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Books. Books. Books.
I adore reading. And one of the best perks of being a blogger is the chance to read new books. I have the opportunity to review new books in exchange for my unbiased opinion, and here is my totally honest opinion about: Hiding From My Kids In My Prayer Closet: Finding Grace and Laughter When Motherhood Gets Real by Jessica Kastner.
What I Loved
It is funny. I don't LOL much when I read. I guess I internally chuckle? But with this book, I guffawed out-loud numerous times. Jessica Kastner is downright hilarious. Her transparent honesty will hit a chord with moms everywhere, and you will laugh with both entertainment and relief as you think, You mean I am not the only one who feels that way?
It is real. I think it is important to inspire moms, so I am all for high-minded, enlightened reads. But sometimes girls just need to gather around a cup of coffee and get real about the nitty-gritty parts of mommyhood. I mean, did you ever think you would know so much about poop? This book is as real as a Christian book gets.
It spotlights Jesus. Funny and real are two descriptors of this book, but they also describe Jesus. I am not trivializing my Savior, but it is easy to forget that He laughed. He is the fullness of joy. Jessica Kastner does a great job of putting the importance of Jesus front and center. He is Who ultimately matters and she never, in all her humor, disrespects the Lord.
What Were Issues
Lack of organization. If you are looking for a book with a logical flow that makes a well thought out argument, this is not the book. Each chapter can be read as a stand-alone article. That is not bad, since Moms don't have an excess of either time or brain cells. But just realize while there is a loose form, it is not entirely cohesive.
I really didn't have any other issues, so that is a sign of a good book.
Stars: 4.5 stars
I recommend this book is you are looking for some encouragement in your motherhood journey from someone who has been there already, and lived to find the humor in it.
Warning: you need to enjoy irreverent humor and slightly off-color remarks to appreciate this read. Remember the part about this book being real? It is. So if you like your funny clean as the driven snow you might be put off.
But if you like to belly laugh, get this book. Take it to your next girl's night, and read chapters to each other. It is possible your group will be asked to leave the restaurant for making a scene.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.
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