From Jen: “Both of these books chronicle life events that for me, changed everything. Detoured was born from the loss of my career, and Disrupted, from the loss of my mother to terminal cancer. My prayer for each of these books is that they become comforting companions for those walking a difficult road.” 

What others are saying about Detoured:

“Motherhood changes work-outside-the-home mothers in ways that are hard to put into words. Yet if anyone has beautifully captured the before and after of a career “detoured” by family, it’s Jen Babakhan. Has your plan for the perfect work/family balance fallen apart? Are you plagued by worries that you’ll lose yourself as you pour out your life for others? Jen understands. With tender confessions and hope-filled encouragement, Jen’s words will be a soothing balm to your soul. She reminds all of us moms that the truth of God’s provision and care for us—and our kids—is something we can depend on. Through these pages you’ll discover the joy of living the fullness God intended. It’s a wonderful book, and I already have a list of friends I’m eager to share it with!”
Tricia Goyer, mom of ten and USA Today bestselling author of 70+ books, including Calming Angry Kids

“This is the book I wish I would have had when I left behind a news career in the city to become a stay-at-home mom on the farm. I’ve never regretted that decision, but I desperately needed the peace and contentment that Jen holds out to moms in her debut book, Detoured. With personal insights and helpful advice, this book beautifully celebrates the gift of motherhood.”
Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of It’s All Under Control and The Happiness Dare

“Jen Babakhan has a life-changing message for anyone who has ever found herself experiencing an unexpected detour in life. Filled with audacious honesty, practical ideas, and deep wisdom, this is the kind of book that will help you regain your perspective and get unstuck from the false beliefs that are holding you back.”
Mandy Arioto, president and CEO, MOPS International

What others are saying about Disrupted

Here’s the book I wish I’d had last year, when my dad passed away, and I was feeling

unmoored and uncertain. Also? It’s the book I need right now, as I still try to move

forward after the loss of someone so irreplaceable in my life. Jen has the words and

guidance we need when we are gripped with sorrow—and needing hope for tomorrow.


Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Growing Slow and Stuff I’d Only Tell God


This is a beautifully written book. If you, or anyone you know is looking for a playbook

on dealing with terminal illness and grief, then you must take this book on your journey.

This is a highly relatable book. The author feels like both a friend and coach. As a

clinical psychologist, Disrupted has my highest endorsement.

Barbara Greenberg, PhD


This book may have been written for children whose parents are facing a terminal illness,

but it will serve anyone who is walking through a terminal illness with someone they love

(In my case, my sister, diagnosed with a fast-growing and aggressive brain tumor.).

When your world has been shattered by the news of a bleak and certain diagnosis, it helps

to have someone in your life who understands. Not just someone who has walked in your

shoes, but someone who has lived in your skin. Though our stories are very different, Jen

and the others who shared their personal experiences in this book, understand. They offer

empathy and insight without trying to fix a thing. And, maybe just as important and

helpful, you’ll find permission to grieve and hope and live within the context of heartache

and, at times, debilitating anguish. Often, we wonder how to love and care for friends and

family beyond a home-cooked meal and constant prayer; in Disrupted, I now have a gift

that will make a difference.

Robin Dance, Life Plan Advisor and Author of For All Who Wander and The Journey



“With the voice of a wise mentor and the comfort of your closest friend, Jen has used her

own experience and expertise to give us this incredibly important resource. If you should

find yourself in this painfully nuanced position of grief, I’m so sorry. I know you’ll be

comforted and helped by Jen’s words in Disrupted.”

Nicole Zasowski – Marriage and family therapist and author of What If It’s



“We all know death is part of life. But when death is breathing down a parent’s neck or

comes like an unexpected thief in the night, few of us know what to expect, how to

process our grief, or what it looks like to move forward with the constant companion of a

loss we’ll never “get over.” Here’s the good news: you don’t have to navigate this alone.

Jen Babakhan is the trustworthy voice of a friend and grief mentor you need. If you have

a parent with a terminal illness (or know someone who does), don’t delay in getting a

copy of Disrupted. Your heart will be grateful you did.” 

Becky Keife, author of The Simple Difference and Create in Me a Heart of Peace