Category: women’s issues

If:Gathering Reflections from Madison West

This past weekend, myself and 190ish other women spent Friday afternoon through Saturday evening in a gymnasium at the If:Madison West gathering. In addition to listening to gifted women speak from the If:Gathering stage, there was a lot of laughing, some crying, lots of singing, and a good amount of discussions and prayer. I was SO GLAD to have a few of my good friends with me (thanks for coming, Jackie, Debbie, and Deborah!). We had some great discussion processing and praying through what we heard.

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photo credit: Lisa Wilcox Photography

 

The If team walked us through the story of Joshua and the theme surrounding BELIEF. We looked at with faith is (and is not), explored reasons we have a hard time believing, heard ways on how we can believe, and dreamed of what could happen if we lived out our faith more courageously in our everyday lives.

Lots and lots of great things came out of this gathering, but I’m gonna give you my TOP FIVE. 

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photo credit: Lisa Wilcox Photography

 

#5 Rest. I sat in a room for a day and a half, full of other women, talking, listening and resting. We were catered a delicious meal (thanks to Bunky’s Cafe!) and I ate the most delicious chocolate cake. No one asked me for a bite of my food, to wipe their bottoms, get them a snack, put their robe on, or pick out every black bean out of their soup. No miniature child but her sweet chubby hand over my mouth so I would stop talking and pay attention to only her.  I just sat and listened and shared what was on my heart. And before you judge, let me tell you, I was not the only one sitting around my table who were thinking the exact things :). A true gift of rest!

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#4 Be courageous. Christine Caine spoke on Saturday afternoon on Joshua 1. First, she talked about how when the Lord came to Joshua, He said, “Moses my servant is dead. Now then….” He was calling Joshua to move forward. The days of Moses were over, but He was moving the Israelites forward. How many times do we look back to the past and think, “If I could only get back to that place, then …” We longingly remember sweet periods of our life when we felt like God was really working in our lives and through our lives. But now? Well, we’re still trying to get back to that. We’re hanging onto things that are dead. God’s saying to us, “yes, yes, I was working in that way or in that relationship or in that ministry. But come on, I’m moving on to something else. Please come with me– I’m working over here now– come on and join me.”

She also really encouraged us to not be afraid to be uncomfortable. We are created to be dangerous to the dark places of the world. The call of God is nearly always inconvenient.

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photo credit: Lisa Wilcox Photography

 

#3 Hearing from local women who are changing their part of the world. Several people in our gathering shared parts of their journey of faith, but one woman in particular really impacted me. She’s the founder of Lilada’s Living Room, an organization that creates safe, healing spaces for female survivors of sexual abuse here in Madison. Lilada shared a little bit about how she got where she is today, and encouraged us to look at our places of pain when asking God to show us “our place” of calling or ministry. For many of us, it’s our places of pain that we think hold us back from taking that next step of faith. But in reality, God is inviting us to share with others the same comfort that He has ministered to us (2 Corinthians 1.3-7).

I just love hearing how God is working in our specific community. It’s really easy to not know what’s going on and believe that kingdom work is only trudging along. But hearing the stories of God healing, comforting, and saving women and men here in Madison- it’s encouraging and inspiring to say the least.

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photo credit: Lisa Wilcox Photograpy

 

#2 Worshiping God through some AWESOME music! We had a fantastic team of musicians to lead us in singing worship to our God. To worship with women from all walks of life, from different churches around the city, in different styles– it was just beautiful.

#1 Lynne Hybels. Shauna Niequist sat with her momma (Lynne Hybels) on stage and together they told a beautiful story of a momma who wasn’t living into her own gifts, passions, and dreams for far too long, and how a resurrection of faith, hope, and healing at just the right time allowed a daughter to see exactly what she needed to see- a woman of faith, fully unleashed, living into a call that God had on her life. I had read part of the story before on Shauna’s blog, but to see Shauna and Lynne talk together on that stage– I wept. Daughters need their mommas to show them what it looks like to follow God and live into their giftings, not afraid of what others are going to do or say. It made me think of how much I want to set a good example for all my kids of what it looks like to follow God, even when it means doing life  little untraditionally. As much as I want to be there for my kids as much as I can, I also want my kids to know that they are not the center of my world. Our God is. Lynne writes this on Shauna’s blog (I didnt take a single note from the actual If talk because I was giving 100% of my attention to the stage):

