I Blame Eve: Reclaiming the Freedom We Lost in the Garden Paperback – Mar 2012
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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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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.
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".
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 list...lol)
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.