Moms' Night Out

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Moms' Night Out by Tricia Goyer

Moms' Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right.

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong?

Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy.

The MOMS’ NIGHT OUT film features Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Sean Astin (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond, The Middle), Alex Kendrick (COURAGEOUS), Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS), Andrea Logan White (REVELATION ROAD), Kevin Downes (COURAGEOUS), and platinum-selling country recording artist Trace Adkins (THE LINCOLN LAWYER).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433684838
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Tricia Goyer is an acclaimed and prolific writer, publishing hundreds of articles in national magazines including Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family while authoring more than twenty-five fiction and nonfiction books combined. Among those are 3:16 Teen Edition with Max Lucado and the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award winners Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights. She has also written books on marriage and parenting and contributed notes to the Women of Faith Study Bible. Tricia lives with her husband and four children in Arkansas.

A feature film, dramatic TV series, documentaries, reality television, shorts, music videos and commercials . . . all of these are regulars for the Erwin Brothers, Jon and Andrew Erwin, a writer/director duo from Birmingham, Ala.  They focus on new and innovative ways to produce a diverse portfolio of work—from their multi-award winning documentaries, THE CROSS AND THE TOWERS and THE MYSTERIOUS ISLANDS, to the dramatic and reality TV series Life After and Real Strength, to their ?rst feature ?lm, OCTOBER BABY.

A feature film, dramatic TV series, documentaries, reality television, shorts, music videos and commercials . . . all of these are regulars for the Erwin Brothers, Jon and Andrew Erwin, a writer/director duo from Birmingham, Ala.  They focus on new and innovative ways to produce a diverse portfolio of work—from their multi-award winning documentaries, THE CROSS AND THE TOWERS and THE MYSTERIOUS ISLANDS, to the dramatic and reality TV series Life After and Real Strength, to their ?rst feature ?lm, OCTOBER BABY.

Andrea Nasfell is an award-winning screenwriter with MOMS' NIGHT OUT as her most recently produced film. She lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles.

