I am really late with this review and I apologize for that. Life has been trying lately but we're turning over a new leaf this week and getting back to business. So better late than never...especially when the book is this good.
I knew I was in for a treat when I read Susanna Foth Aughtmon first book was titled "All I Need is jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans: The Tired Supergirls Search for Grace" Can I get an amen to that my friends! There is truth in that statement. I think it may be my new motto for life.
She followed it up with My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself: The Tired Supergirl's Search for Truth. Again her humor spills through even in the title.
"I Blame Eve: Freedom from Perfectionism, Control Issues and the Tendency to Listen to Talking Snakes" is her third book and I think her best work yet. It addresses what she calls the Eden gene, that thing that gets us "hankering for something that's not ours to have, then the snake encourages us to act on our impatience." Which of course leads to bad things happening in our life. She goes on to say that "...the Eden gene tends to promote two things in us: pride and selfishness." Basically we want what we want, when we want it. We strive for things of the world when we disengage from God, when we take our eyes off Him and seek to use our own resources instead of counting on God to provide what is needed in every situation. We stop relying on Him and we turn into ourselves deciding to listen to the snake who tells us "we know best".
Hmmm....where have I heard that before? That's right...blame it on Eve! She's the one who started this ball rolling and Adam just stood there like a doofus and let the snake lead them astray.
How many times do I do that in my everyday life?
How many times to I let that slithering little reptile into my head and get me to turn my face from the One who made me?
How many times?? Too many to count.
What I loved about Ms Aughtmon's book was the honesty of her words delivered with her unique brand of humor. Her list in Chapter One of forty reason why she wished Eve had not eaten the apple will make you laugh so hard your sides will hurt. Body odor! Cellulite! Labor pain! Female facial hair! It's all Eve's fault. Don't get me started on body shapers or arm flab...That's right...blame it on Eve...ALL of it!
I so needed to read this book and be reminded that God has a job for me to do here. He needs me to listen with my heart to what HIS will for me is so that I can let go of my need to control. There was only one perfect person who walked the earth and that was Jesus. Me...I listen to talking snakes way too much.
This book is funny and filled with scripture support. It's real and so encouraging to anyone who wants to stop listening to the wrong voice in their head and heart. So let go and let God...It's gonna be one hell of a bumpy ride, hands in the air, hair whipping in the wind...but I wouldn't have it any other way.
You can purchase this book from Revell Publishing at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your local retailer.
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