Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Titus 2 Woman aka Supermom ?

Today/tonight (sorry) my post is going to be a little different than usual. I hope you have returned to talk about being a Titus 2 woman. For the next few weeks at least I want to devote Tuesday to a discussion on:

What it means and what it is like to be the woman that is described in this famous part of scripture.

By famous I hope you understand what I mean. I mean if you have been around church for very long I am sure you have had many occasions to be a part of a study or heard sermons on
Titus 2.

As I thought about today and my on going Week in Review I couldn't help but share with you a book that I really enjoyed reading and reviewing.

I don't know how many of you are SAHM or what your feelings about working outside of the home are. I don't know how many of you carry the title I carry SAHGM(stay at home grandmom) or how many don't have children yet.

I want to recommend this book to you. Because even if you Stay at Home maybe you know someone in your circle of friends that does not stay home. Maybe you have a sister or sister in law that is a working mom. Maybe you know a single mom at your church.

When my children were younger I had the privilege of being a SAHM. I have to admit that my reasons were not based on the Bible. My reasons were because that is what "I" always wanted to do. I always knew that I would be a 'wife' and a 'mommy'. What I didn't realize then was that it was God's calling on my life. My Jeremiah 29:11 his plans not mine exactly. God gave me the heart of a mommy.

Today as a "mature" (in age) woman I admire SAHM's. I admire their devotion to their families. And their devotion to God.

But I also admire women like my daughter that are working mom's.

Because as her mom I know her reasons for working. And, they aren't that she is career minded. They aren't because she is after a bigger house, a fancier car, or that she wants to stay up with the latest fashion and has to have a weekly manicure. Her mind her heart is to be a SAHM.

Now don't get me wrong she likes to spend money. In my opinion too much don't tell her I said that! Without getting into sharing the details of their personal life my daughter has to work because my son in love doesn't have the skills to get a job that pays more than minimum wage.

I know a lot of younger families that both parents work for many reasons. Maybe they are in a second marriage and the husband is having to pay child support. Maybe the husband is less educated as my son in love and isn't able to make more than minimum wage. Maybe the husband has some past legal issues that keeps him from getting certain jobs.

Maybe the husband stays home and the wife works. Give both of them a gold star. Good golly it would have driven me crazy if Cowboy was the one staying at home. It scares me to think about it. Sorry chasing rabbit trails here.

Or maybe like Susan the author of Chasing Superwoman she is just a better person when she is working. This was hard to describe and you have to read the book to understand how she truly follows God's plan for her life.

Maybe you don't agree with this mind set but unfortunately there are women out there that have to figure out how to struggle job or career and family.

Thank goodness for Susan's book. She puts the subject into a funny perspective. She could be a stand up comedian I think. Nah she couldn't because she talks clean. (In fact you can go here and read her post on the exact subject of the way we talk and what we write on our blogs.) Susan shares her life stories in a humorous manner but she shares that it is a struggle. She shares that it is only through God's grace that any of us can manage being mom's.

Whether we stay at home or not. I think that we as God's children. We as sisters in Christ can share ourselves with each other and be true Titus 2 women whether we work or not. Women after God's own heart that pray for, encourage and just hold each others hands when we need to.

If you have a friend, a relative or if you are working or thinking about working I have to say this is a must read. If your a SAHM and you know someone at church that is struggle as a working mom I suggest buying this book.

It happens to be on sale right now at Amazon. It is also available at Family Christian Book Stores and Lifeway.

From the publishers website:
The Christian community tends to operate under the assumption that the only women attending church are traditional stay-at-home moms. But in truth, more than 75% of mothers with school-age children work outside the home. Chasing Superwoman gives these working mothers what they've been craving-a funny, intelligent, relevant exploration of what it means to live out a vibrant faith amidst the many demands placed on their time and energy. Chasing Superwoman provides a much needed dialogue (not a formula) about the complex spiritual struggle of the working mother, plus a lot of laughter and encouragement for working women to embrace their busy life and trust God's grace for getting it all done.

And here's the book info:
Book - Paperback Trade ISBN: 1434764621 ISBN-13: 9781434764621
Item #: 106536
ea: $14.99

This book was provided for review by B&B Media Group Inc.

I was not asked to write a positive review. I was only asked to read and write a review. But I have to add that I enjoyed this book so much and I feel that it is so timely and so appropriate that I wanted to include it today. If your interested my original review is here. As is my custom I do some research before I write a review. I went back to the authors blog and read her post about what we write on our blogs . . . I am now a follower.
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