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Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life Paperback – April 1, 2017
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About the Author
Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of Stepping on Cheerios, is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8). Visit her online at WomenadeStand.com.
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The writing style really doesn't work for me. It's written in a breezy, chatty semi-disorganized style that attempts to be humorous but was more irritating to me. She talks about Jesus letting dirty kids climb on him and eating with outsiders and such and then ends #bestmessiahever. I responded to reading that with rolling my eyes and thinking, "Are you serious?" Joking remarks about a child Jesus playing with Legos and sharing while a young John the Baptist splashes in dirty river water and judges people too harshly. Also, there were quite a few sentences that had way too many clauses using big words and awkward sentence structure in what came across as trying too hard to sound sophisticated.
I expected the book to have more spiritual Bible-based content. There are very few Bible verses or direct spiritual teaching. What there is is often shallow, goes beyond what Scripture says or is frankly un-Biblical. She says that she believes God cares more about imagination than obedience. She uses the fact that Jesus spent time with tax collectors and a Samaritan adulteress and other very different people as evidence that God is pro diversity of opinion. Um, He wasn't spending time with them to get their unique view on life, but to point them to their need of Him. He said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 . She also talks about us locking God up in the church, synagogue, or mosque and then speaks of what they believe "in her tradition," as if she doesn't really see the previous verse as suggesting that the person in the synagogue or mosque needs to find another way.
The book really didn't work for me. I read about halfway through and then gave up, because I wasn't enjoying it or benefiting from it. It felt like a stream of consciousness look into the mind of someone I really was not connecting with.
What a gem of a book.
This is not a book you can read in one or even two sittings or one that you want to just sit and read from cover to cover.
You want to take the time to enjoy the bits and stories that pour out of it.
Take the time to look up the scripture references she gives for things she has been through and shares along the way.
As a mom of multiples myself some of the situations I felt like I was reliving when mine were younger.
It is nice to know that it is ok to not be so perfect and some of the feelings we have during motherhood does not make us less of a mom or even less of a Christian.
To read that someone else felt some of the same things I had felt during those beginning years makes me feel better about how I too had such clutter and chaos when mine were this age. Even now sometimes I get those feelings but reading some of the scripture in this book helps me even now and will help as I continue to learn.
I am still to this day learning as I go and trying to trust that God indeed knew what he was doing when he blessed me with my crew too.
There are many things in her life that no I can not relate to and never will but that is the beauty of this book it is because of what she has been through that she has been able to come and share her story and be able to maybe help others trust more in their own motherhood and just know that we all need to be there for each other to help teach and share our own journey too.
This is certainly going to be a book that even after reading it I will keep on my shelf to help me along the way and pull out to see what maybe I missed the first time through. Maybe a scripture will speak to me more or differently than it did the first time.
Sometimes I did have to pause and go back because the style of writing seemed a bit clunky but overall I did enjoy this one.
In my opinion is a book that would make a nice gift for any new mom in your life especially if she too has multiples.
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