25 March 2015

Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I'm Learning to Love by Sarah Parshall Perry

About the Book
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 asking for war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Mainly, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dogs' cages and happily realizing they have stopped getting into trouble for a minute.

According to Perry, "The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God," and readers get to watch the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life, laughing at her missteps, aching at her tragedies, and recognizing themselves along the way. 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 the universal truths of motherhood, addressing them with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make the reader think, That sounds a lot like my crazy life. Perry helps mothers realize they aren't alone, even if they've fallen off the straight and narrow of their intended path and are instead lying in the ditch next to it. Life's a mess. But as Perry reminds us, it's all for a purpose.

Perfect for mothers, this book will encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

Sarah Parshall Perry’s memoir, Sand in My Sandwich: And Other Motherhood Messes I’m Learning to Love, is equally humorous, heartfelt and honest, and I thoroughly enjoyed this peek she offers into her messy life, even though I am not currently a mother. As Perry details various experiences she has had through different stages of her life, she beautifully captures the way God reaches out and uses, teaches and shapes with the out-of-control messiness of life. I would definitely recommend Sand in My Sandwich to readers, especially mothers, who like memoirs. It’s an entertaining, engaging read.

Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a copy of Sand in My Sandwich and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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 www.ChosenFamilies.org where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she spends most of her days fighting for time in front of the computer. Learn more at her website.

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