- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Encourage Communications; Second Edition edition (April 26, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1939598001
- ISBN-13: 978-1939598004
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,465,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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500 Hats of a Modern-Day Woman: Strength for Today's Demanding Roles Paperback – April 26, 2013
About the Author
Joyce K. Ellis, award-winning author of more than a dozen books, speaks for women’s groups and retreats across the country and internationally. She and her husband enjoy reading by lakes and rivers and oceans, and spending time with their grown children and delightful, too-quickly-growing grandchildren. They live in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota. Learn more at www.joycekellis.com.
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This is a wonderful book for women at any stages in life to read. I found myself drawn into this book especially by the humor combined with practicality, Bible Verses, and a look at all stages of life. I found myself laughing, crying, and doing a whole lot of nodding in agreement as I read Joyce's antidotes throughout this book. I really found myself relating to this book from start to finish. Joyce Ellis writes with authority about our roles as women and how to find peace and joy in the many different "hats" we have to wear. These are the roles/responsibilities we have, it's much better to do them happily and with God in the center than to grumble and do them angry. This is a book I will keep close by for the times when I need the reminder of keeping God in the center of these activities. I really enjoyed this book and plan to reread it. I highly recommend this book to any woman out there, married or not, children or not. I really think it makes a great gift for a bride to be or a mother to be. I look forward to reading more from Joyce Ellis. I give this book 5STARS.
So how do we balance it all? How do we give our best to our family, friends, bosses, and God? How do we not lose ourselves under the weight of all those hats?
Joyce Ellis takes a look at all these different roles and helps us sort it out. This book doesn't offer literal tips for scheduling out your life, or for shortening your "to do list". You will find a Scriptural look at ordering your priorities and keeping yourself focused on God while fulfilling all your duties. Each chapter unwraps the struggles we face, offering Scriptural advice, a touch of humor, relatable stories from her life and others' lives, and application questions for thought or discussion.
I really enjoyed reading The 500 Hats of a Modern-Day Woman. My favorite chapters actually weren't the ones relating to marriage and motherhood, but the later chapters about aging, servanthood, and being bold for Christ. It wasn't a life-changing book for me, but it was an encouraging book that helped restore my priorities and spiritual focus. Joyce helped me remember WHY I'm doing what I'm doing, and WHO I'm really doing it for. This book would make an excellent study for a church book club or small group study, since it would work well in a multi-generational setting.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free, for review purposes. These opinions are my own.
Some books have great content but are kind of like taking vitamins. Tasteless. A little boring. This book was like hiding those vitamins in a warm chocolate-chip cookie. :) The content was meaningful and relevant to modern women as well as fun to read.
I loved a statement early in the book. Joyce mentioned the quote, “You’ll always find time for what you really want to do.” Then she says, “But it’s not true that you’ll always find time for what you really want to do. I really want to do too many things . . . There’s so much to learn, to see, to do.” As I read this, I felt as if I suddenly had permission to let go of the guilt I sometimes feel over not doing more.
This book is full of great advice to women in all stages and phases of life. There is great advice on loving your husband, on realizing that marriage is not all about you, and on raising children who value Jesus more than their own comforts. Some of the last chapters–chapters seven through nine, on being a servant, on looking for opportunities to have meaningful interactions with people, and on aging–actually convicted me. These chapters also gave me ideas on how I can show God’s love to others.
This book would work GREAT for a women’s Bible study, and I loved how every chapter ended with additional resources: book titles, newsletters, and websites for further information; reflection and discussion questions; and a relevant thought to ponder. I recommend this book for young , single women, older, widowed women, and all the women in between. :)