Alright, first things first, this blog is primarily focus on reviewing books and that's just what we're going to do.
Out of the Spin Cycle is a re-release, first published in 2010, Jen's presents 40 easy to read devotionals aimed at helping moms find peace in the midst of the chaos that life with children can be. Each chapter starts of with an analogy or story, moves into a brief lesson, asks 1-2 questions, and ends with a recommended response. The format is quick, easy, and at times surprisingly thought provoking.
As a former native speaker of sarcasm, there were times when I felt a little uncomfortable with the tone of Jen's stories. however, I was able to temper this by noting Jen's own honesty about her weakness for sarcasm and her gratefulness for her editors keeping her accountable in this area. It was also reassuring to realize that the sarcasm never traveled beyond the analogy without a clear noting of it's sarcastic undertones. When it came to teaching and scripture Jen was all business.
This really shows in the quality of the teaching. I so wish personal timelines had allowed me to read a chapter a day to get the full effect of this book but time wasn't exactly on my side for that. However, as I read through I was struck by Jen's passion for women, especially moms, who are tired/stressed/and looking for Jesus.
4 out of 5 stars
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."