Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Lane P. Jordan
Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers
“I believe that this busyness is the total opposite of how God wants us to live, for it takes our minds off of what is important: spending time with God,” Lane P. Jordan states in her book, 12 Steps to Becoming a More Organized Woman: Practical Tips for Managing Your Home and Your Family.
At two hundred and eight pages, this paperback book is targeted toward woman interested in being more organized so they can focus on what is important in life. Based on Christian values, the Updated New American Standard Bible is used along with the NIV, NKJV, and NLT versions.
Being a national speaker, life coach, single mother, married woman, and grandmother, the author strongly believes women need to prioritize their time to make the Lord most important in their lives, followed by husband, family, friends, and those in need.
After an introduction, this updated and revised edition of her 1999 book is divided into twelve chapters about organizing different aspects of women’s lives. First starting with daily walks with the Almighty, other steps involve marriage, single-living, reaching out to others, time, demands between home and career, health and fitness, eating habits, housekeeping, children, emotions and spirituality, and knowing God.
Each step topic is broken down into several sub-topics with Bible verses at the beginning and ending. All chapter conclusions have bullet-point reflections and personal applications. Spread throughout are additional inserts such as Eleanor Roosevelt’s “Ten Rules for Success in Marriage,” a list of high energy foods, or an anonymous poem.
Some suggestions gleaned are to make beds every morning, write daily lists of goals, select buying choices to keep life simple and carefree as possible, and have an in-home office space. Also noted is for working mothers to try to stay at home until children are at least three years old, clean closets and drawers every six months, and throw or give away clothes never worn after three years. The writer encourages texting, emailing, using online calendars, and being mindful of wasteful time on the internet.
Written more as a book promoting how a super-woman can do it all in every aspect of life, there are some tips for those women who need organizational help or suggestions in day-to-day chores, choices, and challenges. With few details, it mainly focuses on an overall attention to priorities and how to focus on them.
This book was furnished by CWA Review Crew in exchange for the reader’s honest opinion.