Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Longing for Paris by Sarah Mae

I was totally surprised by this gem penned by this gifted woman of such grace. I didn't know what to expect. It was the cover that caught my attention. The description gave little information, but let me share that it didn't do justice to all this extraordinary book contains.

Sarah Mae challenged me to dream again. To imagine and ponder even the smallest of things. I could relate to her on so many levels. She wasn't preaching. She was transparently opening the depths of her soul to reach mine.

Oh, how I love to dream. But so much has distracted me. Satan has chased me, but here in these black and white pages Sarah brings to light our Jesus who created me and planned my life with glory and spectacular excitement for a journey that is unimaginable to me.

She shares her life, her blessings and tragedies. She shares what most keep hidden in the darkest places so no other can bring judgement. Sarah is that busy mom and wife. We get lost in titles and forget that we are much more than a title. Our dreams get lost in the piles of laundry and the stress of the day.

This book gives way for women like me who sometimes want to give up. This is one of those gems for every mother. Really for every Christian that thinks dreaming is silly or a waste of time. God gives us dreams to explore. Some are from God, some of our self desires. That's for us to work out with our Savior.

I opened this book last night and got lost within the pages underlining Sarah's words of encouragement and hope. She inspires. She's that friend you have yet to meet, but feel like you could already be sisters. Kindred spirits of Jesus chicks wanting to be everything God calls us to be.

Sarah opens with this: "What are you longing for, deep down in the depths of your soul? Take some time and think on it, getting to the root of your heart's desire. What fears do you have when it comes to your longings? Are you hurt, scared, angry, or sad about them? Offer your longings to the One who made you who are. Ask Him to teach you what you do not see. Ask Him to help you to see Him for who He is: good and compassionate and a Father who cares about your dreams, a Father who delights in you." 

Friends, it only gets better throughout this book. This is one where Sarah shares her dream of Paris. What's your Paris? It's never too late to dream and this is what Sarah shares with us.

Sarah, to you I say, magnifique!!

This book was a gift from Tyndale for sharing my review with you.

Sarah Mae  listed as one of Christian Broadcasting Network's "Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter," is an influential Christian blogger, conference co-host, and coauthor with Sally Clarkson of the bestselling book, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe.
Because of her drive to inspire women to hold fast to Jesus and to live by faith, Sarah Mae has cultivated blogs and websites that have encouraged thousands of women all over the world. She is the author of several bestselling e-books, a contributing writer to DaySpring's (in)courage, and the founder and co-host of Alume, a national Christian women's blogging conference that has sold out each year.
Those are her street creds.
In her everyday life, she is a wife who passionately supports her husband, even on the days when he drives her crazy (and, don't you know, she drives him crazy sometimes, too), a mom to three of her favorite people whom she homeschools, and a piecrust botcher. Oh yes, she bakes, but it's never pretty.
She makes her home in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania where she often ponders what life would be like if she actually finished all the laundry.
You can find her at sarahmae.com.
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