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Mom's Night Out 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
Writing a novelization of someone else's screenplay must be a daunting task.  The characters are already there and so are their essential feelings, but all of that "stuff" that authors usually reveal in a carefully chosen blend of  characters'voice of self reflection, omniscient narrator's descriptive eye, and action has been defined by someone else through a camera's lens and action.  Much as I like movies, life through the camera lens usually means that much of a character's inner essence just isn't fully developed.    Viewers are left to assume much and sometimes that fails.  When the movie being viewed is based on a book I've read, I find myself relying on all those character nuances I'd read to help me better understand the movie. When reading MOMS' NIGHT OUT, I had almost the opposite reaction.  My mind kept wanting to start the play button.  I could hear and see the scenes, especially the closeups.  Not having yet seen the movie, I still had the feeling I was reading words that were trying to capture what someone else had filmed.  That does not mean I did not like the story or the characters; I did find MOMS' NIGHT OUT entertaining in a frantic, over the top way.  I especially liked Sondra who has spent her entire marriage trying to be the "perfect" pastor's wife, when being the real Sondra was all she needed to do. I admire Tricia Goyer's busy literary career and I understand the film's creators selecting her to write the novelization, I am just not sure why we needed the novelization.  If its sole purpose was to promote the movie, then it succeeded because I kept thinking I should be watching this story, not reading it.  If the publishers really wanted a story about several moms-- overworked, under-appreciated, and lacking self-confidence, then I really think they should have given Tricia Goyer an open project and she would have created a story with all those voices of self-reflection, onmiscient narrators, and original actions scenes that more successfully define a worthwhile read.  I am looking forward to seeing MOMS' NIGHT OUT which I think is one of those wildly over the top movies that can entertain us with its blown out of proportion view of life.  I've heard that there has been some controversy about the whole stay at home mommy crisis that prompts the night out in the movie.  In 2014, I think that is just a foolish criticism.  Motherhood is a 24/7 job whether you stay at home, work in a glass office, or serve drinks at the bowling alley (like Bridget in the book). Way back when our kids were little, we made the decision that I would stay home.  That required many monetary sacrifices, but we made it.  When our youngest was 4 or 5, I went back to work.  Let me say, there were days in both lifestyles when I felt the same as Allison in the book, especially since my husband worked a night shift for over 20 years!  Both working mothers and stay at home mothers need more support from their families, communities, and even their church homes.  I was delighted to see that a devotional book has been put together to support MOMS' NIGHT OUT. I received a copy of MOMS' NIGHT OUT from LITFUSE for my honest review.
RandomAmb More than 1 year ago
Since I don’t have kids, I passed this book on to my mom! Here’s her review: Who would have thought that after 37 years of marriage and raising 4 kids that this mom would have read Moms’ Night Out?! I’d already read the devotional and absolutely loved it…so why not finish it off by reading the actual book? I’m so glad I did!!! This entertaining characterization of the modern Christian mom and family brings to light issues that many of us deal (or don’t deal) with. When a group of moms try for a night away from the regular routine of the day to day responsibilities, all sorts of questions and seemingly insurmountable problems arise. Can he (Dad) handle this one babysitting night without the kids bringing down the house, all the while entertaining his best friend? Can Mom actually relax, thinking she’s planned the perfect night out for herself and a couple of girlfriends? Does God really care how hard Mom is trying to fulfill all she believes she is meant to do? And could long-kept secrets being revealed actually be a good thing? I urge you to READ THIS BOOK! It’s definitely a help for the modern mom. My only criticism is that there were a ton of grammatical errors. The author tended to changed tenses in the middle of sentences, which made reading the book a bit confusing. If changing tenses and misuse of pronouns bother you, maybe you should just check out the movie instead. Otherwise, buy this book!
247mama More than 1 year ago
Y'all this book is hilarious. It is the wacky and really crazy tale of some moms trying to have a peaceful night away from the kids. They are a eclectic group of ladies- Allyson the stay at home mom that's at her wit's end, Izzy the one that just got life changing news, and Sondra the pastor's wife. These ladies are all so easy to relate to. Their thoughts and personal dilemmas make perfect sense. Throw in Bridgett a single mom, a cabbie, and a biker named Bones and the evening takes an interesting turn. Don't worry you also get the story of the dads as they wrangle the kids without the moms.  The book is fast paced and holds lots of laughs. Some of it is a little over the top but hey that's what fiction movies are all about! Moms Night Out has more than enough real mom reality in it. If you need a break from your own Mom reality I totally recommend this book.  I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was poorly edited. I purchased the paperback, and the copy I read had a ridiculous amount of typos. However, it is a fun story and I enjoyed reading it. I laughed many times, and I love it when books can make me laugh! The only reason I did not rate it a 5 is because the editing is so sloppy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! This book is so funny and it has an awusome ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and the movie.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
