Motherhood Expert Writes Anthem of Audacity for Women Everywhere

MOPS President Mandy Arioto Offers Hope for Moms in Debut Book

Denver, CO – August 30, 2016: Internationally known motherhood and relationship expert Mandy Arioto writes a humorous and deeply spiritual look at when life feels off in Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood. The book releases today, August 30, and is available for purchase wherever books are sold.

starry-eyed-coverArioto is President and CEO of MOPS International which is a global organization that encourages and equips moms to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders. Founded in 1973, today MOPS serves hundreds of thousands of moms in more than 440 countries.

Starry-Eyed is an anthem for every woman searching to bring wholeness to the parts of life that feel divided. Filled with raw stories of hope, Arioto talks about universal truths that we all navigate—far too often we feel exhausted, like we have lost ourselves, and like we aren’t sure what the next right step is.

Starry-Eyed will make you laugh and cry. It will remind you of things you have forgotten along the way and it will thaw some weary places toward the holy.  It contains conversations about motherhood and how tender and beautiful and lonely it can be. It also contains stories about sex and relationships and courage and freedom. Because being a woman is all of it.

Arioto normalizes the light and darkness of life. “We live in a culture that idolizes personal happiness. We are told to pursue self-improvement at any cost. We are supposed to be so content, so fulfilled and happy all the time—and if we aren’t perpetually blissed out, we are somehow failing,” Arioto says in Starry-Eyed. “That narrative isn’t useful for any of us. Because pain doesn’t mean we are doing life wrong. It just means we are doing life.”

As a mother of three young children, Arioto knows the trials mothers face all too well. Throughout Starry-Eyed, she challenges women to welcome the light and darkness of every season, to embrace the dichotomies of motherhood, to confront the “ghosts” in their past, accept their failures, relinquish control and ultimately recognize that perfection is the epitome of boring.

Readers will find camaraderie and comfort in Arioto’s ethereal and heartbreaking attention to the things that really matter. Perfectly balancing difficult and raw issues with tender and thoughtful insights, Starry-Eyed is hopeful and honest—the kind of book you can read in an afternoon, but you won’t because you aren’t ready for it to end.

Starry-Eyed is now available for purchase online and in stores. For more information, visit

About the Author:

Madybio_bookreleaseMandy Arioto is the President and CEO of MOPS International, and is widely known for her unique takes on parenting, relationships, spiritual and cultural issues. Through MOPS, which influences millions of moms through thousands of groups internationally, Mandy serves as the voice of one of the most influential parenting organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

Prior to joining MOPS International, Mandy was a preaching pastor at Mosaic, a church based in Southern California. Mandy has been featured on,, and FOX. She regularly speaks to national and international audiences.

Most importantly, Mandy loves thunderstorms, is one of the best listeners you will ever meet, is a mediocre hula-hooper and finds the details of being human deeply fascinating.  She and her husband Joe, live in Denver, Colorado and have three young children, Joseph, Ellie and Charlotte. Mandy’s debut book Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood releases today (August 30) from Zondervan.

To arrange an interview with Mandy Arioto, please contact Emma Turnbull at or call 303-733-5353.