Stepping On Cheerios was a book that encourages moms to find God in the chaos of life. She shares her story of having children (1 child, then a set of triplets) in her 50s. Her last delivery had some complications which changed their family some. It was fun to read about her family and the wonderful memories she’s had. Don’t worry, though, because this book isn’t a glamorous fairy tale of a perfect woman and her perfect family. They’re just like every other family, trying to see the beauty in the mess.
Her style of writing reminds me a lot of Jen Hatmaker, another author/speaker. She is very transparent and doesn’t mind sharing her chaotic life and how she’s seen God in it. My favorite story she shares is early on when she discusses a shopping experience where a lady tells her something not so encouraging about having 4 children. Then the next aisle over, another lady tells her exactly what she needed to hear, “Yes, my hands may be full, but so is my heart.” I loved that! That whole story was a pause moment for me as I thought about how I want that to be my response.
Another favorite of mine was when she talked about her children and their favorite sport. I love that little reminder that not each child is the same and it’s okay.
This isn’t necessarily a book that is full of Scripture or that will encourage you to dive into God’s Word, but it is an encouraging book that God is still there even when our summer vacations are less than stellar or when our husbands are vilified or if we go through heart failure. He’s still there.
I did find myself thinking this would be a good summer book to read by the pool or the beach. While it is nonfiction, it was definitely a light read. Read more reviews on this book at http://litfusegroup.com/author/bsnyder.
Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!
Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.
Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.
Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.
BETSY SINGLETON SNYDER
Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of “Stepping on Cheerios,” is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8).
I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.