Starry Eyed by Mandy Arioto

Starry Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood by Mandy Arioto

Published August 30, 2016 by Zondervan

Genres Christian, Nonfiction

Pages 192

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In Starry Eyed, MOPS CEO Mandy Arioto reveals how the brightest and darkest moments of motherhood alike can become a sacred and sanity saving opportunity to encounter God. There is a way to flourish in the midst of it all and it starts with embracing the light and darkness in life with expectation and awe. Heatening, enchanting and always unflinchingly honest, Starry-Eyed will show you how to find the unexpected grace in your life as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Consider your heart to heart sit down with a women who’s been there and can help you find fresh eyes to see how beauty and pain can mingle with purpose.

This is a book on seeing grace in life and in motherhood. The essays do touch on a wide variety of topics that I imagine happen often when you are a mother. Disclaimer: I do not yet have any children, but I have many friends and sisters will children. There are a total of 28 chapter, all of which are relatively short, perhaps 4-5 pages. Their titles range from issues of motherhood, marriage, sensuality and feminine power. At the end of each chapter there are a few questions such as, “When do you experience awe in your personal life?” or “How did you feel about darkness and night as a child or teenager?”

I was a bit surprised that the author seems to mention things that are usually associated with zen or new age spiritual practices throughout the book, such as getting in sync with rhythms of nature. That is great advice; taking your shoes off and walking barefoot in your yard is a way to ground yourself. However, this book is marketed as a Christian book and throughout the entire book, there are only 2 references to Biblical scripture, although the author does talk about God frequently. Overall, I personally didn’t take away much from this book; the essays are basically stories of happenings in the author’s life but didn’t really give me a great deal of advice about how to take what she had learned and apply it to my own life. And for talking about God so frequently, I found it out that the Bible was barely talked about or referenced. The book does contain a variety of different essays on a variety of topics and if you are looking for a book about finding grace in your life without a lot of Biblical references, I imagine you will enjoy this book! Happy reading!

Thank you to the published for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

 

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