Friday Book Whimsy: Giddy Up, Eunice: Because Women Need Each Other

searchAuthor Sophie Hudson is a popular blogger who has two previous books under her belt. A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet and Home is Where My People Are both consist of a series of humorous vignettes or essays, and I found them both highly enjoyable. Hudson is immensely funny.

Giddy Up, Eunice is also a series of essays, but less family stories and more sermons. And I absolutely don’t mean that in a negative way. Hudson, who has talked about her mother, her mother-in-law, and others who provided love and guidance in her life, focuses this time on the importance of relationships between people of all ages, and the role these have in shaping our lives, particularly our spiritual lives.

Hudson does this in a way that is unfailingly funny and inarguably southern. She uses some of the more well-known women in the bible to illustrate her points. What did Mary do when she found out she was going to give birth to the long-awaited savior? She immediately went to visit her much-older cousin Elizabeth, who had her own role to play in Jesus’ life. They provided support to one another.

Likewise, the story of Naomi and Ruth illustrates the importance of the love of family. Naomi and Ruth pretty much saved one another, much as the author says we can help save our friends and family if we pay attention to their needs.

Giddy Up, Eunice is an equally wonderful book to give a friend who is firm in her faith, or a woman who is struggling with her relationship with God. I can guarantee it will make you laugh out loud, and make you think about your relationships with others.

Here is link to the book.


Friday Book Whimsy: Home is Where My People Are

searchSophie Hudson writes about what she knows best – her family and friends, her spirituality, and her southern roots.

And in Home is Where My People Are: The Roads That Lead Us to Where We Belong, her second book, Hudson takes us along on her journey from childhood to being a grown up, including all of the bumps along the way. At times, I laughed out loud. At other times, I cried at a particularly poignant story. The book is eminently readable.

As in her first book, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet, this book is a series of short tales about her life, a life that is probably not a lot more interesting than ours, but a helluva lot funnier because of Hudson’s clever perspective.

Hudson’s objective, or at least what I perceive as her objective, is to illustrate how our friends and family impact us in ways we don’t even realize at the time. Home is not just four walls that keep you warm and dry; it is the people who make you feel loved and teach you how to be a kind and productive adult just from knowing them. It is your family. But it is also your friends and your neighbors and your priests or ministers and your teachers.

As many of us did, Hudson struggled some in figuring out her relationship with God, and the people she met throughout her life have led her to a point where she is comfortable. The book, frankly, focuses a lot on her strong love of God, so if this isn’t your cup of tea, don’t bother reading it. She, however, doesn’t preach. She simply tells her story.

We met and came to love her family in her first book, and love them even more after her second. We see a side of her that is both unexpected and familiar. Hudson’s writing is so darn funny that you wish she was your best friend so that you could call her up and tell her about this funny book you just read.

I think that’s the sign of a good writer.

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