Book Review: Longing for Paris

Longing for Paris
by
Sarah Mae

When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew it was something I needed to read. Here’s what I read that drew me in:

For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .

Most days, you wouldn’t trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can’t even name.

For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.

Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can’t uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.

This book did not disappoint!  With quotes such as:

“God cares about our dreams, because He cares about us.”

and

“Our bents, our personalities, our skill sets are not accidents. God put them into us for His glory and purposes. To not accept how God made us would be to deny His glory.”

Sarah Mae helps readers to realize that the longings within us are not something we should see as weaknesses or things to be ashamed of, they are God-given. They are reminder that we are made for so much more than what this earth holds.

Using her longing for all things Paris as the basis for this book, Sarah Mae gives her readers advice and encouragement on how to find their own little bits of Paris in their everyday life.  Each chapter ends with a section entitled “Unearthing Your Longings” that give readers practical advice on how to discover and indulge in their longings throughout everyday life along with some scriptures to meditate on. Also at the end of each chapter is an “Invitation to Paris” which invites readers to do something fun and adventurous with a Parisian twist; anything from finding the best croissant in town to watching a French movie or splurging on French soap.

The biggest thing I took away from this book was that my longings are not a secret to God, he has created them within me.  I don’t need to feel ashamed of longing for beautiful things, my God has created me for those and for so much more. Now my job is to figure out ways to incorporate them into my daily life through little adventures and splurges. This book hold some practical advice and encouragement to do just that.

Your longing may not be for Paris, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a copy and learning about ways you can incorporate your soul’s longings into every day life.

Disclaimer:
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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