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Getting Serious About Your Bookshelf

Readers who have followed me here from my other blogs know that it’s been a dream of mine to start a book club. One of the reasons I want to start a book club is when I am reading a book and have a strong reaction to something in it, I want to have someone to turn to with some easily readable facial expression and just say “Right?” or “Seriously?” or “Oh my goodness, did you get to chapter 3? Didn’t you just die!” (OK, so I don’t talk like that last sentence, but I’ve always wanted to say, “didn’t you just die!” as an exclamation and not a question. Anyway) Aside from confirmation of my personal reaction to books, I like the discussions, the different perspectives, and the feeling of picking a really good book that really resonates with people. As a writer myself, it’s what I hope my (yet to be published) books will do. To this point, however, said dream of a book club has never gotten off the ground, even though the ladies at church think it might be a fun idea.

One thing I’ve really gotten into is reading Christian non-fiction. I’m very picky about what I read, because I’m very picky about what I let influence my overactive imagination center. I felt half crazy with fright over the months I read Stephen King’s IT on my lunch break, alternately terrified, disgusted, laughing, and confused. It was so not good for me, but I need one of those every once in a while, and his dialogue and writing is top notch.

Where was I going with this? Oh, yeah.

I’m picky about what I read now as I get serious about my life. You should be, too. I already talked about the influence of social media, but if you have been to the twitter accounts or facebook, you know I don’t use those much. My major influences are blogs and books (and TV/movies, but that’s a whole other animal for another day).

When someone I follow on twitter mentioned that the book publisher they worked for gives copies of books for review to bloggers, I decided to follow up on it. I’ve always wanted to review books! Ever since third grade book reports, I’ve wanted to tell people what I think about books (I imagine it was like this for Roger Ebert with movies). I’ve heard about bloggers getting advanced copies and read the reviews and wondered how I could get that gig.

Well, I got it! Only, it’s not a gig, as in a job. But it comes with free books.

The first book I get to review is perfect for this site, ladies. If you are like me, you may have heard of Sara Horn’s book, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife. The book was about her year-long experiment trying to live the Proverbs 31 wife life. While I haven’t gotten a chance to read that one, I saw part of her interview on Today, and I remember really wanting to read it. So I was beyond excited to get chosen to review her new book, due out in August of this year. When I saw the title, I knew I had to request it, and I prayed I’d get it. It’s one of my favorite topics to discuss with women, and one we need to get serious about if we are going to be wives.

I’m reviewing My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife. *Insert happy dance here*

Wait, are you guys dancing, too? I can’t see you, but you probably aren’t. Sara even points out in the introduction to the book how so many women want to wear the banner of Proverbs 31 wife, but that word “submissive” gets a different reaction altogether. Which is why I really want to read it. I want to see what she experienced trying to live submissively. I want to know if I agree with what she did–do I think that was being submissive or does it seem like she was taking it to the extreme? Do I agree with her interpretation of the scriptures? How hard is it for her to live it out and not just patronize her husband? I’m so excited to dive in.

Will you be reading my review? What questions about this book would you want me to answer in said review? Has anyone read My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife?  Does anyone remember the show, My So-Called Life? Who wants to be in the Serious Season Book Club?



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