Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Book Review: Longing for Paris

Do you feel the gap between your daily life and your dreams?  Have you struggled with guilt as you long for something more than dishes and laundry and breaking up sibling squabbles?  Sarah Mae has wrestled with and now written about these very issues.

Longing for Paris: One Woman's Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure-Right Where She Isis written in much the same style as Sarah Mae's last book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe.  Filled with authentic stories and real life truths, it reads like you are sitting down with the author and having a conversation about life, mothering, dreams and hopes.

I was intrigued by this book.  From reading her blog, I knew that Sarah Mae had taken a full year off blogging and seriously scaled back her speaking engagements in order to be more fully connected with her family and her "regular" life.  She worked diligently on reaching her children's hearts while setting aside some of her own passions and desires.  This book was written during that time period.

Longing for Paris includes memoir-type writing about Sarah Mae's personal experience trying to reconcile the longings that God placed in her heart and the very real responsibilities and relationships that God placed in her life.  She also wrote some very simple suggestions for bringing the longings to bear into our daily lives with our families.

This book would be an encouragement to any woman who feels "stuck" in her daily life, unable to see forward to the place of her seemingly impossible dreams.  For me, it was an encouragement to continue to walk the path that the Lord has placed in front of me, being sure to include events, people, and recreation that speak to my own heart, bringing joy and rejuvenation through beauty and fun.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
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