Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Review - Mom's Night Out

ABOUT THE BOOK:

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms' night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours-what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom's Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

USA Today best-selling author Tricia Goyer is the author of over 35 books, including the three-book Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and Lead Your Family Like Jesus (co-written with Ken Blanchard). She has written over 500 articles for national publications and blogs for high traffic sites like TheBetterMom.com and MomLifeToday.com. She is the host of Living Inspired, a weekly radio show. Tricia and family live in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have six children.



Connect with Tricia: website, Twitter, Facebook


ABOUT THE DEVOTIONAL:

Inspired by the endearing, true-to-life movie Moms' Night Out, comedian Kerri Pomarolli has created this light, yet inspiring devotional that will definitely make you laugh, but will also help you discover that indeed you are not alone, and that God's gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work in your life and of your loved ones.

Whether you're running full-speed-ahead or disappointed that it's Monday (again), you'll find joy in these devotions where Kerri shares hilarious stories and insights on daily life. Messy homes, messy kids, lost pets, never ending casseroles, forgetful husbands, and the desire to just take a long bath . . . This world can be a funny place, and these stories are bound to prove it. Read a devotion to brighten your morning, or catch a few words to make you smile before bed. There's never a bad time for a good laugh, and as a Mom, you need a Moms' Night Out and Other Things I Miss: Devotions To Help You Survive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Called Hollywood's "God Girl," Kerri Pomarolli is an accomplished actress, comedian, published author, Christian speaker and veteran of television---with credits that include 29 appearances on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central. 



Connect with Kerri: website, Twitter, Facebook 
ABOUT THE FILM:
The Moms' Night Out film features Sarah Drew (Grey's Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (EVERBODY LOVES RAYMOND, THE MIDDLE), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

MY REVIEW:

This book is about three women who are overwhelmed by their lives and desperately need a night out to call their own. No kids, no husbands, no responsibilities. They finally plan a night out - a nice fancy dinner at a nice fancy restaurant and some real girl time. It sounds great, but things go really wrong right from the beginning and they snowball into a crazy, weird night. 

I really liked the characters - especially Sondra, the pastor's wife who felt such pressure to keep up the "I have everything together" routine. She is so worried about tarnishing her husband's reputation in some way, that she really goes over-board to try and be everything to all people - especially the ladies in her church. She is such a well-rounded character in the book and I really related to her.

I liked Allyson, too, the instigator of the night out. She's funny and real and over-whelmed, just like I used to be when I had small children. I think any woman who has had small children and all the responsibilities of running a  household while taking care of their children, could relate to her. She's trying to do her best, but things are always crazy because her children are small.

As much as I liked these characters, the book just did not translate well for me. I think the book was written based on the movie and it didn't really ring true or intrigue me like the movie. The humor is somehow lost in the translation and the husband's were portrayed as almost complete buffoons. I mean, I know that men can get overwhelmed when they are left with the kids alone, but come on. Why do men get the short end of the stick when it comes to common sense and brains in books (or commercials - another pet peeve of mine)? The men in this book were either sweetly sappy, totally stupid, or over the top male (like Bones - the tattoo artists character in the book). 

The book gets a 3 out of 5 stars.

The devotional was another story. I really enjoyed the devotional and found myself laughing out loud at some of the wonderful stories. It was very real and just a great change from the devotionals we're used to. I would especially recommend the devotional to young moms as it was really encouraging and would help you to know you're not alone in  your trying to do it all life. 

The devotional gets 5 out of 5 stars.

*These books were provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group



Blessings - Julie

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