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So Much More

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  670 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
This book is not another Christian-teenage-girl ''survival guide.'' So Much More shows how Christian girls can wage war with the world and win. The Botkin sisters focus on how young women can rise above their God-hating culture and change it for the better. Today, countless young ladies face difficult problems and challenging questions. While many long for godly purpose in ...more
Hardcover, 333 pages
Published October 17th 2005 by Vision Forum
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Sep 21, 2014 Alexandra rated it did not like it
This is going to be controversial...I don't really know why I'm doing this, other than I slowly want to write reviews for all the books I've read, soooo... :) Oooookay, here I go.

I first read So Much More about nine years ago, and it became my Bible. I ate, drank, slept, walked, talked, and breathed it. I patterned my life after the rules set in the books, I squashed all ideas of anything in my life other than "serving my father" and quoted the Botkin sisters as if they were Jesus.

Now, nine ye
Abbie Riddle
Mar 25, 2010 Abbie Riddle rated it did not like it
This book is laced with binding legalism that just simply does not exist in the bible. The scripture used is out of context and stretched to the extreme to fit man's legalistic views of womanhood confining her abilities to those that do no and can not extend past the home front. Simply put - - - if you want to limit God in the life of your daughter read and apply this book. If you want to release the power of God in your daughter and teach her to ebrace ALL of her identity in Christ choose anoth ...more
Heather Carrillo
Jan 14, 2015 Heather Carrillo rated it did not like it
I just finished So Much More: The Remarkable Influence of Visionary Daughters on the Kingdom of God and I have to say I was very unimpressed. Actually I was more than unimpressed. I think the book is pretty bad.
I recognize that Godly womanhood is under fire in today’s world, but I kind of think Godliness has always been under fire. It’s tough to be a believer. In John 15 Jesus says “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I hav
Ashley Cunningham
Mar 14, 2010 Ashley Cunningham rated it it was ok
I appreciate the sisters trying to write a book about father-daughter relationships, but I think they take it to an extreme, implying that a daughter should be a helpmeet to her father (when it should be the wife) or saying that daughters should wear their father's favorite colors to please him. The book itself was poorly written and, while it was a bit thought-provoking, came across as immature and not well thought-out. I think part of the problem is that they were teenagers when they wrote thi ...more
Jan 31, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: just about everyone
Written by two young women at the ages of fifteen and seventeen, this book is an eye-opening testimony to the impact of home-keeping and the real goals of feminism. With candor and wisdom the girls answer numerous questions that people have today. A large part of the book is about the importance of father-daughter relationships. Since my father is not on earth anymore, this seemed to be unrelated to me, but I found that many of the principles could also be applied to my mother or brothers. I had ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Goragen rated it liked it
A fairly decent book on the father-daughter relationship. I have problems with it, though. I was okay with the book, then, it started talking about women in the workplace. I mostly agree with what it was saying about that, but then it started saying that women should not go to college, because professors could criticize you for your faith. Personally, I think this is very good for the believer in Christ. It can really strengthen you to stand up for your faith. Another thing I had issues with was ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
The Botkin sisters have quite a lot of wisdom to share. They promote a beautiful vision of a strong family united under proper leadership and expose a lot of ugly Marxist teaching that has become common.

Unfortunately, a girl's relationship with her dad seems to be overemphasized at the expense of her other relationships. Particularly the relationship between a girl and her mother. I do not think this was intentional, I think it was a reaction to the anti-dad attitudes and disrespect prevalent in
Audrey Saltarelli
Jan 23, 2015 Audrey Saltarelli rated it did not like it
I hate this book so much. basically a manual on how to lack backbone and submit to patriarchal ideology. It discourages women from having opinions that differ from their parents and encourages them to submit/admire abuse parental figures. this book is so messed up I used it as one of my main supports for how terrible the homeschool community is in a class paper.
Mar 16, 2014 Leah rated it did not like it
I continue to be terrified.
Mar 22, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Pessimist I have been, yet optimistic I still have yet to be, this book grabbed me by my heart-strings and gave a good long, amiable tug. So Much More speaks aloud what I believe we women whisper to ourselves. It seemed to me to be a feministic book from the title inward, but as I started to read a little, I realized it was the exact opposite. It was a return to what we were designed for, what we dream of, and how to deal with the curse that God has cast upon us as sinners. No wonder women thoug ...more
Aug 10, 2009 HannahBeth rated it it was ok
I was planning to do an in-depth chapter-by-chapter review of this book, but I just don't have the time. I have, however, found two very good reviews that I'll share with you.
The first one is done as a chapter-by-chapter review (like I was hoping to do :)), and although she only has the first four chapters done, it's very thorough and I agree with her wholeheartedly. :) You can find it at:

The second is actually two reviews, but they're both done by the same lady. Yo
Sep 25, 2011 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Very encouraging and thought-provoking. This book opens up a Biblical vision for what it means to be a Christian young woman embracing God's design for her femininity in today's feminist culture. There were a few things I didn't understand or necessarily agree with, but the overall message of the book was right on: challenging young women to live with vision and purpose in their God-ordained roles, embrace their femininity, to be strong in character and virtue, and to serve their families and wh ...more
Jessica Letchford
May 21, 2010 Jessica Letchford rated it it was amazing
So Much More was an incredible read. Not only was it extremely well-written by two young amazing ladies, I learnt a lot about feminism – what it's about, it's history, and what feminists are actually saying – about femininity and being a woman – what that looks like and what the Bible has to say about it – and about the family model; how I fit into it and the blessings that come out of a Bible-based family. Definitely five stars - it was amazing.
Jan 16, 2009 aMandalin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-it
One of THE BEST books for Christian females out there in my opinion! Want to know how to be so much more than just the average Christian gal? Read this book!
Jun 09, 2012 Kayti rated it it was amazing
Anybody that wants to change there life a little bit in a great way read this book.

