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When making mom friends sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is that “Women are Scary“….I totally agree with the title of this book! I have felt that women are scary for many years! I know that back in middle school I learned how scary girls could be…and those girls became women! Why are women so scary? After reading this book…I have a whole new appreciation for women! I also realize that maybe we aren't as scary…as we are scared!
Melanie Dale has written a home run in my humble opinion. My love for this book may come from the fact that I really needed to read this. My love for this book may come from the fact that Melanie Dale is HILARIOUS! All I know is that I loved this book, “Women are Scary” and I feel like I am a kindred spirit with Melanie Dale! (Melanie…if you are reading this…please friend me on Facebook and let's be real life friends! 🙂 )
I found Melanie's sense of humor to be refreshing and honest. I will tell you that I actually laughed so hard that I shed real tears a few times. One day I was reading the book while my daughter was having her braces put on. Here she is, suffering this very un-fun procedure…while I am sitting in the corner…laughing…laughing…laughing! By the end of the appointment the Dental Hygienist said she was going straight home and downloading the book! 😆
I am going to be really open here. I stink as a close friend….and I don't have very many really close friends anymore. I have allowed my busy life to be more important than finding and maintaining close friendships. The past few years I have really regretted this and have whined to my husband that I need some good friends. He has encouraged me to find some girl friends…but I have been too nervous to really do much about it. Making mom friends can be really scary!
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I found the advice in this book to be very straightforward and easy to follow. I was able to take a lot out of this read that I can directly apply to my life. I was also really motivated to get out there and start dating other moms! 🙂
I know that personal insecurities have played a big role in my friendships. I was able to see that this isn't something unique to my situation. Many other moms are having the same insecurities! I have always worried that my house wasn't big enough or nice enough and that I would be “judged” by other women. Melanie quoted Karen Ehman, who talked about the difference between entertaining and hospitality! This was really profound for me…you will have to read the book to see what I am talking about!
I loved how Melanie wants to change the world and how she can see women changing the world for the better through their friendships! I was inspired to not only get some real friendships going, but to also be an instrument of change in the world around me!
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If you are worried that Melanie Dale has it all together and comes across as the “perfect” mom or the “perfect” friend…you don't have to be concerned. Melanie Dale is as real as you can get in this book. She is a Christian and she does give some Biblical references. She definitely doesn't preach to you and she doesn't assert herself as an authority…she is just sharing her experiences and what has worked and what hasn't worked for her in the friendship arena!
I would highly recommend this book to any mother that is struggling to find and maintain high quality friendships. If you are one of those lucky people and you have more close friends than you can juggle…then you may not need to read this (unless you need a good laugh). I am guessing that most people would say they are intimidated by the prospect of making mom friends. If that is you…then this book is a must read!
This book will be released on March 24th, 2015. You can preorder this book, “Women are Scary” either HERE or at your local Family Christian location. You can also check out Melanie's blog HERE.
I would love to hear your thoughts about friendship…is it easy for you or not so much?
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Sounds like a good book! I have the same feelings about being scared to meet new friends. I deal with anxiety for one thing. The other thing I find is when I meet someone, I am very anxious and I probably talk too much. Also I feel I come off very weird. But hey, I’m just a weird eccentric person a lot of times. lol That is me and I shouldn’t change for anyone. It just makes me sad though because I believe that’s why folks don’t stick at being friends with me.
You would love this book..the author sees herself as very weird also! You sound FUN…not weird! 🙂
Jamie Knupp says
Women ARE scary! lol I have the hardest time making friends with other moms – I’d love to read this book!
Glad I am not the only one! I learned a lot from this book!
Wow this sounds like a great read. Women are Scary I also agree what a great title for the book. Someone told me when I was younger that women dress up and look nice to impress other women not men. When I got older this made perfect sense women are so competitive with each other. It is to bad that we sometimes work against each other, because we could be a great support system for each other. I think I’m going to have to read this book sometime soon.
It is a really good read!! Supporting each other is so much better than working against each other!
I have friend acquaintances but not good close girlfriends. We have moved around so making friends can be a bit tricky.
The author actually talks about moving quite a bit in this book! She has been through that in her own life!
The cover totally made me laugh! It can be difficult to make friends at any juncture in life. However, it is SO worth it to put yourself out there, especially when you realize people are a lot lonelier than they let on. Take a risk, praying you meet some awesome friends!!!!
Such a good outlook!!
Thanks for sharing your review of this book! I definitely think making mom friends is hard, so I bet I can learn a few things from it.
Could not agree more – it is so necessary to put yourself out there!
xo katie //
Tami @ ThisMomsDelight says
I have got to read this book! I am a woman and I know I can be scary! LOL
I think it will…it talks about a lot of those issues!
Leah Heffner says
I love this review! Great job. I also loved the book and thought it was pee-my-pants-funny.
PS if you tweet her she’ll be your friend 🙂
Thanks Leah…it was so funny!!
Elizabeth Towns says
I would love to read this book. Women can be so scary, and I still cannot figure it out. We are our own worst enemies when we should be building each other up and helping each other out. Sounds like a great book.
So true, I think you would love the book Elizabeth!
Kristen from The Road to Domestication says
I agree with the title of the book, too LOL (made me giggle a little!) Thanks so much for joining us at the #HomeMattersParty – please share us with your friends, and we hope to see you again this Friday!
If the book is as awesome as the cover, I definitely need to get it! I’m on the shy side and making friends can be tough. I would get intimidated by women that I’d meet who seemed to have it all together. I hear you on the house thing too. I have 6 kids and while I do my best, our house does not look like a magazine cover. There are always piles of laundry and usually dishes in the sink and floors that need mopping. I was worried about being judged by women who lived in pristine homes where everything looked perfect. Then one day, a wonderful lady at church told me that her motto was “If you’re coming to see my house, make an appointment. If you’re coming to see me, stop by anytime.” It has now become mine as well. I learned that true friends won’t care or even notice if there are crumbs on the counter or toys on the floor. This book sounds like it would be right up my alley and I’m definitely getting it! Thanks!
What a great motto Belinda!! I am going to have to make a sign that says that!!
I love that saying. I’m in the process of major decluttering and need to adopt this attitude!
I’m sure I could benefit from this book. One of the things God is pressing me to do this year is invest in relationships old and new. I’ll have to pick it up at the library!
It is a great book…really funny too!