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Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive

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Working mothers constantly battle the pull to do all the things well. From managing work and home responsibilities to being impacted by a lack of self-care and time for deep friendships, the struggle is real. At the end of each day, many working moms are exhausted and stretched too thin. But this does not have to be the norm.

In her latest practical and inspiring book,
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Published September 18th 2018 by Revell
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Shenai Alonge-Moore
I was so excited to read this book (actually listen to it as I received an audio book as an Advance Reader Copy), but my enthusiasm quickly diminished as I got into it. Some of my issues were nit picky, personal irritations—like the phrase “stretched too thin” being used far too often (I know, I know, book title and all), also “all the things” and other overused, cutesy phrases—but most of it was from lack of audience awareness, or perhaps it wasn’t lacking. Perhaps the intended audience put ...more
Christy
I enjoyed this book. Not much to say except that it was relatable for me and Jessica Turner did a great job with the audiobook.
Robin
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
If you a working mom, read this book. If you are a mom, read this book. If you are a woman, READ THIS BOOK!
I feel like we are still living in a society that makes women think they need to do it all and do it all perfectly. Call it Pinterest perfect. We often feel the need to stretch ourselves into doing more than we are able to and not in a good growth way, but in a detriment to our health and well being way. Jessica N. Turner talks through her life and what she has done to give up or hand off
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Working mothers constantly struggle with how to do everything well. From managing work and home responsibilities to being impacted by a lack of self-care and time for deep friendships, the struggle is real. At the end of each day, many working moms are exhausted and stretched too thin. But this does not have to be the norm.

In her latest practical and inspiring book, Jessica Turner shows the working mom how to

- work and parent guilt-free
- establish clear
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Ashley French roberts
This book hit all the spots that are generally missed in books today. Living life as a working mom, as a busy mom, as an overwhelmed mom- it’s all hard! Jessica writes seemingly personalized chapters touching on connecting with family, organizing life, intimacy with your spouse and even cultivating friendships. Her words reach out and remind you that regardless of if you’re working 9-5 in an office, part time out of your house or your boss is a screaming toddler, you are not alone. This book is ...more
Elizabeth
I really really wanted to love this book. As a working mom, I'm always looking for ideas that will help me feel less guilty and accomplish all the things. This book, however, was full of regurgitated tips, hyperbole, and platitudes. It read like a big dos and don'ts list from someone who has figured it out and can't understand why you can't do the same. I'm glad she has figured out something that works for her family, but she seems to have the ideal family (married, helpful and supportive ...more
Beth Gates
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you are tired of spending your life putting out fires, instead of kindling the flame of a life lived well - read this book. Turner speaks from a place of understanding how mom guilt, finding balance and learning contentment in life are possible. Aimed toward working moms in particular, this book also speaks well to SAHM and WAHM who feel like they have too much to do and aren't doing any of their things well.

With actionable next steps and motivation to find the courage to make a change -
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Kaytee Cobb
Jessica does it again. Her books are relatable, important, and impeccably researched. I'll be pushing this one into the hands of every working mom I know!
Full disclosure: I'm on the launch team for this one so I got to listed to the audiobook early, but I also bought my own copy!
Carrie
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think it's a coincidence that I finished listening to Jessica Turner's new book Stretched Too Thin (coming out in Sept 18) while shopping at Target. (If you follow Jessica, she loves Target and it runs deep)!

I look forward listening again and to reading the physical copy of the book so I can underline and take notes! #somuchgoodness

Like Jess' first book, one read is never enough!! If you are a working Mom, or if you are a mom who does #allthethings but don't feel like you're doing any
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Danielle
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is wonderful for every mother who has ever struggled with working, mothering, and wondering how to hold it all together. Jessica brings her wisdom from “being in the trenches” herself and shares it with mothers who need it most.

I received this phenomenal book from the publisher.
Abby
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised this book is so highly rated. The demographic for this book is married, upper-middle class working moms with very supportive husbands, and flexible office jobs, which I mostly fall into (minus the flexible office job). If you are also Christian, have a strong community of support, extroverted, highly energetic, and have a desire to be busy and "have it all", then this book is really for you (I don't fall into any of these categories).

I have read a lot of books on this topic, so
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Brittney Lee
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been a mom almost two years, so for almost two years I've felt the push and pull of being a working mom- balancing my work, my family, my social life, my desires, my household, the mental load....and I've prayed for someone to help show me the way. I've not found a ton of resources (either in person or at the book store) but then I heard about this book on Twitter. Lose the guilt? Yes, please. Thrive? YES! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and it's been an amazing tool in my ...more
Julie
I'm participating in the launch of this book so I not only got to listen to the book but I also received a hardback advanced copy as well. I loved the audio, narrated by the author herself. This book is wonderful! It not only includes tips and advice, but it shows from the author's personal experience how harmful guilt can be, and how much happier everyone is when guilt is out of the equation.Every working mom needs to read this book. So much encouragement and great advice to thriving as a ...more
Clare
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a compilation of mommy blog how to’s and how not to’s. Don’t waste your valuable time. Instead of tips and tricks I was hoping for encouragement similar to that found in Katelyn Beaty’s A Woman’s Place.
Sarah K
What a great book. Stretched Too Thin was written as one working mom's love letter (and challenge!) to another. I found this book to be encouraging yet realistic. Jessica knows what it is like to be a working mom in a "regular" 9-5 office job... the good AND the bad. This book is full of lots of practical tips about topics from self care to home management (laundry, dishes, cooking, etc.), as well as tips for making your work life better (flexibility, boundaries, etc.) But I think the richness ...more
Jessica
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Inspiring book that touches on so many of the struggles of working moms. Being a work-at-home mom on a part-time basis, so much of this book connected with me. Most specifically the self-care section. We have a tendency to put ourselves last place, waiting until the last possible second to take care of ourselves, and when we don't, we often carry huge loads of mom guilty for putting ourselves first. I learned this important lesson firsthand last year when my body declared that it was time for me ...more
Mari
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I'm not a "working" mom like Jessica I did get a part-time job the day I received the book. This book is geared for "working" moms, and it has lots of good insight and tips. I think stay-at-home and part-time working moms would find value in it too. We can ALL get stretched too thin even without outside employment being one of the stretchers!

