Sunday, February 27, 2011

GIVEAWAY!!!! The Life Ready Woman

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group, I have a copy of The Life Ready Woman to give to one of you!

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Life Ready Woman by Shaunti Feldhahn and Robert Lewis

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When I read the title, The Life Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-all World, I figured this book would be perfect for me. So I signed up to be a part of the blog book tour! I’ll start by letting you know that this entire book is based on the belief that our lives should be guided by the Bible. I’m no stranger to the Bible, but I’ve not been able to gain this much clarity on the things that were packed into this book! 

The authors do a great job of speaking to all women. Single or married, divorced or widowed, they took the time to address each of us. One of the first ideas I came across is perfect to keep in mind not only while living your life but while reading this book.  A path that might be disastrous for you may be perfectly designed for someone else.

One question that is posed to women is, “Can we have it all?” And although we want to say yes, the answer is no. But for some reason, during the 60’s and 70’s, women started believing that we could have it all.  There are certain areas of our lives that suffer as a result of this.

According to this book, unmarried women are today’s fastest growing demographic.  I would argue that this is not a choice. This book implies that to some extent, it is a choice – but not necessarily a conscious one. When we say yes to one thing, by default we’re saying no to something else.

This is why it is important to understand what we should be prioritizing in each of the following seasons that are highlighted: 

1)    Single Adult
2)    Single and Engaged
3)    Newly Married No Children
4)    Married With Preschoolers
5)    Married with grade-schoolers
6)    Married Young Adult Children
7)    Married Empty Nesters
8)    Married In-Law Grandparent
9)    Late-in-Life Widow
10)  Glorified Saint

For women whose situation doesn’t fit neatly here, advice of some seasons may need to be combined with others. For example, if you’re dating  a man with small children, you would combine Season 1 and Season 4.

Sometimes we underestimate how small things can make a big difference in the outcome of events taking place in our lives. Giving up your seat on the plane for a free ticket may be a great idea if you’re in Season 1, not so much if you’re in Season 3 or 4 when your family should be your top priority- period. 

Although this book is all about us, there is a chapter devoted to how we should interact with men. The authors discuss the differences between men’s needs and women’s needs. Several of the points here reiterate things I’ve heard before, and it’s all good stuff! An older gentleman once told me, "Shannon, men are not women with different genitalia.We're different beings." It's so true!!! And this chapter touches on that.

I wish I had this book after finishing undergrad. This would’ve been the perfect 'welcome to the grown woman club' gift for me! This may be the only book that I can say would’ve truly led me to make different decisions. It has certainly led me to reevaluate decisions I will make moving forward.

The Life Ready Woman can certainly be used as a tool for any woman attempting to live life based on God’s world.

How do you thrive in a do-it-all world?

Also on Reading Has Purpose: For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

You Asked, I Answered: Reading Nonfiction

Q. "Why do you say you don't fare well with fiction? I've met a few people who don't read fiction and I always have trouble understanding why."

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A. I used to read fiction incessantly. Until several years back, I made a friend that always asked me, “Shannon, what have you taught me?” I never could come up with an answer. And it made me question my awareness.

So I started reading books that would teach me things. Things that I cared to know about. Before I knew it, my awareness had increased exponentially! It’s allowed me to make better decisions, have better conversations, and think more critically. It’s also caused me to ask more questions which leads me to do more reading.

Reading non-fiction allows me to step outside of myself and gain more balanced insight on basically anything I want to know. I share many of these insights in my Déjà vu posts.

I won’t say I’ve scrapped fiction all together - yet. I just haven’t been inclined to read it since I stopped. The last fiction book I read (last summer), I put down half way through. It just wasn't working for me.

There are a few fiction books on my ‘to be read’ list that come highly recommended. I will attempt to read 3 of them this year.


If you ask, I’ll answer! Send your questions to or leave them in the comments of any post!

Reading Has Purpose in the Spotlight

Head over to Notorious Spinks to find me featured as one of her Fabulous Five bloggers!
Have a look around and you’ll find candid posts on books, brands, culture and events.  

Past as Prologue has featured our review of Life Beyond Measure  for non-fiction lovers!
Drop by to discover more blogs featuring non-fiction books.

Events:They’re starting again - LITERARY FESTIVALS!!!!

phati’tude Literary Magazine is hosting its 1st Annual African American Literary Festival on Feb 26, 2011 from 10a – 4p.

The festival is free and open to the public and will be held at the Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona, New York.

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