“In a society of facades and walls of pretense, Sarah Mae is refreshingly honest. Her words will echo and take hold in the lives of many young mothers who may not fully know how to give voice to their overwhelmed hearts.”

—Renee Paris, Hear My Heartbeat

Loving our children to the depths of our souls, we cherish them deeply, but motherhood is just plain hard. It’s overwhelming, tiring, confusing, and often times, lonely. Most of us don’t have the help that we so desperately long for, or support systems, or someone just to give us just a break from the whirlwind of it all.

We need mentors, wise, godly women who are willing to enter our lives and share with us their life-lived offerings. We are pre-wired to desire wisdom and advice from a real live person who really cares about us personally; acceptance within our failures and limitations; and grace that gives us hope as we navigate this beautiful, crazy, messy season of life. This is our heart’s cry.

If it’s your heart’s cry as well, then friend, perhaps Desperate will minister to you.

Desperate will lead you to hope, refreshing your ideals, while helping and inspiring you as you embrace this profound  journey of motherhood. No formulas or rules to keep, but a relationship, a coffee-talk between two friends, who give life and love to one another amidst the realities of life.

Included in the book are practical steps to take, Bible study and journal exercises in each chapter that will lead you to identify ways in which you can grow as a mom. Mentoring advice for real-life situations is also included.

We pray this offering will leave you soul-filled, refreshed, and hopeful.

And may we suggest, read it with a friend. Don’t do motherhood alone.

“Sally embodies the mentor so many of us wish we had.” 

-Tsh Oxenreider, Simple Mom 


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Meet the Authors

Sally Clarkson | @Sally_Clarkson

Sally Clarkson is the mother of four wholehearted children, a conference speaker, and author of numerous books, including The Mission of Motherhood, The Ministry of Motherhood, and Seasons of a Mother’s Heart. After college, Sally served with Campus Crusade in Communist Poland, and continued in ministry after her marriage to Clay in 1981. In 1994, they started Whole Heart Ministries to encourage and equip Christian parents through books, workshops and seminars, and a ministry website. Since 1998, Sally has ministered to thousands of mothers through her WholeHearted Mother Conferences and online ministries. The Clarksons have homeschooled all of their children.

She blogs at itakejoy.com.

Sarah Mae | @sarahmae

Sarah Mae is the wife of Jesse and the mother to three spunky, beautiful children. She is listed as one of The Christian Broadcasting Networks Six Women Leaders to Follow on Twitter, and is an influential blogger, conference host, and author of the bestselling eBook 31 Days to Clean: Having a Martha House the Mary Way.

Sarah Mae has established herself in social media by cultivating blogs and websites that have impacted thousands of women all over the world. She is a self-made popular mom blogger, the founder and co-host of Allume Social, a national Christian women’s blogging conference, and is a contributing writer to (in)courage, a blog by DaySpring, (a division of Hallmark).

Sarah Mae spends her days homemaking, home-educating, writing, reading and drinking Salted Caramel Mochas.

Her family embraces life in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania. You can find her writing almost daily at sarahmae.com.

Find her being social on Twitter here and Facebook here.

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