I was privileged to get to meet September McCarthy a while back at a blogger conference. She’s a beautiful, confident woman and mother to TEN. She’s written an incredible e-book called Hula Hoop Girl in which she speaks directly to women’s hearts.
Do you feel like you are struggling trying to keep all your hula hoops spinning, some even in the air at times? I admit, I am so busy right now, I sort of do. September said she felt that way, too. Which is why the book was born.
This e-book was written from my old life of imbalance and imperfection, where I share the truth God has revealed to me through His Word and life experience.
My ears perk up when I hear women mutter the words, “I cannot do this anymore.” My empathetic heart desires to come alongside them and tell them that “this doesn’t have to be such drudgery and exhaustion.
I know. I have walked through the seasons of exhaustion and defeat, and know the root of thoughts like, “How am I to keep everything going?” Those thoughts lead to defeat, depression, exhaustion, and turmoil within the heart.
Do you feel at the mercy of your schedule? I did. There were so many days when my heart would beat to a different rhythm than my day had planned for me. When was life going to slow down a little? Would I ever be able to swim into the current of my own passions and desires, rather than feeling like I was swimming upstream—against it all?
The purpose of this e-book is to point you toward the only real place you can find your identity—in Christ.
Hula Hoop Girl digs deep, asking real, valid, and sometimes challenging questions like:
- Have I surrendered my life purpose to God?
- What ARE my hula hoops (all the things I “think” I am supposed to be juggling)?
- Oh, and yes, September then asks us to “compare our hula hoops with our life purpose”.
- Have I become distracted by life circumstances, resulting in me feeling off-balance?
- What do I value most? Does my schedule reflect that?
- Do I compare myself to “the girl next door” or am I content with who God made me to be?
- Have I embraced investing into the season of life I am in right now?
- Do I have any hula hoops that PRECEDE my time in the Word?
- Do I say “yes” to too many commitments?
- Is it time to drop a hula hoop or two?
September goes on to encourage us to dare to dream, but also to REST, to abide in Him, as she gives the real account of just HOW God brought her to find her Center in Him.
And I love how she defines having it “all together” -
In my opinion, to “have it all together is this: cuddling, reading, singing, and teaching, nurturing, and being a help-meet. This is my “together.”
Did you sigh more than once reading this short review of this book? I know I sure did need to read it. September is so right. We cannot expect to do everything at once. Sure, we might be able to juggle a few hula hoops for a while, but like she said, it is impossible to hula hoop forever. And like I said in a letter to overwhelmed moms, burn-out is always the result when we attempt to be “super-mom”.
September is giving away a copy of her book to one of you. I know you’ll be so blessed by reading it. If you don’t want to wait to see if you win, go ahead and click here to get your copy today. Enter to win using the Rafflecopter box below.