Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sex, Style and Substance Give-A-Way

 I have been reading Hallie Lords new book Sex, Style and Substance over the last few days and it is good.  The first chapter by Jennifer Fulwiler was laugh out loud, nose snorting funny.  If I were drinking I would have been hard pressed to not spit out whatever was in my mouth because I was laughing that hard.  The topic was on being the Catholic woman God intended YOU to be....not what your neighbor might look like.  Very good thoughts, very funny presentation.
 The next chapter was written by 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??
 I get this!!  I am a visual person.  Pete is a visual person (hence the 500 pictures a week I take).  I am very much inspired and affected visually.  I know that on days that I have not put effort into the way I look I struggle just a bit more than normal.  Is this vanity??  That is always the question that is lurking in the back of women's minds.  And just as Hallie states in her book, and I have always thought, NO!!  Taking care of yourself and wanting to be the best edition of yourself is not vain!!  I am who I am!  I like to look nice.  I like how I feel when I am showered and my hair is done.  Pete especially likes it this way.  I take care of me so I better take care of him. 
 In 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).


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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.
enjoy...





31 comments:

  1. I have been wanting this book! Your review makes me want it even more!!!

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  2. Oh, I have been wanting this book!

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  3. Sounds like a great book....thanks for letting me know about it. I hope to be reading it soon!

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  4. This book sounds amazing! :)

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  5. Awesome review! Makes me want this book! :)

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  6. I actually ordered this last week, and I can't wait to read it! I've been reading these ladies' blogs for some time now, and the book sounds great. Maybe we should do a book study?!

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  7. I've been waiting for this book to become available on amazon.ca :) I can't wait to read it!

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  8. How have I not heard about this book until now?! Thanks for cluing me in! It sounds amazing!

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  9. I would love to read this book. :) Colleen L

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  10. I would love to read this book - it looks great!

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  11. I would love to read this book!

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  12. The book sounds great! I'd love to read it!

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  13. I would LOVE to read it, as well as have Hallie help me out w/ fashion. :) I love the F&F podcasts.
    I know just the friend to share this with, too, so thank you!

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  14. You are such a sweetheart for offering this! Read it, I will.

    Heather S.

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  15. I would love to read it!!! I can totally relate to your exercise need. Nothing better than a good run.

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  16. I've been planning to buy this but haven't done so yet. Glad to hear it's a great read!

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  17. I have this saved in my Amazon wishlist!!! Can't wait to read it!

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  18. I would love to win this book...I am in a phase to better myself and this sounds awesome. So whether I win it or not, it sounds like I need it on my book shelf. Thanks for offering it as a giveaway!
    Layne

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  19. What a great book review! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

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  20. I love your blog!
    I need this book!!!!
    I need to start exercising more and taking some time for me!
    What's the saying..."when Mama's happy...everyone's happy"!!!!
    Have a great weekend!

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  21. I hope I win!! I love these books and I can't wait to read the first chapter!

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  22. The book sounds like a winner -- I would love a chance at it.

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  23. I have this on my Amazon wishlist; I would love to win a copy! Thanks for offering a chance at it. :o)

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  24. Thank you for this giveaway! I would love to read this book!!!

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  25. I've been waiting for this book to come out and would love to win a copy. I can't wait to read it. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  26. I,too, would love to read this book. It sounds like it's just the book I need. I do tend to compare myself with other women and end up trying to add on all of the wonderful qualities I see in other godly women - instead of trying to become the best at what God intends me to be.

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  27. Sounds like a great book! I am always looking for more advice and suggestions. I hope you and your family are doing well. Miss you guys so much! Give everyone a hug and kiss for me. Love, Angela Wilson

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  28. Hope I haven't missed the drawing!! :) Love and miss you!

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  29. Thanks for sharing! This sounds like a wonderful book!

    as@pass-ed.com

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