Most women I know are really good at giving. And we should be good at giving. We follow in the way of a Savior who gave himself for the world. But Jesus didn’t give himself indiscriminately; he didn’t give people everything they wanted. Jesus knew his calling from the Father; he knew the unique shape of the redemptive gift he was to give to the world. I believe that too many women give bits and pieces of themselves away, indiscriminately, for years and years, and never have the time or energy to discern their unique calling from God, never have the time or energy to play the redemptive role they are gifted and impassioned to play. The result is a lot of good-hearted, devout Christian women who are exhausted and depressed.”

Whew. Good stuff. Stuff I’m glad I hear now instead of 20 years down the road.

I had a great time at the If:Gathering– connecting with other local women, reflecting on great speakers’ messages, figuring out what faithfulness and belief and calling look like in our lives. Thanks to the If:Team for spearheading this event!

Also big shoutout to Zion City Church and Blackhawk Church for co-hosting this great event! It was so much fun and I think we should partner on more events like this in the future!

[Sidenote: I also really loved Jen Hatmaker’s talk on the topic of “what keeps us from believing?” I also didn’t take very good notes (I have a hard time keeping good notes while listening. Apparently I need to go back to college), so I didn’t list it above. The one thing I remember besides “The parent is in the elevator” situation is that she said that we live out God’s Kingdom to the same measure we really believe it. Bazinga.]

 

IF:Gathering 2015

Last year I had the opportunity to attend a new conference called the IF:Gathering.

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The IF:Gathering exists to “gather, equip, and unleash the next generation of women to live out their purpose.”

The basic guiding principle was, “If God is real, then what?” and we spent a couple days listening to speakers and discussing and praying in small groups.

My experience:

The speakers did a good job and I was introduced to several women that I hadn’t really heard of before. I especially like that it opened my world to a few new books and resources that were helpful to me last year. Rebekah Lyons and Sarah Bessey were the two that I liked most and I hoooooope they’ll be speaking again this year.

I ended up going by myself because I didn’t really know very many people yet in this new city of mine, and figured this would be a possible venue for budding friendships (I spent my whole first year in Madison doing this- whew, if that’s not exhausting for an introvert!). I ended up meeting a couple of women a little further down the road than me, and they were a huge blessing to me. They listened, they shared, they asked questions, they were totally honest– such a great experience!

This year will be the second year of the IF:Gathering (February 6th and 7th) local, and I’m super excited about it as well. I’ll be going with a few women that I already know, which will be fantastic, and I’m looking forward to a weekend of refreshing time with speakers and discussion and prayer and time to think (!). The really cool thing about the IF:Gathering is that you don’t have to fly to a big central location to attend. Community leaders have set up a bunch of local gatherings around the country, OR if there are none right near you, you can also just attend by yourself (or with a friend) from the comfort of your own home!

I’d recommend this gathering if you are in need of some space to learn and pray and discuss with other women what it looks like to live out whatever calling God has placed on your life.

 

 

 

 

Developing friendships at ages 5 and 35

A couple days ago, my daughter walked all the way home from school holding hands with another Kindergartener that she met only a month or two ago. They quietly hung back behind the rest of us, talking, holding hands, and examining all of the interesting nature trinkets they could find.

It got me thinking about childhood relationships and how easy they were, generally. You meet someone and just start playing. You have fun, run around, chase each other, tell each other secrets, and decide that you are Best Friends Forever after an afternoon of play.

It’s not always so easy as we get older huh? Not only do you have to decide if you and potential friend have enough in common to get along, but there’s also those other subtle, unspoken “tests” that friends have to pass.

Tonight I was reading a great article about making friends over at The Art of Simple. The author shared a part of a New York Times article that described a few of the secrets of making close friends:

“As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.”

It’s pretty hard to accidentally do that these days, especially for stay-at-home parents. Let’s be honest, there’s not too many “unplanned interactions” for moms of multiple young children. Even going to the bathroom can be a calculated decision! So what does it look like to invest in others at this stage in life?

