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For mothers of young children, this audiobook is a lovely offering of hope, truth, freedom, wild grace, friendship, and the knowledge that they are not alone. Many moms 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 audiobook 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 audiobook’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 mama-hood, and will receive wisdom from an older woman who has gone through the struggles and made it to the other side.

©2014 Thomas Nelson (P)2014 Thomas Nelson

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  • Lou
  • 01-06-2017

If only the 'review' was accurate!!

I am so horrendously annoyed that my valued 'monthly credit' was utterly wasted on this book. I am not anti religion but this book is next level, religious opinion.... I couldn't even listen past chapter one!!! If only the initial description was honest and reliable....
I'm sure many people will love this book
.. unfortunately I feel deceived that the description was made to feel very uplifting, religion neutral and open beliefs.... it's not!!!!

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  • Aleesha
  • 08-01-2018

Very real and just what I needed in this season of life

This book was amazing. I found myself laughing and in tears within the first few chapters. There were moments that literally stopped me in my tracks. This book is a wonderful compilation of real and compassionate. A beautiful breathe of fresh air for THIS mama who needed to know she wasn’t alone. I would recommend this book to every mama who has their faith in Jesus and even to those whose hearts have been searching for answers they need found. This will definitely be a reread for me!

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  • TXMoM
  • 09-03-2021

WOW, did I need this!

Being a Mom of 5, (3 wonderful duaghters and 2 loving sons) and living out in the middle of no where. I was drowning in the sea of "Why can't you get this together" syndrome. After our second son was diagnosed with severe autism I allowed my self to slip into a drepression that I got comfortable wallowing in, and covid lockdowns made this real easy. However, God is Good, and a friend sent me this book as a Christmas present. I am so glad I decided to read more for lent and God truly spoke to me through Sarah and Sally. So many time through this book I found myself nodding along with the same experiences, flaws and self doubt they had once had. And even though my family is much different from theirs, I have come to the understanding that through God's grace I will be the Mom my kids need me to be. Thank you ladies for being Christ's light in my world so I can be that light for my children.

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  • Marsh Family
  • 09-01-2020

Loved it!

I found this book encouraging & challenging. There's a lot to digest, but I will be happily relistening to it several times in the future.

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  • Mary
  • 27-09-2016

Worth Your Time

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book helps us each see that we are not lone rangers, we all have issues and through time, God's help and each other, we can make it through. Sally and Sarah explain the ways to have success through the busy years of parenting.

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It was hard knowing Sally's voice in real life and hearing the reader speak for her but the reader did a good job.

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  • ThaTol
  • 20-05-2016

Encouraging!

I found myself listening to this book whenever I had a break from my 3 children under 5. Sally and Sarah are truly inspiring and uplifting. They reminded me to give myself grace as well as my children and husband.

I love the Biblical references throughout each book. This truly helped me through rough days of homeschooling.

Thank you for your continuous encouragement as a mama.

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  • Elizabeth Rosa
  • 19-05-2016

I needed this!

What did you love best about Desperate?

Relatable on several aspects.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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This book really helped me as a Mom, Wife, Woman and a Christian. Thank you, I feel relieved and hopeful.

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  • atoztwinmom
  • 29-03-2016

Inspiring

The format of this book was a bit difficult to follow in the beginning. But I was determined to stick with it because I needed the encouragement and Saramae seemed to be saying all the things I'd been afraid to say. Things I'd felt guilty for thinking. As I stuck with it, I saw that the book offered lots of encouragement and good tips for keeping your sanity as a mom of young children. I am so glad that I stuck with it.

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  • Sergey
  • 27-08-2015

Very helpful!!!

I love the style of this book, very easy read (listen) and so many awesome tips on parenting!

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  • Callie
  • 23-07-2015

Uplifting

I really enjoyed the ongoing conversation to my heart throughout this book. Worth the listen and uplifting in time of need.

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  • Matthew
  • 28-05-2015

Beautifully done!

I will recommend this book to any mom with questions during the child rearing years. It has been so encouraging to my heart & soul as I journey through our days with five littles & homeschooling. Breaking free from the family traditions of harsh words & bitterness is not easy, but finding a mentor here has given me hope. I love to listen to the voices of these woman & be spurred on to a better way- Christ glorified in our home!

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  • F. McCormick
  • 06-12-2018

What I needed to hear

It took my a year to listen to this and I started over at least 3 times as I struggled to find time for it. but it was soo very worth it. Sarah asks the questions I wish I had someone to ask and Sally answers with exactly what I needed to hear.
If you're struggling as a mum then let these women tell you that you are not alone, that you can change and that things will get better.

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