My review of:
What Do You Do All Day
by Amy Scheibe
It is funny that, when I am starting a new book, the first thing I read is the acknowledgements page. I want to know if the author has thanked God as this tells me a lot about what I might find deep into the pages of the book. I am disappointed when I don’t see that thanks given to Him – because the talent for writing is a gift from Him.
When I don’t see that thanks I know I must prepare myself for anything.
A book about a stay at home mom who has given up her career to be the ‘good mama’ would be less likely to have swear words, one would think.
Not so true with this book – but, like I said, I was prepared for anything.
I admit to liking What Do You Do All Day. Not so much for her struggles with her decision to remain at home, as I could have given Jennifer plenty of tips to help her lead a not-so-hectic, and more enjoyable life with her kidlets, but for the affirmation it gave me that I was doing the right thing by staying at home, homeschooling, and being a wife first.
Jennifer’s story was really a tale of ‘what not to-do’ and less a tale of Jennifer finding her harmony in motherhood. It was funny and witty and, to be honest, Jennifer feels the way a lot of us moms feel on really bad days – though most of us have developed the power to keep ourselves in check even during our worst moments.
The positive -
Jennifer really wants to do what is best. The struggles she faces in this book are because she wants what is best for her kids. She is a good friend who is willing to help even when she doesn’t feel like it. She is a loved daughter and is still close with her parents, who have stuck together even when it seems impossible – divorce isn’t a word in her parent’s vocabulary though their relationship is an odd one. Jennifer respects her intrusive mother-in-law, biting her tongue (most of the time). Religion and Christianity are brought up, though not discussed at length.
The negative -
Although there was a bit of talk about God and salvation in this book, Jennifer never latches onto it. She has a foul mouth, as do her friends, and she is full of spite about everything that doesn’t go her way – which is most everything in her life. One of her closest friends isn’t straight although his presence in the book is minor and his personal life isn’t discussed with any detail. Jennifer’s extremely intelligent 4 year old isn’t disciplined at all for her lack of respect. She is a rude child but it is portrayed as a cuteness.
Jennifer comes way too close to being unfaithful to her marriage. This is on the heels of being faced with not so pleasant rumors about her husband. There were a few romantic moments which threatened to become too graphic for my taste but the book stayed tame for the most part.
To sum it up -
Although What Do You Do All Day isn’t a book I would necessarily recommend, I did enjoy it. Some of the ideas were way off base but the consequences for Jennifer’s actions were totally spot-on, whether good or bad. There were a number of humorous situations and I found myself laughing out loud at a few of them. Amy Scheibe is a talented writer whose books are entertaining enough, though not as clean as this Christian mom would like.