Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great book for the ladies

I love to read.  Lately, though, I don't seem to have near enough time for pleasure reading.  I've had a craving to watch Pride & Prejudice for a while now, so I finally gave in this weekend and watched it (the version with Keira Knightly).  Such a delightful movie - it of course made me want to sit down and read the book, because as any good book lover knows, the book is always better than the movie (no matter how great the movie).  Sometime soon I'll have to make that indulgence, but probably not until the semester ends.  I digress, I'm mainly writting just to share another great book, of which you might not be aware.

Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in a Young Woman's Choices
by Rosalie de Rosset

Don't let the "Young Woman's Choices" in the title fool you - it applies to all women, regardless of age or marital status.
"Understanding life with a God-centered point-of-view includes thinking carefully about what we women do with our education, our spiritual existence, our leisure, and the importance we place on our intellect, and our bodies. Our choices are physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. We must think wisely about them. We must remain unseduced and unshaken."
Ms. de Rosset doesn't tiptoe around the issues, and I love that she views our intellectual and spiritual condition as just as important as our emotional and physical.  I have a wonderful father who never made me feel inferior because of my gender and he always encouraged and challenged my thinking;  de Rosset does exactly the same thing.  Oh, and she uses examples in the book from both Jane Eyre and Pride & Prejudice.  Some of the most challenging parts, for me personally, were her thoughts on "leisure" time.  So my only suggestion (other than reading the book) is to BUY the book.  Especially if you like to highlight or underline as you read.  My copy is already quite colorful and I haven't even owned it that long!  Actually, do yourself a favor and buy 2 copies.  By the time you're done reading it you'll have thought of at least one person you'd love to share the book with, so you might as well save on shipping.  You're welcome.
dig·ni·ty (noun)
1. bearing, conduct, or speech indicative of self-respect or appreciation of the formality or gravity of an occasion or situation.
2. nobility or elevation of character; worthiness: dignity of sentiments. 

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