I took two months or so longer at reading this than I should have, and I didn't fulfill all the cleaning assignments, but I gathered helpful tips, pluI took two months or so longer at reading this than I should have, and I didn't fulfill all the cleaning assignments, but I gathered helpful tips, plugged along at my little jobs, and tackled my monster of a closet once or twice.
I like the focus on grace, though at times it seemed almost too lax. It is a book geared toward mothers, with assignments for kids, so that's not currently applicable to me, but I like that concept, and have seen it help in my sister's family. I also liked that it had Bible reading assignments, though I would have appreciated a little more explanation and depth. Overall I really liked the book, in that it gives things to shoot for, but not so strictly that it overwhelms.
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This book exceeded my expectations, despite a few typos. I had read some of her blog and knew she was an entertaining writer and had some good insightThis book exceeded my expectations, despite a few typos. I had read some of her blog and knew she was an entertaining writer and had some good insights; however, reading it together as a whole made things clearer and more applicable. She addresses the hard questions with grace and care, and everything with humility. She emphasizes studying to form your own convictions. She tells of her joy, struggles, and growth with openness, like a friend encouraging a friend. She busts the myth of femininity having to be tea parties and lace--and gives lots of ideas for reaching out in your community and family. I wish I had read this when I was younger, to see more clearly the beauty, options, and need for industry of stay-at-home-daughterhood! Not that my parents didn't teach me any of this, because they did, and I'm thankful for that. Some of the more specific applications were newer to me, though. I probably wouldn't have really wanted to apply it at a much earlier time, since I wasn't saved until five and a half years ago. Now, there are many underlines in my book, and as Jasmine wrote, I don't just want to read about it, I want to do it! May God help it to be so....more
Great little book. There are three sections, the first dealing with problems we have with others, such as gossip and hurt feelings. The second sectionGreat little book. There are three sections, the first dealing with problems we have with others, such as gossip and hurt feelings. The second section deals with problems with ourselves, such as vanity and legalism. The third section deals with problems with the world, which was probably my favorite, consisting of three chapters--the first on the feminist influence, the second on the role of women in the church, the third with thankfulness amid trials.
Each section has examples, charts, Bible verses, and questions for yourself.
I appreciated the advice to step back and take time to think about a response to others when you are tempted to lash out when feeling emotionally upset.
The section on legalism was good, except I don't agree that hair length is merely cultural. I appreciated this balance: "Do not too quickly label people as legalists just because they have stricter or different personal standards than you. Legalism is not what you or they do but what you or they think about what you do."
Last, but not least, there is an appendix on salvation. It lists a good number of Scripture verses about Jesus, His mission, sin, and clearly lays out that salvation is all of grace....more