Longing for Paris Right Here

What are your longings and dreams? Are they right where you are?

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Title:  Longing for Paris
Author:  Sarah Mae
Publisher:  Tyndale Momentum
Release Date:  August, 2015



For anyone who has ever daydreamed of another life . . .
Most days, you wouldn’t trade what you have for the world. You love your husband and your kids, and you are grateful to God for your life. But there are days when you feel as though life is rolling over you in waves and you are just going through the motions. You find yourself aching for something more, something that is calling to depths of who you are, maybe for something you can’t even name.

For Sarah Mae, it was Paris, a place that is known for breathtaking beauty, inspiring art, and exquisite food. But as she searched her heart, she found there was more to her longings than she anticipated.

Join Sarah Mae in Longing for Paris, a soul-searching, light-filled journey for the woman who knows she can’t uproot her life to discover herself and her longings, but who desperately wants to uncover them so she can get unstuck and choose a life that is filled with beauty, adventure, and deep joy . . . right where she is.
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"Yes, I want Paris, the real Paris and all the exciting things that Paris represents. But at the end of the day, I have discovered that these desires are pointing to something else." (XX)

This is not a book about Paris, but more. And what are those desires?

Sarah is honest and straightforward with longings and her vulnerabilities, as a wife and a mother.  Yes, she's longing for Paris, but she's also longing for adventure and change and something she can't really pin-point. O, yeah, joy.  The deep joy that only God can provide, and to see the beauty of it all not only in her dreams, but "right where she is."  Sometimes reality is reality and dreams are dreams, or is it?

I've done the traveling abroad thing, meeting new people, eating exotic foods, immersing in a foreign culture and experience God's work in people's lives.  Yet, I've learned in recent years of seeing, feeling and enjoying God's grace in our every day lives.  I understood Sarah's dilemma and ultimately her search. Reading along her journey gives one, especially a busy mom and wife a perspective of finding God's grace among the small, everyday, supposedly "mundane" things. There's one little thing though, with a little dreaming and a little hope, small and mundane things can flourish and become a memory that'll be forever embedded in your mind.  I like the premise of this book. Though, I think it relates mostly to moms, you can still connect to it, even if you're not a mom or wife yet. The big picture - God's picture. That's what's this is about.
"Friends, this is the thing about our longings, the deep, ultimate longings of our souls: They will all be fulfilled in a moment when we step into the heavenly Promised Land." (194)
Seeking or searching? Check out this book, read through Sarah's journey, and experience with her as she draws you in with little reminders "to Paris" at the end of each chapter, and some thought-provoking questions at the end of the book.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.  For my reviewing policies, please see my Disclosure page.



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Sarah Mae is a writer who encourages women to keep on and begin again. She is a wife, mom, homeschool teacher, conference founder, speaker, and piecrust botcher. She makes her home in the beautiful Amish countryside of Pennsylvania, where she often ponders what life would be like if she actually finished all the laundry. 
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  1. Thank you for your thoughts. Longing for Paris sounds like a wonderful read to remind readers to be content with what God has given. His grace, mercy, peace and joy is what we need more than anything else. Blessings.

  2. Thank you Marilyn. So true. "He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (2 Corinthians 12:9)


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