Sophie writes the blog, BooMama.net. I got real close to meeting her at Allume in Greenville last October. I was at the back of the crowd, standing on my tiptoes to glimpse her after she made me cry with her Allume keynote speech. I signed up to review her latest book with Tyndale House Publishers. I have had this book for a month. It did not take me a month to read, however. It took me just one day! I have since been savoring the chapters, reading them over and over again. And rewriting drafts of this review.
I mean it is hard to review a book like this in a way. What can I say other than it was great!
My favorite chapter of the book is her discussion of the New Orlean’s wedding in July entitled, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Plan Late-Summer Weddings.” She writes:
“Certainly, I understand that New Orleans has a reputation for great food and great music and a certain degree of, um, mirrh, but none of that negates the fact that July and August are miserable down there. …. OH, MY SEET FANCY MOSES. All I could think of was a song I used to hear on Hee Haw when I was a little girl: Gloom, despair, and agony on me Deep, dark depression, excessive misery … Not that I was being melodramatic or anything.”
Then her prayer made me roll: “Dear Heavenly Father, I realize I have been a little distant lately, what with all my questioning and stubborness and insistence that You should really consider doing things my way. Forgive me for all that, Lord, and help me to trust You more.
“Now. With all that out of the way, I really need to talk to You about this New Orleans in July business.
“Lord, I love my sweet friend Elise. I’d do anything for her. I’d wash her clothes, I’d clean her car, I’d write a seventeen-page term paper for her on the topic of her choosing. But, sweet Jesus, I do believe that this particular travel assignment is beyond me. … This level of perspiration DOES NOT BODE WELL, Lord.
“… Ohhhh, Heavenly Father, would you bind this heat! Would consider a thunderstorm …? Holy Spirit. Breathe on us. But not hot air, Lord. Breathe some cool air. Please. Sir. Lord. Jesus. Some cool, refreshing air. … We’d be oh so grateful.”
She weaves humor into real life lessons in every chapter. In my favorite chapter on the hot NOLA wedding, she waxed poetic on friendship in the end after praying for the cool breeze. She concluded after wanting to find some how to keep her friends together forever to avoid missing them that: “Mama always told me that sometimes God doesn’t give us what we want because He’d rather give us what we need.”
The whole book is filled with joy and life lessons. I definitely recommend this book for all.
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