Monday, May 18, 2015

Sand in my Sandwich: A Book Review

About The Book:

There is no perfect family, no life free of mess.
But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, "My child, I got this."

You know that thing when you're in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven't brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter requesting war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Sometimes, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dog's cage and realizing that, yes, dog cages are not for people, but . . . they have stopped getting into trouble.

According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God." And if the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life is any indication, she's on the fast track to sainthood! A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs. But from the chaos of her "ordinary" life, she pulls truth packed with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make you realize you are not alone in this delightfully messy thing called motherhood. 

So sit back, relax awhile, and get ready to laugh.

You can read an excerpt of Sand in my Sandwich online here, in PDF format

About The Author:

Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Maryland.

My Review:

This is not your typical how-to parenting book. While it has some great tid bits and information that will help your parenting journey. It is so much more than that. It is a reminder that sometimes parenting does not look like we thought it would, yet becomes so much more because of the messes that come with it. Messes that make us who we are as moms, and who make our children who they are. But these messes don't have to be negatives in our lives. Nor should they be. They are meant to make us stronger than we ever thought. We are reminded that sometimes life is hard, very hard, yet with God beside us we will get through it. I loved that the author was raw, vulnerable and honest in her story and even through humor she was so incredibly encouraging! A beautifully written book to be sure.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Sand in my Sandwich online through Amazon. It can also be purchased at your favorite local Christian book retailer.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Revell Reads Blogger Program, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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