Saturday, February 5, 2011

Book Review Saturday (Edition 4)

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald.

I have some strong opinions on this book, but they will remain unsaid because I do not want to get on my soap box. My feelings are mixed. I thought Passionate Housewives was going to be more about finding joy in the everyday busyness of full time momming and not about the whole feminist movement. However, there were some times in the book where I could feel a relaxing of my spirit and feeling confident that I am exactly where God wants me to be.

I found the following passage nicely sums up a life at home. Being a full time stay at home mom is not perfect in any sense of the word, but it's good when you know where you're called to be.

"Building a rich and vibrant family culture takes time. It takes initiative and perseverance. There will be seasons when a wife's "culture-building" activities will be dominated by a steady stream of diapers and dirty laundry. Yet we must not miss the significance of these menial tasks -- for they can be compared to the broad brush strokes upon a grand masterpiece.

The home is a place where memories are made, meals are shared, truths are learned, stories are told, and lives are formed and defined. It is a place of industry and usefulness; a place where thousands of cultural expressions are conveyed and where a family's unique flavor and character are cultivated.

The defining light bulb moment for me came in the last chapter, so it was good that I didn't form too strong of opinions on the book and put it down before I  finished reading it in its entirety. In the end, Passionate Housewives Desperate for God has given me -- if nothing else, inspiration to continue to be a keeper at home.


  1. I have this book! It was given to me, but I must admit I have not picked it up and read it yet. I guess I have definately peeked my curiousity!
    Your blog is lovely...will definately be stopping by again!

    Many blessings to you...

  2. I have this book too and read it with mixed feelings. I have serious concerns about the whole Patriarchy movement, yet when I read the book I was... under-whelmed.

    I suppose, yes, encouraged in what I already know/believe and encouraged to be a good wife/mom.


  3. Yay for keepers at home! I wouldn't want to be doing anything else :-)


  4. I LOVE that paragraph about "home is where memories are made...." I'm going to print that out and post it up next to my computer. Love that. Such good encouragement for me today.

    Have a great week!

  5. I have this book, but haven't read it yet. I have read so many negative things about it that I just haven't been able to bring myself to do so. With all the nonsense we have going on as well right now, I am quite moody and know I need to be in a better frame of mind before I tackle something like this. It encourages me though that you had a light bulb moment in the last chapter.


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