Christian Literary Awards
2018 Henri Award Nominee
filling you up, two pages at a time
If you’ve ever wondered how you got to this place, what you need to make it through, whether the loneliness will subside, and if the money (and your energy) will hold out until your kids are raised, you’ll find your story on these pages…required reading for every single mom.
One traces the full-circle journey of solo parenting, capturing both the ordinary and extraordinary and proving you really only need a single point of connection to keep going—even on your hardest days. Designed to be read on-the-fly, these short stories meet you where you’re at with all the black humor, occasional despair, and surprising joy inherent in raising children alone. They celebrate the sustenance provided by connections to God and each other, and invite women to take courage from hard endings that give way to wobbly, promising beginnings. With wisdom on building community, embracing our imperfections, forgiving ourselves and others, and staggering triumphantly to the other side of great loss, One refills and refreshes single moms up to their elbows in life and living.
Karen's writing and words are like sitting down with a good friend for a cup of coffee and having my heart, my struggles and my motherhood realities articulated and understood. She applies both a large dose of humor and grace in her writing that helps give her readers courage to keep pressing on amidst the messiness of life.
The author manages to blend smiles and pain in a "gotta laugh at this stuff or go nuts" kind of way. She has a way with words and phrases that makes me want to quote her. I find her take on being a human being as well as a single mom encouraging.
I am a mom, though not a single one. I found the bite-sized morsels of musing on parenting to be comforting and digestible. These short entries are much like finding myself to be hungry but only having time for a quick snack, to hold me over. Parenting is often like that. These insights from Karen Sjoblom are sustenance. They are quick nutrition for the soul of any parent.