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The Desperate Online Book Club Starts Tuesday, the 29th (Plus I’m Giving Away 3 Copies of Desperate!)


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Absolutely the best mothering book I have read…” -From an Amazon review

UPDATE: The study location has changed. We are doing the book study here and at Sally’s blog.

Sally and I will be leading an 8-week Desperate book study over here and at beginning on January 29th and we’d love for you to join us!

Here’s the breakdown:

Tuesday, Jan. 29th – The Introduction (I Can’t Be a Mother Today) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, Jan. 31st  – Chapter 1 (Ideals and Going Under) – Sally

Tuesday, Feb 5 – Chapter 2 (The Go-it-Alone Culture) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, Feb. 7th – Chapter 3 (Formula’s) – Sally

Tuesday, Feb. 12th –  Chapter 4 (Oh Right, There’s Sin) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, Feb. 14th – Chapter 5 (When the Dark Invades) – Sally

Tuesday, Feb. 19th – Chapter 6 (Lack of Training) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, Feb. 21st – Chapter 7 (Sacrifice in the Mundane) – Sally

Tuesday, Feb. 26th – Chapter 8 (Escaping) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, Feb. 28th – Chapter 9 (Taming the Beast of Housework) – Sally

Tuesday, March 5th – Chapter 10 (Figuring it Out New) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, March 7th – Chapter 11 (Voices that Influence Us) – Sally

Tuesday, March 12th – Chapter 12 (Living on Purpose) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, March 14th – Chapter 13 (The Art of Life) – Sally

Tuesday, March 19th – Chapter 14 (Desperate…Not Defeated) – Sarah Mae

Thursday, March 21st – Conclusion (Living the Story of Motherhood) – Sally

There will be an opportunity to link-up posts if you write about the chapters each week, but you do not have to write a post to be follow along in the study. Just come on over to my blog each Tuesday and Sally’s blog each Thursday and “listen in” as Sally and I add more thoughts to each chapter. If you want to gather a group of friends to study Desperate with, head here for a FREE small group guide!


Desperate Giveaway!

Today I’m giving away 3 copies of Desperate. This giveaway is only open through tomorrow night (Wed) at 9pm, so if you win, you should get the book just in time to start the study with us!

Just enter using the form below! (Don’t want to wait? Find the book at B & NAmazonCBD, or DaySpring!)



Open to U.S. only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Related: Announcing: The Desperate Book Study! 

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  • Deanna

    I can’t wait to read this book! It looks like it would be perfect – tons of encouragement and motivations.

  • Nicole

    I would love to win this and be able to join the study.

  • Anne S.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • julzntommy

    I do have a copy of the book already (and SO excited for this online study) but if I win another copy I know several “desperate” Mommas who need this book that I would give it to!

  • Ashley Cozzens

    I am so excited to read this book!

  • Meggan S

    Anxious to read this book! Would love to win a copy!!
    Grateful for the chance to win!

  • luvmythreegirls

    What a great idea!

  • Jen Martinson

    SO eager to read this book!

  • Heather Drewett

    I can’t wait! I have been wanting to buy this book ever since it came out!

  • Cori

    I would really like to win a copy of the book & do this online study!

  • Lee Ann

    cant wait to get the book… it came at a good time for me

  • Sherry

    I’d like to read this book and then place it in our church library. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Thia

    Definitely a book I need to read.

  • Teish

    Desperate is definitely on my must-read list!

  • Beth the mom

    Can’t wait to read this!

  • Amy Johnson Roberts

    Gotta have this book!

  • Ginger

    Can’t wait to read and join the study!

  • MamaOmuss

    I’m looking forward to reading this book and doing the study.

  • Gyna

    Looks like a great read!

  • Joelle

    Would love the encouragement!

  • Tara H

    I so want to win a copy! I’ve tried on several blogs and still haven’t won yet. Maybe this time! 🙂

  • Jessi Whitt

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  • Dawn

    Can’t wait!

  • Megan H.

    I’m excited about this study! I have only heard good things about this book!

  • Gigi

    I’d love to do the study but can’t buy the book, so thank you for this chance to win it.

  • wanda

    Yay for the giveaway and yay for the chapter study!

  • Darcey Zahaykevich

    Have been really wanting to read the book. Would love to join the book study.

  • Christina Burrell

    Would love to win.

  • Anna Cirlot

    I’m curious to read it.

  • Dessie

    I love bible studies. Buy reading the reviews and did the 7 day devotional. I love it. But I can’t afford it.

