Sis, take a breath Encouragement for the woman who's trying to live and love well (but secretly just wants to take a nap)

Kirsten Watson

Book - 2022

The author shares her personal experiences and perspectives on how her faith helps her keep her family's home and their lives in balance.

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Subjects
Genres
Religious materials
Self-help publications
Published
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, a Tyndale nonfiction imprint [2022]
Language
English
Physical Description
xiii, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (page 226).
ISBN
9781496456809
1496456807
Main Author
Kirsten Watson (author)
Other Authors
Ami McConnell (author)
  • How does she do it?
  • Breathing lessons : truth talk
  • I don't need extra : sticking with essentials
  • Bite your tongue : don't say what you don't mean
  • WAGs : the significance of a significant other
  • Blind ambition : how motherhood turned my life upside down
  • The talk : straight talk to my peach sisters
  • Prayer : as long as I have breath
  • Sisters : who are your dark-alley friends?
  • Dealing with pain : admitting you're not fine
  • After the flood : breathing deep, even when your socks are soaking wet
  • You do you, boo : on unique offerings
  • My heart's desire : the gospel from my point of view.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Author Watson declares that her debut is not a how-to book, it is an act of sisterhood. She shares her Christian faith, life experience, and sage thoughts, speaking with a confident, encouraging, authentic voice to women navigating marriage with children. Marrying 16-year NFL veteran Benjamin Watson meant leaving the corporate ladder to move around the country. Early on, Watson and her husband committed to always being on the same team, building a marriage that would survive their childrearing years. Watson shares the memorable and mundane experiences of motherhood, the joys and messy work of having seven children. She gives sisterly advice for readers to say yes wholeheartedly, while she also supports saying no when called for. And she tells hard truths—about experiencing miscarriages, having the talk with her kids, and helping kids understand and oppose racism. Each chapter ends with distilled wisdom and practice in Your Turn to Take a Breath. In Watson's sisterhood, readers will find valuable help for living out faith and taking in healing breaths. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Watson, who has "seven kids and a pro-athlete husband," shares in her upbeat debut practical advice and biblical guidance on how to get through the day. The author credits her faith with centering her and reminds readers that prayer "isn't a ‘one and done' deal," but "an ongoing relationship" with God that requires effort and care. Watson recalls having two miscarriages in four months, advising readers that "pain doesn't necessarily go away... but God can give us a new perspective." Passages from scripture punctuate Watson's advice, such as when she quotes from Romans to urge readers to stay true to themselves and turns to Luke to show the value of prioritizing one's time. Watson also describes giving her children "the Talk" about racism, voicing her anger over the racial injustice that makes the conversation necessary and pointing to the Holy Spirit's ubiquity as a source of comfort. Though Watson sometimes veers toward the formulaic ("Limits are a good thing"), her exuberance and resilience are infectious. Weary souls will appreciate this breath of fresh air. Agent: Rachelle Gardner, Gardner Literary. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Is life so busy and chaotic lately that you’ve had trouble finding a moment to simply catch your breath? The good news is Kirsten Watson knows what you’re going through, and she’s got your back.As a mom of seven kids, wife of a professional athlete and cohost of a popular podcast, Kirsten is often asked by other women, “How do you do it?” They see her with her hands full and wonder, What keeps her going—and smiling—with everything she’s juggling? Kirsten’s answer begins with a simple first step: take a breath. The second step is also simple: lean in and understand that the Word of God gives us the breath we need to handle every situation because when we inhale God’s Word, we exhale peace.In Sis, Take a Breath, Kirsten offers you:encouragement during the chaos that every day seems to bring;practical life hacks for the moments when it’s hard to take a deep breath;truth from Scripture when it’s hard to find the strength to keep going;relatable personal stories to help live and love well in today’s frantic world.Discover a new way to exhale deeply through it all and find hope to make it through. Take a breath, sis. You got this.