Book Review: Desperate

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


A word most moms can identify with. As we travel this journey of motherhood we can often find ourselves at end of our rope.

Desperate for space.

Desperate for understanding.

Desperate for help.

Desperate for hope.

Sometimes we can even put a finger on what it is we’re desperate for, we just know that we are DESPERATE!

The good news is that we don’t have to be desperate, we don’t have to feel have to feel overwhelmed.  We don’t have to feel like we don’t measure up as a “good” mom.  We don’t need to feel like failures.  We can put our hope in the One who can take away our desperation for good, if we choose to live in his freedom!

Although Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson are in different seasons of mothering, they’ve both experienced the desperation we do. In their book, Desperate, they bravely share their hearts and experiences.  Before you think to yourself, “oh great, another book telling me how to be a good mom” – think again.  Desperate is not a book filled with formulas and step-by-step instruction about mothering; it’s more like a mentoring session with two of your most supportive friends. It’s like joining in a conversation between two mothers; one who is in the throes of raising small children and one whose children are grown.

Desperate is hands-down the best mothering book I’ve ever read!  Each chapter has a section written by Sarah Mae and one written by Sally. It was awesome to see issues tackled from both ends of the mothering spectrum. At the end of each chapter there are questions to answer and an exercise to help you get our of the pit of desperation. Another nifty feature at the end of each chapter is a link to a short video by Sarah Mae and Sally that wraps up each chapter nicely.

This book helped me to remember that I am not alone on this journey and that my journey will not look exactly like anyone else’s. God has given me exactly what I need to raise my children, I don’t need to compare my journey to those around me. This book gave me hope and filled me with wisdom that I’ll use as the years go on. I would highly recommend this book to ALL mothers, even if you think you aren’t desperate. There is an abundance of biblical wisdom in this book that will benefit moms at any point on the journey of motherhood. I am so grateful that these two women stepped up and wrote out of truth and love about issues that most moms feel they may struggle with alone.


I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Buy the Book:

If you’re interested in checking out this book you can find it on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as many other retailers.


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