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It is a really enjoyable read. Through the happiness and the heartache you truly learn what goes on with the wife of a band member - all the stress, the worry, and the cross country trips. It is really amazing what wives and the kids deal with when their husband/father is gone on tour.
They also open their home to tons of people at any given moment, which goes from being a hangout to a shelter for someone who was needing some support, all throughout their marriage, having 6 kids and then the general every day life things. And as if that weren't enough, they started a charity organization called CompassionArt along with other songwriters participating in the project. But with such a busy life, they still always had their eyes on each other and looked at what was best for their family.
Reading this was super enjoyable for me. This made a great transition back to non-fiction on a rainy Seattle day. Speaking of which, it was especially nice to read that while visiting the U.S. one of Anna Smith's favorite tour cities was Seattle. Does a native proud!
This book was hard to put down and reading it in two days made it really rewarding.
1) The narrator is normally a very super-positive, Godly woman. However, when faced with adversity, her memoir (for this is what the book really is and the core of why I don't like it, I suppose) devolves into...well, nothing. She comes to the cusp of anger, disappointment, and general malaise and then it goes away, gets ignored, or is explained away by something positive but totally unrelated. In other words, we get no practical resolution. We don't even get any advice on how to get through these obstacles. When Martin is dreaming, flying off to India, and wants to adopt a child while basically ignoring his 5 children at home, she gets frustrated and upset. She even defines her disappointment. Her feelings of abandonment. She just never deals with them. It is empty. It is almost like someone cut those parts out. All we get are references to pillow talk and more pregnancy. Is that how a Godly woman handles abandonment? I am a man and a Christian. I think this is unrealistic.
2)She juggles all these children and keeps making more but is completely overwhelmed. I am not saying the children are the source of her issues in life. But, adding more does not solve anything. It only compounds problems. I love my 4 children. After Isaac was born, we knew we had enough. God was calling us to give these children our best and part of fulfilling that expectation was to stop having more children.
3)Everyone is a cardboard cut-out except Martin. He is the rock star of the book and we aren't necessarily given the best picture of his contribution to his family. Granted, he has a calling to reach the world, but we all do. I think sometimes we have to make sure to tend to our home as well reach out to others.Read more ›
Anna's story begins with a terrible car wreck that seriously injured Martin as they drove home late one night. It was during his recovery that he decided to make his Christian rock band a full-time endeavor and Delirious? was born.
Mrs. Smith shares incredible insights and behind-the-scenes adventures that she has experienced over the past 20 years. Many time Anna was left behind to care for the children while Martin toured the world. The Smith family was often separated but they always stayed connected and devoted to each other. The entire family would sometimes join Martin on his foreign tours. They traveled to America, India, Australia, Cambodia, Africa and many other destinations. The entire Smith family experienced a close-up look at extreme poverty when they visited India, Cambodia and Africa. Anna and Martin worked together to form CompassionArt, which raises money through art and music to help the poor around the world.
The honesty of this book really touched my heart. Anna provides a realistic look at what it is like to be the wife of a rockstar. She admits that things are not always easy, but she is devoted to her family and adjusts to all the challenges that come her way. She makes it clear that God is first in her life, then her marriage and children and finally her husband's career.Read more ›
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This book is very uplifting and thought provoking. I am really glad that I read it. I would recommend it to anyone.Published 2 days ago by Tedie West
This book is a must read for every mom out there. Anna Smith is very honest about how difficult being a mom is bug also reveals throughout the book the great gift being a mom is.Published 21 months ago by battlecryleader
Meet Mrs. Smith: My Adventures with Six Kids, One Rockstar Husband is a book that reminded me of the 1960's hippie life style. Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by angelpeaches
Still making my way through it so once I have gotten majority of the way through it I'll come back and re-rate it. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by Annie Barnette
Sat down and read this in an afternoon, a huge inspiration for moms out there. Thanks for the honesty and encouragement.Published on August 22, 2013 by don gullett
This book tells an honest tale about life as a mother, wife, sister, friend, etc. It celebrates the rollercoaster we all get on daily and recounts God's hand in all of it. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by Margi
My husband has a Christian band in our small hometown. I enjoyed this book, because it was something I could relate to.Published on June 25, 2013 by Cheryl Hall
An outstanding book with nothing hidden. The challenges, joys and pains of family, private and public life are shared withour glamour or embellishment. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by John Cairns
I loved the insight on motherhood, being a Christian in this crazy world, marriage, and the ups and downs of life as a musicians wife. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by review guru
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