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Posted July 15, 2006
I can't put it down!
This book is a great way to start/end any day. Each devotional is short enough to pick up and read in spare time - but so funny and hope-inspiring that I often find myself reading 3 or 4 devotionals in a row!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2004
Devotional Book for the Merry Hearted
Reading Rachel St. John-Gilbert¿s book, Wake Up Laughing, is like chatting with a good friend. You hear all about her husband and her children. You get to know what she was like as a child. You meet her parents, sister, friends, and neighbors. You¿re even treated to stories about Barney and Michael Caine. Sixty lighthearted devotionals make up this work subtitled ¿Off-beat Devotions for the Unconventional Woman.¿ St. John-Gilbert brings scripture to life as she shares her ordinary everydayness with the reader. She uses her struggles as a wife and mother in situations women can identify with and it brings out the ¿every woman¿ quality in her observations. Whether you read the book straight through or use self control and limit yourself to reading one a day to start your morning, you¿ll enjoy humor, poignancy, and thought-provoking insight, often within a single short chapter. There is something for every one. For the animal lover, St. John-Gilbert tells about meeting a penguin at a dinner party and the impression he made on her and the other dinner guests. Another chapter talks about a swayback mule that was in the Kentucky Derby--not to win, just to make himself feel better. For the animal non-lover, she tells about sweeping armies of baby spiders out of her van and trying to keep her enterprising baby daughter from eating bugs. For those who have moved to a new area and had to start over, she tells about not fitting in at a new women¿s Bible study she began attending. She kept going and found some kindred spirits she could fit in with at another one of the meetings. One chapter tells how she went about getting to know her new neighbors, expecting they would be similar to her former neighbors, but discovered how different they were from her expectations and from herself, but how terrific they were in their own rights. Wives can identify with her chapters on her husband, going from thinking how glad she was she married him, to waking up one day certain she was stuck with the wrong man. Mothers will commiserate on how hard it is to put a sleeping baby down without waking her and laugh about her over-zealous two-year-old crafting all over the paper, the toddler table, the kitchen table, and her hands. Dieters will savor her chapters on how unsatisfying low-fat foods can be, and how disappointing it is that low-carb foods include very few desserts. Shoppers will recall the last time they got the shopping cart with the wayward wheel, and, like St. John-Gilbert, may also find their wallets full of Preferred Customer cards. Every chapter ends with a Bible verse that ties spiritual truth to everyday life. In all of her mundane and not-so-mundane adventures, St. John-Gilbert makes scripture come alive as she applies it to each situation. Purse-sized, this is a little book with a big impact, designed to be carried around in case you need a quick pick-me-up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.