This is a cute little book about a woman who is determined not to like her preacher. The title is a little misleading, because I expected a list-type thing. Rather, it is a journal that tracks a year in the life of this woman.
This is a strange book. I was surprised to read that other readers felt the male auther really understood how women feel, because I had a really hard time identifying with the main character in this book. She makes a long series of bad and illogical choices that leave you saying, "So then she did WHAT? How on earth did she come to THAT conclusion?" On the other hand, I've known women who put two and two together and get three, so maybe.... She is like a teenager in an adult body. Nevetheless, it wasn't a bad read.
I loved this book! It's a beautiful little gem of a book! It's like a fairy-tale, set in the mountains of China during an unlikely period for a fairy-tale; the "re-education" reign of Chairman Mao. I highly recommend it, and I'm not relisting it, because I want my husband to read it, my son to read it.... It's one of those books that you read and want everyone you love to read it, too.
This is one of my all-time favorite children's lit books; better than those that follow in the series. It's easy for a child to imagine living like The Borrowers do, and it stimulates the imagination to think of all of the uses to which large versions of every day items could be used. The characters are believable and easy to like.
Don't let the title throw you, this book isn't about becoming a better parent or learning to control yourself. This is a beautiful book about the love of God. It's one of my all-time favorites.
The lure of this book comes more from the insight into life as an academic in Mainland China than in the lives of the characters, who seem to be ruled by tradition and decorum rather than by their hearts and emotions. Actually, the point at which the book ends is the point at which the main character actually realizes that he may be able to contol his own destiny; the point at which a really good book was about to begin.