  • Danica

    I am looking forward to doing the study…now to just get a book!! hmmm…there is a giveaway!

  • Diana

    I hope I win! I’m really looking forward to this book. I’m in the ‘littles’ stage right now and we don’t have family close by, and few close friends. It isnt always easy. It’s a fun time, but definitely challenging.

  • Tracy

    Would love to join in with this study!

  • Lana

    I would LOVE to WIN this book! It looks like just the inspiration I need in this stage of parenting! – Thanks for a chance to win!

  • kellyc

    i would love to win this!!!!

  • Paula R.

    I would love to win!

  • Lora

    Really want to read this book!

  • Jalynn Patterson

    Very anxious to read your book.

  • Sarah C

    Thank you! Would love to win this book!

  • Rachael

    I would LOVE to win!

  • Anete

    Would love to read this book, not a mother yet but hoping to be someday.

  • KjQB

    I bought the book for my daughter who is a young mother and she speaks so highly of it that I’m sorry I didn’t get myself (the ‘old’ mother)a copy!

  • MelanieB

    I would love to win

  • Betty-Jo

    This is a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity. I would love to win this as I find myself desperate and would love to do the study.

  • Brittany

    I would love to win this and share it with a friend. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lashauna Whitney

    I would love to win a copy!

  • Robin Gates

    I can’t wait to read this book. It has come at the perfect time for me.

  • Bethany

    I posted this to my church’s Mom’s Group Facebook page. I’m hoping to integrate this book somehow in our monthly meetings.

  • Denise Tomooka Mantei

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. I hope I am one of the ones blessed with a book.

  • Hannah

    This is great…every mom needs to breathe!

  • trina

    I can’t wait to start this study

  • Cindy

    I already have a copy of the book in my hands! I entered the giveaway so I can give it away and get a friend to join me in the discussion!

  • Aldara

    Hoping to win a copy!

  • Cyndi Frunk

    Love this book so far! Just what I needed and when I needed it!

  • April at ThoughtfulEscapes

    This books sounds wonderful & I’d love to join in the book study! Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Mary Jo

    Would love a copy of this book!

  • Mimi

    Would love to win!

  • Marcy B

    Would love to read this book. I’m a single mom and need help in my walk.

  • Kim Hansen

    excited for the book club!

  • Amanda

    am desperate to own a copy! 🙂

  • Jennifer brown

    Would love to join the study as a mom of three, much needed!

  • Kelly

    Thanks for a chance to win the book!

  • Sara R

    Ive started my own copy of the book and love it so far. I’d love to gift one to a friend who also finds herself in the throws of desperate mommyhood. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  • Lisa White

    Would love a copy of the book! Don’t know when I could buy it on my own – we’re trying to dig out from some medical bills.

  • Heather H

    It has been exciting to see how many women have been encouraged by your new book. I’d love to read a copy!

  • Shelley quiroz

    It is so awesome that this is more than just a sales campaign, it is a movement. I know God is on the move and his heart is for women everywhere!

  • Kristen @ Dem Golden Apples

    I really look forward to this! Sounds amazing.

  • Kristina Best

    I love getting your posts in my email everyday thank you. 🙂

  • Becca

    I’m with most the other ladies on here. I just finished my copy and I’d love to pass some out to my “desperate” friends.

  • Amanda Corvello

    I’m really eager to read your book. Thank you for this giveaway.

  • Amy @ Tiny Blessings

    This looks really good- would love to win a copy, as buying new books isn’t in my budget right now. If I don’t win, I’m hoping my library has it!

  • Pamela Christopher

    My granddaughter just had her first baby and he is 9 months and now she is expecting a. Second. That young lady needs “Desperate” help. Thank you .

  • Morgan Conner

    very interested in this book!

  • Randi

    A friend of mine was asking for this book and my book budget won’t allow more books to buy so I thought I’d try to win her one here.

  • Wendy

    I would really love to win this book! I’m expecting my 8th baby in 3 weeks so this study would be wonderful at this time!

  • Jennifer

    I would be genuinely grateful to win a copy of your book as we just don’t have the money for any luxouries now and I am in DESPERATE need of help and advise along with some lifting of my spirit. From all I’ve seen about your book, this is the right book for me.

  • Darnetta

    Would love to win a copy

  • Kathy

    I have this on my wish list – I would love to do this online group read.

  • Ellisha

    As a mother of 3 young children and a daycare provider of 8, this book may be just what I need right now!

  • Stacey

    Yay! I hope I win so I can give away another copy of this book!