I think the author of the article brought up some great ideas (eating together, texting one another throughout the day, meeting needs before they’re spoken, teach each other things, etc.)… what would you add to the list?

 

Review: Surprised by Motherhood

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Surprised by Motherhood by Lisa-Jo Baker

I was surprised by this book.

I guess I didn’t really know much about Lisa-Jo Baker. I knew that she works with (in)courage, but that’s the extent of my knowledge. I put off on requesting this book because I just wasn’t sure if I wanted to read another motherhood book. I’ve read one book too many that I thought were going to be empowering and encouraging, only to find myself feeling frustrated and missing the motherhood mark.

After 4 chapters in, I was talking to Jake about how I really liked this book, and I felt like Lisa-Jo got me and other moms like me– the ones that love being a mom, but didn’t necessarily always dream of being a mom; the ones that never babysat growing up because, well, we’re just not “kid” people; ones that love their littles fiercely and see the huge value of being intentional in the way we love them, care for them, teach them and disciple them; ones that also have passions besides our family, and believe that God has not let us off the hook in pursuing those.

Jake: How many chapters have you read?

Me: about 4, maybe 5.

Jake: This is what you say every time.

Me: What?

Jake: You “love” a book at the beginning, but then it begins to spiral downward and you end up wanting to throw the book across the room.

Me: ….. Oh. I didn’t even think about that possibility….Oh no…. What if this book does this too?!

Welp, IT DIDN’T!!!! I was so nervous she was going to do the whole “I didn’t want to have kids, but then I had kids and I’m so convinced that God only wants me to stay at home and put every ounce of energy towards my kids and home.” Blessings to you if that’s what you want to do, but some of us simply can’t, and we need women who are paving the way in what it looks like to love our family deeply while also pursuing other callings too! Because, let’s face it, those of us who fall into this camp sometimes feel like we need to hide our other passions because we don’t want others to think that we don’t love God or don’t love our kids or don’t love our husbands.

In Surprised by Motherhood, Lisa-Jo Baker tells her story- a story of coming of age, losing her mom, becoming a mom (of 3 children), moving around the world, being a stay-at-home parent, being a work-from-home parent, and an outside the home working parenting, engaging in the fight against human-trafficking. Lisa-Jo also beautifully describes the real, deep identity change that comes when becoming a mother (also known as matrescence).

Lisa-Jo Baker is probably the best writer I have ever read. Her writing is creative, but in a very down-to-earth kind of way.  I cried through most of this book– and not because it’s a necessarily sad story. I mean, parts of it are sad, but I think it’s because she wrote in a way that embraces all the joys and hurts and realness of life as a daughter and a mother and a follower of Jesus. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the book:

[talking about her mom’s transition into having kids]: “She constantly danced between her old life and her new. With the books and movies and stories that ran so thick and deep insider her, it was sometimes hard to find room for her kids. But on the days she invited us in- on those days it was magical.”

[also talking about her mom]: “She said things I wish she could take back. She said things I’m sure she’d wish she could take back. And they wriggle deep under my skin without my even realizing it, buried there for years before my own babies force me to dig them out.”

Mothers are born from the strands of so many stories woven like DNA- tenderly, delicately, and sometimes painfully into this thread that runs through families.

I also feel a special connection with her because her #2 sounds an awful lot like my #2, and if you want to now what I’m talking about, you’ll just have to read her book :).

You can find more about Lisa-Jo on her blog (she offers a few free chapters over there), on FB or Twitter. A huge thank you to Lisa-Jo for writing this book. You are paving the way for more stories like your own, and a huge band of women will be forever grateful and encouraged!

Thank you to the publisher for proving a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Book Review: Freefall to Fly

A few weeks ago, I attended the If:Gathering {Local} and was very impressed by one of the speakers- Rebekah Lyons. Before this, I was very familiar with her husband- a part of the Catalyst Conference and then founder of Q Ideas, but I didn’t know anything about Rebekah. I must admit that when I first saw the line-up, I was a bit skeptical. Was the conference team giving her a platform simply because of who her husband is? {Little did I know that she is the co-founder of Q Ideas!}

Rebekah’s talk was humble and gentle, yet bold and strong. After the conference, I quickly requested her book from the library and immediately moved it to the top of my reading list when it came in.

