Won’t You Come Home with me? Plus a $300 Target Gift Card and an iPad Mini Giveaway!


My living room, waiting for friends to join me–maybe it will be you?

Having a cup of hot tea, sipping soup with a crust of homemade bread, sharing lunch with my precious family and friends is one of my favorite celebrations in the world.

Where there is feast of friendship and celebration of conversation and sharing of ideas and dreams and hearts, the Lord is there and His life transforms.

Our homes are the arena in which we can build the life of Christ, and in which the life of our home becomes a sanctuary for those who need to feel His life by being welcomed, to receive a “cup” of cold water– a home cooked meal, a focussed conversation, a healing touch. We celebrate the traditions of home, not because we want to be busier–no one needs that, but to make the life of Christ come alive, to show the beauty of God, to give our children an live picture of His beauty, His reality, His truth, His words and His outreaching love.

When I dreamed of how to influence and help young moms, I began to invite women from all over the world to come to my home for a weekend and to learn about how to walk with God as a mom, how to create a vibrant spiritual life, how to pass on a legacy of love.

And so, when we decided to launch Desperate, we thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to share such a weekend with one of our readers?”

And so, I am so very excited to share my home, my heart, my encouragement and the truth of what God has taught me with two of you, friends who will spend a great weekend with Sarah Mae and me.

Read another story of a friend who came to my home, here at thebettermom.com. Ruth will host a book club for me at Itakejoy.com.

I can’t wait to have you here. Won’t you spread the word to your friends?

Read about it here!

So thankful for all of you who are helping us spread the news to the media and world that moms are passionate about their children by supporting our launch of Desperate and getting the word out! We appreciate you so very much. We are seeing a movement amongst moms that we hope will build the next generation into lovers of God.



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Today’s Giveaway – $300 Target Gift Card and an iPad Mini!


Oh, isn’t this fun?! Today we have a $300 GC to Target and an iPad mini up for grabs! I’m sure you know the drill by now, enter using the form below! Good “luck”!

Enter Below (click through to the blog if you’re reading this in an email and want to enter):

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Tomorrow will be the last day of giveaways, so please make sure you stop by so you don’t miss a thing!

Go HERE to enter The Cove personal spiritual retreat giveaway.

Go HERE to enter the all-expense paid spa/mentoring weekend with SarahMae and me.

And don’t forget, if you purchase 5 or more books you get some incredible FREE gifts! Go HERE to check them out!


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  1. says

    Another amazing giveaway!! I have been so blessed this week by reading all your ladies encouraging emails, the daily devotional and reading the ebook. It is changing me into a better mom, I really needed to read this book. I know The Lord had me read it for such a time is this. I have a 14year old and a 7 year old, same father, we’ve been remarried for the past 9 years. It’s been hard and at many times I’ve checked out at motherhood. I just had a hard time doing it. Lately it’s been hard, but this book rekindled that fire in my heart, and gave me a new outlook on motherhood. Make my moments really count with my girls, try to at least. Thank you both so much for taking the time out of your life’s to help us desperate mama’s, truely a blessing. I can not recommend this book enough, it’s aahhhhmmmmaaaazzzinnnggggg, hello!!! Lol, really it’s good.


  2. Megan D says

    I read “Mission of Motherhood” as a brand new mom in ministry overseas last year. I can’t tell you how richly it encouraged my soul and ignited my passion to raise the next generation to know and love Jesus. Thank you thank you!

  3. says

    How I would LOVE to spend a even just a few moments with you two! You inspire, encourage and challenge me so much! Thank you for this amazing book and your generosity in sharing such great truths with us. May God continue to do a great work in many mother’s lives through this book!

  4. CarolFromMurphy says

    Saw a post from Clay that this book may be headed toward a best seller list, so very excited about the way The Lord is using you! Thank you for all you do!

  5. Del Marie Riley says

    Can’t wait to read the book. Thank you for all your generosity. I know whom ever God chooses to win these prizes will be truely blessed. May God bless you both.

  6. Shannon Hyde says

    Can’t wait to read the book. We have a group of moms reading through Educating the Whole Hearted Child right now and I can see this one in our future.