  • Kelly Cason

    I am looking forward to reading this book with all the other Desperate moms out there!

  • Alana

    I would love to be a part of the book discussion but I can’t buy one yet! Hope I win one…

  • Cassie DeLapp

    Thank you this looks awesome

  • Laura

    I’d love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kellie

    I just stumbled on this from a friend’s FB share — sounds interesting!

  • Chrissy Smith Gunning

    I could so use this study! As a mom of 3 kids ages 9, 8 and 6- the oldest being the Autism spectrum… Hope I can win it so I can follow along with the study…otherwise not able to do book just discussion…

  • Ginger

    I would love to join in on the study but can’t buy the book. Thank you for the opportunity to receive one.

  • angela robbins

    Thank you for this offer! Would love to win this for my friend!

  • Shari U

    I’d love to enter! Hope I win so I can participate in the study!!!

  • Barbie

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  • kristen lila

    SOOO HOPE I WIN! fingers crossed.. could REALLY use this right now…

  • Kara

    I would love to do the study but I can’t get the book right now. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Liane

    I would love to win this book!

  • Bree

    This book sounds great! I hope I win 🙂

  • lmilla

    looking forward to it!

  • Lora Lease

    Looking forward to doing this study!

  • Linda Marie Finn

    I got this free on amazon one day… I gotta make sure its on my kindle and join ya’ll
    Linda Finn
    Would love paper copy to keep notes in

  • Kim

    I’m so “desperate” for a copy that I have been unable to balance my life the past 2 weeks in order to get into town and buy one! I’m looking forward to reading the book and being desperate no more! Thanks!

  • Danielle

    Awesome book! Can’t wait to read it!

  • Sandy Thompson

    sounds like a great book!

  • Aimee G

    Feeling desperate today. Hope I win!

  • Queenie

    Enjoying the book and can’t wait to join the study!

  • Joellen

    I’d love to win! Looking forward to reading it!

  • LeAnna

    Oh I would love to start this study and win!

  • Memoriesmama

    I think this is one book I definitely need to read!

  • Heather Jo Rhoades

    I would love to win a copy of your book 🙂

  • Karla

    I would love to get my hands on this book and go through the study with you. 🙂

  • Brittney Polley

    Today is my birthday and I can’t think of a better present for myself or my children!

  • Kari

    Planning to purchase this book as soon as I can get the funds together…but if I won a free copy before that it would be awesome!

  • Nina

    This book looks amazing! Just the books description on the cover made me cry. I would love to participate in the study. On a stay at home mom salary, I hope to buy the book by then. Or maybe I will win one! Either way, I plan to read it at some point.

  • Kimberly

    I still haven’t gotten a chance to buy this book and I really would love a copy!

  • Heather

    This looks great – I hope I can participate!

  • Elizabeth Holstine

    Thank you for the chance to win this book!

  • Jennifer

    Excited to read this book. Love the cover!

  • Cheryl Verver

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to read this book.

  • Betsy

    Hoping to win a copy! Would love to participate in the online study.

  • jodidawson

    I really need to read this book!!!

  • Susie

    Looks like a great book!!

  • Rebecca S.

    I would love the book!

  • Elise Daly Parker

    Can’t wait for the study!!

  • Mary O’Neil

    Sounds good.

  • Joyce and Norm

    Can’t wait to go through the book with The Better Mom, and then get our book club started. 🙂

  • Kathy R

    I can’t find the book and don’t want it for my kindle. I want to write in it if I need too. I so need this book.

  • Jennifer Johnson

    We’re on a tight budget this month so I’m hoping I get picked!

  • Melinda T

    Thanks for the chance! I’d love to win and read Desperate! Going through a difficult time and could sure use the wisdom, insight and laughter to get me back to where I need to be!

  • Katie

    looking forward to this, there are so many days that i feel desperate 🙁

  • Cheryl

    I am looking forward to reading this book!

  • Kristy Mclinden Cirillo

    Thank you for taking the time to write this with Sally!

  • Scarlett

    Thank you for the opportunity! I cannot wait to read your book!!!

  • Amber

    Would love to win this book…..along with over a hundred other women, I see! May the Lord make the way for all of us to get this book into our hands one way or another. It looks like it will be such a blessing to so many, and something that we moms have DESPERATELY been needing for a long time! Also wanted to ask if there could be other options for Rafflecopter points in the future…..I’m not on Facebook or Twitter, and as a mom who is trying to be responsible with my time, don’t plan to be anytime soon. Just wondering…. only got 1 entry point for the blog post commennt, however, I know I the Lord can make a way where there is no way, ha ha! And you only need 1 point to win…….Thanks Sarah Mae and Sally for writing this book, and look forward to seeing you at the CA conference!

