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Desperate – Book Review

I have admired Sally Clarkson for a long time, having read both The Mission of Motherhood and The Ministry of Motherhood, as well as Educating the WholeHearted Child.  I’ve been reading her blog for some time and just find her to be such an encouraging, inspiring, and generally lovely woman, someone I really look up to as a mother figure.  Then enter Sarah Mae to the scene, who I discovered via {in}courage (I think).  She runs the Allume conference, writes a blog and ebooks, and is also encouraging, inspiring, and generally lovely, someone I really look up to on a peer level.  Well big surprise that these two get together with Sally as mentor and Sarah Mae as mentee, and don’t even try to tell me that the whole blogosphere of moms wasn’t (and still isn’t) totally coveting this relationship.  Well, this book “Desperate – Hope for the mom Who Needs to Breath” was born out of Sarah Mae and Sally’s beautiful friendship and we get to have Sally as our mentor too as she helps out Sarah Mae go through all the tough motherhood things that we all are experiencing and feel so alone in.

Each chapter starts out with a letter from Sarah Mae spilling her inner-most guts to Sally about the difficult things of motherhood and a response from Sally with all her God-inspired and sage wisdom.  From there, Sarah Mae and Sally take turns encouraging the rest of us by going deeper on the topic throughout the chapter.  Desperate has 14 chapters divided into three sections: The Dream Life… Altered,  Getting Real About Mama-hood, and The Redeeming.  Together they discuss the ideal mother we create in our minds, needing people but living in a go-it-alone culture, formulas and how they don’t always work, sinfulness of both mother and child, depression, lack of training, sacrifice and selfishness, escaping, housework, figuring it all out new, the voices that influence us, intentional living, life as an art form, and being desperate, but not defeated.

I am so thankful for this book.  I am thankful for Sarah Mae’s guts that she spilled out onto the pages, things that I have felt so many times but have been to ashamed to say out loud for fear of being judged.  I am thankful for Sally’s faith in God that has brought her such wisdom and her heart for moms.  I am a stronger mom because of this book, and you will be too. This book is not a manual, this book is communion among mothers young and old, this book truly is hope.  If you’ve ever said “I just can’t be a mom today”, you need this book.

Get your sample chapter here.

Small group guide here.

Desperate website here.

Sally’s blog here.

Sarah Mae’s blog here.


Book trailer right down here:

A word from Sally just for you right here:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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