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Jump off the Hormone Swing by Lorraine Pintus {Book Review}

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In Jump Off the Hormone Swing, Lorraine Pintus shares openly about the inner tension a woman can feel at certain times of the month between wanting to love her neighbor on one hand, and wanting to strangle her and shoot her ugly dog on the other. While many books discuss the physical and emotional symptoms of hormones, this is the first to explore in depth the spiritual aspects. Jump! is a mentoring book, not a medical book.  The focus is on attitude, not anatomy. Lorraine shares insights from her own journey as well as wisdom from 1,500 women she surveyed. Sound biblical wisdom is laced with humor because after all, when it comes to hormones, you either have to laugh or cry, and laughing is better!

Get answers to these questions:

· What is the number one thing I can do to feel better physically?
· How does PMS and perimenopause affect me spiritually?
· Which foods ease PMS symptoms…which make them worse?
· How do hormones affect my brain?
· Why does stress make my PMS worse and what can I do about it?
· Are there benefits to PMS and perimenopause? (you’ll discover 10!!)
· How can God possibly love me when I hate myself?
Includes a 10-week study for individual and group use.

* from Moody Publishers

My Thoughts

All women deal with issues related to hormones at some point. Loarraine Pintus takes this tough topic and breaks it down into a very readable and helpful book.  Not only is it informative but it is also practical with tips and ideas to help one through the seasons of being a women tackling physical, mental, and spiritual symptoms that occur.

I plan to keep this book around to remind myself of the helpful tips like the ten “brain foods” listed on page 56 or the ways to manage stress that are found in pages 117 –126. I also might reread much of the book and follow along with the videos I just noticed were listed in the Bible Study section towards the end. This section lists questions and points to online videos which could be a nice addition to the information.

I would easily recommend this book to any of the women in my life. It is a great starting point for dealing with female issues and a jumping off point towards discussion and further research. 

This book was given to me by Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn {Book Review}

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My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife:

A One-Year Experiment…and Its Surprising Results

By Sara Horn

Author Sara Horn always admired the Proverbs 31 wife, but when she became a busy writer and mother, she deemed this model to be dated and impossible. Or is it? Join Sara as she heads into a one-year domestic experiment and offers full access to see if this biblical model can be embraced by a modern woman—even one who can’t sew.

With humility and humor, Sara sets out to pursue the Proverbs 31 characteristics through immersing herself in all things domestic, but when her family’s situation changes and she must return to a full-time job, she’s forced to look at the Proverbs 31 woman with a whole new viewpoint. Through it all, she and readers discover:

  • what it means to be a godly woman and a wife
  • how investing in family and faith refines priorities as a spouse and a parent
  • how mistakes are opportunities for growth

This thought-provoking, surprising, and entertaining personal account will inspire women to try their own experiments in living out God’s purpose for their lives.

*from Harvest House

My Thoughts:

The title told me that I would enjoy this book. Everything about the cover and the idea of a one-year experiment trying to follow in Martha 31’s (as Sara calls her) shadow seemed ideal for an interesting read and it was.

Sara Horn could have taken a number of angles here. One might expect a “look-how–perfectly-I- kept-my-house,-family,-and life-now-try-to-be-perfect-like-me” approach that would garner readers who would then fall short and feel like failures. She could have decided to deal with topics like baking bread and not wearing spaghetti strap tanks making this book about rules which quite frankly is easy to do. Instead, Sara gave us the “here-is-my-very-real-life” look at how a modern woman attempts to make Proverbs 31 come alive in her life! She tells stories and slowly unveils how she fails, changes, and grows and she ends the book remembering what is most important.

Quotes like, “The Proverbs 31 wife and I don’t get along very well. I don’t appreciate how bad she makes me look.” (pg. 11) and “…I was feeling all domestic in a rebellious sort of way.” kept me laughing as I turned the pages. I enjoyed this quick book finishing in a few days. This is not a study on Proverbs, but a simple journal of sorts presenting one women’s journey through life events that might cause you to open to those verses and see how you might start to challenge yourself.

Have you read any books about being a Proverbs 31 Woman?

I was given this book by Harvest House in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.