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Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood

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Tantrums and tenderness. Joy and pain. If you are a mother, you know exactly what it’s like to live these emotional opposites. Starry-Eyed, by MOPS CEO Mandy Arioto, shows you how to embrace both the beautiful and sometimes dark days of motherhood, thrive as a woman, and find God at work through it all.

Being a mom is all of it: light and dark, highs and lows, fever pitch frustration and all-consuming love. By now, you already know that with great love comes great joy . . . and great pain. It can be crazy-making! But it doesn’t have to be.


In Starry-Eyed, MOPS CEO Mandy Arioto reveals how the brightest and darkest moments of motherhood alike can become a sacred—and sanity-saving— opportunity to encounter God. There is a way to flourish in the midst of it all, and it starts with embracing the light and darkness in life with expectation and awe.


Heartening, enchanting, and always unflinchingly honest, Starry-Eyed will show you how to find the unexpected grace in your life as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Consider this your heart-to-heart sit-down with a woman who’s been there, and can help you find fresh eyes to see how beauty and pain can mingle with purpose.  

Contributor(s) Mandy Arioto
About the Contributor(s) Mandy Arioto

Mandy Arioto, as President and CEO for MOPS International, represents the voice of the organization’s 130,000+ mother members. Before joining MOPS, Mandy was on the teaching staff at MOSAIC in Southern California. A recognized speaker, Mandy addresses motherhood, spirituality, and cultural trends for both national and international audiences, and she has also been featured on MSN,,, and Fox News. She and her husband are in the throes of raising three young kids to be adventurous, tender-hearted world-changers. Follow Mandy at  and

