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Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life

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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
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Published April 4th 2017 by Abingdon Press
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Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Full disclosure: I'm probably not the intended audience for this book.

Betsy Singleton Snyder is a Methodist pastor with four children, including a set of triplets. Stepping on Cheerios is reflections on finding time for God and the divine even when your deep in the midst of parenting.

And while I'll admit there were some observations that Snyder makes that are specific to women and mothers, there are also some universal themes of parenting and the chaos that can come with it here. With easy-to-
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
As a mom of two teenaged boys, I find it hard, sometimes, to find time to do anything. It's a hectic, crazy time being a mom! It's hard to make sure they are taken care of, go to work, come home, cook dinner, spend time with them and my husband, and still find God time. It really is hard sometimes. But, my mom said something once, and this book kind of reminds of it. She told me "Jesus came to you, why can't you go to Him?" That's so true. Why can't I make the time to seek Him out no matter what ...more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life is Betsy Singleton Snyder's memoir of being an older mom of a toddler and then triplets in just 2/12 years, plus being married to an older man who happens to have been in the senate, and dealing with heart failure after the birth of her triplets. Oh, and she was a pastor, too. The back cover says:

"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 th
Jalynn Patterson
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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 und
Connie Carpenter
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost - as I stated above, this is a new stage of life for me. I have 4 kids. (19, 16, 6 and 4) The younger two are home with me. The 16 year old is in Ohio visiting her dad for the summer. So, life has been hectic when it's 2 vs. 1.
This book felt like it was written just for me. Ms. Snyder took all the stuff that I had been feeling - and tells her story on how she had to learn to put God at the center of it all. This book is definitely geared towards moms and has lots of great sto
Alex Jacobson
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Stepping on Cheerios by Betsy Singleton Snyder surprised me. There were quite a few tidbits I walked away with as great reminders of what I can or need to do in motherhood. I chuckled under my breath and shared some stories with people around me. Overall it was a somewhat enjoyable read – a lot of the concepts were ones I’ve heard before in other formats or forums; but I did enjoy the refresher and encouragement from a mom in a similar stage of life.

Snyder did a nice job of sharing realistic sto
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: life
I desperately needed this book. Can I just come right out and say that? I needed it. I am a mother of five children; 1 boy and 4 girls, ranging in age from 5 years old to 14 years old. On any given day, I am balancing My Little Pony toys, dress up time, tea parties, training bras, skateboards, Band practice, puberty, the chore list, picky eaters and sibling arguments. And somewhere along the way, I've heard that the "ideal" mom never raises her voice, never loses her patience, is supposed to be ...more
Leila Tualla
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I needed to read this book a year ago when I was knee deep in prayers and needed a way out of my life. I had postpartum depression when my son was born last year, which stemmed from the anxiety of having a first born who was in the NICU for six weeks of her life. I had preeclampsia with both and although he didn't spend nearly as much time in the NICU as his older sis, he still spent 11 days in there. I was a wreck, as you can imagine and reading some of Betsy Singleton Snyder's memories conjure ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was a collection of stories about Betsy's life, with some thrown in encouragement for moms. Betsy become a mother late in life and ended up with triplets! Her life is a bit on the crazy side. Being a mom is hard enough, I can't imagine what it was like for her. She has some interesting tales to tell.

Some of her stories made me laugh and others left me pondering. She shares Jesus in the messy every day life challenges. For me what I took from this book was the importance of relaxing an
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a parent, I know I have stepped on my fair share of cheerios and legos. One makes a mess while the other causes pain. Motherhood can be messy yet beautiful, painful yet joyful, blessed yet a trial. God is in the midst of it all. Some days that is easier to see than others. Raising a son of my own, I was able to feel a bond with Betsy Singleton Snyder as I read and reviewed her new release: Stepping on Cheerios.

About the Book:
Stepping on Cheerios is a must read book for every mom raising boys
Michelle Kidwell
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Stepping on Cheerios

Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life

by Betsy Singleton Snyder

Abingdon Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 04 Apr 2017

I am voluntarily reviewing Stepping on Cheerios through Abingdon Press and Netgalley:

In this book the author tells of her belief that God cares less about obedience and more about imagination.

She talks about the difficulty often found in becoming a spouse in the unexpected craziness of this world.

She goes on to talk about difficult pregnanc
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being a mother can be messy, hard, difficult, discouraging, and lonely. But it's beautiful, rewarding, heartwarming, and the hugest blessing. As mother's we often long to have a deeper connection with God, but aren't sure where to start when everything is so busy and chaotic.

