by Meredith Efken

November 2005
ISBN: 0-373-78551-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

In SAHM I Am author Meredith Efken takes the reader through the lives of a small group of women through means of a Stay-at-Home-Moms email loop. Readers lurk through the posts as if an actual member of the group. In fact, by the time youíve reached the end you may have forgotten the group is fictitious.

You will read about a young wife trying to cope with the separation her husbandís job forces upon them. A woman wants to have a second child, but may have to consider adoption. A pastorís wife encounters judgement and unforgiveness in unexpected places. One mother struggles with the self-imposed need for perfection. The one thing they all have in common is their dependence on each other to be there when the day has gone wrong and the need to vent is strong.

SAHM I Am is not a romance, nor is it a typical work of inspirational fiction. It is fun. If you simply must check your email periodically throughout the day to find out what is happening and to share your own dayís events then SAHM I Am is the book for you. It is that perfect filler for when you are at the doctorís office or soccer practice, anywhere that takes you away from your online friends.

On the down side, this is not a book I could read from cover to cover in one sitting. I could take only so much of reading the SAHM posts before needing a break. Nevertheless, the author did a good job of keeping the SAHMís individuality. She obviously is well acquainted with email groups. I do expect to see more from this debut author on bookshelves everywhere. Her wit and wisdom, the moms who will remind you of people in your own groups, and the subtle way in which Ms. Efken shares her faith is addictive while also being entertaining.

Reviewed in October 2005 by Rho.

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