We've all heard the saying "Don't judge a book by it's cover," but I'm guilty of doing this (literally!) with this book! When I was given the opportunity to review The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner, I was drawn in by the adorable cover. Traditionally, a finishing school taught young ladies what they needed to know about social graces. I love the twist Valerie took on this topic, because the chapters are based around subjects that would be discussed at a finishing school - hospitality, self-control, friendship, etc. - and relates them to the Christian faith.
I'm going to be completely upfront and let you know I haven't finished the book completely; I skimmed it for review purposes. Why? Because I'm working my way through this book slowly, and I'm excited to see how it will affect my life. The chapters are short, so I usually read a chapter and give myself some time to really digest it. There are homework worksheets for each chapter, which I appreciate because they help me to truly focus. (You can also purchase the workbook instead of using the free printables if you prefer.) I spend the week focusing on the discussion, and really trying to be intentional when it comes to that topic. My hopes are that by doing this, I'll make new, positive habits.
I immediately connected with the author, Valerie, when she revealed that she was a nervous child. I was too, and I have grown into a nervous adult. I pray about everything. (And I don't say that in a braggy way. Praying has been a game changer with my anxiety, because I visualize myself placing my problems in God's lap. I can feel a weight being lifted when I pray.) The topics are so relevant in my life, and especially with blogging. Valerie talks about comparison, contentment, and the world of female entrepreneurs.
My only qualm about the book is that it can occasionally come off as preachy. To be honest, I think this happens with just about every self-help book, and that I take things a little too personally. Or maybe it's God trying to change my heart?
I hope that y'all enjoyed my brief review of The Finishing School! If you'd like to chat further about the book, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email - seersuckersass(at)gmail(dot)com! If you'd like to connect with Valerie, check out her website or connect with her on Twitter or Instagram. And if you'd like to purchase The Finishing School, you can do so here.
Now I want to hear from you - What's something about yourself that you feel is "unfinished" that you would like to work on?
I'm leaving for a leadership retreat today, so no new post tomorrow, but be sure to stop back by on Friday! Happy Wednesday!
A big thank you to Litfuse for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.