  7. Jen says

    Congrats on the book. I can’t wait to read it! Fourteen years ago when I was a new Christian and a new mom, God used you as my “Titus 2 woman” because I didn’t have one in my real life. I’d love to meet you in person! What a great giveaway!

  8. Becca says

    I got my book yesterday and started reading. I only got through the forward before having to tend to my flu-ridden 16 month old. Even that small amount of text had so much power… cause I’m totally going through it. Thank you ladies for all these amazing giveaways. Even if I don’t win any of them I know a few moms will be so blessed by your generosity!

  9. jennifer says

    I have several of Sally’s books so far and have enjoyed all of them. I am looking forward to reading this book and getting to know Sarah Mae as well.

  10. Amy Roberts says

    How I would love to visit your home. You have so inspired me to help other moms. I am beginning my first mom’s fellowship this January to encourage and bless moms. I am definitely stepping out by faith. I have never met anyone who so encourages moms by walking by their side and truly mentoring them. I know of no one like that (especially in my life) so I guess I should become the one I pray I had.

  11. Joy Stott says

    I am desperate to win this!! I brought the Kindle book to read when one of my babies wake up in the middle of the night and in my quiet time.

  12. Melissa says

    Really looking forward to pay day next week so I can pick up your book. I really appreciate your heart for Moms.

  13. says

    I’m working my way through The Ministry of Motherhood right now and learning so very much. Just this morning as I sat pondering your lessons I was completely overwhelmed with thanksgiving for your work. “Why have I never heard these things before,” I ask. These lessons are vital and I am so grateful to God for His mercy and grace in leading me to your “mentorship”. Truly, it brings tears to my eyes.

    I plan to order Desperate today, along with a second copy to share with a friend so that we can go through it together.

  14. Mary Happymommy says

    Thanks for the chance! I shared on Facebook–https://www.facebook.com/mary.happymommy/posts/516877651669239

  15. Julie says

    What a great give away!!! My girlfriends and I will be reading the book soon. I’ve already ordered our 6 books!!

  16. says

    Thanks for every word you’ve ever written and continue to write. You are like a personal mentor I’ve never met, and I always pass along your words to other moms.

  17. marina says

    Excited about the book. Thank you for being sensitive to God’s Leading

    Awesome giveaway. The Rafflecopter doesn’t pull up so leaving a comment :)

  18. Melissa Mullins says

    I can hardly wait to receive my books. I’ll be leading a study with 7 other precious mommies. Thank you for all these generous and fantastic giveaways!

  19. Lauren E. says

    Just ordered the book last night, kindle version, and I already LOVE it! Started crying only one page in! I obviously NEED this book. Thank you, and God bless!!

  20. Janelle says

    I am about half way through the book and can hardly put it down. I will have to read it again to go through all the scriptures and activities. Thanks for writing it!

  21. Kristi says

    I have read your other books and this one looks just as encouraging and I am looking forward to reading it!

  22. says

    Sad to not be in TX anymore to be able to attend your conference (hubby recently took a ministry position that moved to the snowy state of Idaho), but I am encouraging all my TX friends to attend! Looking forward to reading the new book.

  23. Michelle says

    oh, i would sooooo love to win the weekend of learning with you! You are such a mentor to me through your books and blog!!

  24. Ellen says

    Oh, how I so enjoy and am so appreciative of the encouragement that you give to me daily. I can’t wait to buy the book!

  25. Julianna says

    I loved your conference a few years ago. It inspired me to take my public school child home and home school him.

  26. Monika MacDonald says

    Thank you so much Sally for your words of encouragement!! They have been such a blessing to me. Looking forward to reading Desperate and sharing with all my mommy friends :) I love your vision of home, it is exactly what the Lord gave me 14 years ago when my oldest was 4. I now have 7 ages 18-6 and am so glad to have found a kindred heart, who can write much better than I can, and express what has been in my heart for years. You are a gift to God’s kingdom and a blessing.

  27. Angela Parks says

    I am counting the days until the Colorado conference! Cannot wait to receive the encouraging refreshment to help me be the best mom I can be!

