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SAHM I Am (Life, Faith & Getting It Right #8) (Steeple Hill Cafe) [Paperback]

By Meredith Efken (Author)
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Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.1" Height: 1"
Weight:   60 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   Steeple Hill
ISBN  0373785518  
EAN  9780373785513  


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For the members of a stay-at-home-mom' e-mail loop, lunch with friends is a sandwich in front of the computer. But where else could they discuss things like... *Success: Her workaholic husband is driving Dulcie Huckleberry around the bend. It's hard to love someone in sickness and in health when he's never home! *Art: Let the children express themselves, opines artistic Zelia Muzuwa, and then her son's head gets stuck inside a kitty scratching post... *Health: Surely aches and pains are normal in an active little boy, yet those of soccer-mom Jocelyn Millard's son don't seem to be going away. *Motherhood: Teen-mom-turned-farmer's-wife Brenna Lindberg can deal with the mud and the chickens, but what about her husband's desire for a child of his own? *Indiscretions: However youthful, they can come back to haunt you, learns pastor's wife Phyllis Lorimer. *Amends: These could stand to be made between officious list moderator Rosalyn Ebberly and her pampered sister, Veronica. Perhaps the other SAHM I AMers can teach these two something about sisterhood.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Meredith Efken is the author of the critically acclaimed SAHM I Am series and has been a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewer s Choice award and the ACFW Book of the Year award. She and her husband, who are enjoying learning Argentine tango, live with their two daughters in Nebraska. One of their daughters is adopted from China, and it was that experience that inspired this book."

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Fresh and hilarious  Nov 23, 2005
SAHM I Am by Meredith Efken is the freshest, funniest thing to come along in a long time. A book consisting entirely of emails shared between a group of Stay-At-Home-Moms.
There is Dulcie whose husband travels for work Dulcie adores her husband but can't seem to avoid fighting with him on the rare occasion he's home.
Brenna, the city girl who married a farmer, loves her husband but her muddy, lonely new life has her depressed.
Zelia is an artist whose children are making a mess under her creative home schooling methods, and her husband doesn't like living in chaos.
Jocelyn's active son is getting hurt too often and doesn't heal up as quickly as he should.
Some serious problems are mixed in with lighter fare such as a little boy whose head gets stuck in a cat scratching post, and a group leader, Rosalyn, who is so perfect it's hard for the other ladies not to reach through the computer screen and strangle her.
A small group of ladies in SAHM I Am, form a smaller subversive email group to gossip about Rosalyn and share their imperfections, which they don't dare to admit to the email loop.
These very different ladies become close friends without ever meeting. This book is hilarious. The emails are sometimes two pages, sometimes two words. Each of the smaller group members, which calls itself Green Eggs and Ham, comment on the larger group. The book is addictive. Usually this kind of compulsive reading is left to fast moving action novels, but each email connects to the next and it's almost impossible to put the book down.
A hilarious Sleep Robber.
Reprinted from the Lyons Mirror-Sun
 
Fun Read!  Nov 21, 2005
I am falling in love with "Steeple Hill Cafe!!!" This is just one of the books by this publisher that I have enjoyed reading as a Christian SAHM.
I applaud Meredith in her ability to portray different mothering styles. I laughed out loud at many of what these moms thought they were doing "right"! Many topics hit close to home, especially humility....yeah! gotta keep working on that one!
I also admire Meredith for completing this work. I too am a homeschooling mom and adoptive mom, and don't know how she has done it....Thanks!!!
 
A clever commentary on the church  Nov 11, 2005
SAHM I AM by Meredith Efken

From the back cover:
For the members of a stay-at-home-moms' e-mail loop, lunch with friends is a sandwich in front of the computer. But where else could they discuss things like...

Success: Her workaholic husband is driving Dulcie Huckleberry around the bend. It's hard to love someone in sickness and in health when he's never home!

Art: Let the children express themselves, opines artistic Zelia Muzuwa, and then her son's head gets stuck inside a kitty scratching post . . .

Health: Surely aches and pains are normal in an active little boy, yet those of soccer-mom Jocelyn Millard's son don't seem to be going away.

Motherhood: Teen-mom-turned-farmer's-wife Brenna Lindberg can deal with the mud and the chickens, but what about her husband's desire for a child of his own?

