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The Middle Matters - by Lisa-Jo Baker (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 272

Genre: Self Improvement

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Author: Lisa-Jo Baker

Language: English

Street Date: July 23, 2019
TCIN: 54542321
UPC: 9780525652847
Item Number (DPCI): 248-62-5735

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"In a world that is telling every woman to speed up and get to the good part or slow down because you're about to miss it, I'm so grateful a message like The Middle Matters is bringing the grace and truth and good news that we need."--Jess Connolly, author of Wild and Free, Dance Stand Run, and You Are the Girl for the Job

"For any adult who still sometimes feels like the shy, insecure kid from junior high, Lisa-Jo Baker is the breath of fresh air you've been waiting for. She gives us permission to fully embrace our lives-- imperfections and all--and reminds us that it's okay to feel like you totally do not have life all figured out."--Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream

"Lisa-Jo's hilarious and honest stories won't push and prod you toward some better version of yourself. Instead, in fun and funny prose that fairly dances off the page, The Middle Matters opens our eyes to the wonder of the lives and loves that are ours to receive in these middle years."--Christie Purifoy, author of Placemaker and cohost of the Out of the Ordinary podcast

"This is a story of every woman at some point and time, and it left me so encouraged. This is a book I want to pass along to all my girlfriends so we can discuss it together. Lisa-Jo is so relatable and likable, and it all comes across in her writing. I'm grateful for her words."--Kelly Stamps, blogger and mom of three

"In this witty and heartwarming book, Lisa-Jo Baker makes a case for why the middle matters. And just like an Oreo wouldn't be the same without the cream in the middle, those seemingly mundane and messy middle years can actually be where some of the best stuff of life happens!"--Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom, host of The Crystal Paine Show, and New York Times best-selling author

"Lisa-Jo Baker tackles middle age with her trademark wit and down-to-earth charm, making every reader feel like they're sitting on the other side of the table for a coffee chat with the author. Ultimately, this book challenges readers to not only accept but also embrace midlife with all of its messiness, in a way that makes it clear we are not alone."--Courtney Walsh, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Things Left Unsaid

"Lisa tells chuckle-worthy, relatable stories that unlock new places of gratitude and contentment. She reveals that the seemingly ordinary points of life are what hold the meaning and beauty of our interwoven stories."--Jessica Honegger, founder and co-CEO Noonday Collection and author of Imperfect Courage

"Whether you are entering the middle, are in it, or are beyond it, you'll find not only yourself in this book but wisdom and encouragement. The Middle Matters is a vulnerable, compelling read that I want to gift to every friend I know."--Jessica Turner, best-selling author of The Fringe Hours and Stretched Too Thin

"Life is a circus. As the ringleader, I often find myself forgetting to enjoy any of it. In The Middle Matters, Lisa-Jo gives us all a motivational mission and a plan for making it happen."--Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and speaker

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4.3 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
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2 out of 5 stars
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Creative2xmom - 6 months ago
In her newest book, The Middle Matters, author Lisa-Jo Baker shares some of her insights and wisdom about middle age. Through personal stories and reflections, she shares how middle age sometimes gets a bad rap. With our bodies showing the passage of time, but our minds still feeling 20 years old, middle age can be rough. But it can also be the sweet spot where we finally embrace who we are: wrinkle, gray hair, strong opinions, and all. This was my first exposure of this author. And she is a wonderful story teller. Baker writes with humorous insight into marriage, parenthood, and love handles. However, what I didn't realize is this: The Middle Matters is a collection of short essays and personal stories. It really has more to do with the author herself than communicating truth about women in middle age. That's ok if your enjoy a collection of essays. I do not. This book felt like "light" Christianity: full of fluff, without a lot of substance. Sadly, I cannot recommend this book. There really wasn't enough there to make it worth my time and I ended up skimming a majority of it. *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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Love her honesty

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
CityGirl - 7 months ago
I really enjoyed reading the book of short essays; the poetic style of story telling had me constantly reflecting on how I too can find value and importance in the daily life that so often goes unnoticed or is called "mediocre." And finding value in myself at this stage. I loved reading the chapters about her rental housing situations and hosting people in her home. I related a lot to those words. So much life happens in the middle years and I want to be able to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed my more adventurous 20s. Lisa-Jo Baker spoke to me like an older sister or a mentor--full of wisdom and hope for the next stage of my life. Loved the book! I received an advanced copy of her book and am leaving my honest review.
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Inspirational & Motivational

