The Middle Matters: Why That (Extra)Ordinary Life Looks Really Good on You


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Waterbrook Press
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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

With her ability to laugh at herself and her mistakes, Lisa-Jo Baker continues to gather women around her into a community that is tired of hearing how things are supposed to be (perfect or easy) and passionate about hearing how things actually are (hard, scary, stretching, and wonderful). A former attorney, sought-after national speaker, and longtime community manager at (in)courage, Lisa-Jo is the best-selling author of Never Unfriended and Surprised by Motherhood. Her writings have resonated with thousands and have been featured on HuffPost Parents, BibleGateway, Fox News, Christianity Today, IF: Table, and more. She is the cohost of the Out of the Ordinary podcast and lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband of more than twenty years and their three very loud kids.


"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."--Jess Connolly, author of Wild and Free, Dance Stand Run, and You Are the Girl for the Job

"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

"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

"This is a story of every woman at some point and time, and it left me so encouraged. 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

"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 MoneySavingMom, 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."--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."--Jessica Honegger, founder and co-CEO Noonday Collection and author of Imperfect Courage

"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

"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."--Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and speaker