Mom's Night Out is the funniest book I have read this year so far. It's pure fun to read about a group of women out to wrangle some girl time while their husbands and guy friends take over on the home front. The theme isn't a new one, but for me, fresh and read-worthy all the same. The results of such an arrangement? Two sets of side-splitting hilarious fast-paced adventures, a comedy of errors, updated, but which never grows old. Find out what a biker gang, a buttoned-down pastor's wife, a man-child addicted to video games, a stressed teen Mom, a tattoo parlor, and a crazy bowling alley all have in common. Allyson is a mom who loves her kids and loves her life, yet wonders why she's not happy. Her "moments" have been way too frequent. Sondra is a pastor's wife who does her best to hold everything together at church and at home, but she's putting on a show. Her beautiful teen, Zoe, is forcing her to face old nightmares. Bridget has had to grow up too quickly for her liking, and she's struggling to find a balance and maturity at the same time with a child in tow. Izzy is faced with an unplanned pregnancy while her husband is freaking out with the twins they already have. Dealing with a disappointing night out these women had been looking forward to a long time, however, was nothing when they all discovered baby Phoenix has gone missing. Now, they are on a mission.  I remember those days being a mom of little ones. And unfortunately I also remember the Mom moments tucked between the great memories. So I have a lot of empathy for the set-up in this scenario. Nights out are something we would live for, strive for, and yearn over. Life with small children is an unforgettable era in our lives. Parents look back on those early days with a mixture of feelings. The author of the book works this into the story so well. We laugh and poke fun at times when things went completely wrong. It's a strong premise for a book like this. I consider this book at the top of my list for funny adventures.  Second, there are some terrific teachable moments in this story line. For example, it's not unusual to feel like a failure as Mom, especially when there's pressure from so many directions in the family's life. We tend to focus on what to do to fix the problems we see around us, but it isn't always something we need to do so much as something we need to perceive. We can't always control the circumstances around us, but we can change how we view ourselves and the circumstances. This book is filled with examples of that principle.  The book and the movie are not preachy, but both are filled with great humor that doesn't depend of crudity or foul language to be funny. Underneath the humor are some terrific themes, some lessons we can all learn from and plenty of fun. I believe it will appeal to a wide range of readers, not just women or Moms. I highly recommend it for all age groups and interests.  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Netgalley on behalf of B&H Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow honestly i think this book is sooooooo stupid but thats just the book cuz i havent seen the movie yet so take this as a compelete so im giving it one star
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer in her new book, “Mom’s Night Out” series published by B&H Publishing Group takes us into the lives of three mom’s. From the back cover:  It’s one night out, what could go wrong??!! All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours—what could go wrong? Chronicling one night out gone awry, three harried moms, their husbands, a sister-in-law with a misplaced baby, a tattoo parlor owner, a motorcycle gang, and a bewildered cabbie all learn to embrace the beautiful mess called parenting. This book spotlights the unfulfilled expectations and serial self-doubts many moms feel . . . then reassures us that the key is raising kids in a loving home. Mom’s Night Out is an endearing, true-to-life comedy. Moms’ Night Out is a novelization of the hilarious family comedy that celebrates real family life—where everything can go wrong and still turn out all right. If you have not seen the movie then you are doing yourself a disservice.  Not only is the movie truly funny but it is also very real, which helps bring out the humor.  Tricia Goyer has taken the screenplay written by Andrea Nasfell and Jon Erwin and transformed it into a novel which is no easy task.  This is a story about three stressed out ladies who also happen to be mothers.  All they want is a few hours away from the home so that they can go to dinner and enjoy each others company and friendship.  After all it is just a few hours, they won’t be very far away and they will have their cell phones.  Ms. Goyer has enhanced the story, added scenes as well as brought real life to all the characters.   “Mom’s Night Out” is all about family and the things that family members do when there is need.  You will wish this book never ends because you will fall in love with each character.  Ms. Goyer has done it again.  I liked this book a lot. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iv seen the movie its hillarious
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I have a very sneaky suspicion that this book is going to read more like an autobiography than fiction for most mothers. From the opening lines it captures the crazy chaos we call motherhood to a tee. The character of Allyson embodies most of us as she struggles through the wash, rinse, repeat cycle of raising children. At one point in the story Allyson reveals that her dream when she grew up was to be a wife and mother. Now that the dream has come true, reality has inched in to upset the fairy tale. It seems that no matter what direction she turns she is surrounded by her short comings. The house is a mess, the kids are a mess, and above all else she's a mess. She spends a lot of time wondering how "they" do it. You know who "they" are . . . those "other" mothers. The ones that have the perfect house, perfect kids, and the always put-together perfect look. Through a divinely inspired and desperately needed moms' night out, Allyson's eyes are slowly opened to the fact that her life and all that it encompasses may be a mess but it is a truly beautiful mess. I must admit that I'm a little hesitant to read a book after seeing the movie. I'm usually disappointed in one or the other. I'm pleased to say in this instance that isn't the case at all. I loved them both equally and came away from the reading with the same feeling of gratitude that I did from the movie. I'm humbled, honored and grateful that God chose me to mother. If you are looking for a funny, uplifting, and inspiring story to read for yourself or to give to a friend, you can't go wrong with Moms' Night Out. I think you'll be pleased that you took the time to revel in the beautiful mess we call motherhood. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.