- Hardcover: 202 pages
- Publisher: The Vision Forum, Inc.; Revised edition (October 25, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1929241178
- ISBN-13: 978-1929241170
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mother Hardcover – October 25, 2003
"The Other Woman" by Sandie Jones
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This story is written beautifully and teaches us modern day women a great lesson. Motherhood is the greatest honor and joy. It is not something to be frowned upon. It is something to praise and delight in.
I enjoyed this book as the author contrasts the relatively trivial lives of "society women" to the difficult but richly blessed life of Mrs. Paget, the figure upon whom this book exhalts. Through the course of the short novel young woman Margaret Paget learns the value of her mother's sacrifice and investment in her many children at home.
I was encouraged and uplifted...until the final pages. Margaret encounters romance with a young man who falls in love with her and shows her the worth of her mother. The last pages show Margaret's complete change of heart from wanting a society life to wanting a life as a wife and mother. In books such as these that are not purely for entertainment am very concerned with the message being put forth. The author chose to use Margaret's change of heart to completely idolize the role of wife and mother to the point of sinful idolatry. Although a high calling, the Bible does not require women to become wives and mothers to fulfill their purpose as his daughters.
Still more dangerous, at the bottom of page 80 the author condemns family planning of any kind as destruction of potential personhood. This claim is legalistic and damaging to women. Children are a blessing and a large family might be part of God's plan for your life, yet as long as we are not using abortive forms of birth control each family may discern how many children to Have based on their finances, etc...Jesus condemned the Pharisees for adding to the law and tying up burdens too difficult for God's people to bear. It is not a light thing to add to God's law as this author did by denouncing every form of family planning.
Regardless of the flaws, I was very inspired by Mrs.Paget's character and seek to emulate her example of selfless service to her children as a mother at home.
The Mother in question is s/t looked down upon as being a drudge/ servant with no rewards, and people wonder how she could stand having 7 children. This is what mom thought: She welcomed the fast-coming babies as gifts from God, marvelled over their tiny perfectness, dreamed over the soft relaxed forms with a heart almost too full for prayer. She was in a word, old fashioned, hopelessly out of the modern current of thoughts and events. She secretely regarded her children as marvellous, even while she laughed down their youthful conceit and punished their naughtiness.
The story deals with the 20 smthg daughter who wants to be wealthy and limit her kids. By the end of the story she realizes that if her mother subscribed to her weatlhy friends' attitudes, she wouldn't be here. "And she had s/t wished that she and Bruce had been the only ones! Yes, came the sudden thought, but it wldn't have been Bruce and Margaret after all, it would have been Bruce and Charlie. That was what women did, then, when they denied the right of life to the distant, unwanted, possible little person!" and it goes on and on and I loved it : )
It is a beautifully written story, easy to read. I was concerned that it would be too preachy, but it isn't. I didn't want to put it down.
This woman wrote over 50 books, but this is the only one still in the Los Angeles library system.
I think Doug Phillips' (of Vision Forum Ministries) quote applies here:
The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But in our
culture, we apply for a curse and reject a blessing. Something is
terribly wrong with this picture.