Sunday, May 20, 2007
SAHM I Am by Meredith Efken
Written in the form of email postings from each of the listserv members, readers will get to know and understand the various SAHMs in this Godly group of women. Not being married, nor a mother, I didn't know what SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) meant at first. (Thankfully it wasn't too hard to figure out since the "mommies" discussed their misunderstood role with one another.) It was also a little hard for me to relate to some of the characters since I've never been in their situation--trying to raise a family in a Godly home. However, as a single person, I could relate to the "well-meaning" antics of crazy family members, as well as the frustrations of trying to run a home on their own. This book had me laughing and crying, and I was really excited to find out that there was a sequel....
@ Home for the Holidays by Meredith Efken
The sequel to SAHM I AM, the postings from the SAHM group members continue. Readers become witnesses to the day-to-day hassles that affect SAHMs and their families. This book was a little more in-depth with the relationships between certain members of the group, which was nice since things were left "hanging" in the first book. It was refreshing to see that even the best laid plans sometimes falter, but with God's strength and faithfulness, we can pull through--which is what the message seemed to be for me. Both books are very quick reads, and I know you'll grow to love the honesty of the characters as much as I did.
If the Shoe Fits by Marilynn Griffith
I didn't realize that this book was part of a series (The Sassy Sistahood)when I started it, but no worries--I still understood what was happening with the plot and the characters. (If you want to start with the first book in the series, it's called Made of Honor.) I'm still in a state of longing after having read this book...without giving too much away, Rochelle owns her own shoe store in which she designs and creates high-end shoes for most of her customers. After being single for 18 (?) years, she is provoked into joining a local Christian dating service called A Match Made in Seven. After going on several group-dates, "Chelle" is being pursued by several handsome and available men. However, her life starts to get crazy and "complicated" (don't we all know how that goes) and now she's second-guessing her decisions.
Now for my longing part--I've only been single for seven years and it feels like forever. I feel sad that she had to wait so long before she found men who were interested in her. I wonder if I'll have to wait that long? (If so, my momma can kiss those biological grandchildren from my side goodbye! :) I keep telling her that Madison is her grandchild, but she hasn't accepted that fact yet.) It seems that as soon as I decide I'm okay being single, I read a great book like this one that has me praying for more...I know--it's all in God's timing and I obviously have some major issues to work through before the timing becomes right. Keep praying....I know I will be. :)