  • Rachel

    Can´t wait to read this book!!

  • Regina Smith

    Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂

  • Linked for Business

    So looking forward to this book study. A group of moms in Wisconsin will be joining you.

  • grace

    OH, love to win this book so I can join the book club ..but thank you for the chance either way 🙂

  • Soaring Eagle

    Would love to win 🙂 It sounds like a great book.

  • Kathryn Bonnett

    Oh,I’m pretty excited!

  • Karen H.

    Fun! Can’t wait to read this book along with you and Sally!

  • Amy D in CO

    I would love to win a copy of the book!

  • Calista

    Thanks for the chance to win. I already ordered my own, so if I win I’ll pass it along to my friends.

  • Malinda Wimsatt Linstid

    I would love to get a copy of this book from you!

  • Amy

    I think this is fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Adrienne Reina

    I can’t wait for the study, so looking forward. This has been one of the best mothering books that is so encouraging and one I can relate to.

  • Reagan

    I haven’t purchased the book yet but it would be so fun to participate in the book club. The book sounds like such an encouragement!

  • Jada Smith

    Looking forward to it!

  • Jennifer

    Can’t wait to read it!!!

  • Sharon

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I requested that my library purchase the book. I hope they will!

  • emycarter

    Looking forward to this study!

  • Jennifer S.

    Can’t wait to read this!

  • Karen

    I would love to read this book.

  • Kate W

    I am almost finished reading this book. It is amazing!!!! If I win, I already have friends in mind to give the books to!!!

  • Denise D.

    In one week, you were mentioned THREE TIMES to me by three different people – can’t wait to look into your book! 🙂

    • Diema Roth

      I spy a person I know! Denise, so funny! God has a purpose!

  • Ali

    Received my book in the mail yesterday, but I’d love to have an extra to give to a friend. Looking forward to this!

  • Karie Kollar Preston

    Excited for the book study and would love to win a copy to give to another mom!

  • amy

    I’d love to win a copy–this looks great!

  • Michelle

    I can’t wait to read this book. I would love to give this book to many friends/family.

  • Wani

    I’m blogged and facebooked about the book! I’d love to win the books so I can give copies to a couple of friends!

  • Jessica Bish

    I would love to pass this along to someone in need!

  • nicolthepickle

    This book is on my to read list. It looks like it contains wisdom.

  • Rhonda

    I would love to win this book. It looks wonderful and would be really fun to do a book study in this way.

  • Tonnie

    I am going to try to do this online!

  • Marygrace

    Would love a copy – thanks!

  • Sonya

    Can’t WAIT to start this Bible Study.!! I have felt alone for so long!! THANK YOU

  • Diane

    looking forward to reading this book!

  • Helen Gentz

    Sarah, your book has brought me to my knees a few times already, and I’m only on chapter 3!!! Thank you for an amazing gift! I’ve been telling all my friends about this book. It would be great to win one and give it to one of my “desperate” mommy friends out here. Thank you! Can’t wait for the book discussion on here!

  • TristineFleming

    I’ve been reading this book over the last several days and yesterday I had one of those days when I just couldn’t do it anymore…couldn’t be a mother anymore. I resisted God’s nudge to pick up the book, but I forced myself to do it. God used this book to save me from myself, and it really opened a door for me to minister to my little guy. We both apologized to one another and he asked me to read scriptures and devotionals. He is only three, and I’ve been going through such a hard time as a stay at home mom. This book is really helping me like nothing else has done previously!

  • Everyday Graces

    as a mom of 3 and dealing with the flu with my 4 month old I’m definitely feeling desperate!

  • Sarah Cline

    Would love to win a copy of this book!

  • beth

    I would love the opportunity to win this book. I look forward to reading it.

  • Tiffany Turner

    We are starting our book study on Thursday! I hope that those who can’t make it, will follow this online study!

  • Suzanne Garber

    I am so excited to read this book. Now that most of my children are adults, I am looking forward to being the mentor I never had when they were small:)

  • Jennifer Swain

    I would love to read this book. I’m a single mom, preparing to move out of state away from everyone I know. I could use some help finding a mentor in my new home! Thanks Sarah Mae.

