Same Life ,New Story: Change Your Perspective to Change Your Life, by Jan Silvious
March 24, 2011 Leave a comment
Jan Silvious’s 10 week Bible study is about changing unhelpful attitudes that keep women stuck in an unsatisfying life. By pairing biblical stories with modern, and adding a bit of wise suggestions, Ms. Silvious works to ease the reader into a different story. I received this book for free through the Booksneeze.com program, and have not been compensated in any way for a favorable review.
Though she has a good message it unfortunately gets so bogged down by the “writing a new story” analogy that getting through it is a tedious chore. In the beginning each biblical woman is given a page of introduction then the author writes some helpful insight, followed by a story of a modern woman, more insight, and then the rest of the biblical woman’s story, including a tedious rehash off the previous introduction.
A good part of the book could have been cut to minimize the monotony, leaving the reader with less fluff and more substance. Not only that, but the jumping around give me a bit of reader’s whiplash. I would not recommend this book because getting to the real message is a chore. Constantly repeated phrases, over used analogies and whole pages worth of repeated biblical story dominate this book while a good message is lost. It makes for a difficult read, and may cause some readers to give up before they’ve even really begun. However, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading this book, because as I said before, the message is good. If they can get past what made this incredibly difficult to read, they will be left with a better outlook on life and a stronger faith in God’s plan.