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In Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning, Rebekah shares her story of finding her calling, her purpose, her God-given gifts. Her writing style is beautiful and full of authenticity and intimacy. She reveals her good parts and the parts that many would want to sweep under the rug. She tells of her fears of mental illness, of her deep love for her son who has special needs, of her panic attacks, of her being at the end of herself, and of her discovery of the gifts that God has given her. I’m so glad that her mom told her one day at the park, “I always thought you’d be a writer”, because this beautiful lady knows how to write and is impacting the lives of thousands of women around the world through her willingness to share her struggles and journey toward meaning.

At the end of this book, I was tempted to jump on her website, and beg her to let me come visit her for a week, or perhaps mentor me from afar. I slept on the idea, and in the morning thought that that may be a very odd thing for an author to hear from a stranger. So, alas, I’m just hoping that she writes more or speaks somewhere in the midwest within driving distance!

You can follow her on FB, Twitter, or her blog.

Book Review: Wonder Women

When I took this tiny little book out of the package, I was a little surprised.

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“It’s just so….tiny.” I wondered if it would even be big enough to say anything of value.

Yes, it does. And I’m reading it again.

Title:

Wonder Women: Navigating the Challenges of Motherhood, Career, and Identity

Author:

Kate Harris and Andy Crouch

What it is about:

This tiny book is one of many in the new Frames series, a collection of books put out by the Barna group, a trusted research group interested in the intersection of religion and culture. You may recognize a couple of books that the president of Barna, David Kinnaman, has written- unChristian, You Lost Me, and The Next Christians. In this series, each book takes one of today’s trends and provides current research on that topic, and then provides a thoughtful analysis as well as a way to reframe the conversation in a helpful way.

In Wonder Women, the author Kate Harris does a good job of analyzing the research that was done in 2013 on women’s identity as it relates to motherhood and work. One of the most surprising (and troubling) statistics that I discovered in this book is that while many women feel overcommitted at home and at work, hardly any women feel that way with their church and friend commitments. In fact, when asked which areas they would like to improve in, the highest percentages were first at church and next with friends. The research seems to indicate, from what I’ve read, that perhaps women don’t have as many close friendships as we seem to have. It is common to hear that women are highly relational and have an easy time making friends, while most men in our country do not have close relationships with other men. Could it be that many of us women actually don’t have close friends, but are afraid to admit that, feeling like we’re “the only one”?

Kate does an even better job at explaining the tensions that modern women feel in relation to juggling all of her responsibilities and opportunities. To have kids or not have kids? To stay at home or work part-time or work full-time, or perhaps a combination of these? If a woman chooses to work, what area to pursue? What does “career” look like for a mom? So many questions, but most of the “answers” surround managing logistics. Kate shares about her own tensions:

On the one hand, I find deep joy and satisfaction in my role and responsibilities as wife and mother. I aspire to fully and imaginatively stewards the gifts of my family and home. At the same time, I feel drawn to launch new projects, meet new people, and engage in all manner of interests and responsibilities that take me away from home. (p. 31)

Kate wants to turn that conversation altogether. Instead of managing “tensions”, what if we just admitted and embraced that we are whole people for whom life does not fit into compartmentalized boxes?  She uses the idea of vocation, creation, constraint, incarnation, covenant/community, coherence, and consent to spin the conversation around, challenging women to recognize themselves as whole beings who are doing Kingdom-work, wherever they are. She encourages women not to just choose something because you feel like you have to be one thing, but to pursue God and feel free to walk in the spaces He creates for you, all the while realizing that we have constraints on each one of us (men and women alike).

I loved that this short book gives a thoughtful alternative to the “you can do it all” message that our culture gives women without the churchy “woman’s place is in a home” response.

My takeaway:

ONE of my takeaways (man, there are so many) is to not despise the constraints of life (which for me right now is having many young children, the need to sleep, and a lack of financial resources). Kate opened my eyes to the fact that simply by being human, we have constraints, as seen as the incarnation.

