother’s trials and one experienced mentor’s priceless exhortations. Desperate is not a book about despair, nor is it a rule-laden mothering manual. It is a bouquet from a friend who has been there, reminding us that we are not alone. Sarah Mae’s unvarnished account of her own struggles mothering three feisty young children is a lesson in learning patience, loving idiosyncrasies, accepting help, and—most of all—leaning on God.
Each chapter includes a brief Bible study with journal exercises to help you find your own quiet center, and get you back into the fray soul-filled and refreshed. Written with candor, empathy, and faith, Desperate is like coffee with a trusted girlfriend; one who knows how hard being a mother can be, and how to navigate the often turbulent road.
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