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A Woman Overwhelmed: Finding God in the Messes of Life Paperback – August 15, 2017
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About the Author
Hayley DiMarco, author of the A Woman Overwhelmed Bible study and trade book, is the best-selling author of more than forty books, including multiple books in the God Girl line, The Fruitful Wife, Obsessed, Die Young, and Own It. As the founder of Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world's appetite for truth, Hayley speaks regularly for women’s groups and events, including groups such as Women of Faith, dotMOM, Precept National Women’s Convention, and MOPS International. She and her pastor husband, Michael, live outside Nashville with their daughter and four dogs. Visit her online at HayleyDiMarco.com.
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So here are my unbiased thoughts: Do not waste your time on A Woman Overwhelmed.
There were parts of this book that I STRONGLY reacted against. That probably should have been a warning to me that this was not the book for me, but I pressed on and continued to read hoping that it would get better.
It didn't get better.
Here are some of my biggest concerns from A Woman Overwhelmed:
The author almost lost me in the second chapter when she talked about opening up her computer to a "smorgasbord of hot Christian men" on a Christian dating website in order to find her true love. Not only is this the wrong example to set for other Christian women, but it also cheapens the marriage relationship to nothing more than physical attributes.
The author's use of colloquial phrasing seems to be an attempt to make her more relate-able to the reader. Unfortunately it just did not work and instead made the rest of the writing seems forced and pushy, as if she had to include the biblical stuff to sell the book.
The author seems to endorse a LOT of mainstream media including Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey. Both of these shows use sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, and rape to further their story line. Somehow that doesn't seem to fit with Philipians 4:8 which says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you”. Watching rape, homosexuality, or premarital sex (or even the hint of it!) just doesn't scream "lovely" to me.
Lets set aside the moral bankruptcy of promoting a show that actively works against Christ's mission and glory. If you just look at the time investment it is clear that the author is overwhelmed because of her misplaced priorities, more than anything else. The author brags that she watched the entire series of Downton Abbey in a two month period. There are 52 episodes of the show total. Maybe a good way to start working on not being overwhelmed by life would be to cut out the hour of television each day (if you are only watching that one show) and use that time productively instead.
Overall I give A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco a C- rating. The author spends a great deal of time swinging wildly from one emotion to another, making excuses for her flightiness, and practicing the illusion of "finding God in the messes of life". In reality, any good advice that could be gleaned from the book is tarnished by her incredibly worldly stance, as evidenced by the incredible number of pop cultural references and very few biblical references pointing the reader back to God and His glory.
In her book~Haley Dimarco~ shares real but funny stories of herself when she was overwhelmed with life. The first account was when her 5-year-old neighbor and BFF stole her tricycle and declared it was hers and that she would never give it back. Her momma took her over to her mean friend's house and made her take her bike back. That was an overwhelming day that she still recalls to this day. That was just a little thing but as life went along there were many more to come.
She states, "The trouble is, I can get so committed to my checklist that I miss those Holy Spirit moments that have so much more eternal value than my perfectly planned and put away life." " I would never want to say, "Just let me clean this up before I love you." "That's the kind of dysfunction that turns a little girl into an obsessive-compulsive woman." Oh-my-stars! "My perfectly planned and put away life" has so been my story.
Yep~ that was just on one page. I raise my hand~ convicted! She mentions an overwhelmed version of the Proverbs 31 woman. Ok~ so I raise my hand again. Ouch again!
I loved this book. Are you feeling overwhelmed with life? Maybe you just need a reminder like me. I mean I am a recovering control freak so in my journey, I need reminders often to bring it all back to what is important. I recommend this book. This is one going on my bookshelf to keep handy.
This is a refreshing read and a valuable read. Very well written. Very easy read not a lot of mumble jumble. Good solid advice. Let's all get overwhelmed by God. If that's what you want then this is a book for you.
I gave this book 4 stars. I hope that you will pick up a copy.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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