Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What Southern Women Know about Faith by Ronda Rich

I just finished up another book called What Southern Women know about Faith by Ronda Rich. This book was about 211 pages of reading. It is a non-fiction collection of inspiring stories on different topics told by Ronda Rich. Here is what the book flap says:

God, Grits, and Grace... Ronda Rich knows all three. Come, sip a glass of sweet tea and sit for a spell with Ronda on the porch swing as she tells you stories of happiness and heartache, friends and family, and a faith that's strong enough to handle anything life throws your way. As Ronda shares, Southerners don't just talk about God, they have a "kitchen-table faith," that feels like a comfortable, trusted neighbor who sits down and stays for a good, long visit. It's a faith you live and breathe, day-in, day-out, whether it's praying to the good Lord as you sit on the porch swing or finding joy in a delicious pan of cornbread. As Ronda says, Southern faith "is a faith that is plain, simples, and sturdy, that is utilitarian in practice and that fits as comfortably in the hands of Southern women as a baby, an iron skillet, a hair brush, a telephone or a broom." From stories of moonshine and revivals, Sunday dinners and new Easter outfits, prayers answered and griefs shared, you'll discover a faith that supports you when the trials and heartaches of life cause you to stumble, a faith that grabs you by the elbow and steadies you on the path. (end quote)

I enjoyed reading it even if it did take me a little bit longer to get through than most books. The author seems to write naturally the way she would talk if you really were sitting down with her. I believe it makes for a very comforting tone for the book. I enjoyed reading through her stories and different testimonies of faith. I was reminded of several scriptures and the truths they hold that I seem to forget at times and I needed those reminders. I do not think that it will be a book club selection at this time. I can see how those who are not from the deep south would have a hard time connecting with the book and the stories. Which in fact at times I did not meet the connection which may also be because of the age difference between the author and I. If you have read it or plan to and wish to offer your opinion, please do so! I would love to hear it. Happy Reading!

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