November 5, 2008

Book Review: Passionate Housewives Desperate for God

As promised, here is my book review for Passionate Housewives Desperate for God by Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald:

I loved this book!!! The main objective of the book is to 1) Point out and praise God's calling for women in the Bible, 2) Give insight on how to thrive in a homemaker/mother role, and 3) Dispell the myths and lies that are Feminism.

Let me give a disclaimer: there are a lot of people that would read this book and be blatantly offended. However, if I may be so bold, the point of this book was not to be politically correct (thank the Lord). I related to this book because since I was a little girl, I've known without a shadow of a doubt that I was meant to be a homemaker and raise children. Period. I never had the urge or desire to pursue a career, or to climb the corporate ladder. Reading a book by women that acknowledge motherhood as a high calling was a breath of fresh air. One of the authors even tells her story of how she left the workplace and is now a full-time wife, homemaker, and mother. Meaning, she's been there, and is not just writing randomly about what she believes: she's lived it.

The authors' writing style is surprisingly not "goody goody" in the sense that you think.....Wow, that's so spiritual it's annoying. There was one moment in the book (the very last chapter) where I thought "I don't think I'd say exactly that or act exactly that way" but the point was good.

I came away with an appreciation for my mom and dad, who understood that this was my calling in life, and they allowed me to step away from my formal college education because of this. The book doesn't necessarily discourage higher education, but it promotes awareness that the feminist agenda is extremely prevalent in our education system, and it's rare to find people who find staying at home a woman's true and legitimate calling.

There are so many quotes in the book that I loved. Here are a few:

"Today, even in Christian circles, a homemaker's vocation is viewed as optional, replaceable, and more like a hobby to fulfill her own needs rather than as a vital asset to the family."

"Often, we don't view our daily activities biblically. We wrongly believe that the more mundane the task, the less significant it is to God. As difficult as it may be to believe, the hands that tenderly bathe your baby at night are no less holy than the hands that serve you Communion on Sunday. Every small act of love for your family---every diaper you change, every meal you prepare, every toilet you scrub, every errand you run, every fever you tend to, each tooth you pull----each is a holy act when it's done unto the Lord."

"Jesus made himself of no reputation. He did not seek after degrees or recognition. He was content to stay in a tiny area and minister to a miniscule group of people whom the world viewed as insignificant. Kind of like a homemaker, under the authority of her loving husband, ministering to the children who need her."

"When homes do not have creative, happy, intelligent mothers keeping them, their occupants go elsewhere to learn how to behave, to learn what music to love, to learn what art to imitate. Are you building culture in your home? Are you training your children to be image-bearers of God in this world? This is your calling."

I may be stepping on some toes here, but I'm going to say it: I am proud that my calling is to be a "keeper of home" and to raise a godly family. To me, there is no higher honor or responsibility that we as women have. I am not naive: I know that there will be hard days, long nights, and my patience will be tested beyond its limits. But I do not look ahead to these days as "drudgery" or being a prisoner in my home; I am excited about them!

I encourage you to read this book. You might find it challenging, but we need to be challenged in our thinking. Happy reading!

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Mrs. Langhans said...

I have not had the opportunity to read this book yet, but I am so excited to get started! It sounds so awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Pieper said...

Wow- I think I have a new book to read! It sounds very interesting and I think I would identify with the corporate worker who steps away to stay at home. Thanks for sharing! :)

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

I long to be a stay at home wife/mother one day too!!! No more joy than that

mrs.leah.maria said...

While I've always known that I would be a mother, I've never particularily desired to be one. Until now. I think this would be a very refreshing book to read. We're not in a position that allows me to stay home, but I'd really like to make some choices to get to that point!

Carrie and David said...

I think I'm going to have to go get this book - sounds awesome!

Kearsmom said...

I have loved every single day of being a mom, and do not begrudge a single moment of being with my children. As they are growing older, I am enjoying the chance to get to know them as young ladies and the joys that brings. I treasure the memories of the days of their babyhood and know that I can look forward to the years to come with no regrets at all.

Christy said...

I will have to read this book. I struggle with this every year around this time when it seems like it would be so much easier to have a job because I would love to have more money!!

But then I have to take a step back, take a deep breath, and realize that while the days are long the years are so, so short. Ultimately, I want more time not more money. I love my children more than I do money. I am fortunate to have my needs met-my wants can wait.

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