About the book:
We all know that day-to-day living can be difficult or, at times, decorated with unexpected joys. But, life also throws out the unthinkable and unimaginable. When life comes at you, who needs fiction? The Totaled Woman proves that real life is much stranger than any fiction you’ll ever read!
Comprising individual true stories, The Totaled Woman shares the challenges and joys from a mother’s perspective in a home with five precocious children and a brilliant (if impractical) scientist husband. Marcia Veldhuis lays the reality of motherhood and life on the line in the individual events she shares with the reader. From chasing owls out of the house and setting shoes on fire, to donning goggles to peel onions and finding a dead husband, Veldhuis invites the reader into the joy, sorrow, hilarity and difficulty of each unbelievable situation. In The Totaled Woman, Veldhuis looks beyond the crisis of the moment and finds the lessons that God would have.
Veldhuis says, “These stories are true, totally true. There are perhaps some writers who would feel the need to pad truth with fiction or put several stories together to make that one seem more fantastical. This has never been needed in our home! Day-to-day living has always been stranger than fiction.”
Readers of all ages will enjoy this book, which includes simple artwork by the author that adds to the humor and personality of the overall work. You will clearly see that joy in the Lord is the strength of families and thereby, nations.
A book of vignettes about the the ups and downs and challenges of motherhood. Each story seems to have been written as it happened. Some are funny, some are poignant. My main complaint is that there are a mixture of tenses not only throughout the book, but also within each story. This was distracting to me as I read. However, this is a short, easy book to read, and many women will find inspiration within its pages.
There are daily joys in motherhood and sometimes it's hard to look beyond the frustrations to find those joyful moments. I can completely agree with the author when she says, "Day-to-day living has always been stranger than fiction." That is certainly the case at our house.
Thank to Arielle at Bring it On! Communications for the opportunity to review this book. You can read additional reviews here and here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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