I've been a follower of Jessica's blog and online channels for several years, probably since my first daughter was born more than six years ago. I
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Marla Warburton
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About a year ago I participated in the Stretched Too Thin eCourse, and when I heard about the book coming out, I immediately pre-ordered it. So I was excited when I got the chance to be part of the Launch Team, and received an advance copy of the audio book. As I listened to the book, I couldn't wait to get the hard copy book to take notes and underline - there were so many good parts!

What I like best about the book is that the author works a regular 9-5 job, on top of her writing/blogging, and
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Ronel Sidney
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a working mom of a son getting ready to start high school a lot of the lessons and tips Jessica shares in this book are things I had to learn the hard way. When my son was younger it seemed all the Christian resources were for moms who stayed at home. I had to struggle through many of the difficulties of trying to be all to everyone. Jessica reminded me that it’s not possible to do everything and do it well. Instead she gives tips of picking and chooses what is best for whatever season you ...more
Stacey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not for people who just like to complain about how busy they are. From page one, Turner gives practical advice about the best way to manage your crazy busy life as a working mom. She has plans, practices, scheduling advice and so much more packed into this book. This is for the working mom who is sick of feeling like she can never just enjoy her life. We are presented with step by step instructions for digging yourself out of the pit of despair and a frantic pace of life and into ...more
Jeanell
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heading back to work next week and this book served as the perfect dose of encouragement. Not only does the author give you tactical tips in all areas of life as a working mom, but she includes relatable stories and experiences of her own. Validating my concerns and fears made me feel heard. I’m so excited to reread the hard copy of this book and complete the reflections at the end of each chapter over time.
Emily Jones
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jessica Turner is a wonder woman. Really.

So when I saw she was launching a new book about working motherhood, I was all in. I finished in just a few days and have so many good ideas on how to use my time more wisely and just really embrace the life and career I've been given.

Jessica covers a LOT of topics that are important to working moms, and although I have at least 3 new things I want to try this week, I know that I will keep coming back to this book for ideas and inspiration for years to
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Pam
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Having been a working mom, stay at home mom and now a small business owner the information provided was relevant. I enjoyed listening to the audio version as Jessica is energetic and so easy to listen too. This book was jam packed with useful stories, suggestions and time saving strategies. This is a book written for working moms but all moms can benefit from the words on these pages.
Amy
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am home educator (my full time job) with a one day a week PT job on the side. Even though I spend most of my days with my kids, I knew I would still gain some wisdom with this book. And I was right! Jessica Turner speaks straightforward with authenticity and grace, recognizing that women put so many expectations on ourselves. And let's face it, there's a lot to do when you're a mom!
One of my biggest takeaways - what am I really doing with my time? Taking a time inventory is humbling but also
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Kari Ann Sweeney
Last week I was the poster child for a working mom who was 'Stretched Too Thin". It was more stressful and crazy than usual. I was simply treading water. I was coming off a 12-day cross country road trip and was attempting to catch up at both home and at work. To add fuel to the fire, it was the last week before school starts. You know the drill- school supplies, annual "what fits" clothing show, open houses, etc. for 4 kids.

I am so glad that I made the opportunity to listen to this book on
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Cindy Randolph
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how Jessica’s authentic examples and style help us relate and learn new skills and has ideas to help us effectively wear all our hats as wives, mom, women and humans! So refreshing, and she gives practical tips for reflection to help us move toward the life we want.
Stephanie Jamison
As a working mom trying to balance what feels like everything; I often feel stretched too thin. I was excited to have the opportunity to listen to this audio book and read the physical copy. I could resonate with so much of what Jessica was saying and I found myself encouraged that I wasn't alone in feeling pulled in so many different directions. I often hear my kids say, you're always working. I wanted this to stop but needed help on how to get there. I put to practice some of Jessica's tips on ...more
Vickie
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book of encouragement and love for all of the working mothers who strive so hard and never seem to have enough time for themselves. Jessica Turner encourages moms to take time out, to renew their strength and their spirits. She does so with practical tips that can be adapted to whatever job and lifestyle you are living. This book is for single moms, married moms, moms with one child and moms with six or more children. Jessica Turner touches the heart of being a mother and encourages ...more
Megan Ericson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a mom who freelances while her three kids are in elementary school, I read Jessica Turner’s book because “stretched too thin” feels like the definition of my days when I would like to describe only a few of my days.

This book takes a 360 review of your working mom life and helps you pinpoint the problem areas. But, Jessica Turner doesn’t stop at diagnosis. She gives practical put-the-book-down-and-try-immediately advice.

I didn’t have many aha moments while reading the book, but so many “AMEN
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Jaime
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a working mom, you need this book. Work from home moms, working out of the home moms, even stay at home moms can benefit from this book. I listened to the audio book, and have the hard copy in my possession. There are some exercises Jessica goes through at the end of a few chapters, and I think the physical copy (or even a digital copy) makes that easier. Seeing how I am a working out of the home mom, the audio book saved me time and a little bit of sanity. I had an hour a day of ...more
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