Indiscretions: However youthful, they can come back to haunt you, learns pastor's wife Phyllis Lorimer.

Amends: These could stand to be made between officious list moderator Rosalyn Ebberly and her pampered sister, Veronica. Perhaps the other SAHM I AMers can teach these two something about sisterhood.

Camy here:
This has got to be one of the funniest books I've read this year. That says a lot because I don't even HAVE children, and I tend to dislike books about moms since I can't really relate. But this book about stay-at-home mothers struck a deep chord with me.

The book isn't just about stay-at-home moms, although the heroines are SAHMs. The funnier, sassier theme is hypocrisy within the church. These Christian mothers connect via the internet, but their deeper characters come through despite the "impersonal" medium of emails. The things that happen to these SAHMs aren't as hilarious as the kinds of people they interact with on their email loop and the way they relate to each other.

The Christian stereotypes are all there, three-dimensional and easily recognizable. Those of us deeply involved in ministry and serving in our churches will recognize the different types of "Mary"s and "Martha"s and "Jezebel"s, but sometimes with an unexpected twist. The vibrant characterization made me laugh at my own preconceived notions but also think about my perceptions of my local family in Christ.

I spend a lot of time on email with my friends and family, so the email format was both familiar and a clever fictional tool. There is a wealth of rich, hilarious subtexting going on--things NOT said versus the things actually written in the email. There's also an incredible amount of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm that had me rolling.

The humor reminded me of Penny Culliford's British best-seller "Theodora's Diary." "SAHM I Am" has the same type of dry, clever wit that I love, moreso than the more common, obvious humor in slapstick.

The book is like many other Chick-Lits in that it's more character-driven (strong spiritual threads) than plot-driven by a single thread of action. However, there are five clear subplots interwoven together, taking the place of one main one, with Dulcie's plot taking precedence over the others. It wasn't difficult for me to follow them.

The heroines are relatively young (twenties to thirties) so young mothers will definitely relate. I also think this will appeal to singles, because the humor is not centered around motherhood as much as it's a commentary on Christians in the church.
 
Sahm I Am  Nov 7, 2005
Watch the lives of a group of list-sisters unfold through a series of messages between them and their families and through two email loops. While the primary email loop is called the SAHM I AM loop and moderated by the self righteous Rosalyn, there is a secondary one, Green Eggs and Ham in which the more disgruntled members diss Ros and her toady, Connie. Through the months covered, crises frequently pop up; marital woes, adoption and fertility issues, child rearing catastrophes, past mistakes that need to be paid for in the present, and health issues that may not be life threatening but are heart breaking. Rosalyn's life is not as trouble free and June Cleaverish as she pretends on the loop, and her facade could collapse if her sister is allowed to join the group, because Ronnie knows the truth that Ros is not a Proverbs 31 ideal woman.

*** While there is no one main plot, a series of subplots threads together. Though this lack of coherence is a definite drawback, the characters are so true to life that there is something endearing about this novel. Anyone who has been on a loop with a troll will be doing their best bobble head impression, nodding along with the on target descriptions of the reactions of the Green Eggs group to the bad aspects of the SAHM one. Yet, there is also the very positive light that is shone on how supportive and true email friends can be. ***
 
more a series of interactive vignettes   Oct 25, 2005
The SAHM I AM email loop consists of several stay at home mothers (Rosalyn, Dulcie, Zelia, Jocelyn, Brenna, and Phyllis) sharing gossip, desires, and woes with one another. Self righteous and perfect Rosalyn moderates the discussions that focus on success, art, health, motherhoods, indiscretions, and amends. Because Rosalyn behaves like everyone is beneath her, a secret secondary loop the Green Eggs and Ham has formed, which mostly complains about Rosalyn' holier than thou behavior.

Rosalyn panics because her sister Veronica wants to join the SAHM I AM group. She does not want Ronnie as a member because her sibling knows the truth that Roz's life is far from perfect or close to living the pious life of the Proverbs as she implies she does.

SAHM I AM is a more a series of interactive vignettes rather than a prime plotted novel, but fans of contemporary tales with a web connection will appreciate this fine look at motherhood in the modern era. The tale emphasizes the many to many relationships that IT has provided without any of the participants having to come face to face. The characters seem genuine and though an ensemble cast has differing personalities making for a fun read.

Harriet Klausner
 

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