One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both

One Beautiful Dream: The Rollicking Tale of Family Chaos, Personal Passions, and Saying Yes to Them Both


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Is it possible to pursue your passions, love your family, and not feel guilty about wanting to do both? One Beautiful Dream is your invitation to the unexpected joy of saying yes to the life you long to live.

Work and family, individuality and motherhood, the creative life and family life—women are told constantly that they can’t have it all. One Beautiful Dream is the deeply personal, often humorous tale of what happened when one woman dared to believe that you can have it allif you’re willing to reimagine what having it all looks like.

Jennifer Fulwiler is the last person you might expect to be the mother of six young children. First of all, she’s an introvert only child, self-described workaholic, and former atheist who never intended to have a family. Oh, and Jennifer has a blood-clotting disorder exacerbated by pregnancy that has threatened her life on more than one occasion.

One Beautiful Dream is the story of what happens when one woman embarks on the wild experiment of chasing her dreams with multiple kids in diapers. It’s the tale of learning that opening your life to others means that everything will get noisy and chaotic, but that it is in this mess that you’ll find real joy.

Jennifer’s quest takes her in search of wisdom from a cast of colorful characters, including her Ivy-League-educated husband, her Texan mother-in-law who crushes wasps with her fist while arguing with wrong number calls about politics, and a best friend who’s never afraid to tell it like it is. Through it all, Jennifer moves toward the realization that the life you need is not the life you would have originally chosen for yourself. And maybe, just maybe, it’s better that way.

Hilarious, highly relatable, and brutally honest, Jennifer’s story will spark clarity and comfort to your own tug-of-war between all that is good and beautiful about family life and the incredible sacrifice it entails. Parenthood, personal ambitions, family planning, and faith—it’s complicated. Let this book be your invitation to the unexpected, yet beautiful dream of saying yes to them all, with God’s help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310352037
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 622,795
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Fulwiler is a standup comic, the host of a daily talk show on Sirius XM, and the mom of six kids. She’s the author of the bestselling memoirs Something Other than God and One Beautiful Dream. After being told that there wasn’t an audience for standup comedy done by a minivan-driving woman from the suburbs, she self-produced her own tour, which is selling out venues across the country. Follow her on Instagram at @Jennifer Fulwiler.

Table of Contents

Foreword Melanie Shankle 11

Introduction 13

1 Possumgate 15

2 Blue Flame 22

3 At Least We Have Queso 28

4 Family Planning (and Other Things I'm not Good at) 33

5 Beer Bong Playdate 40

6 Viral 44

7 Loaves of Bread 46

8 A Friendship is Born 50

9 Shot in the Dark 56

10 Wholeness of Vision 60

11 For the love of the blob 67

12 The Reply 74

13 The Office 78

14 Houston, We Have a Problem 83

15 Bffs 89

18 No Freaking Out 96

17 The Farmer's Wife 103

18 Poopocalypse 110

10 If You're Happy and You Know It 117

20 Bible Charades 123

21 Tex-Mex Epiphany 131

22 Banana Man 137

23 Family Meeting 144

24 A Beautiful Home 148

25 Advent Rock 154

26 Resistance 161

21 Decibel 168

28 Life Party 173

29 Hotel Room Shuffle 180

30 Breathless 186

31 Running Under Water 190

32 Lifted Up 196

33 "That Could Have Been Me" 202

34 The Drive 209

35 The Night Watch 216

36 My Real Life 222

37 The Box 227

38 Release 230

Acknowlegments 236

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