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Thursday, September 15, 2011

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn (Book Review)

Title: My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife
Author: Sara Horn
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

About the book: Me? A Proverbs 31 wife? Yeah, right.

Sara Horn always admired the Proverbs 31 wife. . . from afar.  But when she became a busy writer and mom, that image began to look like an impossible ideal.

Or was it?

With humility and humor, Sara set out to immerse herself in all things domestic just to see if the Proverbs 31 woman could exist in the twenty-first century.  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 from a whole new viewpoint.  Through cooking experiments, Cub Scout campouts, failed attempts at knitting, and other household challegnes, she discovers:

  • a new way to define being a godly woman, wife and mom
  • how investing in family and faith brings surprising (and happy!) results
  • how mistakes are opportunities for growth . . . and laughter

Join Sara as she offers you full access into her one-year domestic experiment to see if this biblical model can be embraced by a modern woman -- even one who can't sew.

My thoughts: I think I was expecting a "how-to" guide when I started reading this book.  You know - how to be a good wife, how to be a good mom, how to be a good Christian.  This is not what this book is about - and was I glad. 

Sara writes with humor as she uses the wife described in Proverbs 31 (or Martha 31 - as she calls her) to try to set an example for her.  She aspires to be like Martha 31 as a wife, mom, businesswoman and in her relationship with God.  Things don't always work out as she hoped and a lot of times the situation she finds herself in with her family are somewhat out of her control.

With her husband leaving on a deployment, a house to sell, a new job to start, and a little boy to take care of, she wonders how Martha 31 did it all.  I don't know that I had ever really thought about trying to aspire to all the qualities of the women in Proverbs 31: 10-31.  It starts out with - A good wife who can find?  Sounds to me like the woman who can fulfill all of these qualities are rare.  Does this mean that we should forget about trying to be like her?  I don't think so, I just don't think we should beat ourselves up if we can't do it all.  But most important to remember from these verses is - A woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  If you can remember that one, then He can help you with the others.

There is a 10-Day Challenge in the back of the book that looks interesting.  I am not sure that I could do it in 10 consecutive days, but I might give it a whirl.  I am definitely going to try out some of the recipes that she shares in the back!

Visit my post for First Wild Card Tour to learn more and read the first chapter!

My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife
Publisher/Publication Date: Harvest House Publishers, Sept 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3941-6
204 pages

1 comment:

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I enjoyed your review and the first chapter of this book. This will be on my to read list. I too am glad to hear it is not a how to book. I am interested in seeing how her experiment went.


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