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I Blame Eve: Freedom from Perfectionism, Control Issues, and the Tendency to Listen to Talking Snakes Paperback – Apr 1 2012

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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: #613,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
Great book for perfectionists. March 18 2014
By Brenda Krall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book makes you laugh and cry. It has given me a new perspective and been a launching pad for a new area of repentance and growth in my life. I am recommending it to my friends and family.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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
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.
Understand and empathize yourself and other women Nov. 18 2013
By Mother Nurture - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Aughtmon gets to the root of evil for women: how we relate to Eve, because of Eve. With humor and heart, this was a fantastic devotional book I will read again!

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