Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet

Hiding from the Kids in My Prayer Closet (David C Cook, July 2017)

Finding grace and laughter when motherhood gets real

Soon after Jessica Kastner became a mother, she wondered if she was the only mom who found pretend play more boring than watching playdough harden and who dreaded yet another friend’s Instagram post of homemade deliciousness.

In Hiding from My Kids in the Prayer Closet, Kastner shares her experience as an “unmom”—a mom who loves her kids more than she loves the daily experience of mothering. She helps readers laugh at the ridiculous, delight in the unpredictable, and enjoy being the mothers God made them to be.

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  • While I definitely would never classify myself as an un-mom per Jessica’s definition (I always dreamed of being a wife, homemaker, and mom; I love to cook and bake; I like my house to be clean and neat at all times; I love babies; I love working in the church nursery; etc.), I could still relate to so much of Jessica’s book. It was laugh-out-loud hilarious and she held nothing back.

  • This book made me realize that I’m not alone in my journey. I laughed, I cried, and I felt at peace while reading. It brings to light the topics that we rarely admit to ourselves, much less anyone else. It’s a great read that I recommend to all moms!

  • Jessica Kastner begins the book by assuring readers that she is an “Un-Mom” so if any readers also feel like that, they are not alone! She begins the book by describing how she felt like an outsider when around many other moms, because of her personality. Each chapter is a hilarious outtake on our lives as moms.

  • Fantastic example of motherhood. Great read!

  • This is one of the most humorous and real books on motherhood I have ever read! Throughout the whole book, I laughed aloud. Yet I also was impressed that each chapter finishes with deeper thoughts and applications.

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