If you’ve never had the pleasure of reading a book by Sophie Hudson just go ahead and start with this one. I promise you’ll be hooked. Sophie’s humor is so quirky but her heart goes deep. I want to move in next door and soak up all that is Sophie. We’re of a similar age but her delight in all things pop culture just goes over my head. I’m a book nerd extraordinaire. Even with all of our differences I have a strong feeling that we would get along wonderfully. And that’s just what this book is all about. Women together.
Sophie takes a look at cross-generational female relationships through the familiar Bible stories of Elizabeth and Mary, Ruth and Naomi, and finally Lois and Eunice (and Timothy). The first section on Elizabeth and Mary was eye-opening in a new way to me. Before reading this book I had always considered Elizabeth more of a mentor-type to Mary. But if you think about it they are really more contemporaries in many ways even with a likely fifty year age gap. Neither had ever been pregnant let alone given birth plus they both became pregnant in unusual circumstances. Eye-opening my friends!
My new perspective continued with Ruth and Naomi. Again I have always looked at Naomi as Ruth’s valued mentor. But when you step back and take a good look at the story you realize that they also are in the same boat. Both are widows that have virtually lost everything. Neither has any children to take care of them so the bravery to go forth comes from leaning on each other.
Then there is Lois, Eunice, and Timothy. I must admit that up until this section most of Sophie’s anecdotes about her family made me laugh. But by the end of this section I was sobbing. At my age this section hit pretty close to home. I don’t want to say too much about it but would rather let you read it with fresh eyes and perspective. I will tell you that Sophie is right, it ain’t over till it’s over, so we as women need to stay in it. We must open our eyes to those around us and dive in and be blessed probably more than the one that we are ministering to.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.