  28. says

    I started the book today, a truly desperate day. Struggling with anxiety over my one year old’s excessive food allergies, how to feed him, how to help him get better while in the throws of potty training my 3 yr old who has anxiety over sitting on the potty. While I’m supposed to be inviting visiting missionaries to the house for a meal but I can’t get the house together!

  29. Lori Cionca says

    So excited about the new book Desperate. I bought it through amazon kindle, and can’t wait to start reading. I have always been so encouraged through the years by Sally through the Wholehearted Mother’s Conferences and her books. Thank you, Sally for touching my heart through all your encouraging words.

  30. Jennifer Lowke says

    What an incredible offer and opportunity! I’ve only been following you for about a year, but you have been blessing my Christian Mom walk since then. I’m grateful a friend recommended you to me. Thank you for your ministry to moms like me! God bless!

  31. Ginger says

    What an awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance to enter! I haven’t started reading the book yet, but it’s waiting for me on my Kindle. Can’t wait!

  32. Jessica says

    Thanks for the chance to win! It is fun to see the excitement of moms of all ages coming together to support each other!

  33. whitney says

    I never win giveaways but it’s always worth a try :-p
    Thanks so much for all your do Sally, you are an amazing inspiration to me. I can’t read your blog without shedding a tear, it always touches me so!

  34. Robin G. says

    I can’t wait to read your book. I feel like it will speak right to where my heart is right now and hopefully give me the encouragement I need. Thank you for writing it!

  35. says

    I love this book and so glad the two of you wrote it. Even though my kids are littles it is still an inspiration to me. I couldn’t put it down!!!

  36. Renee Sweeny says

    So grateful for your ministry as a mom and wife. The truth that is spoken and the Spirit that executes, is exactly what I need each day! Thank you for being used by God!

  37. says

    The giveaway bliss just doesn’t end! I’m looking forward to getting my book in the mail. Thanks for offering all of these giveaway prizes.

  38. Tanya W says

    Congrats on the book~ it is something I need at this stage of my life and I’m excited to get a copy and read it for myself! Thanks for the chance as well with the giveaway :)

  39. Abigail says

    Thank you so much, Sally, for all you do. I am deeply looking forward to hearing from you in NC in February. You are such an encouragement to me and many others.

  40. says

    First saw your son post a link to Desperate on Facebook; sounds like something we’ll have to get after finally being blessed with our first child in our 11th year of marriage.

  41. Victoria Cusack says

    Always exciting to open your email to share the joy and now another encouraging book!!! Thank you for being faithful to spread the ‘mission of motherhood’ to so many moms!

  42. says

    I can’t wait until my copies arrive in the mail! I’m always so encouraged by Sally’s books! Reading Educating the Wholehearted Child now-love love! Thank you Sally and Sarah Mae!

  43. Sharim says

    I’m a single mom of 4 (little) GIRLS!!! And I can’t wait to read this book!!! Congrats and thank you! I really enjoy your blog!

  44. Jenni says

    I’ve had the book on my wishlist for many months, waiting for it to become available! Excited to read it, and thank you for the generous giveaways!

  45. Rachel Dow says

    Sounds like a wonderful book, can’t wait to read it! Thank you also for the chance to win this wonderful giveaway!!! :o)

  46. says

    Can’t wait to start reading the book! I have to wait until next week because I’m doing it with a group of gals, hooray! Thanks for the great giveaways :-)

  47. Jessica says

    Hooray for another amazing give-away and the rapid rise of interest in Desperate! SO happy for you (and the mom’s around the world) for it’s popularity and the movement that will likely help to shape the way moms choose to mother their children and, later, to support young moms as they embrace career motherhood! Praying for hearts to be blessed deeply through your message (God’s message through you)!

  48. Amanda says

    I wish I blogged, I wish I tweeted, I wish I wasn’t such a frugal Mom who was waiting to use my $10 credit to buy this book! I HAVE emailed and spoken to all my friends about Sally Clarkson and her ministry and about this new book! TRULY, my life changed when I happened upon this MUCH NEEDED blog!! You are an instrument of help, peace, inspiration, encouragement and I would just LOVE to meet you as I do not have any other mentors in my life that are anything like you! THANK YOU!