These particular confines draw our attention to the fact that God himself, who has all the universe at his disposal, was not atwitter about maximizing potential, ‘having it all’, or chasing down effectiveness. Of course, his power was not constrained, as we see in his miracles and resurrection. But he chose to take on human constraints. with all his wisdom, he did not choose to transcend time or space or decades or even the rote mechanics of gestation, labor and delivery. Rather he chose to work through the same ordinary human constraints we all face- he did not see these as impediments but rather as purpose. (p. 58)

Questions I’m now asking:

What are the constraints in my life that are staying put, and how can I learn to embrace them?

If I apply the idea of vocation (rather than career) to my life, what are the words and ideas that I could use to describe my vocation? (this one is a question adapted from the book)

How can the church do a better job of furthering this conversation- talking about vocation, limitations, disappointments, community, and brokenness?

Where can you go to learn more?:

Here’s a bit more about the Barna group, and specifically about the Frames series.

You can learn more about Kate Harris by visiting the Washington Institute of Faith, Vocation, and Culture.

Thank you to Booklook Blogger for providing a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Graceful: Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

About a year ago, I reviewed Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life by Emily Freeman. If you need a refresher, you can find it here. Because I liked it so much, I agreed to do a review of another version of this book, only this time for young women (i.e. high school). This one is called Graceful: Letting Go of your Try-Hard Life. While it has been awhile since I’ve been around high school girls, I do remember my own high school experience, and think that I would have really benefited from a book like this.

41li2+Xi5RL._SL500_AA300_Again in this book, Emily reveals the behaviors that girls hide behind, why they do it, and what Scripture has to say about the things we hide behind. The main portion of the book addresses each role, and then addresses the issue from all sides. The roles include: actress, girl next door, activist, heroine, bystander, judge, intellectual, and dreamer. I think most girls will connect with at least one, if not multiple, roles.

I was surprised by how non-youth-ish this book was. Emily gave some great stories that I think young women will connect with, and she communicated in ways that respects the readers’ stage of  “almost adulthood.” Emily’s husband is a youth pastor, and Emily leads a small group of high school girls at her house every Sunday night. I can only imagine that that small group is incredibly transformative for those girls. Emily seems to really “get” this age and stage, and can communicate truth about Scripture and identity in a clear and down-to-earth way.

If you have a high school girl in your life, this just might be a great book to get for her. I’m considering donating mine to a library so that MANY girls can take advantage of it!

 

Thanks, Baker Books, for providing me a review copy in exchange for an honest book review! And thanks for letting me take so much time to do it… 🙂

 

 

Review: Unglued

About 6 months ago, a few of my girlfriends and I accidentally started a book club. It started with a casual conversation about how two of us wanted to read a book, and why not invite a couple more people who would probably like it too? After a month or so, we got together to talk about it, and then a few weeks later, we get an email from one of the women with another book idea. Sure! Why not?

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Next week we’ll be discussing our third (?) book. Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by author, blogger, ministry leader Lysa Terkeurst is one that several of us had heard about through the bloggy world grapevines and thought it might be good for us. I must admit that I was surprised that everyone wanted to read this one. Y’all, this group of women consists of some of the most mild-mannered, sweet women I have ever met. I actually can’t imagine any of them making anything but calm, level-headed decisions, but whatever. Anyone who knows me well knows that this is probably one that I should keep in a handy location.

Lysa describes two ways of dealing with emotions in unhealthy ways- either exploding (Exploding and Shaming ourselves for it OR Exploding and Blaming others for it), or stuffing (Stuffing and Building Relational Barriers OR Stuffing and Collecting Retaliation Rocks). People who are “stuffers” often think they don’t have any issues (because they can “control” them), but in reality, stuffing is no better than exploding on people. I’m pretty sure no one needs examples of these two experiences, but Lysa gives them anyway- many of them funny and almost all of them relatable (she has 5 teenagers- need I say more?). Lysa also wisely acknowledges that many of us do more than one (or all four) depending on who we are relating to.

Lysa helps the reader understand that most of the release of raw emotion is related to unhealthy thought patterns.

“After all, how a woman thinks is often how she lives.”

She also gives some practical advice about how to make good choices even when we are feeling those raw emotions. Having a plan before we are sitting in the raw emotion and needing to make choices is half the battle. Also, making choices of blessing others who have hurt us, and trying to recognize that hurtful words coming at us *may* be an indication of something that is more about them than about us is also a helpful thing to keep in mind.

