Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Kerry Pomarolli
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
“I think God loves it when I’m frazzled and crazy because it’s in those time I can hear Him. To me, I’m sure God is laughing along with me at my life, comforting me to fight on through another day,” Kerry Pomarolli writes in her book, Moms’ Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions to Help You Survive.
At two hundred and eight pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy light comedy with a touch of God referenced as a devotional. It would be welcomed by young first time mothers who feel over-whelmed, under-appreciated, and exhausted by viewing the comic side of relationship issues.
Inspired by the hit movie, Pomarolli writes in first person telling short stories of her life as wife and mother of two young girls. Covering fifty topics from one to five pages, most begin with a Bible verse quoted from the Holman Christian Standard along with the ESV, NIV, and CEV versions.
The themes mainly offer the writer’s personal experiences, told usually from a positive, light-hearted standpoint. Each ending has two to three questions to take a moment and think about, followed by a short prayer to God.
Whether discussing her husband, Ron, or her young daughters, Lucy and Ruby, Pomarolli covers how McDonald’s cheeseburgers are gifts from God, she is no longer size four but over forty years old, her children’s issues involving lying or biting, getting a Sleep Number mattress, and her cooking chicken challenges.
Also included are several lists to consider such as ten things parents will never do again, to never to say to a woman in labor, or to do while breastfeeding, along with ten worst texts to send to your wife and five resolutions never to break with five that husbands must know living with a pregnant wife.
While her mostly self-indulgent tales are humorous and perhaps helpful to mothers in angst, the questions are more important as they focus on the root of the problem. As an example, the chapter titled “Princess Mentality” is about getting mad when her car runs out of gas. She asks, “Can you remember a time when someone made you so mad and you did not respond with any grace? How would you do it differently if you could?”
Looking at the lighter side of life raising children, the book’s concept of laughing instead of crying through trials and tribulations may be warranted, yet trusting in God being in control is the ultimate survival tip.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.