Today I am thrilled to tell you about an amazing little book I just finished reading, Longing for Paris: One Woman’s Search for Joy, Beauty, and Adventure—Right Where She Is. Written by Sarah Mae, author of Desperate, this book has quickly become one of my favorite books on the shelves.
I received an advance reader’s copy, as part of her launch team, and I devoured the book in one day.
I couldn’t put it down.
The kids enjoyed a day of splashing in the blow-up deck pool, while I highlighted in excess and mastered the art of read-walking (around the house) because too much time sitting…ouch!
What did I love about this book? Much more than I can put into a book review.
First of all, Sarah Mae understands my life as a Mom. She might as well have been taking down notes from my soul.
She gets that I long for the beauty of Paris, for soaking in art and music and getting lost in stacks of books, for time with real-live grown-up friends away from the kids, for a life of adventure and all the things that bring me joy in this life. But also, that my deepest desire is to love my husband well and to be there for my children in ways that only I can, to enjoy them and encourage them to really LIVE these lives they’ve been given.
But you know that recurring struggle between what you want—and what you want to want?
The desire to love the life you’ve been given—but also the dream of turning it into something better?
Well, Sarah Mae helps us understand how to live in that tension. The one between our dreams and our reality.
Longing for Paris is a message of hope for Moms. It’s the encouragement we all need to embrace the season we’re in, while not denying the dreams God places in our hearts.
The point of the book is not really Paris.
“On the outside, I wanted Paris. But on the inside, what I was really searching for was a filling to the deepest parts of my soul. And I wanted to know what to do with Paris and my soul and my every day.” ~Sarah Mae
The point of the book is, longing for Paris (or whatever else it may be), leads us to the One who filled us with dreams and fulfills our deepest longings.
“Paris can only ever give me a glimpse of the true thing I yearn for: to be with my God in all of His splendor.” ~Sarah Mae
So, let’s see…my recommendation?
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