4 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
Connie S - 7 months ago
I knew, when I chose to read and review The Middle Matters, that I was well beyond the targeted age group and that I have already experienced much of the subject matter. I am so glad that I had this opportunity becauses my age hasn't prevented me from gaining valuable information and receiving insight from this book. Author Lisa-Jo Baker touches on topics such as aging and weight during the middle years; marriage after the early years; parenting older children; friendships that have endured through the years; and our faith during the middle years. I was expecially drawn to this last section because I truly believe that faith is ever-changing. I don't mean that during your middle years your faith isn't valuable; I just know that my faith has grown and deepened as I have matured. I especially appreciated a quote from For the Thomases, a chapter in Why the Middle of Your Faith Matters. On page 234, Baker states that "I can feel how He likes me. Not the pretty version of me, although I'm sure He likes that part, too." "He isn't ruled by my rules or insecurities. He is the God of the wide-open sky and and the wide-open road, who comes running to meet His kids and knows each of us by name. Who loves us, and more than that, who likes us." I consider these as wonderful words of encouragement for all ages! Baker shares her own personal experiences to show that life is made up of happy times, difficult times, and the times of "ordinary, uneventful times" and she offers encouragement and some wise advice for dealing with all of these times. And even though I would recommend this for women experiencing their own middle years, I feel certain that everyone will benefit from reading The Middle Matters. I received an Advanced Readers Copy from the author and Waterbrook Multonomah and I was not required to write a review. These are my honest opinions.
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I loved this book about the middle!

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
NKT - 7 months ago
I laughed and cried my way through this collection of essays by Lisa-Jo Baker about life in the middle. I appreciate this book because it was so relatable, encouraging and empowering. Although the target audience is most certainly the midlife Christian woman, I believe Lisa-Jo Baker’s work is relatable to all. My favorite essay is the one on how Baker’s husband will never run through the airport for her but loves her all the same.
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A Book for Everyone

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
ecclecticnurse - 7 months ago
YES. YES. YES to this book. Yes to this insightful, spell-binding, truth-telling, toe-stepping, warm hug, and wet eyed book. Lisa Jo has offered up this incredible piece of her beautiful soul and it welcomes you to jump in and become friends and to realize the beauty in this stage in life. In the midst of all of our fears and hurts, each essay offers a blanket of truth, treasure, and grace so that you can go forward with confidence and joy.This is a book to highlight and to give as gifts to all of the beautiful women in your life. I would highly recommend this book. I was given and ARC to read and review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Don't Fear The Middle!

5 out of 5 stars
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EmilyP - 7 months ago
My emotions were all over the place during "The Middle Matters," by Lisa Jo Baker. I haven't read her work before, but after this, I am seeking out whatever else is out there. Written in essay format, "The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra) Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You" is a collection of the author's thoughts on multiple issues, from sports with kids, finding true friendships, navigating middle aged marriage (!) to finding our faith in seasons of doubt. Every time I thought I had found THE chapter that most applied to my life at the moment, I found another that was even closer to what I was facing. I can't say for sure that Lisa Jo doesn't have spies around, because she hit THAT close to home, but I really felt like this book spoke to me right where I am for this season. I would recommend this book for any woman who is approaching the "middle" portion of their lives. To realize this time is not a stopping or slowing down point, but a wonderful place of acceptance and acknowledgement is very freeing. Lisa Jo delivers this message in a thoughtful, supportive way. She writes as if she is that friend who has been where you are and still pushes you to walk with your head held high to be the best YOU for this season of life. I don't think you can find an essay in this collection that won't touch your heart, make you laugh, or make you weep. Lisa Jo has her own unique style, rife with honesty and vulnerability. This book will remain nearby, as I have quotes I would love to retain for future reference. Take this title down and order, because I know you will love it as much as I do! I was excited to be a part of the early readers group, thanks to Penguin Random House. I was not required to leave a review, yet honored to be able to! This book has really spoken into my life.
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