I was really looking forward to this book, probably because of all the hype it's gotten and so many people love it. I didn't like it. So much so I decided to abandon it about 75% through.
This 20 chapter book could've easily been 10. The author has a tendency to ramble and every other story I was saying "no, shit Sherlock!" or "are you serious?" It didn't help that the tone of voice she used to record the book sounded preachy and unsupportive. While I'm sure this has been helpful to some women (it is a NYT bestseller after all), she needs to understand that a succesful mommy blogger career, strong Christian faith, marriage, and the stay at home mom life, doesn't apply to everyone. She may say a few times that "this might not work for you but this worked for me," but her choice of words make it sound like she really doesn't understand at all that things work out differently for different people. The author's sense of entitlement and attitude also seeped through her choice of words and tone of voice.
Communication isn't solely about what you say, it's in how you say it and she needs to learn that lesson. While I understand she has endured heartache in her lifetime with losing her brother to suicide and her parents essentially being hands-off, she comes across as naive, self-absorbed, and ignorant. She's so blinded by her success that she can't see that her advice is unrealistic & unhelpful to many women. Example: she had no idea that mental & emotional pain manifests as physical pain but doesn't elaborate with advice. Example 2: she had no idea that lots of sex causes UTIs and in the next breath she highly recommends sex everyday as a way to help your marraige.
It's unfortunate that this book doesn't help the stereotype that young Christian women are ignorant and naive.
On the flip side, after reading other reviews, she does get through to some women who need this message. The young, 20 or 30 something stay at home Christian mom seem to be her target niche. There's nothing wrong with that at all. I just wish I wasn't so disappointed again by yet another book that has gotten more hype than it's worth.