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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (March 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720476
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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From the Back Cover

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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HASH(0x9de7e690) out of 5 stars I blame Eve, too. March 25 2012
By Couch Surfing - Published on
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
HASH(0x9de7ea98) out of 5 stars i blame eve July 26 2012
By amy clark - Published on
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.
HASH(0x9de7eb10) out of 5 stars Funny, informative, and applicable! May 1 2012
By C. Hovey - Published on
Format: Paperback
I Blame Eve, Freedom from Perfectionism, Control Issues, and the Tendency to Listen to Talking Snakes is a very fun, informative, and entertaining read! The author, Susanna Foth Aughtmon is incredibly relatable, I honestly felt like we were sisters after I read the book! I love her writing style, it is humorous, engaging, and oh so true! She is not preachy, she is funny and witty and I honestly wish we were friends after I now feel like I know her. This book is so great, as you can see from some of the titles of the chapters, "I feel really sad there is pain in childbirth" and another one, "I don't like waiting" the book is extremely relatable in the topics and conversations that come up in society (and within ourselves). The author talks about how we all have the "Eden gene" and we all wish everything was glorious and beautiful and PERFECT, but the reality is that we live in a fallen world (because of Eve) and we are not in heaven, yet! The author uses scripture perfectly in this book to show you truth, and she does it in an entertaining way! The book helps the reader to understand that even though Eve made a grave mistake and we live in a fallen world with an Enemy (Satan - the snake) that comes along and tries to deceive us and steal away all the God has for us, we (live Eve) ultimately have a choice to live, let go of expectations and fears and lies, and let God take control of our life and let Him take control. I LOVED this book (I know I say this a lot, but I have received a lot of good books lately!) - and I really recommend that you read this, and buy it for your best girlfriend (or your wife), she will love you for it! I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 :"GuidesConcerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
HASH(0x9de7eea0) out of 5 stars Don't mess with the snake April 19 2012
By C. Sommer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I came across Susanna Foth Aughtmon's first book advertized in a magazine and instantly connected with the snippit I read and ordered the book. I loved it and much to my delight did I discover her blog and later got the opportunity to read AND review both her 2nd book and most recent installment "I Blame Eve". Much like her other writing I love her wit and relate to her as a wife, mother, and a woman with a heart for Jesus.

What spoke to me the most about this book was how so closely we relate to Eve. We were made to expect a perfect world, a perfect life. When we examine Eve we realize, we are her. "In the presence of God, the devil has no power. You have just given him more power in your minds than he deserves." (pg 70 I Blame Eve). What I realized is that we, like Eve, have to trust that God has our very best in minds and that no plan we can come up with could be better. It would have been great to be Eve and experience that perfect world for even a little while but "God is no longer offering us Eden" (pg 81). Ouch.

That last line about punched me in the gut because she's absolutely right. God isn't offering perfection here on Earth any longer. Just grace, hope, and forgiveness so that we can have a perfect life with him in heaven someday. Someday. Sigh. However, there is great power in weakness, in other words, submitting control of our lives and our strife towards perfection to God gives us peace. If we don't "Sometimes God chooses to pry our manipulative fingers off the so-called steering wheel of life by using the school of hard knocks." (pg 142). I am glad she too has to forge the fight to follow everyday (or even every hour). That's not easy to admit being a pastor's wife. With my husband starting seminary in just a couple of months it helped me to hear it.

I highly recommend all of Susanna's books (and blog) including this one and bottom line -"Don't mess with the snake".
HASH(0x9de7efd8) out of 5 stars I Blame Adam More But Still Love This Book April 18 2012
By girly - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've read Susanna Foth Aughtmon's other books and think she's hilarious. I knew I'd like this new book since I like her and her writing, but Shhh~ I've been a little soft on Eve the last few years. In fact, when I get to heaven, I'm going to go hunt her down and hug her neck.

As a Christian woman, many times I have wanted to give Eve a piece of my mind. I blamed her for years and then realized I blamed Adam more. :) After all, God did tell Adam not to eat the fruit of the tree before Eve even came along. I think there's a reason the snake went to the woman...he knew she'd be a good listener and second guess herself. And when Eve gave Adam the fruit, he didn't exactly put up a fight. He did blame her though, when God confronted them, and she has carried the bad rap all these years.

I will squeeze Eve tight...because I think all of us would have done the same thing she did.

I might drop kick Adam...

I jest, I jest.

We would have done the same thing he did, too.

And that's what Susanna really brings out~ in such a comical and down-to-earth way~ the ways we have all been affected by what they both did and how God loves us, forgives us and gives us every chance to live our fullest life...even when we keep failing and keep struggling with trying to be in control.

But first she lets Eve have it and it's SO funny, because for all my Pro-Eveness, I do think Eve has had some of this coming and y'all know I LOVE a list! On page 24, there's a list of 40 reasons why Susanna wishes Eve hadn't eaten the apple. Hilarium! I tried to pick a few favorites, but there are so many great ones, you just need to get the book so you can read the whole thing.

OK, OK, here's one~

30. Texting Lingo (I don't really think this is Eve's fault, but it is annoying, and if life were perfect, I wouldn't be annoyed, so I am including this in the

All right, one more...since I so wholeheartedly agree with this one...

1. Female Facial Hair (mustaches, unibrows, etc.--I'm positive these are evidence of the fall)

There's also a study guide at the end of the book that asks great questions~ questions to help you and your study group get to the heart of the matter.

Just read it; you'll be so glad you did.

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