p.s. make sure your heart is open.
Kendra Beth
Jan 26, 2010 Kendra Beth rated it it was ok
It's interesting. I don't agree with everything in it, but the authors definitaly have some interesting points :)
Sep 22, 2007 Melody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: every young woman
Shelves: christian, best-loved
This is a must read for all young women!!
Jun 15, 2008 Addy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian families
This book was probably the best book I've ever read concerning young women. I'm new to this whole biblical girlhood, womanhood, femininity thing and this book answered every one of my question and then some. Furthermore, this book was very easy to read and had great footnotes and gave references to the bible.

The books has eighteen chapters two Appendixes and a acknowledgment.

At times I was a bit uncomfortable seeing how me and my father don't get along very well but the Botkin sisters made it ve
Feb 13, 2012 Faye rated it it was ok
Let me explain my rating, because to some this may seem unfair. I'll admitt that this book had me up really late at night reading and mulling over some things and with prayer I have come to the conclusion that this book is one where you take some things to heart and leave others behind. It's not a one-size-fits-all solution to the worlds troubles. And I believe that some of the passages needed more clarification on what specifically they were saying, because sometimes I would find a Bible verse ...more
Nov 28, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I read a book that I enjoyed so much. So Much More is a book that every single woman needs to read. It brought to my attention so many areas in which my thinking had been influenced by lies related to a woman's role in general, but more specifically, a daughter's role. Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin have taken the simple truths of God's word related to His design for the family and written a piece that I hope will change the world, one woman at a time. They present ...more
Shannon Cooper
Aug 04, 2011 Shannon Cooper rated it it was ok
I did enjoy much of the book. There were a few chapters where certain things seemed to be extra-biblical. I do not see in scripture that it is unbiblical for an unmarried/single woman to go to college or enter into the foreign missions field. I myself have decided not to go to college because of neglect in learning things of biblical womanhood in my life and because I would like to be a wife and mom someday. I also don't see in scripture that a woman has to stay with her father until she is marr ...more
Anna Mosena
May 31, 2013 Anna Mosena rated it did not like it
While this book makes some good points and can be useful in some areas of life, the main message is not really biblical. Nowhere in the bible does it say that a daughter must treat her father like a future husband and be his helpmate. Also, their criticism of women in the workplace and in college is, I believe, completely unrealistic and again, not biblical. Many of the verses they use are twisted around to fit their agenda, and I don't believe they approach this issue wanting to find out what t ...more
Jan 12, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
There was a lot that I agreed with in this book, and a fair amount that I did not agree with, too. I found it to be pretty thorough in discussing family issues and think it would be an excellent springboard for a conservative couple to read before marriage to help them discuss how they plan to raise their family. That was my opinion as a 20-something, rather than the teenagers it is geared for. :-)
Jul 16, 2014 Rosemary rated it did not like it
I had to read this book as research for a project. At first, it was kind of a fun peek into the fundamentalist Christian culture but by the end, I really understood how Dumbledore must have felt at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, where he had to drink all of that horrible liquid in order to reach the Horcrux.
Feb 02, 2013 Erin rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Disagree with the theology presented in this book - using Biblical passages addressing wives to build a case for the actions/roles of daughters.
May 11, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
Hardly ever does anyone dare to question the way life is in western culture. But what if you don't follow the cycle of public school-college-career-retire? What would life be like? Why would you even consider living an alternative way? The Botkin sisters attempt to explain.

Of course, that is a controversial subject, so many people will be offended in just the idea, no matter how gently and kindly someone attempts to explain. I admire the Botkin sisters for their courage in writing what needs to
Michael Jones
Nov 20, 2012 Michael Jones rated it really liked it
This book was begun by these girls when they were 15 and 17 respectively. Gives a wonderful view into the gut wrenching struggles of the late teenage years when young women are wanting to be free and independent of their parents. These girls, listening to the Bible and sermons, take a different tack.

They take the tack of serving their fathers, deciding that if they serve their fathers well, they will be better prepared to love and serve their husbands down the line. By "serve" they don't mean sl
Aug 11, 2008 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Deanna by: Stephanie
Wow! This book is controversial! They directly assaulted Marxism, individualism, feminism and socialism in convincing fashion and come out, in my opinion the winner. Not only does it attack the above but it openly assaults the general Christian population and says they are way off also.

It sure challenged my beliefs in many things, and for the most part has actually changed how I view things. I find myself challenging things in society in my head now and asking questions. "Who said this is the wa
Apr 12, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is a very insightful book that brings to light how Christian young women have been assimilated into the feminist culture. We have compromised the scriptural standard for womanhood and many of us are still quite comfortable with our less-than-Biblical standards.

For those of us who desire to get back to God's original plan for women this is a very encouraging book. With multiple young "heroines" contributing and answering difficult and common questions based on their own experiences, it is v
Jun 14, 2008 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians who want to be challenged even further in their walk
Recommended to Sarah by: HEAV convention
These girls present some really radical ideas that made me think closely about my role as a woman and examine the worldview that I currently hold. The biggest question for me after reading it is still "What role should I allow my culture to have in the formation of my belief system?" According to this book, none whatsoever.

A similar question formed in my mind is "What role did the culture play in forming the beliefs of the NT church?" If I find that the same answer is true of them, then that wil
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