This tackles the question – how are we holy? Where do we find God in the mess of a complex, busy life? If you enjoyed ‘Helen Sloane’s Diary’ you’d enjoy this, even more if you are a parent of school-age children. It was cheerful, real, easy to read, honest, and funny – even if the ‘Dad-jokes’ made me groan! It reminded me of happy and stressful times as a mum and Christian, a scary numbers of years ago, and what life was like trying to juggle everything!
It was interesting that it has an old-fashioned feel – I doubt that these days an average family could afford to have a four-bedroom house, and a parent staying at home to look after the children, on one teacher’s salary. Which is a sad indictment of society. I was fortunate enough to be able to take 8 years off work when I had children, and then go back part-time: it is a shame that not everyone has that choice any more.
Anyway, politics aside, I recommend this book to Christian parents. And as companion reads: some books I found very helpful when I was in the same situation: ‘Patterns not padlocks’ by Angela Ashwin; ‘Plate-spinning’ and ‘The Art of Imperfect Parenting’ both by Sheila Bridge. (Btw: Sheila has an excellent blog: at Live Life Loved: Sheila’s Feelgood Blog)
The resolution (when Becky gets the opportunity to do something for God by going to Guatemala) made me think – what about all the subtle but vital work she was already doing for God? She was growing as a disciple, befriending people, talking to people about her beliefs, bringing up three children in the faith, supporting her husband and church, having amazing conversations with people. Isn’t this as equally important as mission trips to third-world countries? A good point for discussion, perhaps?