UPC 025986340407
ISBN-10 0310340403
ISBN-13 9780310340409
Publish Date Aug 30, 2016
Weight (lbs) 0.6500
Height 8.38
Width 5.50
Length 192
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $16.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Jan
Overall Rating
The true life experiences shared by the author make this book completely relatable. She draws us out of the darkness and encourages the reader to seek the light. Similarly the book draws the reader from their mundane and messy to a hope and kindness and a good God full of love and grace. I found sweet inspiration between the pages of this read. (Posted on 8/31/2016)
Review by EJ Southcombe
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This is a beautiful collection of essays about motherhood and life. Each one is thoughtfully written with discussion questions at the end to prompt the reader to not only think personally about what was said but enter into dialogue with others. This book is a quick read on the surface but one you keep coming back to and digesting and longing to dig deeper into. It prompts you to get to know yourself and those around you in meaningful ways. Mandy doesn't just share where she has found light in the darkness, she invites readers to do the same as we look at our community, our life rhythms, friendships, our own story, and the legacy we are leaving to our children.
I was provided an advance copy of this book. (Posted on 8/31/2016)
Review by atarheeldawg
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An amazing book with story after story of a real life mom...just like us! Mandy McAvoy Arioto shares her heart, bares her soul and sheds her shame so that we can live freely in a dichotomous world. If you are looking for religiosity, this isn't the book for you. But if you are looking for a book where you can relate and see Jesus all at the same time, this is the book for you. You will laugh, cry (especially her story of Grandma Joan) and occasionally yell out an "amen" as Mandy gets real! #starryeyedbook #wearethestarryeyed. (Posted on 8/30/2016)
Review by Mommy2
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Starry Eyed was a page turner and all around great book for me. I loved the poetic style to Mandy's story telling and appreciate her vulnerability in sharing her stories. As moms we live in the chaotic swirl of motherhood and feel if things aren't perfect that we are doing it wrong. Starry Eyed encourages women to embrace good and bad, rest and busyness, etc. It beautifully describes how God is in it all, that even in the bad times and busyness of day to day life we can find the wonders of God. My favorite chapter is all about sister courage and how we as moms need to hold each other up from time to time, I love that! Each chapter ended with questions that could be used for reflecting on your own story or as a starting point to change it. The stories were wonderful examples of God's unending love for all of us and His existence in all aspects of our lives. (Posted on 8/30/2016)
Review by ntk
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Starry-Eyed is full of artful, sometimes brutally honest, essays that show how God can and does use everything: the good and bad, the high and low, the beautiful and ugly of womanhood to shape us, to call to us, and reveal himself to us. Mandy is refreshingly candid in her life experiences that have shaped her as a woman and as a follower of Christ. What I find as the most beautiful thread throughout, is that Christianity does not require looking or acting a certain way, or fitting into a certain sized box. "The thing I love most about Jesus is that he had no patience for domesticated religious types who were drowning in their own self-righteousness. He had no patience for the ones who were blinded by the light. He preferred to spend his time with those more familiar with darkness, the ones on the periphery who did things that made other people uncomfortable" p. 163. Anyone saying this book doesn't point to Jesus Christ as the source of life and hope clearly did not finish reading it! Contrary to popular religious belief, ALL who seek Jesus are invited to the table to feast. If that makes you uncomfortable, this book is probably going to make you uncomfortable. (Posted on 8/30/2016)
Review by ABH
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While this book can be engaging and the reader can relate to some of the stories that are told, the reader should use caution if you are looking to find hope in Christ. I learned more about mythology, mysticism, eastern theology, etc. than I did about Jesus. I would not recommend this book for anyone seeking Jesus or anyone wanting to gift this book to someone searching for Jesus. I am honestly shocked that MOPS International, a well-known Christian ministry would promote and support such a book. (Posted on 8/29/2016)
Review by Janna
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Unfortunately, I did not find this book to be as advertised at all. First, I did not find the book to match the description online or on its back cover. Second and more concerning, I did not find this book to be what I would expect from either the CEO of a widely-recognized Christian ministry or a Christian publishing company. In my opinion, this book is 2 Timothy 4:3-4 coming to pass before my very eyes. Those verses say, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." Ms. Arioto's writing seems to point readers to numerous different faith traditions without ever clearly pointing them to Christ. In one afternoon's readings alone, she included a mommy blogger for whom astrology is a central art of her life and who follows the "noble eightfold path"; Albert Schweitzer; humanist Catherine M. Wallace; Jungian psychoanalyst Clarissa Pinkola Estes; a publishing company who publishes materials to help "interest seekers" look at "religion in new ways" and to help them "create ways for those committed to a specific religion to learn from the spirituality of other traditions"; the Essene Book of Days; spiritual healer William John Fitzgerald; and Carl Sagan. She even goes so far as to assert that we are all made of star dust. The fact that this book was written by the CEO of a well-known Christian ministry, is being advertised extensively through that same ministry, and was published by a Christian publishing house is frightening to me for it does not support a Christian worldview or the truth of John 14:6 that Jesus is the only way to the Father. I fear that this book will lead many unsuspecting young moms astray. (Posted on 8/29/2016)
Review by Amy
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A collection of essays that beautifully captures the swirling emotions we experience in motherhood. I especially loved the Q & R at the end of each essay - perfect for individual contemplation or a small group study. Reading this book helped me to embrace both the light and dark in my life, to see the good in both, and to live fully in all of it. (Posted on 8/13/2016)
Review by SUF
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This book is filled with a rawness and honesty that is rarely experienced, but deeply needed, among women and mothers. Mandy writes with such openness about the good that can come from experiencing both the good and the bad in life, the light and the dark, and how to find goodness even in the midst of the dark. She challenges the reader to make sure she is completely experiencing life with all its ups and downs, not just surviving day to day. Through everything from deeply personal stories to just some funny experiences, she encourages the reader to open herself up to the people and things around them, and to find out what life feels like when it is truly lived. I love the lessons Mandy shares, and I love a book that encourages me to live a better life. The book is also perfect for a book club or group experience, as the follow up questions for each chapter encourage both great conversation and personal reflection. (Posted on 8/1/2016)
Review by Jamie
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Mandy was raw, vulnerable and real — something all of us moms need from other moms. Her real-life stories helped me know that I'm not alone in the struggles of motherhood. "Motherhood is your worthy calling for today—and you are significant. Just as a lighthouse beckons souls toward a safe harbor, the work of your day will woo your kids toward a light called home."

The format of topical chapters makes it an easy read for busy moms. And the questions at the end of each chapter are truly thought provoking (Posted on 7/28/2016)
Review by Rebecca
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Like sitting down for coffee with a dear friend, so much good stuff to think about and savor in this book. It would be the perfect book to dig deeper into with a book club or alongside girlfriends. May we as women take the hands of others and share sparks of hope and Jesus's love on the sunniest of days and darkest of nights . (Posted on 6/26/2016)
Review by HIB
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This little book of essays offers big thoughts on the interplay of dark and light within the reader’s inner life, marriage, mothering, and relationship with the Divine. The curiosity, vulnerability, and honesty found in Mandy’s writing encourages me to bring these same traits into my own life. I look forward to returning to Starry-Eyed and using each essay and its accompanying questions as prompts for daily or weekly meditation and journaling. For those looking for a book that will offer opportunities for thoughtful discussion in a women’s book club or group-study time, Starry-Eyed is a great choice. (Posted on 6/18/2016)

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