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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Product Review: Pope Awesome and Other Stories (Book)

Okay, I really dropped the ball on this one. I was asked to review this book sometime in December and I didn't make the deadline, so then I had the post scheduled to go live in early January and I never hit "Publish" so it stayed on draft mode. This is super lousy because not only does it let Cari down, who was counting on me to help promote her book, but I can't stand it when I am unable to follow through on a commitment.
So here's the deal: Check this book out. It's super funny and not anything like other "Struggling Catholic Moms give their troubles to God and everything gets better" book. No offense to those authors, your books are good as well. But this book by Cari Donaldson is something I can relate to. Cari doesn't pretend like things are good or even going to get better. Her "better" is actually just the chaos she lives in every day. The loud, noisy, unpredictable (and sometimes dangerous) real life living that I am going through this very moment as well.
You don't have to be Catholic, you don't have to be a mother of a basketball team, you don't even have to be married. Really, the only two requirements you need to enjoy this book is the ability to read and the actual book itself. Which is available through Sophia Institute Press and Amazon.
Pope Awesome and Other Stories

For all of you who would like to read what didn't get published when it was supposed to, I have included it below for your pleasure.  
Looking for a fun read that you can pick up and set down a gazillion times while fulfilling your parent role? Look no further- here it is! Pope Awesome and Other Stories is the truthful tale of one gal's journey to faith, motherhood, and marriage- just not in that order. I received a free copy of this book so that I could share with you just how awesome it is on this blog.
It's a tale of a journey to the most daunting place on Earth: Real Life. It is filled with details and commentary that make you feel as if you personally know the author, Cari Donaldson. I have never met Cari personally, we are the new fad-type friends: internet friends. Communicating over blogs, facebook, and emails, we have created a relationship not unlike a friendship. I like to think that we are to the point where if I offered my house for them to stay on their way to Michigan from Connecticut, Cari wouldn't view me as a scary sicko. Because hey, once you have more than four kids we are all the same type of crazy.

So there are a ton of those faith-filled mothering books out there, and you may be wondering why you should read this one over the dozens of others. Pope Awesome is for those of us who live down here on planet Earth. Our houses are a mess, our kids are undressed, we have loads of condiments in the fridge but not much food, and if Child Services arrived at our house this very moment we may have some troubles on hand. It is for those moms who swear they could articulate a complete sentence about something non-kid related before, but have since lost that ability. Dads who go to work and come home thinking it is better not to ask or know what happened here. Parents who know that their own kind of perfect is just that: their own.

It is not overly the top in your face religious. Many readers know that kind of stuff lets me down. It is honest and raw and funny. Like "laugh out loud" funny.

Why do you need to read this book instead of the others? I am not offering a spoiler here, but just know that the way Cari writes to include her reader and the way she shares with such vivid images, lets you know that she has not received some sort of special vision and now she knows everything will be grand. She never once offers a magical solution.I think that was the reason the book was so good for me. Kids are naked again in the neighbors yard? She's not out to solve that problem, but she may hide behind the curtains when the doorbell rings. And that is exactly what I needed to read about. Another mom making it despite the issues. To know that I am not alone and that others moms also don't have solutions and their problems aren't solved. And that sometimes it's time to laugh and sometimes it's time to FREAK-THE-HECK-OUT!

You won't regret adding this book to your reading list this winter. It is available at Sophia Institute Press and Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review on this blog. I received no other compensation and all views are my own.

1 comment:

Cari said...

Oh my gosh. How am I just now seeing this? Thank you for the review. It's wonderful!