Pursue your passions, love your family, and say goodbye to guilt—pipe dream or possibility?
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 all—if 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.
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About the Author
Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer, a speaker, and the host of The Jennifer Fulwiler Show airing daily on SiriusXM channel 129. She is the author of the bestselling memoir, Something Other than God, which chronicled her unlikely journey from atheism to faith. Jennifer is the co-founder of the Edel Gathering, a women’s conference that promotes spiritual renewal through good company and bad karaoke. She has been a guest on Fox and Friends, HuffPost Live, and multiple shows on the worldwide EWTN network. She lives with her husband and six children in Austin, Texas. You can connect with her at JenniferFulwiler.com.
Table of Contents
Foreword Melanie Shankle 11
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Jennifer blows it away again. Her love of the Lord and her family as well as writing come through with honestly and hilarity. I enjoyed every word.
I loved this book! I can't say enough about how great it was! I recommend this book to everyone. There are so many amazing lessons and moments you feel like you are connecting with the stories especially the funny/crazy ones! I am so thankful for stumbling upon this book!
I love how Jennifer shares her stories and insights and can see their lessons reflected in my life. Thank you for sharing!
I loved this book! Easy to read, funny, and a true description of a family. Thank you for sharing your story and teaching us all not to be afraid to attain our dreams even in hard time. A true reminder that God is there for us all !
Great book to remind you that God will always be there to help you get through life. Thanks for sharing your story jennifer!
Beautiful and fresh, I have no other words. Read it. You won't regret it.
I finished this new release today and absolutely loved it. I am a big fan of Jennifer Fulwiler, so I knew I’d love it but I think you will it, too. It’s the story of a mom trying to follow her dreams, but it really covers humility, friendship, marriage, knowing yourself, family life, and much more. There’s something for everyone. And it’s hilarious, so if you get nothing else out of it, you’ll at least be entertained! Her storytelling style makes it feel like she’s your friend who came over for coffee or margaritas and you can’t help but laugh and wonder what comes next. You won’t regret picking this one up!