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Pursuit of Proverbs 31 by Amy Bayliss {book review}

Proverbs 31 woman.  Just hearing the words makes me frantically review my entire life for what I need to work on.  I think of my grandmother when I think about this woman.  She was early to rise, cooked from scratch, didn’t drive, waited on my grandfather and so on and so on. She did this while raising three children!   She was everything I’ve always wanted to be.

I’ve been studying Proverbs 31 for the past nine weeks.  It’s amazing just how much information there is about this woman.  She is the image of perfection.  I’ll repeat it. She’s the image of perfection.  Before actually studying this in depth I thought I was supposed to be all of these things all the time.

Pursuit of Proverbs 31 is a great resource.  Amy Bayliss walks us through her personal story which really does help us realize we aren’t alone.  Have you ever thought you were the only one that wasn’t the perfect mom, wife, daughter or woman? If this thought has ever crossed your mind you should check out this book. You will quickly realize that you are not alone in this. 

Her chapters on how to create a biblical marriage and being a mother are definitely bookmarked on my Kindle for future reference.  I’ll need these in my journey to incorporate Proverbs 31 into my life.  Before actually studying this woman I always thought she was just perfect.  I was a little intimidated (okay, a LOT intimidated) by her.  Then I realized through this book and my bible study that she isn’t a real woman.  You heard that right.  She isn’t an actual woman.  King Lemuel’s mother described these traits to him as she described the woman she wanted her son to marry.  

What a relief!  We’ve been comparing ourselves to an ideal.  It’s great to strive toward that but we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for not being all of these things all the time.  Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”  We don’t need to do everything all the time.  A little planning goes a long way.  Amy mentions this in a way that called out to me.  She says ‘planning is a good thing when used properly.’  Yes this makes perfect sense.  I was planning, planning and planning but in a way that didn’t make sense to the flow of our lives. 

Pursuit of Proverbs 31 is a wonderful addition to this bible study.  Amy has ten easy to read chapters that include real life applications.  Each chapter has additional information at the end.  Focused Thoughts, Scripture for Memory, Essential, Useful and Bonus exercises which are available to aid you in any additional deeper study. 

Click the book cover below to order yours today!

About Amy Bayliss

I’m an indie author, web publisher, blogging, digital publishing, and social media consultant, and I am a small business owner but my favorite job is being a wife to Ryan and mama to my four, rowdy boys!

Most of all, I’m just me. I make mistakes (quite often). I don’t always get it right. Hopefully I learn my lesson the first time. If not, I have an awesome savior who doesn’t give up on me.

 

 

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The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner {book review}

About a month ago I randomly answered a tweet from another blogger about the prospect of a book review.  I love to read.  I have enjoyed reading since I started.  Every Saturday my grandparents would bring me a new book which I would finish that evening by bed time.

I slowly backed off on reading once I could drive, had friends and started working.  Making the time to read for pleasure seemed impossible in college.  I stared at the tweet and immediately thought I’d love to review a book because it would get me back into reading mode.

Well it did.  Little did I know that I would enjoy the book as much as I did!

It’s easy to relate with the main character Alex.  How many of us can relate to doing something we probably shouldn’t with no clear reason why we did it?  I was taken on a roller coaster of emotions as Alex evades police but then gets captured.   I was nervous, scared for him yet sad because he so needed a hug!

The book is beautifully written with language that’s easy to read yet draws you right in.  It was difficult to put down because I was drawn in chapter to chapter with a need to know what happened next.  Being sucked into the relationship struggles of a father and son quickly takes you back to your teenage years.  It will definitely keep you on your toes.   What teenage boy hasn’t been in a bit of trouble, fallen for a girl and experienced a strained relationship with his parents?

If you enjoy getting caught up in a book, escaping your own reality and falling in love with new characters this book is for you! 

It does have some language in it so I’d recommend it for adult reading.  Use your own judgment when recommending to younger ones.    Order your copy here!!

 

Described as “one of the best coming of age novels of the Twentieth Century,” Theodore Weesner’s modern American classic, The Car Thief is poised for a new generation to discover.

Once talked about as an undiscovered American classic, The Car Thief is now re-launched—by upstart “Digital First” publisher Astor + Blue Editions—in a beautifully-designed electronic book format (to be followed by its print edition) in order to finally reach the audience that the book and author so richly deserve.  (ISBN: 978-1-938231-01-8, Ebook, April 24, 2012).

It’s 1959.  Sixteen year-old Alex Housman has just stolen his fourteenth car and frankly doesn’t know why.  His divorced, working class father grinds out the night shift at the local Chevy Plant in Detroit, kept afloat by the flask in his glove compartment and the open bottles in his Flint, Michigan home.

Abandoned and alone, father and son struggle to express a deep love for each other, even as Alex fills his day juggling cheap thrills and a crushing depression. He cruises and steals, running from, and to, the police, compelled by reasons he frustratingly can’t put into words.  And then there’s Irene Shaeffer, the pretty girl in school whose admiration Alex needs like a drug in order to get by.  Broke and fighting to survive, Alex and his father face the realities of estrangement, incarceration, and even violence as their lives hurtle toward the climactic episode that a New York Times reviewer called “one of the most profoundly powerful in American fiction.”

In this rich, beautifully crafted story, Weesner accomplishes a rare feat:  He’s written a transcendent piece of literature in deceptively plain language, painting a gripping portrait of a father and a son, otherwise invisible among the mundane, everyday details of life in blue collar America.  A true and enduring American classic.

About the author

Theodore Weesner, born in Flint, Michigan, is aptly described as a “Writers’ Writer” by the larger literary community.  His short works have been published in the New Yorker, Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Atlantic Monthly and Best American Short Stories.  His novels, including The True Detective, Winning the City and Harbor Light, have been published to great critical acclaim in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, Boston Magazine and The Los Angeles Times to name a few.

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Weesner is currently writing his memoir, two new novels, and an adaptation of his widely praised novel—retitled Winning the City Redux—also to be published by Astor + Blue Editions.  He lives and works in Portsmouth, NH.
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