“Desperate” Book Review | Columbus Ohio Photographer

Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

In Wednesday’s blog post I mentioned that one of the ways I find encouragement as a mom is by reading. I looked up suggestions for “encouragement for moms” and found a lot of great options. The first one I decided to reserve at the library was Desperate. This book is filled with so much relatable content and great suggestions for moms. As I read through each chapter, I took notes on passages that specifically spoke to me. I also wrote down encouraging thoughts and clever ideas for the future stages of childhood. I decided I wanted to share my thoughts about this amazing book with you. My hope is that you will decide to read the entire book for yourself. There is so much more than what you’ll find below, especially if you are in a different season of motherhood than me.


Today, I just want to tell you what other’s have to say about the book and then give you one quote from the forward.

Rave reviews

“Powerful, captivating, and gut-wrenchingly honest; if this superb book could get into the hands of every mom, our world would drastically change, for the good! It’s a new classic for a new generation.”    – Kristen Habermehl, Author and Speaker from www.myheartathome.com

“Vulnerable yet practical, honest yet graceful. The greatest gift within these pages is the encouragement and freedom to mother just as you are.”   – Amy Lynn Andrews; Author of Tell Your Time and AmyLynnAndrews.com


“I was coming to realize: My kids don’t need to see a supermama. They need to see a mama who needs a Super God. That maybe being the mama I wanted to be wasn’t so much about being more but believing more; believing and trusting more in the God of Hagar and Ruth and Hannah, the God who sees me, who nourishes me, who hears me and answers. That Godly parenting isn’t ultimately a function of rules but having a relationship with an ultimate God. That Godly parenting is fueled by God’s grace, not my efforts. That maybe it all comes down to this: if I make God first and am most satisfied in His love, I’m released to love my children fully and most satisfactorily.” – Ann Voskamp, mama to six, author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are ER waiting room, October 2012

Wow, what a profound statement. So much truth wrapped up in those few sentences. I don’t usually receive as much inspiration from a book’s forward as I did when I read this.

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