Item description for Wake up Laughing: Offbeat Devotions for the Unconventional Woman by Rachel St. John-Gilbert...
Like the quest for a perfect pair of shoes, the search for the right devotional book seems endless at times. But finally, Wake Up Laughing: Offbeat Devotions for the Unconventional Woman has arrived. In sixty creative takes on the ordinary, author Rachel St. John-Gilbert uses quirky humor to inspire the savvy reader who hungers for a fresh, challenging devotional. Each brief reading combines unusual observations on everyday life experiences-like the clunky cart at the grocery-with spiritual applications that promise to encourage and inspire. Readers will enjoy the therapeutic effects of stress-relieving wit and start their day with joy.
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Studio: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.68" Width: 4.22" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2004
Publisher Barbour Publishing Company
ISBN 1593101473 ISBN13 9781593101473
Reviews - What do customers think about Wake up Laughing: Offbeat Devotions for the Unconventional Woman?
Unconventional Women Unite! Dec 20, 2004
Thank God for Rachel St. John-Gilbert! This devotional couldn't be more down to earth. It's like a favorite pair of shoes. I'm so glad that there is at least one Christian writer who isn't totally pious and trying to guilt trip me. My favorite is Chapter 13... Living Large. Every woman needs a bit of Rachel in her life!
HILARIOUS! Dec 8, 2004
I HAD to write this review because I'm still laughing from reading this GREAT book! Rachael has not only "hit the proverbial nail on the head", but she has slammed out one hilarious story after another. I couldn't put this book down and recommend it to anyone, especially if you're a mother and need a good belly laugh. KUDOS to you Rachael and keep up the great writing. Looking forward to your next book!
Very funny devotional Oct 27, 2004
This is a very funny book for the Christian woman. The only trouble was that I read is straight through, rather than reading just one devotion a day.
Devotional Book for the Merry Hearted Sep 29, 2004
Reading Rachel St. John-Gilbert's book, Wake Up Laughing, is like chatting with a good friend. You hear all about her husband and her children. You get to know what she was like as a child. You meet her parents, sister, friends, and neighbors. You're even treated to stories about Barney and Michael Caine.
Sixty lighthearted devotionals make up this work subtitled "Off-beat Devotions for the Unconventional Woman." St. John-Gilbert brings scripture to life as she shares her ordinary everydayness with the reader. She uses her struggles as a wife and mother in situations women can identify with and it brings out the "every woman" quality in her observations.
Whether you read the book straight through or use self control and limit yourself to reading one a day to start your morning, you'll enjoy humor, poignancy, and thought-provoking insight, often within a single short chapter. There is something for every one.
For the animal lover, St. John-Gilbert tells about meeting a penguin at a dinner party and the impression he made on her and the other dinner guests. Another chapter talks about a swayback mule that was in the Kentucky Derby--not to win, just to make himself feel better. For the animal non-lover, she tells about sweeping armies of baby spiders out of her van and trying to keep her enterprising baby daughter from eating bugs.
For those who have moved to a new area and had to start over, she tells about not fitting in at a new women's Bible study she began attending. She kept going and found some kindred spirits she could fit in with at another one of the meetings. One chapter tells how she went about getting to know her new neighbors, expecting they would be similar to her former neighbors, but discovered how different they were from her expectations and from herself, but how terrific they were in their own rights.
Wives can identify with her chapters on her husband, going from thinking how glad she was she married him, to waking up one day certain she was stuck with the wrong man. Mothers will commiserate on how hard it is to put a sleeping baby down without waking her and laugh about her over-zealous two-year-old crafting all over the paper, the toddler table, the kitchen table, and her hands.
Dieters will savor her chapters on how unsatisfying low-fat foods can be, and how disappointing it is that low-carb foods include very few desserts. Shoppers will recall the last time they got the shopping cart with the wayward wheel, and, like St. John-Gilbert, may also find their wallets full of Preferred Customer cards.
Every chapter ends with a Bible verse that ties spiritual truth to everyday life. In all of her mundane and not-so-mundane adventures, St. John-Gilbert makes scripture come alive as she applies it to each situation. Purse-sized, this is a little book with a big impact, designed to be carried around in case you need a quick pick-me-up.
Can't stop lauging!! Aug 16, 2004
This is a daily devotional but the kind of book that you have to have great self-control to read only one devotion per day. They are so funny and so practical that you just want more and more. I am amazed at the author's ability to, first of all, find humor in the daily grind of life and then to further that by applying it to God's purpose in our lives. This woman is a genious! Please hurry up and send out the sequel!