  49. Becky J says

    What a great giveaway…thanks so much for the opportunity and even more so for the transparency as you share your own mothering struggles and triumphs!! What a high calling and treasure to be a Momma!

  50. Carol says

    Thanks so much for all you are sharing with such a generous heart! While I would LOVE to win any of these amazing giveaways, I feel I have already won by learning from your example of godliness, especially as I live out my life right now as a wife and mom. So looking forward to this new book!

  51. Marsha says

    Congratulations on your new book. Even though I have been a mom for 32 years (we have been blessed with 13 children) I never feel like I know it all. There are still times with just 5 still at home, that I feel overwhelmed.

    Hopefully, I can get your book, and be refreshed by what you have to share with Mothers.


  52. Stacey says

    I need and want to read “Desperate”, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it in a Kindle version. In certain cases, I think we can justify instant gratification!

    Thank you for blessing all us too-hard-on-ourselves moms.

  53. Kim says

    I’ve been telling all of my friends about this book. I am SO excited to share it because it ministers, encourages and gives hope. Well done Sarah Mae and Sally. What a blessing! And the give-aways… they are AMAZING! It’s so awesome to see all of these moms commenting and reading bits of others stories. We should have a desperate forum. A place to connect with each other.:)

  54. Dawn S says

    This book couldn’t come at a better time at this stage of my mothering after a very very hard year (especially the last 2 months) with my oldest (3 years old… how am I this desperate already?!)

    I can’t WAIT to read this book!

  55. says

    Can’t wait to start reading this book! I am thinking of friends who are going to love to join me for a small group study! THANK YOU for sharing your heart with so many women……you are blessing us and the future generation in ways you may never even realize! Love seeing what God is doing in you and through you! Blessings ~

  56. Cherie says

    I can’t wait to read this book! Thanks so much for the fun giveaways and the opportunities to win some great prizes. I have been enjoying your blog so very much!

  57. Shannon Hamm says

    I have been encouraged and challenged by some of your previous books and hope to read ths new one soon! Thank you for the fun giveaways! Here’s hoping! :)

  58. Heather says

    This is a super fun giveaway! Although, I’m really hoping I win the spa mentoring weekend…that would be completely amazing! I’m from Kutztown, PA so maybe I would even end up flying on the same plane to Colorado with SarahMae! lol… One can dream! ;) Much love and gratitude to you girls!

  59. Sarah says

    I think I decided that the hardest part of mothering is my attitude–if I have a good one, nothing is really that hard to face. :)

  60. Mary Weaver says

    I love to read your blogs and books that you have out there. Sometimes its the only outside encouragement that I have. Blessings to you!

  61. says

    I am so excited about how much this book is being “spread” around the world! Yay for you both! Can’t wait until the book arrives at my door and I can get my hands on it. Also thank you so much for doing all of these amazing giveaways! I’m already dreaming of a weekend spiritual retreat or a mentoring weekend with you. :) Blessings to you and congratulations on the fast success of this book!

  62. says

    wow! thanks for the chance to win! i have several of Sally’s books and I always recommend them to my friends! I’m sure this collaboration is excellent!

  63. Carin says

    This book has changed my life. I cried, I laughed, I have re-evaluated and re-prioritized my life and my children. I have set goals and found a purpose, and I owe it all to this book and the deep honesty and compassion between the pages.

  64. Cailey Mrochuk says

    My husband just lost his job, today… So yeah, I’m a little desperate!! Trusting God through this one!

  65. says

    I am a missionary in Brazil and a mommy to two little girls (4 months and 2 years). We are spending time in the USA now and I am excited about purchasing your book while I am here. :-)

  66. Deb Giles says

    Yes, I want to come home with you for a couple of days! ;-) Thanks to you and Sarah Mae for an awesome book! Can’t wait to begin our book study!

  67. Kristin says

    I’m looking forward to reading the book . . . and to seeing you in California in February! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  68. Nancy Mosley says

    Thank you for all that you do for us mothers. I really enjoyed your mom video you sent our recently. It came on a day I needed that encouragement and I sent it to another friend. Thanks for all the giveaways!

