Monday, April 13, 2015

Sand In My Sandwich 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.

My Thoughts:

I read the description on the back of this book and was eager to review a copy.  It definitely sounded like my kind of parenting book!  Yes, my children are all grown, but I still find comfort in a book about motherhood that isn't Pinterest perfect.

Can I get a witness??

The stories Sarah shares in "Sand In My Sandwich" are filled with wit, humor and love.  And her three little ones gave her ample material to fill her book.  However, I have a small issue with this particular book for moms who are weary of the war to be perfect.

The language in the book made my brain hurt. 

Oh, I'm not talking about foul language.  No, I'm talking about college textbook language.  Allow me to demonstrate: "But thinking about this nonlinear journey necessitates a discussion of the lessons learned..."

Need more?  How about this line: "Hard too is the peeling back of whatever protective layers of anonymity still exist between me and the outside world."  And this is just from the first two chapters!

Please do not misunderstand me:  Sarah is most definitely well spoken, and I'm fairly certain her readers will be able to get the point of the book.  It's just, for me, I don't want to have to read "that hard", and especially when the book is designed to encourage me to lighten up.

For this reason I'm only mildly recommending "Sand In My Sandwich".  But I do thank my friends at Revell Publishing for my complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review!

Happy Reading!



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