About the Book
How Less Than Perfect Parents Can Raise (Kind of) Great Kids Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors by Jami Amerine
Eugene, OR – If one of your finest motherhood moments involves sitting in the back of a police cruiser with powdered doughnut on your face, being held for questioning for possession of narcotics, meet Jami Amerine, your new BFF.
Affectionally called the Lucille Ball of the Internet, Amerine, a mother of six has often found herself in moments of motherhood mayhem like the police cruiser incident. It was in one of those moments when a text from a friend began to change her perspective on mothering. It took her eyes off the
mess and she began to focus on the sacred in each moment. “I’m sure the words ‘sacred ground’ conjure up some images for you and, most likely, they aren’t visions of where you are standing right now,” says Amerine. “If, like me, you’ve stepped on a Lego while barefoot, it can be difficult to wrap your
mind around the divine qualities of the path beneath your feet. But the place where you stand now, the place where you care for and lead those you love, is sacred ground.”
Amerine believes the essence of
parenting is less a laundry list of “how-to’s” or “three guarantees to raise perfect, God-fearing children,” and more a step by step trusting of a God who calls us daughters. Maybe you’re the mom, like Amerine, who sent her child to military school or watched a child walk away from the faith you worked so hard to instill. Or, maybe you’ve somehow bought into the parenting lie that it’s your fault when your kids make poor choices, do things you’ve never dreamed of, or choose to live with values far from your own.
In Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors, Amerine takes mothers of all ages inside the joyful chaos of motherhood, sharing
her adventures and mishaps and encouraging moms to let go of “perfect” parenting and find rest in the perfect
While Amerine relates to women who feel they’ve messed up as a mom—believing they’ve failed their children,
their spouse, and their God—she offers hope and shares what she has discovered:
• The biggest parenting lie we often believe
• Why we need to seek the Bible and the wisdom of spiritual giants
• Why we can’t make our kids love Jesus
• How to rest in our identity as daughters of a perfect Father
• Why our belief in Jesus is the thermostat for our home
• How we need to let Jesus be Jesus for our children
“The sacred ground of my home, where my children will learn about Jesus Christ, where He dwells with us has
sticky floors,” says Amerine. “In my journey as mother, I have given up my dignity, my last French fry, and my
whole heart. I now believe this journey we’re on is not about being a perfect parent. It is about being parented by a
perfect Father. It is about uncovering and trusting that perfect Parent so you can parent with your messes and
flaws and be present for little human beings in want.”
Meet the Author
Jami Amerine posts about Jesus, parenting, marriage, and the general chaos of life. She holds a master’s degree in Education, Counseling, and Human Development.
She’s been featured on numerous occasions on foreverymom.com and several other syndicated sites
including Scary Mommy and Mamalode.
She’s also been featured on Fox News, Today Parenting, and Huffington Post.
Jami loves her husband and kids, is afraid of flying, addicted to Jesus, Facebook, blogging, and babies. She loves to travel and hang at her parents’ lake house outside of Houston. Her dad is her #1 fan. She has run the gamut in
trying to raise perfect humans and is proud to say… she failed. They are imperfectly wonderful! She is a Christian who tends to get snarky and is anti-Jesus fish bumper stickers because she is a lousy driver.
Jami and her husband, Justin, have six kids, are active in foster care advocacy and reform, and live in Texas. Learn more about Jami at www.sacredgroundstickyfloors.com
1. Jami, you and your husband, Justin, have six children ranging from young adult to preschooler. Tell us a bit about your family.
Justin and I have been married for 26 years. His cousin introduced us. We have 4 biological children. Maggie is 23, she is married and runs an embroidery shop from her home. John is 20, he is our Marine. Luke, who wrote the afterword to my new book, just turned 19, he lives with us and works and studies yoga. And then Sophie is 16, she is a junior in high school. Then, we started all over with foster care and adoption. We met Sam for the first time when he was 10 days old. He is now six and in kindergarten. Charlie, was three months old when we first met him. He is now 4. We have had some short-term foster placements and one very long one. The long-term foster placement was with us for two years, she has been gone a year now. We relocated to the North Houston area a year ago. We are 5 minutes from my parents and sister. My brother and his family live about 10 miles away. We are very close to my family, not just in proximity.
2. You interact with women daily through your blog and ministry, particularly moms. What do you think are some of the biggest issues that moms are facing?
Well, there are health and marital struggles, as always. But I think one of the biggest struggles Christian moms face is the truth of who they are in Christ. We are daughters. Our motherhood did not negate our birthright as daughters. When our kids are failing, it is easy to let that burden define us. I have come to a place in my walk where I recognize that my kids are wholly a part of me and wholly apart from me. There are so many things I want for my children, protecting their innocence seems like the biggest hill to climb in this day and age. But, I really believe God and what He says about me and my children. We are righteous because of He who died. When I parent or correct them from this place, the world seems a lot less hopeless.
3. If you spend any time on Facebook or other social media, motherhood is often painted as this exhausting life that requires hiding in the bathroom and drinking copious amounts of wine just to make it through. It may get a laugh but why do you think our culture has this view of motherhood? Our culture may think it is funny, but I am a good mom. The majority of my readers are good moms. And you know what, I really like my kids. They make me laugh. I enjoy their company. I am tired, sometimes I need a medicinal fix, but I am proud to say, I love my babies. I want younger women to know that. This is a great gig.
4. You write that of all the lies you believed in the earlier years of parenting, the greatest was believing that your hard work could bring you peace. Can you explain more? I really believed in what I call an if/then Jesus. If I am perfect, then my kids won’t struggle. And I worked tirelessly to be everything. When they or I stumbled, I tucked tail and waited for the wrath. Wrath that was resolved on Calvary. Good things happen and bad things happen. God remains. I love this about Him.
5. How do we let go of the hold we often have on our kids and let God parent us? Believe Him. Not just believe He exists, BELIEVE what He says about you. You are His. They are His. We are their brothers and sisters in Christ. He is just good. We are totally in His care. And so are they. It takes practice… but this is my battle cry.
6. What encouragement can you offer moms who are exhausted from trying to be the perfect parent? You are perfected. He chose you, specifically for these humans, who He knows and loves even more than you can fathom. You do what you are best at, let Him fill in the gaps. Pray without ceasing, and believe. And never be afraid to ask, HELP MY UNBELIEF. I know for a fact, He is totally cool with that request.
May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained. Jami
I enjoyed reading Sacred Ground Sticky Floors (How Less-Than-Perfect Parents Can Raise Kind of Great Kids. Jami shares her ups and downs of parenting and is totally relatable. I appreciate her transparency in being a mother. I recommend your read her latest book. In fact…
Now it’s your turn to read Sacred Ground Sticky Floors as we’re giving away a FREE copy. I’d love to hear from other Moms and Dads seeking to raise their children with godly character. Simply comment below on how you train up your child(ren). Your name will then be placed in a drawing.
On November 12, 2018, we will randomly select a winner. The winner must supply his/her mailing address to us no later than November 19, 2018.
One Free copy will then be shipped directly to the winner’s address provided. The winner must reside in the continental United States of America.