Sand In My Sandwich by Sarah Parshall Perry

You know that thing when you’re in Walmart at noon before you discover you haven’t brushed your teeth? Sarah Parshall Perry gets that. She also gets weird things showing up in her bed, her daughter asking for war paint, and her son crawling into a giant blue sock on Christmas morning. Mainly, she gets that conflicted feeling of finding her kids hanging out in the dogs’ cages and happily realizing they have stopped getting into trouble for a minute.

According to Perry, “The hardest stuff is the quickest way to God,” and readers get to watch the systematic destruction of her carefully planned life, laughing at her missteps, aching at her tragedies, and recognizing themselves along the way. A mother of three children, two of whom are on the autism spectrum, she has experienced plenty of ups and downs, but from the chaos of her “ordinary” life she pulls the universal truths of motherhood, addressing them with humor, poignancy, and a naked honesty that will make the reader think, That sounds a lot like my crazy life. Perry helps mothers realize they aren’t alone, even if they’ve fallen off the straight and narrow of their intended path and are instead lying in the ditch next to it. Life’s a mess. But as Perry reminds us, it’s all for a purpose.

Perfect for mothers, this book will encourage, inspire, and enlighten.

About the Author
Sarah Parshall Perry (JD, University of Virginia School of Law) is a wife and mother of three young children. She is the coauthor of When the Fairy Dust Settles (with her mother, Janet Parshall) and the author of numerous magazine articles, award-winning short stories, and poetry. Sarah has served in youth ministry for over ten years and is currently writing for where she encourages other families living with disabilities. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she spends most of her days fighting for time in front of the computer. Learn more at

My Thoughts

Just in time for Mother’s Day, this book will inspire you to embrace those unexpected twists and turns that life brings into our way. Sarah Parshall Perry, a mother of three children, two of whom have special needs, chronicles her humorous misadventures and how she found that not having your act together is sometimes the best way to find a deeper relationship with God.

In the public, we, as the author, might appear to have it all together.  Behind closed doors, as mothers, we are often at a loss, wondering how to be a great mother in our present circumstance, and wonder where we can find a how to book to give us answers to our problems.  With humor, this author shares her struggles and offers her insight into our roles as mothers and tells the reader that they are not alone.

As a mother of adopted special needs twins,   I was able to relate to many of the experiences this author shared.  Life is difficult at times, and we often feel alone.  Sarah tells you that you are not alone, that every mother goes through trying times.

Treat yourself to a copy of this mighty book and take a mini vacation!

Thank you to Sarah Parshall Perry and Revell for a copy on this book in exchange for my honest review.