Monday, June 25, 2012

Review of Pursuit of Proverbs 31, by Amy Bayliss

I love God, my husband, my family. I love to learn how to be a better wife and mother each day, because somewhere deep down inside has always been this lingering woman I long to be, you know who she is, the woman of Proverbs 31. Like most women, I long to be like her. Just when I think I'm on my way to achieving her fine status something comes along in my life to show me that I am pretty much a failure at and I will never really ever be this woman. Along comes Amy Bayliss! She has written this fantastic book called Pursuit of Proverbs 31. I just recently joined the CWA Review Crew and I was thrilled to be chosen as one of the reviewers for Amy Bayliss' book!  It is not your typical Bible study that studies the Proverbs 31 chapter verse by verse, however, it is a great read at shattering the myths surrounding this popular text.

One of the first things the author mentions is how "No matter how many steps you take away from God, it only takes one step to come back." This idea grabbed my attention right away and I think it can relate to every one of us, speaking to us right where we are at. Whatever we have been letting get in between us and our relationship with God, even the seemingly "good" things, Amy reminds us that we only need just take one step toward God and He will meet us right where we are at.

She encourages the reader to seek out different versions of the Bible and teaches how to study God's Word. Each chapter reveals the author's heart as she walks us through the myths of the Proverbs 31 woman. Amy Bayliss writes honestly and openly about her own challenges in being the best wife and mother. She encourages the reader to first develop her relationship with God. With each chapter she adds thoughts to focus on, scripture to memorize, and suggestions to implement the ideas discussed in the chapter. She has great tips on studying the Bible, overcoming the myth of the Proverbs 31 woman, time saving tips, money saving tips and wonderful words that have you longing for a deeper personal prayer life. She has plenty of places to allow the reader to pause and pray, right in the middle of the chapter even as you are following along. Her chapter titles are fun, but it was her subtitles that kept me giggling! "I'm a homemaker but my name ain't Susie!" was one of my favorites.

While I read through this book quickly in order to review it on time for the review crew, I am looking forward to going back and taking the time to pour over my Bible and do a more thorough Bible study with this book. Amy Bayliss offers many great points in scripture to look up and study and I can't wait to take the time to really let God work these new ideas into my heart. I'm ready to let God move me and mold me into who HE wants me to be, not what other women think I should be or what I think a Proverbs 31 woman should be. If you are ready to cast off the myths surrounding this popular text, won't you join me by purchasing this book for your self! You can pick up a copy over at Amazon for only $4.99 Kindle download. At only 145 pages it's a fairly short read, but worth every penny!

About the author:
I’m an indie author, web publisher, blogging, digital publishing, and social media consultant, and I am a small business owner but my favorite job is being a wife to Ryan and mama to my four, rowdy boys!
Most of all, I’m just me. I make mistakes (quite often). I don’t always get it right. Hopefully I learn my lesson the first time. If not, I have an awesome savior who doesn’t give up on me.
Oh you want the official bio? Here goes…
Amy Bayliss, then Amy Grant, began blogging in 2005. Since that time she has trail blazed through the blog scene co-founding and propelling online retreats likeHomemaker’s Challenge, and her personal website: Cajun Joie de Vivre. She also brought to the table an innovative way for bloggers and their readers to connect by establishing online conferences and workshops through A Woman Inspired, HOTM Conferences, and DIY Ministry. She has been featured Woman’s Day Magazine, Inside Out Programming, and was the feature story and cover girl for CWO Magazine in August of 2008.
Currently, she is a regular columnist or contributing writer to the following publications: Sisters in BloomRooMag by Candace Cameron BureThe Better Mom, and A Martha Heart.
Amy is the author of Pursuit of Proverbs 31 and Do It Yourself Online Ministry. She is now wife to Ryan and mom to four rambunctious boys that range in age from 18 months to 15 years. They reside in Cajun Country where they worship and serve under Healing Place Church.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.


  1. This sounds like a book that I would like very much. I am going to look into it. Thank you very much.

  2. You're welcome! I really enjoyed it, it's a really reasonable price for such a life changing book! God bless!