Friday, August 7, 2015
About the Book:
For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .
Most days, you wouldn’t trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can’t even name.
For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.
Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can’t uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.
Remember the book "Eat, Pray, Love"? The one thing that kept me from jumping on the fanwagon was simply this: in order to find her fulfillment the author ditched everything and everyone to chase her dream.
With "Longing For Paris", I fell I love with the cover and hoped the author didn't follow in "Eat, Pray, Love"'s footsteps. Thankfully, Sarah Mae has a good bit of common sense. Rather than run off and chase her dream at the expense of her family, Sarah brings little bits of Paris into her everyday life.
Her premise is intriguing. It is so easy to get lost in the humdrum of everyday, ordinary. I grew restless about 10 years ago, and that's why you're reading this review now. I had dreamed of publishing, but life got more interesting and complex every year until my dream felt squished.
Like Sarah, I found a way to bring bits and pieces of my longing into my life. Sarah brought Paris to her life in the most simple yet fascinating ways. She took her children on a croissant hunt, sampling the flaky pastry from area bakeries until they reached a concensus.
She made meals to sit and savor rather than cram and dash. I loved when she went to dinner with her husband at a buffet restaurant. While he kept refilling his plate and consuming and refilling....she insisted on quiet so she could savor every bite.
And as for the rumor that French women do not get fat, she learned about the culture and life of a woman in France, how they walk everywhere and get their exercise from everyday activity, then incorporated those principles into her own life.
Sarah Mae's book blesses today's woman by demonstrating how to live your dreams amid your current situation, and to bring richness to a life of same old, same old. My thanks to my friends at Tyndale Publishing for my complimentary copy of "Longing For Paris" in exchange for an honest review.
I'll close with an ooh-la-la, and a high recommendation for "Longing for Paris", available now.
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Authored by Deena Peterson at 12:03 PM