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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My Life as a So-Called Proverbs 31 Wife...Review

About the book:
Sara Horn always admired the Proverbs 31 wife, but when she became a busy writer and mother, she deemed this model to be dated and impossible. Or is it? Join Sara as she heads into a one-year domestic experiment and offers full access to see if this biblical model can be embraced by a modern woman-even one who can't sew.

With humility and humor, Sara sets out to pursue the Proverbs 31 characteristics through immersing herself in all things domestic, but when her family's situation changes and she must return to a full-time job, she's forced to look at the Proverbs 31 woman with a whole new viewpoint. Through it all, she and readers discover:

What it means to be a godly woman and a wife
How investing in family and faith refines priorities as a spouse and a parent
How mistakes are opportunities for growth

This thought-provoking, surprising, and entertaining personal account will inspire women to try their own experiments in living out God's purpose for their lives.

I will admit that when I first started reading this, I wasn't sure if the author was serious or if she was making fun of Proverbs 31.  I soon realized that she was definitely serious, and her sense of humor is terrific.

After a sermon on the Proverbs 31 wife, Sara decided to see if becoming the Proverbs 31 wife was idealistic or possible. Over the course of a year, she attempts to learn to be a better cook and housekeeper and to be kinder and more patient.  She chronicles her experiences.  There are some great discussion questions, a 10-day challenge and even many of the recipes she learned to cook.

What I appreciated were Sara's conclusions that proving ourselves good wives and mothers, terrific cooks and housekeepers and stressing ourselves out in the process shouldn't be our goal.  We have responsibilities to our families, but we also have responsibilities to God and it's when we put God first that the other things fall into place.  I have seen this happen time and again in my own life.

Sara's narrative is light-hearted but not shallow. Her motivation is sincere and her experiences are often poignant and thought-provoking.  Her theories in the beginning of how she thinks the Proverbs 31 woman came to even be in the bible is hysterical.

Enjoyable and easily recommended.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Harvest House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book.. You can learn more about Sara Horn here.  You can read the first chapter here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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