Monday, October 19, 2009

New Books

Ok, so I decided to try reading again.

I had to give it up for a while because I just couldn't find the self-discipline to put the book down and tend to my family. I would be sucked into the reading vortex and wouldn't emerge until the book was read in completion.

I was looking for some good non-fiction to try to read at a more reasonable pace, and found this book.

I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm pretty confused about my role as a homemaker and a wife. I've definitely heard opinions in every extreme.

I've heard from people who seem to hold the view that a homemaker is essentially mindless and incapable of making rational decisions and therefore dependent on her Godly, smart, and otherwise superior husband to lead her in the way she should go. Can you hear the anger in that statement? I've also heard from people who believe that men are incompetent and that submission is more optional based on the performance of the male.

I've heard that homemaking is a glorious calling that, if done properly, will fulfill the voids in life with personal gratification, and I've experienced that housework is frustrating and nerve wracking, and children seem to get in the way far too much. I've been blissfully happy in my role, and at the point of depression bordering on a physician's intervention.

So I thought that a book like this would help me out by encouraging me in my role. I've only begun the book and I truly wish I had another trusted woman's thoughts about it. The beginning seems a bit "harsh". It reads like a rant from an angry woman.

After the first couple of introductory chapters though I seem to find the relief I was seeking. The practical advice seems down to earth and as I read it sinks into my spirit like a balm.

I would love it if some of my friends and family would read the book (it's not that long) and give me their opinion on it. I'm especially looking for personal opinion about it's scriptural basis, and it's overall tone (e.g. did I pick up on the anger vibe simply because I hold the same anger in my own heart?). I would love to hear from both homemakers and friends who have a professional career. I firmly believe that in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

So, let me know if you have anything to share.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for the great idea!

    I've been wanting to read this book for over 2 years now. I keep forgetting to look for it. Thanks for the reminder!