Popular blogger Lauren Casper shares poignantly simple yet profound wisdom about removing the barriers we construct around our hearts and doing life full-on, all from the least expected source: her five-year-old son, Mareto.
For Lauren Casper, living with her five-year-old autistic son, Mareto, is a lot like playing the telephone game. He blurts out little phrases that have their origin in something he saw or heard, but by the time they make their way through his mind and back out of his mouth they’ve transformed—often into beautiful truths about living a simple, authentic, love- and joy-filled life.
Mareto has a number of mantras, scripted phrases he says over and over. They seem silly at first, but as Casper has thought about them over time, she’s realized he is actually sharing important life lessons. From “it’s okay about it,” a simple reminder that even when things are painful or difficult, things will be okay because of the God who promises never to leave or forsake his children, to “you’re making me feelings,” which teaches the importance of leaning into one’s emotions and, in doing so, sharing a piece of oneself with loved ones—Mareto’s simple yet profound wisdom is a reminder to embrace the broken beauty of life, to believe in a God bigger than human comprehension, to love others even when it doesn’t make sense, and to find joy in unexpected places.
For all those looking to recapture the faith, simplicity, wonder, hope, courage, and joy of life, It’s Okay About It provides a guide to look inward and live outward, to discover the most wide open and beautiful life possible.
Lauren Casper is the founder of the popular blog laurencasper.com, where she shares her thoughts on life, parenting, and faith. She is a top contributor to the TODAY Parenting Team and has had numerous articles syndicated by The Huffington Post, the TODAY show, Yahoo! News, and several other publications. She also has the joy of serving on the Created for Care team, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to serving foster and adoptive families. Lauren and her husband, John, have two beautiful children adopted from Ethiopia. They make their home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Praise for It's Okay About It
"Lauren does something beautiful in her book, It’s Okay About It. She shows the reader ways in which we should pause and look at the world from the eyes of a five year old. From the beginning you feel encouraged and inspired to look at life differently, and in a world where life can seem crazy and chaotic a switch in viewpoints can be quite soothing to our souls."
--Jamie Ivey, host of The Happy Hour podcast
"Balancing personal history with mama-bear sensitivity, Lauren Casper grabbed me by the hand and led me along a path of discovering God's goodness through the lens of her child. There, in Mareto's vibrant world of innocence and wonder, love is inexhaustible, community is essential, and generosity is a reflex. Life shimmers with hope on the other side of It's Okay About It. I am grateful for their story.
--Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued From the Life I Always Wanted
"Lauren is a dear friend and mama that has journeyed through loss and love. Her tenacity and tenderness bleed from these pages, and Mareto’s delightful life lessons will captivate your heart and keep you coming back for more!"
--Rebekah Lyons, author of Freefall to Fly and You are Free
"Brimming with joy, self-awareness and truth, Lauren Casper's It's Okay About It is a must-read. This is a beautiful book, one that's written for all of us whose lives crave faith, simplicity and wonder."
--Jessica N. Turner, best-selling author of The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You
"This book is one giant mic drop. You’re in the middle of a winsome story and then, Boom!, Lauren brings it. Or maybe it’s her son, Mareto. Mostly, now that I think of it, it’s Jesus. Which means this book is exactly what we all need. The simple reminders hold deep truths that will help you recapture the joy of your one beautiful life. Don’t miss this."
--Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of The Happiness Dare and Love Idol
"Lauren Casper's vulnerable storytelling style makes for a delightful read! Her son and their journey is unique to them, but relatable to any reader who wonders where and how to look for God in unexpected places. I both cried and laughed out loud in public places while reading it, and found myself telling total strangers what had moved me."
--Beth Guckenberger, author, speaker and Co-Executive Director, Back2Back Ministries
"We are all in the trenches--the trenches of loss, of acceptance, of turning over a new leaf, of caregiving, of keeping the faith. In It's Okay About It, Lauren Casper meets us in our trenches, bringing words of hope inspired by the honest language of her five-year-old son. Using his simple phrases, Lauren uncomplicates the complicated. Through the complexity of her story, we see the gentle bravery of motherhood and the transformative power of love."
--Mary Evelyn Smith, Librarian and Blogger at WhatDoYouDoDear.com
"You're going to LOVE this book. Through Lauren's word and Mareto's wisdom, you're going to be drawn in to a delightful and encouraging glimpse of childlike faith. When you read, you'll be slowed down and captured by grace and goodness--and you're going to close the book each time you read feeling a little more peace and sanctuary right where you're at. Read it, pass it on to a friend, and read it again. You'll be nearer to the Lord and more at ease for it."
--Jess Connolly, co-author of Wild and Free, author of Dance Stand Run
"I read this book from cover to cover in only a few days, but that is because Lauren writes like the friend you entrust with your extra house key. I will be gleaning from this book for many years to come—remembering the rich, life-giving innocence Mareto offers me within these pages. Mareto taught me how to love better, breathe deeper, and be "okay about it" more often. Each time I remember to position myself as a student of my own children, I will thank Mareto (and his mom, Lauren) for the gift of this great book."
--Kasey Van Norman, bestselling author of Named by God and Raw Faith
"Once I picked up this book, I couldn’t stop reading! Lauren’s writing is a gift of grace and tenderness. The stories of this beautiful family captivated me, and the profound and heartwarming lessons found in Lauren’s book wrapped closely around my heart. Lauren tells her story in a powerful way that lets Jesus shine through the broken places, allowing us to see the light of His goodness. It’s Okay About It will leave you hopeful, grateful, and encouraged."
--Courtney Westlake, author of A Different Beautiful
"It's Okay About It challenged me to slow down and hear how Jesus might be speaking to me through my children, to rest in the reminder that he is always there, and to follow him bravely no matter the depth of the water. Lauren's connections to Scriptural revelations through Mareto’s words has spurred me to listen more deeply to God’s voice in everyday moments with my loves too. If you find yourself called to deeper waters, this is a must-read to encourage you. "
--Andrea Young, Founder of Created for Care
"We would all do well to stop and see our world a little differently. It's Okay About It helps me wipe the grime off my worldly lenses and see life with an innocent hope. Lauren's tender heart and tough mama–spirit make her son Mareto's story sing. It's timely and needed for our sometimes cynical and hurting world."
--Hayley Morgan, coauthor of Wild and Free