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I Blame Eve: Freedom from Perfectionism, Control Issues, and the Tendency to Listen to Talking Snakes [Paperback]

Susanna Aughtmon


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April 1 2012
When our great-to-the-nth-degree grandmother Eve ate the fruit, we lost out on the perfect life. But that doesn't stop us from trying, does it? In fact, we make trying to be perfect the focus of our entire lives! But what would happen if we stopped trying to be perfect and started trying to be his?

In this fantastically witty book, Susanna Foth Aughtmon helps women find out what it means to be honest about what we crave in life and let go of our deep need to be in control. Using Scripture and amusing personal stories, she shows women the freedom of embracing the unique path God lays out for each of us. Includes study questions to facilitate group or individual use.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 1 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720476
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #575,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Eve ate the fruit, we lost out on the perfect life. But that doesn't stop us from trying, does it? What would happen if we stopped trying to be perfect and started trying to be his?

In this encouraging book, Susanna Foth Aughtmon helps you find out what it means to be honest about what you crave in life and let go of your deep need to be in control. With a skillful blend of Scripture, insight, and humor, she shows you the freedom of embracing the unique path God has laid out for you. The study questions included will help you or your small group make the most of this fun and fascinating book.

"Susanna Aughtmon is one of my favorite writers. Her authenticity is disarming. Her hope is contagious. After reading this book you'll realize that you don't need more control in your life . . . you need more of God."--Mark Batterson, author, The Circle Maker

"Incredibly quick-witted while challenging. It meets you right where you are and immediately inspires you to grow from there. Susanna's humor and realness connect you with her in such a way that you feel like you've made a true friend."--Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, aka Plumb, songwriter and Curb Records recording artist

"With beautiful writing, humor, and depth of insight, Susanna Foth Aughtmon unpacks one of the most important stories in the Bible and reveals truth every woman needs to hear."--Joanna Weaver, bestselling author, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World


Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans and My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at Pathway Church, their church plant in Palo Alto, California.

About the Author

Susanna Foth Aughtmon is the author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans and My Bangs Look Good and Other Lies I Tell Myself. After pursuing various careers, including her own interior decorating business, she decided to stay home as a full-time mom. A pastor's wife and mother of three, Susanna assists her husband, Scott, in various ministries at the church they planted in California.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I blame Eve, too. March 25 2012
By T. Shane Couch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Susanna is witty and honest as she shares her life experiences with her readers, possibly at the expense of her pride, but that's another plus to this book. She lets us laugh at her expense, but at the same time, we can see ourselves in her fumbling through life and learn from the insights she's gained. Susanna helps us see our selves in the garden of Eden and picks apart the story of Adam and Eve in a way that helps us relate to this familiar account in the Bible. Most importantly, she helps us understand God's heart for us, which is all about love and forgiveness. Nice progression from her first two books which shows she is growing as an author. I have chuckled out loud a few times while reading and that rarely happens when I open a book. Pick up I Blame Eve, grab an apple, and enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Blame Eve More than I Knew! Jan. 29 2014
By Nora A. Stlaurent - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I’m grateful for a review copy of a book that introduced me to a new author I adore. I enjoyed her humor, transparency and the way she helped me look at Adam and Eve and their situation with fresh eyes. I realized I had blamed Eve for a few things too.

Susanna says this about Eve, “She had it all – a loving husband, an unhindered relationship with God, all of her needs taken care of. She could walk around naked and not feel like crying inside. Her life was perfect…And she still wasn't satisfied…she thought she could do better.”

I hadn't looked at Eve this way before. This author helped me get a deeper understanding of how things might have gone down in the garden with the snake. She says, “Eve was clueless. She had no idea what perfect was, even though she embodied it. She was exactly the person God intended her to be…She was comfortable in her own skin…She never once had to say to Adam, “Do I look fat? Oh, wait, never mind. I forgot I’m perfect.”….Even better Eve had no weird ideas about God. She could meet up with Him and have a heart to heart talk.” Anytime she wanted.

