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The Middle Matters

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The Middle Matters by Lisa-Jo Baker
Jul 23, 2019 | 272 Pages
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“I want to give Lisa-Jo’s book a standing ovation because it’s exactly what’s needed for this particular time, when our ‘ordinary’ lives seem so unextraordinary compared to what we see or hear on our phones. I’m beginning to embrace my middle, physically and metaphorically, and I’m finding the most extraordinary thing: The freedom and the joy I thought was missing in my life? It was there all along.”
—Aarti Sequeira, chef, TV personality, journalist and author

“What a thought-provoking collection of reflections and wisdom! Through personal stories about love, loss, and life in the middle, Lisa-Jo invites us to take a long look inside our own mind’s secret nooks and crannies, which aren’t nearly as dark, scary, or ordinary as we might think. Chapter after chapter, I absorbed the powerful reminder that ‘there’s a rich inheritance waiting for us to claim if only we could get over ourselves and get fully on board with the delight of championing what God is doing’ in our lives—even in our forties!”
—Layla Palmer, The Lettered Cottage blog

“Through all seasons, we need a compassionate and kind guide. In the best-case scenarios, we get a guide like Lisa-Jo—a friend who is funny and gracious and gives us the heads-up that we’re headed the right way. In a world that is telling every woman to speed up and get to the good part or slow down because you’re about to miss it, I’m so grateful a message like The Middle Matters is bringing the grace and truth and good news that we need. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and prepare to take a deep breath. This is where it gets good!”
—Jess Connolly, author of Wild and Free, Dance Stand Run, and You Are the Girl for the Job

“With captivating wit, hard-won wisdom, and breathtaking honesty, Lisa-Jo has written a love letter to the delicious middle. Filled with riveting personal stories along with innovative takes on all the things we struggle with most, this is the kind of book you will want to read once a year, simply to get a refresh on all the truths and practical ideas contained inside.”
—Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International and author of Have More Fun

“For any adult who still sometimes feels like the shy, insecure kid from junior high, Lisa-Jo Baker is the breath of fresh air you’ve been waiting for. She gives us permission to fully embrace our lives— imperfections and all—and reminds us that it’s okay to feel like you totally do not have life all figured out.”
—Jennifer Fulwiler, SiriusXM radio host and author of One Beautiful Dream

“With Lisa-Jo’s guts as our unfettered guide, may we finally learn the sumptuous truth of our years: that a grilled cheese sandwich without the middle is just toast.”
—Erin Loechner, founder of and author of Chasing Slow

“This incredible book is like a magic mirror. It showed me just how marvelous my ordinary life already is. Lisa-Jo’s hilarious and honest stories won’t push and prod you toward some better version of yourself. Instead, in fun and funny prose that fairly dances off the page, The Middle Matters opens our eyes to the wonder of the lives and loves that are ours to receive in these middle years.”
—Christie Purifoy, author of Placemaker and cohost of the Out of the Ordinary podcast

“As someone who wakes up shocked most days that I’m middle age but with young kids—I related to every word that Lisa-Jo put into this book. I laughed, I wiped tears, and I nodded along with every personal story she told. This is a story of every woman at some point and time, and it left me so encouraged. I read it in my messy car in the car line, while I begrudgingly pulled out my new bifocals. This is a book I want to pass along to all my girlfriends so we can discuss it together. Lisa-Jo is so relatable and likable, and it all comes across in her writing. I’m grateful for her words.”
—Kelly Stamps, blogger and mom of three

“The middle of anything can feel messy and mundane. In this witty and heartwarming book, Lisa-Jo Baker makes a case for why the middle matters. And just like an Oreo wouldn’t be the same without the cream in the middle, those seemingly mundane and messy middle years can actually be where some of the best stuff of life happens!”
—Crystal Paine, founder of, host of The Crystal Paine Show, and New York Times best-selling author

“Lisa-Jo Baker tackles middle age with her trademark wit and down-to-earth charm, making every reader feel like they’re sitting on the other side of the table for a coffee chat with the author. Ultimately, this book challenges readers to not only accept but also embrace midlife with all of its messiness, in a way that makes it clear we are not alone. What a gift to read transparent truth from someone who isn’t afraid to write what we’re all thinking!
—Courtney Walsh, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of Things Left Unsaid

“Lisa tells chuckle-worthy, relatable stories that unlock new places of gratitude and contentment. She reveals that the seemingly ordinary points of life are what hold the meaning and beauty of our interwoven stories. I heartily recommend this disarming and engaging read.”
—Jessica Honegger, founder and co-CEO Noonday Collection and author of Imperfect Courage

“No one writes about motherhood, marriage, and life as Lisa-Jo Baker does. Whether you are entering the middle, are in it, or are beyond it, you’ll find not only yourself in this book but wisdom and encouragement. The Middle Matters is a vulnerable, compelling read that I want to gift to every friend I know.”
—Jessica Turner, best-selling author of The Fringe Hours and Stretched Too Thin

“It’s so appropriate that I’m sitting in my car right now talking about a book about the middle. Because the car is where we spend so many days, desperate for wisdom in so many ways along the journey. Thank you, Lisa-Jo, for reminding women everywhere how important it is to find meaning in the midst of the confusing middle. Thank you for being a kind, wise, and loving guide along the path.”
—Joy Prouty, artist and educator

“Life is a circus. As the ringleader, I often find myself forgetting to enjoy any of it. In The Middle Matters, Lisa-Jo gives us all a motivational mission and a plan for making it happen. Here’s to finding glory in the middle!”
—Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and speaker

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