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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Desperate - Moms and Life

The new book Desperate - Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson released on Tuesday, January 8.  I was given an advance copy to read and review.  And then, this…

In true Desperate Mom fashion, this was supposed to go up on Tuesday the 8th.  Then, I noticed so many others going up on Monday the 7th.  You know what?  Life happened!

Life that has a birthday boy in the grumpiest mood all. weekend. long!

I learned of the death of a friend from freshman year of college.  That doesn’t seem like it would be too life-shattering.  However, that freshman year was spent in community college at home forging relationships that were part of the web of our hometowns.  This friend’s mother had also stayed with Shane’s grandmother as she was dying from bone cancer.  In the obituary I also learned that she had died three years ago.  My extroverted heart was filled with guilt for not keeping in touch better over the years.  Isn’t that what Facebook is for anyway.

So, Tuesday just wasn’t going to happen.  I went to Bible study that morning and treated myself to a movie that afternoon (it’s a preschool day).  Afterwards I learned that one of my dad’s best friends had died that morning.  This was a man that I knew before I knew it.  His daughter is my age – we’ve literally known each other our entire lives.  Frankly, I’m tearing up right now just writing about this.  Again, guilt for not stopping by at Christmas.  They live just four doors down from my sister.

I apologized to Sarah Mae and in her graciousness said not to worry about it. 


That’s what this book is about.  Giving AND receiving grace.  Oh, don’t we all need it every minute of every day?  I know I do.

There are books you cannot put down when you read it.  This was not one of those books.  I had to put it down constantly to pray, to weep, to ponder, to ask, to answer, to really see.  The multitude of sticky flags look like a beautiful rainbow emerging from the side of my copy.

The idea that stands out to me the most is from Sally Clarkson.  I want to CREATE a home of GRACE and PEACE!

Peace!  Really??  I can have that?  Yes, please!  All day, everyday!

So, if chocolate is used therapeutically and you need crunchy things around to be able to gnash your teeth on something, then this book is for you.

If you find yourself thinking you’re not sure you can do it for one more day (or one more hour), this book is for you.

If you survived and feel a call to help out the younger moms, but need a memory booster, this book is for you.

If you are a mom without a live-in nanny, housekeeper, chef and personal trainer, this book is for you!

DESPERATE!  We’ve all been there.  Did you hear that?  All!  You are not alone in this struggle and you shouldn’t feel like it.  Get this book and see the hope that lies before you.  Breathe and carry on in GRACE.

This week there are giveaways in conjunction with the launch of the book.  Please be sure to get your copy of Desperate and check out the blogs: and  To read what others are saying about Desperate, go to the Desperate Mom Blog Tour page

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy to read and review.  All opinions and experiences are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  Thanks.


  1. This is the best review that I have seen- because it is so real! I am so sorry for your losses, Amy!!! But how wonderful that in the midst of these difficulties, you have been able to read a book that has encouraged your heart!
    Love you!

    1. You are too kind! This has already been such a source of hope for me, though. It truly speaks right to my heart and I'm so thankful for their work.

  2. Oh Amy, I wish I could twinkle my nose and personally deliver a hug! I'm praying for more grace and a supernatural peace and strength to wash over you. You were checking in on me when all these things were going on in your life. Clearly, you're a Titus 2 woman! <3 <3 <3
    Oh, happy belated to that little guy of yours. Hoping you find joy in his laughter and his hugs this week-- I'm sure there will be plenty of those in no time at all!

    1. This week has been all over the place for me at times. I almost believe in parallel universes at this point. Thank you so much my sweet friend! (Who says New Yorkers are rude?)You bless me constantly.