This author brings up things I hadn’t thought of before like this, “I kept wondering if there wasn’t more to the conversation God had with Adam and Eve about what would happen if they decided to ear from the tree of knowledge. Did he give them the whole run down of everything and the consequences of their actions would resonate until the end of time?”

We have the bible today that lays it all out for us and we still struggle. Susanna says, “Poor Eve. Poor us. The ones who do exactly as she did. We have so little ability to imagine the consequences of our actions. We act without thinking about where an action will take us. We step out of God’s palm into a world of our own making with our sad choices and shabby reasoning…It begins the same way for us as it began for our Sister Eve. It begins with the voice of doubt, and chaos, the voice that invites us to wonder if we don’t deserve more than we’re given. It begins with the thought that no one can tell us what to do. It begins with a hiss and a mirthless laugh as we wonder far away from the heart of the one who breathed life into us. It begins with the snake.”

I've learned so much about Adam, Eve, the snake and the garden. I realize that given the situation I might have done the very same thing Eve did. This author helped me learn from this story and gave practical ways to apply the principles of the story to my life in very real ways. I enjoyed Susanna’s humor and how she gave hope to readers in the last few chapters titled, “I need a new idea of what perfect looks like, I am not in control, I need a paradigm shift, and I am ready for a new out-of-control me.”

I don’t blame Eve anymore because I've realized I’m very much like her. I hadn't looked at scripture and this situation like this before. It was enlightening. I highly recommend this book. . I’ll be getting more of this authors’ books and so will you!

Nora St.Laurent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I did not realize. . . Aug. 5 2013
By Toilntrouble - Published on Amazon.com
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that it has a religious base to it. I did not read it past the first few pages, so it may be a good book, but, it wasn't what I needed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars i blame eve July 26 2012
By amy clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When Eve ate the forbidden fruit we lost our chance to have the perfect life. But it sure doesn't stop us from trying. Having perfection is the focus of pretty much our entire lives, even when we know it's not possible. But what would happen if we stopped trying to be perfect and just followed God?

I Blame Eve by Susanna Foth Aughtmon helps women to be honest about what we really crave in life and attempt to let go of our need to be in control. She uses scripture and personal stories to show women the freedom they have in embracing the path God has laid out for every one of us.

Upon first sight, this novel is pretty striking with its bright green cover and a bitten into apple. It just makes one curious and evokes familiar feelings about the story of the garden. I have several of Susanna's other books, none of which I have read, so this was my introduction to her writing. It was a pretty good read, though it didn't grab me as much as I would have liked. Its humor was moderate but could've used just a little more to it.

The book speaks a lot about common struggles for women and mothers, such as the personal need for control and not being able to allow God to take over. And that is a good message that everyone could be reminded of. I Blame Eve would be an awesome book for a women's bible study/small group, and there are even discussion questions in the back.. All in all it was a pretty fair read and approach to issues in the lives of women today from a grace-filled perspective.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eve's to Blame! April 16 2012
By Jennifer L. Barker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Poor Eve. She gets such a bad rap and yes, in a way she deserves it. But, truthfully, we all would have done the same thing. Satan knew her. He most likely had been watching her for a while. He knew where he could get her and he did.

The question we need to ask is, what can we learn from her? Susanna Aughtmon takes a comical approach to learning more about her and how we tend to view life through the same lenses as Eve did.

I think my favorite part of the book is when the author mentions how a drive to be organized or eat healthy or look right can really be a drive to be in control. This is the interesting part: there's nothing inherently wrong with eating right or being organized. These things are important! However, when we allow these desires to control us, Satan uses them to bind and hinder us in our Christian lives. In fact, most of the things we desire are good, except they become not so good when we allow them to rule us and define our importance for us.

Susanna uses the same comical approach in looking at other areas that we battle: hiding from God, being a perfectionist, a view that God is holding out on me, wanting things that don't satisfy, and so many more. In an easy to understand manner, she brings the issues that we inherited from Eve to the one who can help us overcome them: Jesus. Nothing else matters.
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