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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.

©2018 Melanie Shankle and Jennifer Fulwiler (P)2018 Zondervan

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such an enjoyable book!!

I am not usually a fan of books on tape, but Jennifer kept me glued to my Bluetooth! I typically get Interrupted a gazillion times when trying to listen to something "adult" but my eldest kids kept telling me to turn it up so they could hear too!!

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Funny, engaging, and heartwarming

Jennifer Fullweiler writes with a witty sense of humor touching on the practical and challenging day-to-day experiences we all go through. I felt like she was speaking to me.

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Lots of laughs & great points

I absolutely loved this book! My husband & I (who often differ in book taste) listened together and agreed that this book is a great one! Very well written, hilarious, and full of points to ponder. Would definitely recommend!

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Uplifting, encouraging, hilarious!

My kids and I listened to this together. We laughed out loud and worried together when Jen got sick. My kids began to ask to listen to it before bed, and we talked about what our own family symphony might be. Great book, and the author is well equipped to read aloud given she also has a radio show. Highly recommend!

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Authentic humbleness!

What a great adventure you have taken me on! As I listened to every last word- I am left with a yearning for more.
Thank you for a glimpse into your journey it has helped mine in amazing ways.

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A voice that so many mothers need!

Jen helps shine the light on personal development, faith, and juggling life as a mompreneur, but she does it in such a real and entertaining story form, that it feels like having coffee with a friend. A true gift to the world!

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Amazing

Just finished listening and am ordering the book...need to underline things to re-read!!! Jennifer Fulwiler understands what family means.

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like hearing a good friend <br />

This book is heartwarming, inspiring, and laugh out loud funny. Even though I don't have a big family, I identify with the examples of stepping back and adjusting my what really matters filter.

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Another great Jennifer Fulweiler memoir.

Loved it. Wish I could keep listening. Glad it was read by Jennifer. Hope she writes another.

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Loved it!

I felt that it was very relatable and funny. I enjoyed the strong family values!