In some ways, this book doesn’t give a whole lot more depth than others on how to handle raging emotions. However, in this book Lysa offers some practical ways to begin exploring one’s “underbelly”– the deep inside of ourself that always manifests itself externally, in some form. Lysa also offers the invitation to “imperfect progress”…recognizing that success is often two steps forward and one step back. Holiness doesn’t happen overnight, and Lysa is quick to offer grace as we move in that direction.

To read more about Lysa, you can find her blogging here.

Grass isn’t always greener….

I really like my job.

I’m incredibly thankful for the opportunity to do what I’m doing, and doing so in such a family-friendly environment.

And many days I’m perfectly content going off to work in the mornings, confident that the rest of the family is going to have a fun day and do things that are probably more fun and exciting than if I was the one staying home with them.

But there are those days when I just wish I was the one at home.

I have so many ideas of activities I’d like to do with the kids.

The kids are in slightly annoyingly talkative stages, but the upside is that they say incredibly funny things on a regular basis.

I really wish I had the time during the day to do family administration, catching up with friends with quick emails and phone calls, daydreaming and list-making during those minutes of time that one can often find during the day if they are quick to take snatch them.

But often times I’m just tired in the evenings…I mean, of course I was tired in the evenings when I was home with the kids too. But this kind of tired is a little different. It’s a tired that doesn’t get energized by projects and internet errands and whatnot because that’s what I’ve been doing all. day. long. I’ve been having a hard time touching the laptop for anything other than Facebook and Pinterest in the evenings because I’m just tired of emails and computer screens. Instead, I’ve been turning to TV (I know) or more often than not, sleep.

It’s good to be on this side of the fence, because I’m reminded that the grass really isn’t greener on either side.  Being at home is both great and hard. So is being outside the home all day. It really is just different, but each does hold its own set of challenges.

Review: Letting Go of Perfect

“How do I let go of my idea of perfect in order to grasp the perfection of God?” (195) This is the question that Amy Spiegel expects readers to ask themselves after reading this book. Letting Go of Perfect is a book that addresses the expectations we have on ourselves and how to walk with God (and beside others) in a more authentic way.

Sometimes we put expectations on ourselves that bog us down more than allow us to be freed up to live an abundant life. In a world where we are encouraged to have a perfectly decorated house, fashionable clothes, cute hair, crafty pins, picture-perfect kids, Spiegel offers a breath of fresh air- what if that’s not what God asks of us?

Instead, Spiegel spends 190 pages discussing some different ideas that we may want to think about when it comes to living a faithful life. She raises questions that take into consideration valuable principles like simplicity, rest, living peacefully with those who have different ideas than us, contentment, friendship, and showing grace to our family.

Spiegel is a mother of four kids who lives in a college area, so she gets the crazyness that comes with raising kids and also being involved in the community around her. I love that she “gets” the crazyness and knows that she doesn’t get it all right, but yet she continues to pursue God and pursue people in a faithful way.

My favorite chapter was the one titled “Chaotic House on the Prairie.” In it she talks about how we have so many opportunities at our fingertips– not only for ourselves, but also for our children. She asks, “how do we practice discernment and simplicity when it comes to our social lives as individuals and families? (50-51)” Great question, huh? She shares her experience of working through all of this, and then offers three guiding principles as we try and decide what we say ‘yes’ to and what we don’t.

  • Do I actually want to do this activity?
  • How will my making this commitment impact my most important responsibilities?
  • What would those who know me best tell me to do? (This one is great for those of us who tend to say yes to everything)

I think those who would MOST benefit from this book are those early in motherhood who feel like they can’t do it all, and they’re tired of trying. A few of the chapters will probably most resonate with those late in college or just out of college. Speigel offers some good questions to help readers think through different areas of life in a way that is faithful to the Scriptures as well as relevant to the culture in which we live.

You can also read more about Amy by checking out this interview over at Her.menuetics.

I’m so thankful to Amy for sending me a review copy, and she has so GRACIOUSLY included a book for one of you! Leave a comment, telling me why you’d like to read this book. I’ll announce the winner by email and on this blog post later this week.

UPDATE: Collena and Bethany- you’ve both won books!!