The author pulls from her own messy, but beautiful life as a mother to write an encouraging book to all the mothers who yearn for God amidst the Legos, Cheerios, and mess that is parenthood. She's also a pastor and I felt t
Sherry Lynn
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-growth

Whether your a new mom or been doin' the mom thing for a while you'll get great inspiration and focus within these pages.
I think Stepping On Cheerios is even a great read for grandmothers. I am one. I was able to gain a much better understanding of my daughter and DIL and the struggles they have living in todays culture.
Things are so different from when I was a young mom.
The struggles and challenges they face today are much more difficult.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've been a single mom pretty much for the entirety of my daughter's life. Even though we were married up until a few years ago, I never felt that partnership with my spouse. There's a little glimmer into my life for you readers ;)
That said, it can be so crazy and busy with just my child to get things done. I don't know hoe single parents with multiple kids do it. I tip my hat to you for sure!
This author made her read more of a fast paced yet breathe of fresh air. You don't feel like you're doi
This book is an inspiration to all mothers, especially those struggling with finding a new identity as they step into the role of motherhood. This book is an encouragement and a reminder that as mothers we are all human and that in life we as women have different roles and we step into those roles. But life gets busy and sometimes we need to re-find ourselves and re-find our faith in God. It isn’t always easy, but it can be done even amongst the hectic and busy life as a woman with many hats. Th ...more
LeAnne Klopfenstein
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stepping on Cheerios is an refreshingly authentic account of how motherhood can flip the most organized, detailed life into one that is lived not knowing what each day will hold. Author Betsy Singleton Snyder is pretty witty as she describes having her first child at 44 and triplets 3 years later. If anyone has earned the title "Boy Mom", it's her!

Snyder's Christian life became one of complete reliance on God as she faced a serious health issues after birthing her triplets. I appreciate how a pe
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I was really interested in this book and was excited to review it, but I had a difficult time reading this book. It did not grab me like I thought it would. The author tends to be wordy in her writing style, which I found to be difficult to follow. I think she could have been more concise and that would have been easier for me. The writing flow felt disorganized and I had a difficult time staying focused. I think the author really wanted to drive home the point that Mothers need to make time for ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Filled with wit and wisdom, Betsy Singleton Snyder’s tales of parenthood are ones all moms can relate to. I enjoyed the observations found in Stepping on Cheerios, as Snyder shares her thoughts and experiences of finding God and grace amid everyday living. As she says, “Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!” Child-rearing is challenging, and it is great to read stories from one who knows and understands both the blessings and misadventures of motherhood. ...more
Laura Hix
when I first started reading Stepping on Cheerios, I didn't like the book at all.

When I read further I realized that what i didn't like was the preachiness.

If you are able to get past that, you are left with a great little devotional, a lot of comedy and some new parenting skills.

Add into that some different viewpoints on The Bible that maybe you hadn't seen

Overall, I give this book 3 Stars. Preachiness sometimes is a good thing because the words are all God talking, if you take the time to list
Michelle Nietert
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This funny, easy to read story of the spirituality and madness of motherhood was a fun Sunday afternoon read. Within the stories were scripture references and Biblical references especially regarding the life of Christ, I found inspiring and affirming to my own walk and life. As a professional minister and counselor as well as a mom whose first child was born in her later 30's, I related to her life experiences and also her struggle of balancing ministry and motherhood.

I received an ARC copy of
Crystal Carney
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Stepping on Cheerios" by Betsy Singleton Snyder is Insightful, clever and well written.

This book is a great way to look at the real life struggles to keep God in the craziness of our family lives & careers.

Anyone who has had children can appreciate this book. I have three daughters and I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down.

I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on
Kelsey Grissom
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a “cute” book with some good theology written in. The audience is exclusively women, particularly mothers. The book was compiled from a cache of blog posts by the author, and it shows. It would have been a lot better with some heavy editing and organization. It is sort of a “chicken soup for the soul” type book. All that said, it is still a good book, very helpful if you’re at a point in life when you feel like you might tear your hair out because you’re so overwhelmed. But it’s helpful ...more
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May 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wives or Mothers
This book is for mothers and wives in my opinion. I participated in a small group class at church and felt so out of place. I learned alot but being a single woman it didnt relate as much to me.
Patty Parker
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved how this book brought with it so much mommy solidarity. Loved her humor and splices of life.
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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). Visit her online at

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