Just like sugar makes medicine taste better, humor sometimes makes spiritual truth easier to assimilate. Herlong gives us some crazy stories interwoven with spiritual truth to help readers thrive in the midst of life's challenges. This is a book for women only as there are some topics and stories I don't think men would like at all.
I like how Herlong manages to derive spiritual lessons from some of the craziest experiences. I mean, how many beauty pageant contestants get prepared by a funeral home owner? But it worked because she ended up Miss South Carolina years ago. She also uses stories of women in the Bible as teaching examples.
But this book is not all laughs. Herlong tackles some serious issues too, like grief. She also has some great suggestions for being a wise woman. My favorite part of the book was on the example of Ruth. She was a hard worker, consistent, and reliable. She had no sense of entitlement and no expectations. She was not too proud for hard work.
I'm from the Pacific Northwest and some of Herlong's southern humor was a bit much for me, almost bordering on the profane. I do recommend this book to those who like a dose of humor with their spiritual lessons. Bless your heart.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Jane Jenkins Herlong is an award-winning author, Southern humorist, speaker, singer, and Sirius XM comedian. She was recently inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. She has also achieved the distinction of Certified Speaking Professional by the National Speakers Association. She is the author of several books and the mother of two adult children. She and her husband live on the family peach farm in South Carolina. You can find out more about her and see some of her humor at http://www.janeherlong.com/.
FaithWords, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.