Hallie herself. It was really good too. Of course her chapter was on style and what that may look like on many levels for many different people and seasons. I get this topic!! She talks about how women sometimes have trouble taking care of themselves because of the demands of being a mama. I love reading how Hallie was drawn to the Catholic faith by witnessing a attractively dressed woman who loved her faith. It caught her attention and she wanted to know more. Who would have thought when you dress nice to play at the playground with your 6 kids you are actually EVANGELIZING. After thinking this way I may not feel as bad next time I click checkout on that Zappo's shoe purchase...All for the Glory of God right??
Hallie's chapter on style she talks about woman taking time to exercise as a way of taking better care of yourself. As a couple Pete and I have always taken my exercise time pretty serious. I know that if I did not get that time everyday I would be a different person and not for the good. It can be inconvenient for him to give me that time but he would rather be inconvenienced for that amount of time than live with me the remainder of the day. I usually get up EARLY to get this done and out of the way and it is not always easy. I have always been grateful to Pete for helping me maintain this part of "me". Over the years when I have been especially snarly or grumpy Pete will always suggest I go for a run. He knows how much this helps me and he is willing to put that ahead of his own needs sometimes because he knows how much I benefit from this...which of course makes us all benefit!!
The other chapter in the book that was REALLY awesome was Danielle Bean's!! She rocks!! Her chapter was on marriage and she did a GREAT job giving a wonderful encouraging overview of maintaining a good marriage. I will admit to reading this chapter and feeling a bit convicted IMMEDIATELY on things I needed to brush up on. I put some of her thoughts into action the very night I read the chapter. If for no other reason buy this book to make your husband happy!!
I must admit to reading my favorite contributors first which included the chapter on friendship by Rachel Balducci. It was WONDERFUL. I love this topic and feel like this aspect of womanhood is often overlooked and under emphasized as important. But I am a girl who likes a friend or two and sometimes things don't work out the way you would like. In friendship hearts can be broken or strengthened...I have had both.
I have to tell you all that I got to meet Hallie and become friends with her while living in Alabama. We were in the same home school group.
Her and I were out shopping at my favorite place in the world, White House Antiques, on a day when she was in the middle of this book deal. I was so proud of her and could not believe how excited she must have felt!! I remember going home and being wired all day just thinking of how she must be feeling.
I want you all to but this book...if for no other reason than Hallie is a mama to 5 and a wonderful wife to a great husband. She has taken the time to give us these inspirational words from a list of great writers. And I want to celebrate the success of a friend..(.just like Rachel Balducci reminds us to do in her chapter on being a friend...see great insight is everywhere).
So let me give you the chance to get a copy here!! I want to give away 2 copies of her book!! Just comment on this post and I will draw a winner on Monday night. I want you guys to enter and then ask a friend to enter. Let other people know this is a book worth reading!! It is!! Buy it, win it, whatever you do...just help me celebrate a friend and her success.
And I realize this was a VERY LONG book review and I would never be hired as a brief book reviewer..but hey I had to say all of this and I could have said more.