  69. Jenifer says

    My daughter’s dream “job” is to be a wife and mother. She is a wife as of January 1st-yay! I look forward to giving your mothering books to her very soon :-)

  70. Jackie Viste says

    Started reading the book last night and I swear you are speaking the words from my own heart and mind….love it!

  71. Geneveive Hagy says

    I have already read 1 1/2 chapters of Desperate and tonight applied what I read in Chapter 2. A friend introduced me to this woman who homeschools 3 girls. I was just getting into homeschooling and pregnant with my 4th. This woman, not knowing who I really was, approached me and offered to clean my house and do laundry for me. Mind you, her youngest is just as young as my 3rd, so it isn’t like she has a lot of time. She did my laundry for up to 6 weeks post partum. It was amazing! Well, the school year went by and we would keep in touch here and there on FB, but we never really got to know one another on a more personal level, except for what we posted on FB. Well, we both decided to get together for coffee this past Tuesday and we found out that we had a lot of the same struggles. So we’ve been messaging one another on FB just continuing our thoughts and ideas. Then, today, I had a few minutes to sit down and read so I thought I’d start on Chapter 2. I just purchased the book last night, right before I went to bed, and I really couldn’t wait to read it, so I woke up early this morning to read it. Anyway, Chapter 2 is all about finding someone, either a mentor or an advocate to come alongside you in this whole motherhood role. As Sarah Mae said, we need that support and someone rooting for you. So, I messaged this friend (yes, now I’m calling her friend and not woman anymore), and I took one of her ideas and just completely supported what she said. We were talking about how we like to make check lists to feel accomplished and even putting stuff on the list after we’ve done it just so we can cross it out. She asked, what if we replaced our agenda with God’s agenda? For example, instead of being concerned about washing the dishes and getting that done, why don’t we make it our priority to teach our children about having a kind and gentle spirit. Initially, I said to her that we are still called to do our work at home. But after reading Chapter 2, I realized, this friend desires to change the same sins I want to change. So, I wrote her back and took her idea and said, “Ok, let’s start small. Here’s what I’m going to change on my agenda. I’m usually grumpy in the morning and sometimes don’t even greet my children with a good morning. My change will be that regardless of how I feel I will hug and kiss my children and greet them with a good morning. What are you going to change?” She wrote back and she is excited to be like an accountability partner. We had never really talked until this Tuesday and now, because of the encouragement that I found in Chapter 2, we are going to keep one another accountable in those areas we struggle with. Thank you so much for really getting women to know about this book!!!…Oh yeah, and if I win today’s prize that would be icing on the cake!!!

  72. Aubrey M. says

    Thanks for the chance to win. I sure am looking forward to reading your book. Sounds like a breath of fresh air!

  73. Mama G says

    A weekend away being built up sounds glorious right now. Thank you for your generosity this week with all these giveaways.

  74. KM Lorenz says

    This would be a lovely restorative give-away for any tired Mama. Refresh, refuel and refocus. Many of us moms, for whatever reason, have lost our way. Enter for your chance to wiN!

  75. Chaya says

    Thank you for all the giveaways! Your words have blessed my heart so much since I discovered your blog a little over a year ago!

  76. Heather says

    Thank you for being a mentor to so many of us and recognizing a need and teaming up with Sara to write such a timely book. Be blessed. And thank you so very much for blessing all of us.

  77. says

    What a wonderful launch you are having! Congratulations on your new book. It was fun to hear you and Sarah Mae looking forward to this at Allume this year. Looking forward to more wisdom for the journey through the pages of Desperate.

  78. brooke says

    Shared on facebook and don’t really know what to say. I’ve appreciated your books for so many years and I’m looking forward to when I get to buy this one!

  79. Leslie says

    I have just started following you and would really love to read your books. I need to purchase one or two to get me started …

  80. Julie Reynolds says

    Thank you for the awesome opportunity to win but most importantly thank you for mentoring women everywhere and pointing the way to Jesus.

  81. says

    Your Ministry of Motherhood book is changing me! This weekend getaway sound like a breath of fresh air for this busy missionary mama. Thanks for sharing your creativity with all of us!

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