One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both
Pursue your passions, love your family, and say goodbye to guilt—pipe dream or possibility?
Work and family, individuality and motherhood, the creative life and family life—women are told constantly that they can’t have it all. One Beautiful Dream is the deeply personal, often humorous tale of what happened when one woman dared to believe that you can have it all—if yo...more
She has an incredible gift for writing, though. This book was SO well written. It's funny, and heartfelt, and suspenseful. I knew many of the stories within fr ...more
First, the humor. I'll be the contrarian and say that I just don't find her attempts at humor successful. She uses a very predictable pattern of self-deprecation which in the end feels false to me.
Secondly, I don't agree with her message, and I've spent a few days trying to pin down why and what it is. I think what it is - it ultimately feels very self-centered to me. As if t ...more
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It's about the reality of her life, from her second child on. Her struggles with children and pregnancies; difficulties with how to balance her passions with motherhood; financial issues and the love of her family.
It's less about writing and more about what she learned about being a mother and a wife over the years. Yes, it coincides with the writing of her first book, but that' ...more
Sadly One Beautiful Dream is not quite as good as JF's first book, but to be fair, it would be hard to live up to the drama and intellectual gymnastics of her conversion. This book focuses rather on her day-to-day existence and, in particular, on her attem ...more
She came from a family where she was a surprise baby, one that was not initially open to having children. Her own thoughts fell along these same lines when she got married. She details how she and her husband ca ...more
I liked this book. It was a good and timely read within the chaos of my own life. Having birthed 4 children in 4.5 years I understand well what having back-to-back children looks and feels like. Jennifer Fulwiler does this whole mothering thing justice as she ...more
I found the well-written, well-paced book hard to put down as I was alternatively moved to laughter or near-tears. For someone who has also pursued writing dreams alongside raising small ...more