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Book Review: I Blame Eve by Susanna Foth Aughtmon

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.
Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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