Desperate Paperback

Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

by Sally Clarkson; Sarah Mae;

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For mothers of young children, this book is a lovely offering of hope, truth, freedom and knowledge that you are not alone

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This is a book for real world mums with real world children and trying to live a real world life. With no frills and fancies, Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson say all the things you might be afraid to admit and reassure you that you're normal, doing well and then help you do better.

From the introduction entitled 'I can't be a mother today' and all throught the sections headed: 'The Dream Life... but Altered', 'Getting Real about Mum-hood', to hopeful 'The Redeeming', the authors help you conquer everything from 'voices that Influence' to the 'Beast of Housework'. There's a special chapter for single mums and an admission that formulas sometimes don't work. The ideal reassuring, pick-me up read for when you think you're not coping with the help you need to prove that you can!

For mothers of young children, this book is a lovely offering of hope, truth, freedom, wild grace, friendship and the knowledge that they are not alone.
Many mothers have dreamed of life with children, and yet the reality seems far away from their dreams. Their hearts are committed, but their spirits are sagging. This book is a coffee-talk from one woman who is still “figuring-it-out-in-the-mess” (Sarah Mae) and much-needed counsel from one who is older and wiser (Sally Clarkson).

The book’s message speaks to the hearts of desperate women who need a friend to come alongside and encourage them, give them hope, and remind them of who they are. 'Desperate' is a tremendous source of compassion and information for any mama of young children who:

• Feels she’s going under
• Is isolated and lonely
• Has lost to the beast of housework
• Is suffering from depression and a feeling of desperation

Each mother will know she has a woman who can relate with her in the daily struggles of motherhood, and will receive wisdom from an older woman who has gone through the struggles and made it to the other side.

Desperate by Sally Clarkson; Sarah Mae was published by Thomas Nelson in January 2013 and is our 23188th best seller. The ISBN for Desperate is 9781400204663.

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What People Are Saying About Desperate:
I hold these pages, words of Sarah Mae’s and Sally’s, that are a gift to every mother, that welcome mothers everywhere out of hiding and loneliness and into a fellowship of sisters and mentors, that will make you feel not alone, that will make you feel that there is real God-given hope.
-Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts
"You need this book!  I’m buying it for all my friends who are in the mom stage of life." - Linda Dillow, Author of Calm My Anxious Heart and What’s it Like to be Married to Me?
"This book seeps wisdom and truth. I breathed a sigh of relief to know I’m not alone in my parenting struggles. As a reader I felt part of their friendship circle, and I found hope, answers and assurance within these pages. I can’t recommend this book enough! Read it alone or read it with friends…but read it!" - Tricia Goyer, best-selling author of 34 books, including Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of
"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 & speaker, founder of Mom Nights
"Sarah Mae represents so many women who long to be good mamas to their little ones, and Sally embodies the mentor so many of us wish we had. They have given us a gift with the words on these pages—a peek into their conversations about what it means to persevere through the tiring days of parenting small children, and a glimpse at what it’s like on the other side." - Tsh Oxenreider, author and blogger behind
"Instead of heaping guilt upon moms by giving them impossible-to-live-up-to formulas for perfect parenting, Desperate offers a refreshingly-needed message of grace for weary moms. If you’ve ever struggled with feelings of inadequacy in your mothering, you need to read this book. " - Crystal Paine,
"If you’re a tired mom who doesn’t have time for a day off, this book might be the next best thing. It was for me." - Lisa-Jo Baker, Social Media Manager for DaySpring, Community Manager for the website and blogger at
Sarah Mae articulates the struggles that many have remained unspoken in all of us. She is courageous and breathtakingly honest while giving voice to the real challenges of motherhood and the frailty of a woman’s soul. Sally Clarkson answers those anguished thoughts with sage, sound, gentle mentoring and the kind friendship of a woman who has walked the same path. Together, they offer today’s desperate (or even simply soul-weary) mothers hope, encouragement, and a tangible roadmap for navigating the rough paths along motherhood’s journey. —Elizabeth Foss, author, Small Steps for Catholic Moms and Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home
"Desperate is a wonderful balance between two ends of motherhood.  Sarah shares raw and detailed emotions about mothering young ones, as she is currently in the heat of it with her 3 small ones.  Sally brings the wisdom from a mother who has been there, and ran the race well, very well...This book isn’t only for the “desperate” moms, it is for ALL moms.  -Carisa Hinson, writer at
Sarah’s honest questions and Sally’s seasoned advice, laced with biblical insight and hopeful encouragement, will enable mothers of all ages and stages to find strength amidst the struggles, calm with every climb and peace in every plunge." -Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries Director of Speakers, author of LET. IT. GO. How to Stop Running the Show & Start Walking in Faith
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Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherThomas Nelson (January 2013)
Number of Pages240
Thickness18 mm
Height211 mm
Width140 mm
Product Code4053543
Page last updated 25th February 2017
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