Mom's Night Out (In Book Form)

Mom's Night Out by Tricia Goyer is a novelization of the movie, Mom's Night Out (which I actually have not seen yet).  Allison is overwhelmed - with three kids her life is a constant circus of messes, and she can't figure out why she is not feeling fulfilled.  In desperation she plans a mom's night out with her pastor's wife and her best friend, and the three of them set out to enjoy an evening of not having to worry about their kids.  That is, until all their plans backfire!

This book was hilarious!  For the first couple chapters I felt like I was reading pages out of my own life, and all the mishaps that occur as they just try to enjoy an evening out had me laughing out loud.  Fiction book always gets high marks from me if it can make me laugh, and this one did.

I loved all the characters in this book, each lovably flawed.  I could so relate to Allison, because she keeps trying to make their night fun even when plans start to fall apart, to the point of trying too hard to make it work sometimes (which is probably what I would do).  I liked that the author wrote from the perspective of each character, and the side story of the dads' adventures in taking care of the kids were so funny.  I also felt like the "moral to the story", presented by a biker named "Bones" was sweet.  I'd definitely recommend this book to any mom!

Along with Mom's Night Out the novel, I also had the opportunity to review Mom's Night Out . . . And Other Things I Miss by Kerri Pomarolli, who is a Christian comedian.

This book is described as a devotional, so I was expecting some deeper insights into being a mom as I started reading it.  I was not impressed.  The points made at the end of each chapter were very surface-level, and the way the author tried to tie them into the rest of the chapter seemed like a stretch.

However, after I looked up the author and realized she was a comedian, and after I realized that this was not like a devotional in my sense of the word, I just started reading it like any book - and then I started to like it.  And the more I read, the more I enjoyed it!

So many of these chapters are hilarious, and it definitely made my own hectic life as a mom feel more "normal".  I so related to so many of the things that she jokes about in these chapters, and it had me laughing throughout the book!

I would not call this book a devotional, and if you are looking for a good devotional I wouldn't recommend this book.  However, if I look at this book as a collection of encouraging and humorous stories for moms, instead of a devotional, I can honestly say I enjoyed it a lot!  I'm passing it on to my sister, because I think she'll get a kick out of it too.  And really, what mom couldn't use a good laugh in the middle of a stressful day of taking care of our littles?  So if that is what you are looking for, I recommend it!

So I've read both of the books - now I just need to see the movie!  Did any of you see it yet?  Was it good?  If it's anything like these books, I think I will enjoy it!

Note: I received both of these books for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Kayla Rae said...

I've seen the movie Callie. It had me cracking up one second and crying the next! It was wonderful! I think you'd really enjoy it.

Hannah said...

I have heard of the movie but not seen it, I'm so glad to know you read and liked the book. It will be on my list of books to read, thanks for the recommendation and the honest review!

Kate Craig said...

I've only heard great things about the movie! My MOPS group went but it was the day we moved so I didn't get to go

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