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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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Exactly What I needed

My boss recommended this to me, and I TRULY LOVED it!!!! Thank you for reminding me to keep myself open to possibilities and listen to God!!!

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Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Jenn has such an easy way of bringing you rolling laughter followed by happy tears streaming down. Or that could be just me. This was one of the few books I’ve read in which I dreaded its end. I relished each and every time I snuck away for a chapter here or there. Thank you for this gift! All the kiss emojis.

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  • Angela
  • Salem, OH, United States
  • 07-02-18

Absolute pleasure to listen to one Beautiful Dream

Thank you Jennifer. You inspire me. May God pour out his Blessing on you and your beautiful family.

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A momma in need of a boost

This book speaks to me on so many levels! Jennifer writes in a way that every mom feels like she's talking about her life and her spiritual journey! Absolutely love this book and recommend it to everyone I know!

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Strong, loving and Wise.

This book is a fantastic journey of life that will inspire all to live a beautiful dream!

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inspiring, funny, and so real

This book recommendation came from a friend who saw in Jenifer's story something that resembled closely the chaos of my own life! I didn't realize how consoling it would be to listen to the words of another woman, and a fellow mother-of-six, as she shared the details of everyday family life and the chaos that goes alongside personal ambition meshing with raising children. I loved every part of this book, but I especially appreciated her hopeful encouragement to other women to pursue their passions and not feel shame or guilt for their unique gifts and talents. I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions and through the final chapters wiping away tears. Fulwiler is a talented author and hearing her words in her own voice made this book a delightful experience.

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Excellent Book!

Great job Jen! Your stories are so inspirational. I hope you write another book soon!

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Inspiring

Jen tells a beautiful tale of finding happiness and contentment exactly where you are. As an aspiring writer, her anecdotes and experiences have me just the push I need to keep writing.

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Everyone needs to read this book!!!

Incredible!!! I cannot wait to read it again!!! WOW! Thank you for preserving and for keeping your vision! I will be recommending this book to everyone!

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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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  • Tricia
  • 06-06-18

Wow!

I loved this book so much! I am so grateful for the honesty and wisdom Jen has shared. I laughed so much as I saw myself in her words. As wives and mothers we need to be encouraged to fully live our lives to glorify God, and this book shows how that is possible. Not to be like someone else, but to embrace the gifts WE were given. Buy it! You won’t be sorry.