Starry-Eyed by Mandy Arioto immediately appealed to me because it is written by the current Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS) CEO. I've been a member of MOPS since my older son was 12 weeks old.
Aye Aye Aye, I was very open minded about it from the beginning because one friend had told me she read mixed reviews about the book. I chose not to read any reviews beforehand. I feel like I want to start by saying that I didn't hate this book. I didn't think it was all bad. There were some bright moments in it, however, overall I just did not agree with this book.
Arioto's writing style was easy to follow and she really did have a way with words. A few of the essays/stories she shared in the book were things I could relate to and I enjoyed that aspect of it.
Unfortunately, my list of things I didn't like about this book was quite long. At first, I really liked that she said she didn't like Q&A but rather Q&R which is for questions and responses. I liked that until I went back and read it and she essentially said there are no right answers. I think you can look at this two ways. In a discussion type situation, it may be nice to just have responses but in life, there are questions that have exact answers, black and white.
She also referred to God as a mother in one chapter and I just didn't like that at all. She talked about dark being good and she went on and on about that.
I also felt like she just threw some scriptures in from time to time but that the book wasn't exactly biblically based. I think Arioto is still searching for a lot of answers in her own spiritual life and that this book could really confuse some people groups.
If I had not seen this book endorsed as a Christian book, I wouldn't have even had so many issues with it but I think it's misleading to say this is a Christian book. As I said before, I didn't hate it but I would not necessarily recommend this book to someone.
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.*