Modesty Monday–a review and some sites

Welcome to the second week of Modesty Monday! Today, I’ll review “Girls Gone Mild” by Wendy Shalit, and also link to some modest clothing sites. Got any to add? Put it in the comments!

I enjoyed “Girls Gone Mild” but, I’ll warn you, it was pretty graphic. I read a lot and I’m not usually taken aback by what I read, but some of this was very graphic. I would not recommend it for teenagers to read, but I think it might be worth the shock value for parents to read, especially those that don’t think there’s a problem with modesty today.

That may have been Shalit’s intention with this book, as it was more intense than her earlier book “A Return to Modesty.” It was interesting to read how the public responded to her first book, both good and bad. To me, this book was an easier read than her first book. It was hard to put it down.

Here is a list of some clothing sites that carry modest, but not frumpy clothes. I didn’t have time to make these links look pretty. Sorry.

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Review–“Shopping For God”

This is one of those books that I’m not really sure why I picked up. It’s “Shopping for God–How Christianity went from in your heart to in your face” by James Twitchell. I think it was the second part of the title that caught my eye. I was thinking it would be from a Christian perspective, but I guess I should have known better.

Twitchell describes himself as an “apatheist,” which he says basically means “a disinclination to care all that much about one’s own religion and an even stronger disclination to care about other people’s.” Other than that, I’m not quite sure what he believes. He definitely does not consider himself a born-again Christian and that’s clear from the book. That perspective colored the whole book. He is very negative towards most Christian demoninations. It’s like studying Christianity is a hobby to him, the way studying baseball or sewing would be a hobby to someone else.

There were many times I got mad at this book and thought about putting it down. I didn’t, because it is a fascinating look at what unbelievers really think of us. It’s sad. You can tell Twitchell’s eyes have been closed. I think reading it is a good way to figure out how we can take some steps to reach unbelievers. I was raised in the Bible Belt, with Christian parents, friends, etc. It’s hard for me to see how the world looks at us. I guess I’ve been sheltered that way.

For instance, the author states that “The New Testament says nothing in favor of tithing.” I guess he forgot to read 1 Corinthians 16:1-4. He also describes Ananias and Sapphira as being struck dead for failing to give 100% to the church. This is not true. They were struck dead because they lied to the Holy Spirit, not because of failure to give.

He does make some good points about the feminization of the Church and why a lot of men are uncomfortable with church. It’s interesting to me that even an unbeliever can see that. If you’re a Christian, this book may make you mad, like it did me. But it was worth seeing how deceived unbelievers can be. I was especially troubled by the way the author only went to various churches to ridicule them. He claims he was studying them, but it comes across more like ridicule in the book. I don’t want to run down this author, but he is clearly greatly deceived. I’m sure M. Twitchell’s intelligence and skills would be a great asset to the Kingdom and I hope one day the Message he’s hearing during his “God shopping” will get through.

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Review–“Sew Everything Workshop”

First off, let me say that I’ve only been sewing for about a year. And my practice comes in between caring for a toddler, so I usually have to sew in short bursts of time. This book is great for that. It’s got tons of info and is very user-friendly. I was able to sew several of her projects right away, with no trouble and they came out looking great. I’ve tried several do-it-yourself sewing books and most were boring or unhelpful. “Sew Everything Workshop” by Diana Rupp is not.

This book comes with pattern pieces which are supposed to have more info that the usual patterns, but honestly, I haven’t made it that far yet. (Sorry.) I’ve just been doing the non-pattern projects. If you’ve never used a machine, this might be a little too advanced, but I’ve only had a few classes and felt it was right at my level. (For reference, I can easily read and follow a pattern, do buttonholes, and put in a zipper. Sleeves and collars give me more trouble. What does that make me, intermediate beginner, maybe?)

I will warn you, though, the author is a little unorthodox. I’m not wild about the “What Would Martha Do?” references, and some of the language could be cleaned up. The project names aren’t exactly to my liking, either. (Naughty Secretary Skirt, for example.) So be aware of this. That said, the info and explanations of projects are excellent.

Published in: on April 3, 2008 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

A Review of “What Would Jesus Eat?”

I just finished reading “What Would Jesus Eat?” by Don Colbert. I gotta say, the title really turned me off.  I don’t like all the “WWJD” stuff. It’s one thing to think about what Jesus would do in a situation, but to market it so is what bothers me. And it’s so easy for nonbelievers to make fun of. I’ve seen “What Would Scooby Do” and “What Would Martha (Stewart) Do” stuff. All the WWJD stuff was popular when I was in youth group and, invariably, it was worn by kids who definitely weren’t thinking or practicing what Jesus would do.

But I digress…I’m not totally sure why I picked up this book. I’m trying to focus on eating healthier and someone recommended it to me as being more “doable” than “The Maker’s Diet.” I did not see this to be the case, though. While this book has a lot of good info if you’re completely ignorant of healthy eating, it didn’t offer much if you already knew the  bascis. Also, there was very little info about the science behind things and some of it was faulty. For instance, the author states that aerobic exercise is the best of all. Well, I have a degree in exercise physiology and I know that is not the case. Aerobic exercise is great and necessary, but so is strength training. One is not better than the other.

And just because Jesus ate something, does that mean we should automatically eat it? Jesus wore sandals; does that mean we should wear sandals, too? I also don’t know how Colbert can say what Jesus’ favorite food was. How does he know? And again, I think that’s like saying what Jesus’ favorite day of the week was. Interesting, but not really relevant.

The thing that bothered me the most was the lack of info on how to follow the diet. It could have used some recipes and some realistic lifestyle changes. I understand his point; maybe this is ideal. But we can’t all afford this diet and you have to work with people where they are. It would be great if everyone in America had a gym membership and worked out regularly. But we don’t. So we need to find strategies that work where we are. I wish there’d been a little more of these in the book.

I can’t really recommend this book because I didn’t like it. I think there are far better diet books on the market. It’s an interesting read if you approach it from the perspective of what did Jesus really eat, but as a realistic diet, I think “The Maker’s Diet” is better.

Published in: on March 28, 2008 at 7:18 pm  Comments (2)