I've been woefully absent from my blog this summer, and for that, I apologize. It's time intensive to keep up with triplet teenagers when they're home all day and not in school. Their schedule is more packed than mine ever thought about being at their age. But I have been steadily working on the sequel to A Flame in the Night, and I've been catching up on a lot of reading. To that end, I thought I'd start posting some reviews of books that really knocked my socks off. And this first one, Rhinestones on My Flip-Flops, is special to me because the author made such a great impression on me when I met her this past spring.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jane Jenkins Herlong at a conference in May. She's as warm and genuine in person as she is in her writing and public speaking. A wonderful, Southern, Christian lady. Thus, it was with excitement that I bought her latest book, Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops: Choosing Extravagant Joy in the Midst of Everyday Mess-ups. I thoroughly enjoyed the read! Jane's latest book is filled with gentle, self-deprecating humor that highlights the biblical text and women she discusses in each of her chapters, and it is loaded with encouragement and wisdom that's grounded in God's word.
From "Deceived Eve" to "Fearless, Fabulous Esther" to "Mary, Did You Know" and every woman in between, Jane deftly weaves their "flip-flops" with their "sparkle and shine," illuminating paths we women can walk that will help us overcome, even when we make our own, inevitable missteps.
Some of my favorite quotes from Rhinestones include:
I learned a great lesson years ago: what others think about you is none of your business, so do not make it your business.
Always remember, in the eyes of our Father, there are no flip-flops too large to overcome.
We all need a good dose of self-esteem, and it supposedly comes from husbands. [I snorted out loud on this one because the good Lord knows it's so very true.]
It is an honor to parent a child and a massive responsibility to set a good example by the way you live. If you want to confuse a child, say one thing and do another.
Why should we remember [Mrs. Lott]? Simply put, we should strive for a life that is sparkling with rhinestones, not a life ending with fire and brimstone.
Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops is both profound, moving, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. It's a great read, and I highly recommend it!