  • Leah Churches

    I would love a copy of this book! It looks like exactly what I need! God bless you! Love your blog and what you do for all of us mamas!

  • Anne Carron

    I read the first chapter online. I felt like it had come from my own heart. I would love to read the rest and be involved in a discussion with other moms. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Michele Wiltermood

    Would love a copy of this book 🙂

  • Catina

    I’ve heard this book is amazing. I hope to win a copy.

  • Sasha seward

    I would love to win these for the women in my growth group. Have a great Wednesday Sarah Mae!

  • Sasha seward

    I would love to win these for the women in my growth group. Have a great Wednesday!

  • Amy

    I just shared this book w/ a couple of friends for our Saturday study. I’d LOVE to win a copy for everyone to take a look @. And cannot WAIT to get my hands on it to read. Thanks!

  • saravdt

    i would love to win this book not only am i a huge fan of both Sally and Sarah’s stuff I am truely a desperate mom and when I listen to Sally and Sarah videos that is me looking for someone or some help i litearllay have to do every thing by myself along with homeschooling and find it so overwhelming and wanting to just crawl on the floor and cry and wish i h ad some help or someone to talk to esp when hubby is working overtime and means more give give give with nothing in return

  • Lori

    super excited!

  • Laney Gagnon

    Would love to pass on to some younger Moms I know would be blessed and encouraged by this book!

  • Laurie

    Looking forward to reading it! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Peggy

    I would love to have a copy of this book

  • Heather

    would love to join in!

  • Kim Arnold

    I just bought this, and I have several moms that I know would enjoy this! Thank you for this!

  • Elena Marshall

    Woohoo! Thank you for the opportunity! :o)

  • DebiDew

    These books would allow our church’s moms to do this study together- what a blessing! I already have it.

  • Jessica

    My book is ordered and on the way but I would love to be able to give three copies away to moms I know!

  • Nadia Comaneci Gadson-Moses

    Super excited!!! I’ve heard SO many great things about you ladies and this book.

  • heatherma

    I am so excited for this book! It’s exactly how I felt, like drowning really, esp when the kids are very young. but now a little older, I still feel this way sometimes, that, and very very alone. looking forward to following along w/ the online study!

  • Cynthia

    Can’t wait to read the book!

  • Alisha Sullivan-Hickey

    I am so excited to start this study. I am currently reading Desperate…Love it 🙂

  • Amanda M

    I am looking forward to reading this book!

  • AmyH

    Can’t wait to get into this study with you all!

  • Abbie

    am just discovering this today. as a mom of young children, i feel this book would be a great addition to my library of Dr. Suess and Sandra Boyton.

  • Diema

    Thank you for offering up copies of your book! Much like many others, I can’t wait to read it. I pray that each copy lands in the hands of the momma who needs it most!

  • Clara

    Would love the opportunity to read this book!

  • Terri Howard-Fain

    Sounds so exciting!! Looking forward to it.

  • Selina

    Sally & Sara Mae, thank you so much for this labor of love. Looking forward to doing the study. Blessings!

  • Jennifer Petty Tutton

    This is my second time trying to win this book. Maybe this will be the time! 🙂

  • Tara Burton

    I haven’t purchased the book yet so I would LOVE to get a copy!

  • Kristin

    Loving this book & I would love to win a copy to share with a mom friend.

  • Teresa

    I havent been able to purchase this book yet, but it sounds wonderful. So looking forward to reading it, and congrats on how well it is doing.

  • Alicia

    I don’t know how I originally came across your website but I have been following now for months. Your posts speak to me and my soul understands many of the things you experience and/or think. I am so relieved to find another mother who experiences the complicated tasks of being a stay-at-home mother, working from home, being wife, friend and yourself all in one. I am looking forward to reading this new book because I am “desperate” to begin looking at life differently and feeling the need to be more thankful for all I have every day. I’ve even started the year off with a gratitude journal so I can realize how much I have to be thankful for (even on those crazy, busy days).

  • Lis

    Would love to win!

  • Kelly M

    This is going to be a great study!

  • Laura

    The book sounds like a great one to take to a coffee shop while your husband is home with the kids!

  • TristineFleming

    This book has already saved my life on more than one occasion. It is totally anointed and Holy Spirit inspired, filled with hope and healing. When reading this book (I’m already on chapter 9), I feel as if someone has been spying in my home and simply wrote my entire life story. Sally’s story by far is almost to the tee my story, even the story about her mother. Can’t wait to start the study!!

  • Carolee

    This book sound very interesting and just what I need I would love to win a copy!

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