September 2, 2014

Hula Hoop Girl {Book Review and a Giveaway}

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.

September says,

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.

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Comments

  1. Blessed Mama says:

    Oh yes! This is something *I* need to read!!

  2. Definitely would need to read this!

  3. Tiffany Y. says:

    I definitely need to read this book! I’m a Hula Hoop Girl for sure.

  4. I am a full time mom of two girls. I nanny for an almost 2 year old. I work PT outside of the house. I’m a full time wife. And a full time juggler of all things related to all of the above. I had no idea what to call it, but Hula Hoop Girl is perfect! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. lacey poag says:

    wow. yes. I need this and would love to dive into it with my mommy friends. thank you!

  6. Yes, I need to read this book

  7. Yes, I’m here there and everywhere!

  8. Oh how I need a book like this!

  9. Kristen E. says:

    Ummm YES!! =)

  10. This is something I would love to read. I could use the insight and encouragement. :)

  11. Yes I need this book!!

  12. Yes! Yes! Yes! You’ve described me to a T.

  13. I think nearly every mom, every woman, finds herself living here wondering how to really “live” in the midst of so much to do. I know I feel trapped by my schedule most all the time, and when I do find those moments of escape, realize THAT is the kind of living that really matters. It is the most precious things in life that are victimized by so many seemingly urgent matters. God help us all. I am excited to see this e-book, and pray that God will use it to encourage and equip many, many hearts.

  14. Oh, yes! I especially think mid-year is a hard time for homeschooling mamas- holidays to prepare for, lessons to plan and execute, meals to cook. I would love to read this book!

  15. I most definitely need to read this book. . .just don’t know when I’ll have enough time to sit down at the computer to finish it all;-)

  16. God’s been challenging me a lot on simple living this year and in light of starting my own home after my wedding in May, this would be a great read to add to my pre-wedding book list!

  17. Mom of ten!!?? Wow – being a mom of three is hard enough. Her book sounds amazing. I would love to win a copy :)

  18. Kelly Clarke says:

    I am pretty sure I need this book!!!

  19. YES – it’s been on my wish list to get ;-)

  20. Sounds like a great book, hope I win!

  21. DeDe Calkins says:

    Looks like a great book!

  22. Sounds really good.

  23. This book sounds so great!! As a homeschooling mom of 4, wife if a medical student and person who moves a lot I would love to read it!

  24. ohh I could really use this book.

  25. Would love to win this book.

  26. I am a single mom and always feel like I have to many hoops in the fire…..I have been very overwhelmed lately. Would love to read the book.

  27. StephanieA says:

    Wow, this really spoke to me, I have been feeling I cannot do this anymore. Would love to read this, and your insight on this area of struggle

  28. Yes, I definitely need to read this.

  29. I can always use some encouragement.

  30. Sounds great!

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