This book is an entertaining collection of thoughts on the challenges of being woman, mother, and pastor's wife. Stephens emphasizes the hope God offers in the midst of the craziness. It is an invitation to be real, not Pinterest perfection. It is a reminder that God is the best answer to our troubles. It is a good encouragement to remember the value of women.
The title of the book comes from an experience Stephens had at a restaurant. She was asked what it was like, being a pastor's wife. She looked around and saw that the rice and beans were frequently left after the entree had been consumed. That's how she felt, like the rice and beans on the side and often ignored. No, her friend said. You are like a side of tasty guacamole.
Stephens has a good sense of humor. She uses that humor to subtly teach spiritual lessons as she shares stories. It's a good book for young women who enjoy reading thoughts about life and motherhood, from shopping to eating out to running to biblical characters to a number of other topics. Those used to straightforward biblical teaching may find all the personal stories a bit cumbersome.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Carrie Stephens is a frequent speaker at churches, women's retreats, Bibles studies, and other settings. She has contributed to other books and this is her first non-fiction book. She and her husband began ministry as campus missionaries at the University of Texas. They have helped lead Mosaic Church in Austin, Texas, since 2010. You can find out more at http://www.carriestephens.net/
Shiloh Run Press, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.