Friday, April 20, 2012

A Great Read!

I Blame Eve by Susanna Foth Aughtmon

This is the third book I have read by Susanna Foth Aughtmon, behind All I need is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans and My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself. I enjoyed this book as much, if not more than the other two. In her most recent book, I Blame Eve Aughtmon blends stories from her life, being a wife and mother of three boys, with wit and humor shedding light on topics such as craving what does not satisfy, perfectionism and control issues. I found myself nodding my head and agreeing over and over again throughout this book. In Chapter 12, “I am a Perfectionist” Susanna talks about the panic that followed the news that friends would be stopping by on a busy Sunday…in 30 minutes. As her eyes wandered around her ‘messy’ house all she could see were the crumbs on the floor and the laundry mountains on the couch (is it wrong that inside I cheered a little to know that other people have those things as well?) and she went in to full out panic mode. She follows this story with a wonderful discussion about Jesus and concludes with a few wonderful sentences, “Forget about being perfect. He’s (Jesus) got you. Let the worry, the anxiety, the feverish cleaning and anxious preening fall to the wayside, and rest in the knowledge that when you put your heavenly Father first, he will meet all your needs and then some. Even when your house is dirty.” Honestly, I could feel the tension leaving my shoulders when I read those lines.
I Blame Eve is a wonderful read. If you are a busy wife and mom you will relate to and savor the stories in this book. You will laugh, you will nod your head in agreement, you will pray, you will grow.


joan b. said...

Sounds like an excellent book for grandmas, too. Great book review, Anna :)